Stories from MedEsthetics
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 15:18
A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (December 2016) compared AeroForm—a remote controlled, needle-free CO2-based expander—to saline tissue expanders. The researchers randomized 150 women undergoing two-stage breast reconstruction at 17 U.S. sites. Subjects performed expansion in 10cc increments, up to 30cc per day of CO2. Physicians treated the control arm with periodic bolus injections of saline. Safety endpoints, expansion and reconstruction times, pain and satisfaction were assessed.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 11:04
In a recent study, researchers Douglas C. Wu, MD, et al, evaluated the safety and histopathological effects of different laser, light and ultrasound modalities on skin previously injected with a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) filler (Bellafill, Suneva Medical). Bellafill is a soft tissue dermal filler composed of non-resorbable microspheres, suspended in a water-based carrier gel with 3.5% bovine collagen; it is FDA approved for the correction of nasolabial folds and atrophic facial acne scars.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 11:00
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (December 2016) sought to explore the role of personal and environmental factors in the development of adult female acne. Researchers Anna Di Landro, MD, et al, conducted a multicenter case-control study, which included 518 women treated in outpatient dermatology departments of 12 Italian cities. They investigated 248 consecutive women ≥25 years of age with newly diagnosed acne of any grade. Women diagnosed with conditions other than acne (n = 270) acted as controls.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 10:54
Laser and light device manufacturer Sciton was presented with the 2016 MyFaceMyBody Award for Best Anti Aging Treatment for its Halo device. The hybrid fractional laser combines an ablative and nonablative wavelength to treat the deep and superficial layers of skin. A single treatment improves a number of aging concerns—including tone, texture, pigment irregularities and pore size—with minimal downtime.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 10:53
Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, of Skincare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, was elected president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) during the 2016 ASDS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 08:30
Celebrity makeup artist and best-selling author Michelle Phillips will be the keynote speaker at Face & Body Midwest. The discussion, titled “Purpose + Passion= Beauty,” will center on the topic of first impressions, self-confidence and how both dynamics impact the beauty industry.
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 09:21
A study published online September 23, 2016, in the British Journal of Dermatology suggests that oral supplementation with lutein and lycopene offers protection from UV radiation at the molecular level.
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 09:14
Endo International’s Phase 2b study of injectable collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH, XIAFLEX) for the treatment of edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy (EFP), commonly known as cellulite, yielded positive results. CCH is currently approved in the U.S. for adult Dupuytren’s contracture and Peyronie’s disease.
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 09:02
Spencer A. Brown, PhD, director of surgical research at Cooper University in Camden, New Jersey, presented the latest results from his research on the characterization of HydraSolve lipoaspirate (fat) during the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) San Diego 2016 conference. HydraSolve is a liposuction device from Andrew Technologies that uses the company’s proprietary Tissue Liquefaction Technology (TLT), which combines natural saline solution with low levels of temperature and pressure to liquefy only targeted fat tissue.
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 08:59
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has selected ContextMedia:Health—a developer of healthcare technologies—as an Affinity Partner. The partnership makes ContextMedia:Health’s suite of digital technology available to U.S.-based AAD members at no cost, with the goal of delivering important decision-enhancement technologies, educational content and intelligence to patients and dermatologists for use before and during consultations.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:36
Monica L. Halem, MD, FAAD’s surgical background and personal experiences help guide her patient care.By Laura BelizFrom a young age, Monica L. Halem, MD, FAAD, knew she wanted to go into medicine. She worked summers for her father, who was a dentist. “He wanted me to be a dentist too, and he was going to call the business ‘Dr. Halem and Father,’” she laughs. “I decided at a certain point that I didn’t want to be a dentist, but I did want to become a doctor.”
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 13:25
Achieving optimal outcomes with fractional ablative lasers.By Karen AppoldFractional laser delivery has expanded the option of ablative laser resurfacing to a much broader base of patients. Providers can prescribe treatments based on specific concerns, skin types and even individual downtime requirements. But in order to achieve the safest and most effective treatments, you need to know your individual devices well and keep a close eye on both clinical endpoints and patient selection. “Perform a physical exam to make sure the patient is healthy and doesn’t have any conditions that would...
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 13:12
Today’s hydrating topicals go far beyond the old one, two, three: occlusives, humectants and emollients.By Linda W. LewisDry Skin is an inevitable part of aging. “Clinical studies have shown that the level of the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) drops with age, leading to dry, flaky skin and a compromised barrier,” says Peter Konish, senior director of innovation and product development at skincare provider NeoStrata. And as scientists have learned more about the true nature of the stratum corneum, it has become increasingly clear that proper hydration is essential for maintaining the...
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 12:59
A new study suggests that professional hair removal services may help protect consumers.By Inga HansenMen’s skincare regimens often focus heavily on the daily routine of shaving, but are you also speaking with your female clients and patients about how to shave safely at home? According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (online September 5, 2016), the incidence of hair removal-associated injuries seen in U.S.-based emergency departments increased nearly nine-fold between 1991 and 2014. More than 60% of the injuries occurred at home.
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 12:54
The tools you need to increase patient engagement and outreach may already be part of your practice.By Inga HansenAesthetic medicine has long been on the forefront of patient engagement—a concept now being embraced by the wider healthcare community. For years, medspas and cosmetic practices have used monthly newsletters, appointment reminders, follow-up thank you notes and social media to engage both existing and prospective patients—and software developers have taken note. Electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) systems now include a variety of tools to help you track...
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 09:52
Some medical boards are working to protect physicians who offer alternative therapies from federal scrutiny, but risks remain.By Allyson AvilaAccording to a 2002 study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than one-third of Americans have sought out some form of alternative medicine. In the medical aesthetics arena, some patients are using bioidentical hormones, human growth hormones, dietary supplements and intravenous infusions—among other nontraditional approaches—in an effort to reverse the aging process.
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 09:42
In a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (November 2016), David J. Goldberg, MD, and Erin Courtney, RN, evaluated the safety and efficacy of hair removal with an 810nm novel scanning diode laser for up to six months after the last treatment.
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 09:36
Syneron-Candela has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Profound device when using the SubQ handpiece and cartridge to improve the appearance of cellulite in patients with Fitzpatrick skin types I-III, as supported by long term data (six months).