Reviewing Antibiotic Resistance in Acne Treatment

Staphylococcus aureus

In an effort to provide guidance to prescribers and encourage further research on the risk of antibiotic resistance in acne treatment, JAMA Dermatology published a clinical evidence synopsis (online June 21, 2017). Brandon L. Adler, MD, et al, reviewed five clinical trials published in 1987-2002 and 2007-2008. They found evidence that the widespread use of bacteriostatic antibiotics (topical erythromycin and clindamycin and oral tetracyclines) may encourage the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of P acnes, via point mutations.

Benjamin Stong, MD, Joins Domestic Abuse Advisory Council

Stong, MD, Joins NCADV Cosmetic and Reconstructive Support Medical Advisory Council

Benjamin Stong, MD, of Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery in Atlanta has been appointed to the Cosmetic and Reconstructive Support Medical Advisory Council of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). The program works in collaboration with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and benefits domestic abuse survivors who would otherwise be unable to afford such reconstructive care.

FDA Issues Warning on Purchase of Unapproved Fillers

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning healthcare practitioners and consumers not to purchase Juvederm Ultra 2, 3 or 4 online as the products are not approved for use in the U.S. The FDA updated its web page on “Dermal Fillers Approved by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health” last week with the warning, noting it has become aware that unapproved versions of Juvederm are being sold and distributed in the U.S. by online retailers.

What Nutritionists Recommend for Summer Skin Protection

Carotenoids are the No. 1 recommended nutrient for sun protection.

To help consumers care for their skin during the sunny summer months, Natural Grocers—a Colorado-based natural health food chain—surveyed 100 nutritionists and asked them to share their strategies for protecting skin health when UV rays are at their strongest. In addition to daily sunscreen use, the nutrition specialists recommended incorporating skin-protecting nutrients to one's diet. The top three nutrients recommended included:

Thulium Fiber Laser Effective for Rejuvenation of the Male Scalp

New scalp rejuvenation procedure.

Male patients with photodamage on their scalps may benefit from treatment with the 1,927nm thulium fiber laser, according to a new study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (July 2017). Monica Boen, MD, et al, treated four male patients (Fitzpatrick skin types II-III) with extensive photodamage on the scalp using a nonablative fractional 1,927nm thulium fiber laser (one session) at high density and high energy settings.

Allergan to Acquire Keller

No-Touch Keller Funnel To Join Allergan.

Allergan has announced its plans to acquire Keller Medical, a privately held medical device company that developed the Keller Funnel in 2009. The cone-shaped, lubricated plastic funnel assists plastic surgeons in breast augmentation and reconstruction procedures by guiding silicone gel implants into the surgical pocket. It allows surgeons to use a “no-touch” technique, which may help minimize the introduction of bacteria and foreign material into the surgical pocket.

Gender Confirmation Surgeries Up 20% in 2016

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is reporting that after two years of collecting data on gender confirmation surgeries, the procedures have already increased by 20% with more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine surgeries performed in 2016. The procedures can include anything from facial and body contouring to gender reassignment surgeries.

The ASPS posits that increased access to gender confirmation procedures helped fuel the increase from 2015 to 2016.

Private Practice Owners No Longer the Majority

Fewer physicians taking on practice ownership.

For the first time, private practice owners represent the minority of physicians practicing in the U.S., according to data collected for the American Medical Association’s 2016 Physician Practice Benchmark Survey. The nationally representative survey of 3,500 U.S.-based physicians who provide at least 20 hours of patient care per week and are not employed by the federal government revealed that 47.1% of physicians are practice owners, 47.1% are employed and 5.9% are working as independent contractors.