About My Practice
When I moved to Chapel Hill twenty five years ago, I visited physician offices across the Triangle to talk about my focus on aesthetic dermatology. I treasure relationships formed during those early years, and deeply appreciate the referrals. I hope my practice has been the trusted partner and resource I promised it would be. A lot has changed, but I’m still focused on aesthetics, still teaching and conducting clinical trials, and still committed to partnering with you to deliver safe and effective treatments for our patients. My goal for this page is to share information that may be of interest: what we’re treating and how, the latest research in my niche, publications you may find useful, upcoming studies at my practice, and places you’ll find me or my staff in the coming months. It’s a work in progress, so your patience and feedback are most appreciated!
— Sue Ellen Cox, MD
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About Dr. Cox
A pioneering thought-leader in aesthetic medicine who just happens to live in Chapel Hill, and be incredibly easy to talk to. Dr. Cox enjoys time with her patients between clinical research and teaching activities.Meet Dr. Cox
What We Treat
We specialize in treatment of concerns related to aging, sun damage and skin quality, pigment and discoloration. We offer a full range of injectables, laser and devices to meet these needs. Our body contouring center includes non-invasive, injectable and surgical treatments to help patients address areas of localized fat. We treat women and men of all ages and skin types.
We carry Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and a full range of dermal fillers to address common signs of aging, including wrinkles, etched-in lines, creases and folds, loss of volume and projection. Injectables are also used to treat brow position, asymmetry, scarring,dimples, prominent neck bands, excessive sweating and gummy smile. We use injectable PRP for hair loss and thinning, and Asclera in sclerotherapy for spider veins..
Lasers & Devices
We have a comprehensive array of lasers and energy devices to treat common skin concerns. Highly customizable skin resurfacing can address texture, tightening, tone and pigment. Pulse-dye and broadband light devices are available to treat facial redness, vascular lesions, scar discoloration, telangiectasia and rosacea. We can also remove sun spots, brown spots, other pigmented lesions and birthmarks, as well as blue facial veins and unwanted hair. We use microwave technology to treat excess underarm sweating, radio-frequency for feminine rejuvenation, and ultrasound for tissue tightening.
Our body contouring center can reduce unwanted localized fat in most areas of the body. This includes the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, arms, back, and pubis. Bra fat, fullness under the chin, male breasts, and back of the neck can also be treated. We utilize injectable Kybella, non-invasive CoolSculpting and surgical tumescent liposuction. Cellulite dimples are treated with Cellfina.
Our medical spa offers laser hair removal, chemical peels, microneedling, gentle laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning. These services can be used to treat acne, acne scarring, skin tone, texture and pigment.
We stock a wide selection of clinically-proven, medical-grade skincare products with growth factors, stem cells, exfoliants, antioxidants, zinc-based sun protection and other proven, high quality components.
Our research activities are focused on aesthetics, with emphasis on dermal fillers and neuromodulators. Over 40 studies have been performed here in the office. The clinical trials offer an early look at where the pharmaceutical and device companies are headed, what’s coming, and just as important, the opportunity to provide physician feedback in the development process. Consulting on scale development has increased significantly in the last couple of years, suggesting the pace of innovation and label expansion is accelerating. Studies tend to fill quickly, and usually with our own patients, though participation is open to anyone in the Triangle area. Ironically, increased public acceptance of aesthetics can make it harder to meet exclusion criteria requiring participants without recent treatment.
You’ll find information on current and upcoming studies below. We’re happy to share non-confidential information, so let us know if you have any questions. Interested patients can sign up to receive study enrollment notices on our Clinical Studies and Research page.
Cheek Filler 1802-44
Status: Enrolling Soon
We will soon be screening patients for participation in study evaluating injection methods for filler in the mid-face. Advancing state of the art through clinical studies is one of Dr. Cox’s favorite activities. The other favorites are teaching injectables, lasers and body contouring – and most of all – visiting with her patients here in Chapel Hill. If you’re interested in clinical studies, mid-face volume restoration, and want to learn more, give our Study Coordinator Andrea Lopez a call at 919-578-8623. You must meet certain criteria to participate, and additional information can only be obtained by contacting Andrea.
Under Eye Filler 1802-43
Status: Enrolling Soon
We will soon be screening patients for a new filler study, treating hollowing under the eyes (infraorbital hollowing). An expert injector, advancing state of the art through clinical studies is one of Dr. Cox’s favorite activities. The other favorites are teaching injectables, lasers and body contouring – and most of all – visiting with her patients here in Chapel Hill. If you’re interested in clinical studies, have hollowing under the eyes and would like to learn more, give our Study Coordinator Andrea Lopez a call at 919-578-8623. You must meet certain criteria to participate, and additional information can only be obtained by contacting Andrea.
Leading the way to active research.
We are privileged to advance state of the art in aesthetic medicine. Our research activities are focused on aesthetics, with emphasis on dermal fillers and neuromodulators.
44 Clinical Studies
53 Peer Reviewed Publications
There’s no shortage of material to read, and I expect many of you receive the same publications I do. I focus on peer-reviewed materials, both reading and writing. I want to guide my patients with the best, evidence-based information available, and try to do my part to contribute to that knowledge base. I’ve listed a few of my publications below, and included a link to download the pdf (if available). Talking with colleagues about recent developments and clinical practice has been invaluable to me over the years, so if you see something that piques your interest, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
- A Multicenter Single Blind Randomized Controlled Study of a Volumizing Hyaluronic Acid Filler for Midface Volume Deficit
- Juvederm Ultra Demonstrates Greater Effectiveness with Less Pain Than Belotero for Treatment of Perioral Lines in a Randomized Controlled Trial
- HYC-24L Demonstrates Greater Effectiveness with Less Pain than CPM-22.5 for Treatment of Perioral Lines in a Randomized Controlled Trial
- Efficacy and Safety of OnabotulinumtoxinA for the Treatment of Crows Feet Lines
- An Analysis of the Long-Term Safety Data of Repeat Administrations of Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A-ABO for the Treatment of Glabellar Lines
- OnabotulinumtoxinA Dose-Ranging Study for Hyperdynamic Perioral Lines
Where You’ll Find Us
Education, both getting and giving, is important to our practice. You’ll find our staff members learning or teaching at the events below. If you happen to be there, chase us down. It’s always nice to meet our colleagues.
January 6 | Scale Validations, NYC
- Dr. Cox will be assisting a major pharmaceutical company with validation of scales to be used in future clinical studies
January 20-21 | Investigator’s Meeting, San Diego
- Dr. Cox will attend an Investigators meeting in San Diego to discuss an upcoming demal filler study.
February 10 | Halo Preceptorship
- Dr. Cox, Physicians Assistant Julie Mannion, and Aestheticians Kim Forster and Jamie Troutman will attend a preceptorship for Halo Pro w/Dr. Chris Robb
February 16-20 | AAD Annual Meeting, San Diego
- Dr. Cox will moderate Soft Tissue Augmentation and Neuromodulators – Simultaneous Cadaver Prosection and Live Patient Injections
- Dr. Cox will moderate The State of the Art of Aesthetic Dermatology
- Dr. Cox will present off-label use during Botulinum Toxin: Video Instruction and Live Panel Discussions
- Dr. Cox will direct two workshops, Practical Anatomy for Dermal Fillers