Current Studies and Clinical Trials

Our physicians are actively involved in investigating the latest treatments for cosmetic and medical skin conditions. Moreover, our state-of-the-art facility and dedicated research team maintain an exceptional record of not only successful study implementation but also patient safety and engagement. If you are interested in participating in one of our clinical trials, or wish to collaborate with our team by sponsoring a research project, please call us at 212-366-5400 or email us at

Current Trials Open for Enrollment

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in the following studies. Please call the office at (212) 366-5400 or email to schedule a screening visit.


  • Treatment of Cellulite on the buttocks and thighs.
  • Treatment of Actinic Keratosis lesions on the face and scalp.
– ENROLLING: Treatment of Cellulite on the buttocks and thighs. We are currently enrolling patients with cellulite on the buttocks and thighs. This study will use an FDA cleared radiofrequency device to temporarily help smooth the appearance of cellulite. Prospective patients should be female 18-60 years old and have visible cellulite when standing. Participation in the study will last approximately 6 months.
ENROLLING: Treatment of Actinic Keratosis lesions on the face and scalp. We are seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research study treating Actinic Keratosis on the face and balding scalp with an investigational medication. Also known as solar keratosis or sun spots, Actinic Keratosis are rough, scaly growths, sometimes appearing red in color, that are caused by damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

To be eligible for this study, you must:

  • Have Actinic Keratosis on your face or balding scalp

  • Be at least 18 years old and in good health

  • Be able to attend up to 11 visits at this office over approximately a 15 month period.

Volunteers will be compensated $70 per visit and all study procedures and investigational medication will be provided at no charge. For additional study information and inclusion and exclusion criteria, please click here.

About Our Research Department

Our Research Department is respected for its professional investigation in a broad range of areas, including: technical laser development, topical pharmaceutical products, photodynamic therapy, injectable fillers, and neuromodulators. In addition, we have partnered with various companies to gather consumer preference data on over-the-counter topical products, whether as standalone solutions or in connection with various dermatological procedures.

Centrally located in Union Square, our research department provides an ideal setting for recruiting patients into clinical trials. Moreover, our longstanding relationship with an independent Institutional Review Board enables expeditious reviews of experimental protocols.  Study trials are executed promptly and efficiently with the assistance of our full-time research staff which has extensive experience in protocol development, patient recruitment, photography, and computer imaging. State-of-the-art imaging systems are employed to accurately assess patients and provide optimum research data. We also employ high resolution digital photography that is standardized  to ensure study precision.

If you are a study sponsor or Contract Research Organization interested in collaborating  with Union Square Laser Dermatology, please call us at (212) 366-5400, or simply email us at

Past Trials

The following list provides an overview of some of the studies successfully completed by Union Square Laser Dermatology. They are closed and no longer enrolling patients for participation. If you are interested in volunteering for future studies and would like to be added to our list for consideration, please email us at In your message please specify your gender, age, whether there are specific concerns you are looking to address, and your general schedule flexibility.

Sun Damage

  • Topical Product in combination with light therapy for chest rejuvenation
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation / Melasma

Body Contouring

  • Non-invasive fat reduction: abdomen, thighs, flanks, saddle bags
    • Radiofrequency assisted lipolysis to reduce abdominal fat
    • Ultrasound assisted lipolysis to reduce abdominal fat
  • Cellulite reduction of the buttocks and posterior thighs


  • Laser treatment for acne scars
  • Laser treatment for hypertrophic and keloid scars
  • Laser treatment for surgical scars
  • Microneedling for acne scars

Laser Treatments for Stretch Marks

Laser Treatments for Vascular Disorders

  • Angiomas
  • Port Wine Stains

Laser Treatment for Pigmented Lesions

  • Cafe au lait
  • Congenital Nevi
  • Nevus of ota
  • Sun Spots

Injectable Fillers and Toxins

  • Midface volume loss
  • Treatment of periorbital wrinkles (crows feet)

Topical Treatments

  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Consumer available skin brightening creams

Post Marketing Studies

  • Post-Laser Resurfacing Ointment Comparison Study

Survey Studies and Retrospective Chart Reviews

Participating In Future Studies

Study participants receive study related exams, lab tests and the investigational study medication or treatment at no charge. Additionally, participants are typically compensated for their time by the study sponsor.

For more information about participating in clinical trials at Union Square Laser Dermatology, please call us at (212) 366-5400, contact us or email us at Please specify which study you are interested in.