Medical Technology in 2020: the latest on Tech, Biotech and Beauty Tech in the Medical Space

Healthcare is evolving at an exponential pace. Healthcare is an industry that is currently being transformed using the latest technology; so it can meet the challenges it is facing in the 21st century. Technology can help healthcare organizations meet growing demand and efficiently operate to deliver better patient care. We had the chance to chat with Dr. Konstantin Rubinov, an NYC Dental Surgeon specializing in longevity and anti-aging with a focus on regenerative and cosmetic medicine.

Here are the top technologies he expects to revolutionize the industry:

Artificial Intelligence:

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a computer program or a machine to think and learn with the help of intricate, pre-programmed algorithms. It is also a field of study which tries to make computers “smart”. As machines become increasingly capable, mental facilities once thought to require solely human intelligence are removed from the definition. AI in healthcare aims to improve patient outcomes by assisting doctors and physicians in using the medical knowledge; which has been analyzed, downloaded and memorized by these systems, and provides superb clinical and medical solutions to modern medical problems that patients face.

AI systems have the potential to provide physicians and researchers with relevant, live, high quality data; from electronic health records (EHRs) to serve immediate needs. “The first uses of AI are likely to be in the field of guided surgery and patient triage” reports Dr. Rubinov. “We are currently seeing increased surgical precision even over 3D printed surgical guides with companies like ClaroNav and XGuide, which are combining various types of 3D imaging technology to deliver real time robotic enabled surgical implant guidance.”

Liquid Biopsy:

A liquid Biopsy has the potential to monitor tumors in a way that is not invasive.  The process separates cancer cells from blood samples and can completely transmogrify treatment for cancer through monitoring of the actual cancer cells by non-invasive means. “To illustrate the difference, using today’s available technologies, repeated biopsies are needed to study; the evolving tumor and present a big issue for the patient. It can be anticipated that in a few years, liquid biopsy will even become a supplementary procedure; to tissue biopsy procedures,” says Rubinov. This technology has proven to be much more effective and detects when a disease worsens even before a CT scan can. “Considering that oral and pharyngeal cancer is on the rise in the US; this advanced diagnostic technology has immediate daily application in our practice,” states Dr. Rubinov

Bio Technology:

Anti-Aging Medicine, Plastic Surgery and the field of Facial Aesthetics is booming thanks to all the latest available bio-technologies in Cosmetic Medicine. As a veteran cosmetic dentist with 10 years of facial esthetics experience, Dr. Rubinov shares some of the latest Beauty Tech trends in Aesthetic medicine in 2020. Dr. Rubinov believes the biggest advances are in biological material science. “The bio-active potential of new injectable Hyaluronic acid fillers and bio-stimulating materials like Sculptra, Radiesse and PRP are showing that we can reverse time when it comes to anti-aging and rejuvenation procedures by stimulating collagen and soft tissues even as we get older,” says Rubinov.

One of Dr. Rubinov’s favorite bio technologies is the use of blood plasma (PRP) and (PRF) in regenerative aesthetic medicine. While he uses Blood plasma routinely during surgical procedures to help regenerate both hard and soft tissues in the mouth; “Using PRP in conjunction with the Derma Pen 4 yields the most beautiful results in facial rejuvenation. With microneedling PRP or ‘The Vampire Facial’ as the procedure is called, we are able to flood the skin with growth factors and progenitor cells and watch the skin repair itself from years of sun and environmental damage. You become a believer the second you see 20 year old acne scars disappear,” says Dr. Rubinov.

Beauty Tech:

 In terms of Beauty Tech, European brands are much ahead of their American counterparts. At the 17th Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress in Monte-Carlo 2019; SkinTech Pharma Group and the cosmetic pharmaceutical giant Allergan devoted huge sections of the show with, live demonstrations of their latest medical bio technologies. Many companies brought tech to the show, with the goal of making skincare and beauty more personal for their customers and providers. 3D Facial analyzers helped with virtual simulations letting clients see exactly what their before and after results will look like. Modface and L’Oreal both showcased a diagnostic tool to enable customers to virtually “try on” makeup. And Coty, a pheromone driven fragrance company  has an Artificial Intelligence tool which allows one to find “the perfect scent match”.

“Not only are these large brands investing in this futuristic spin on the beauty industry but so are smaller companies such as indie brands and startups like RegenLab PRP. Investments in this way are being made from everywhere because the barrier to entry is much lower; technology is not as expensive as it used to be and the analytics for these purposes are also more readily available,” says Rubinov.