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Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:41
A recent study published in Dermatologic Surgery (February 2017) evaluated the efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) in the treatment of rosacea compared with pulsed dye laser (PDL).
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:33
Allergan has launched Juvéderm Volite, a hyaluronic-based injectable filler specifically designed to improve skin quality in the face, neck, décolletage and hands. Volite uses patented Vycross technology and is formulated to last up to nine months with a single treatment session. It should be injected intradermally and contains lidocaine for patient comfort.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:29
Women’s health and wellness company Viveve Medical has appointed W. Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, chairman of the company’s Aesthetic Advisory Board. Dr. Stevens is the founder and medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery and The Institute, a medspa in Marina Del Rey, California, as well as medical director for Body by OrangeTwist aesthetic centers.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:48
A study from the Netherlands published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (February 2017) investigated cosmetic professionals’ awareness of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and how they responded to potential cases of BDD.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:41
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared CoolSculpting (Zeltiq Aesthetics) for the upper arms, adding to its previous clearances for the treatment of fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen, flank, bra and back fat area, and underneath the buttocks. CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical procedure that selectively reduces unwanted fat using a patented cooling technology. It works by gently cooling targeted fat cells in the body to induce a controlled elimination of fat cells without affecting surrounding tissue.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:36
The American Skin Association (ASA) has appointed David Norris, MD, as its new president. Dr. Norris, chairman of the department of dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will be taking over for Philip Prioleau, MD, who has held the position since 2014.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:32
Valeant Dermatology, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, is accepting applications for its annual Aspire Higher Scholarship Program, which awards nine individual scholarships of up to $10,000 each to students who will be attending undergraduate or graduate education programs during the 2017-2018 school year. The scholarship program recognizes students who have been diagnosed and treated for a dermatologic condition and are pursuing a higher education degree.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:57
Allen Gabriel, MD, FACS, et al, conducted a retrospective cohort study in which they compared centrifugation (Cf) and an autologous fat processing system (Rv) that incorporates fat harvesting and processing in a single unit in order to assess the effects on operating room efficiency and costs.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:52
A research letter published online January 26, 2017, in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery investigated the reasons patients leave positive vs. negative reviews about their aesthetic physicians. Authors Nima L. Shemirani, MD, and Jeffrey Castrillon, MS, examined online reviews of all dermatologists, plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago; inclusion criteria included a three-sentence minimum and more than 20 reviews for each practice.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:45
Telemedicine providers Avizia and MLS Telehealth have joined forces to expand their virtual care platforms. The Avizia platform combines video devices with software solutions to streamline care coordination, provider collaboration and patient engagement; MLS Telehealth is a network of U.S. trained, board-certified physicians covering primary care and most specialties in all 50 states. The partnership will provide patients access to highly credentialed board-certified physicians across a range of specialties and subspecialties, including:
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:44
A study published in the Japanese Dermatological Association Journal of Dermatology (January 2017) examined the in vitro effects of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) on human melanocytes and melanoblasts following treatment with different concentrations and/or an antagonist of the endothelin B receptor (EDNRB, bosentan). The experiments were all repeated at least four times, and data was analyzed via the Mann-Whitney U-test.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:40
A recent study posited that platysma bands are caused by muscular activity during the aging process and are not secondary to skin sagging, and offered a novel approach to managing them. Patrick Trévidic, MD, and Gisella Criollo-Lamilla, MD, conducted a prospective clinical study of 25 patients who presented with definitive, unilateral, facial palsy following otoneurosurgical treatment, with a focus on the subjects’ anterior neck bands. Patients were followed for up to 10 years.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:31
Allergan has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of RHOFADE (oxymetazoline hydrochloride) cream 1% for the topical treatment of persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea in adults.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 17:08
Injection-related complications occur among even the most well-trained providers; recognizing the warning signs is key to preventing long-term damage.By Laura BelizThe 2015 International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) Global Procedural Survey revealed that botulinum toxin injections and hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers are the two most popular nonsurgical procedures, with about 4.6 million toxin and 2.8 million filler treatments performed worldwide. The survey results also showed that HA filler popularity is on the rise, as that number represents a 6.5% increase over the...
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 17:00
New links between rosacea and systemic illnesses highlight the importance of medical histories and underscore the need for healthy skepticism.By Inga HansenIn recent years, researchers have hypothesized that patients with rosacea may be at higher risk for systemic vascular concerns, such as coronary artery disease, as well as neurological disorders, including depression and anxiety. Most recently, a study in JAMA Neurology (May 2016), questioned whether the increased activity of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) seen in patients with rosacea may offer a clue for the treatment of Parkinson’s...
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 16:55
Microneedling is experiencing a huge resurgence as a more affordable alternative to laser resurfacing.By Linda W. Lewis“The Next Big Thing.” “2016’s Trending Skincare Treatment.” “Our New Favorite Skincare Procedure.” Even if you didn’t see these headlines, you have likely experienced an increase in patients asking about microneedling. Although the procedure has been around for decades, it has recently become a media darling.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 16:46
The key to natural-looking lip augmentation lies in understanding facial anatomy and patient expectations.By Stephanie KramerLip augmentation is one of the few aesthetic concerns that bridges all age groups. Young patients often come to practices seeking larger, more lustrous lips; while aging patients are dismayed at loss of definition and the appearance of perioral lines and wrinkles. In order to create the aesthetic outcomes these patients seek, one must gain an understanding of their desired outcomes and step back to examine the entire lower face.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 16:36
A new PRP injection technique may improve outcomes for patients with androgenic alopecia.By Jeffrey A. Rapaport, MDAndrogenic alopecia (AA) is one of the most prevalent aesthetic concerns, affecting an estimated 30% of men over the age of 40. Building on the potential promise of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to reduce hair loss, I have developed a new technique that involves injecting a bolus of PRP into the subcutis to reverse the effects of AA. The technique—which I refer to as Rapaport Subdermal Depo PRP Injection—has become one of my favorite and most gratifying cosmetic procedures, as I see...


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