Newsmakers

Newsmakers: Hydrating Fillers

Microdroplet injections of low-viscosity hyaluronic acid-based fillers are gaining fans around the globe.
The use of dermal fillers for hydration is making its way to the U.S.

Hydrating fillers—low-viscosity hyaluronic acid-based materials injected superficially throughout the face to improve skin tone—have become popular offerings outside of the U.S. and are finding their way onto aesthetic message boards and review sites, generating significant interest among U.S.-based consumers.

Outside the states, physicians have access to specifically formulated products, such as Juvéderm Hydrate, Restylane Vital and Restylane Vital Light, as well as robust marketing campaigns to educate consumers on these new hydrating treatments.

Photothermolysis With Silver Particles

Two small-scale studies highlight the potential of silver particles to improve the efficacy of laser hair removal and light-based acne treatments.
MedEsthetics July/August 2017 Newsmakers

As aesthetic treatments become more varied and efficacious, there remain some key gaps in treatment options. For example, laser hair removal is one of the most pop­ular services offered in aesthetic practices and medspas, yet permanent hair reduction is not an option for those with blonde and red hair. Dermatologists have long sought an alternative to systemic treatments for those with moderate-to-severe acne, and while laser treatments have shown promise, their efficacy is short-lived and inconsistent.

Sunscreen for Rejuvenation

A recent study showed that daily sun protection does more than prevent photodamage; it helps reverse it.
Michael Southall on sunscreen's rejuvenating effects.

Daily sunscreen use is one the most powerful tools available to protect against the signs of aging. Skincare professionals have been saying this for years, yet consumers—even those most concerned with the appearance of aging—have been slow to adopt daily usage. So how can you convince your patients to get serious about sun protection? A growing body of clinical evidence showing that daily sunscreen use not only prevents photodamage but also rejuvenates skin—reducing fine lines, fading pigmentation and softening skin texture—may be the answer.

Dermatology Business Accelerator

A new organization is using a community-based business model to help practice owners build their business management skills.
Image of David J. Waldron

Are you struggling with the challenges of employee management? Wondering how to track and improve the patient experience? Perhaps you are eyeing retirement and looking for ways to maximize the value of your practice. If so, a new organization called the Dermatology Business Accelerator (DBA) may be of help.

Rosacea and Systemic Disease

New links between rosacea and systemic illnesses highlight the importance of medical histories and underscore the need for healthy skepticism.
Rosacea and Systemic Disease

In 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 Disease, setting up a tenuous connection between the two illnesses.

Home-Use Hair Removal Risks

A new study suggests that professional hair removal services may help protect consumers.
Home-Use Hair Removal Risks

Men’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.

Multimodal Resurfacing

Combining aggressive laser resurfacing treatments can offer added benefits for select patients.
Multimodal Resurfacing

Combination procedures have become commonplace in medical aesthetic practices, typically involving treatments such as neurotoxins, dermal fillers and IPL or other energy-based devices. But do patients benefit from a combination of more aggressive laser treatments—and is it safe? This is the question Richard Fitzpatrick, MD, sought to answer in one of his last research projects. He and his colleague Douglas C.

Restylane Turns 20

Galderma is celebrating 20 years of Restylane with new packaging and a new, more ergonomic syringe design.
Restylane Turns 20

Though silicone- and then collagen-based dermal fillers have been used since the 1940s to fill out facial defects, it was the introduction of hyaluronic acid (HA)-based dermal fillers that brought these treatments to the main­­stream. “HA fillers completely changed cosmetic medicine,” says facial plastic surgeon Steven Dayan, MD, clin­ical assistant professor at the University of Illinois. “They don’t just fill lines; they actually give volume back to the face. They also have a more natural feel than collagen and offer reversibility that is reliable.

Shedding New Light

TRASER technology could add a world of versatility to all kinds of skin treatments.
Shedding  New Light

What if you needed only one relatively low-cost energy device in your practice to offer treatments that now require a KTP laser, a pulsed dye laser and a ruby laser? Morgan Gustavsson, a pioneer in intense pulsed light, who has worked with companies including American Medical Bio Care, Candela, Syneron and Venus Concepts, says a new technology dubbed TRASER could make that possible.

Less Heat, More Punch

Additions to the PicoWay platform offer practitioners faster tattoo clearance and a whole new category of skin rejuvenation.
Less Heat, More Punch

Syneron-Candela recently expanded its award-winning PicoWay platform to include a novel fractionated handpiece, the PicoWay Resolve, and a new ultra-short 785nm wavelength, the first of its kind in the aesthetic market utilizing a titanium sapphire laser for removal of blue and green inks. The platform now includes both fractional and nonfractional 532nm and 1064nm picosecond wavelengths for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions and tattoos, plus the 785nm wavelength, which further reduces pulse duration to address smaller ink particles.