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Valeant Completes Debt-Reducing Refinancing Transactions

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has closed its previously announced refinancing transactions. These include its offering of $1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of 6.50% senior secured notes due in 2022, and $2 billion aggregate principal amount of 7% senior secured notes due in 2024. The company borrowed an additional $3 billion (approximately) of new term loans maturing in 2022.

Snipping Better Than Shaving Prior to Laser Hair Removal

Postmenopausal women with hirsutism are less likely to experience paradoxical hypertrichosis following treatment with an alexandrite laser if they snip their hair rather than shave prior to treatment. Researchers Robabeh Alijanpour, MD, and Fatemeh Aliakbarpour, DDS, randomly divided 129 premenopausal women affected by hirsutism into two groups. Group A (66 patients) shaved their hair prior to laser treatment and Group B (63 patients) shortened their hair using scissors.

La Roche-Posay Announces 2017 Research Grant Recipients

The La Roche-Posay North American Foundation has awarded three candidates with grants for their scientific research and projects in dermatology: Bryan Sun, MD, assistant professor at University of California, San Diego; Dennis Kim, MD, incoming Mohs fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Kyle Amber, MD, of the University of California Irvine department of dermatology.

ASPS Stats Reveal Focus on Autologous Fat and Facelifts

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New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show a 3% growth in cosmetic procedures over the last year. There were 17.1 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2016, and facelifts—which dropped from the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2015—made a comeback in 2016, according to results of the annual survey.

The statistics also showed new cosmetic trends in fat grafting procedures:

Syneron-Candela Unveils New Technology and Indications at AAD Annual Meeting

Syneron-Candela revealed updates to its GentleTouch, PicoWay and Profound technologies during the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The GentleTouch solid-state laser system has added CE mark approval to its FDA clearance and joins the company’s portfolio as the only device to combine alexandrite and radiofrequency (RF) energies for hair reduction. The system includes patent-pending EverCool, a contact-cooling method cleared for hair removal on all skin types.

Bacterial Biofilm and Soft-Tissue Fillers

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A study published in Plastic and Reconstructuve Surgery (March 2017) examined bacterial biofilm as a possible cause of adverse nodular reactions following treatment with filler injections. Researchers Mayuran Saththianathan, et al, performed an in vitro analysis of the propensity for three classes of filler materials to support biofilm growth; studied the effect of inoculation of filler material through a contaminated surface; and analyzed biopsy samples from patients presenting with chronic granulomatous inflammation following filler administration.