Skin Care

Starting in the Middle

New products and evolving techniques have put midface filling front and center for noninvasive facial rejuvenation.
Fillers for midface rejuvenation

The middle third of the face extends from the infraorbital rim to the upper lip and includes the zygomatic arch and maxilla. Age-related volume loss in this area is influenced by genetics, general health and dentition—among other factors—resulting in sagging fat pads, deepening nasolabial folds, and a host of hollows and wrinkles. Until the turn of the 21st century the only way to correct these problems was plastic surgery, a solution available to only a few.

Go Your Own Way

Launching a private label line.
The pros and cons of private label skin care.

Retail skincare products offer several benefits to aesthetic patients and practices. They help patients protect the health of their skin and maintain the results of in-office treatments, while providing an additional source of ongoing revenue for the practice. The challenge is that with so many online and brick-and-mortar retailers offering high-end skin care, patients naturally shop for the best deals on their favorite brands.

Hydroxy Power

The role of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs in topical skin care.
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Hydroxy Acids are ubiquitous in aesthetic medicine. Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (AHAs/BHAs) are the most widely used ingredients for chemical peels; they have also become popular topical agents for antiaging, hyperpigmentation and acne. In recent years, they have been joined by polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) as a less irritating alternative for patients with sensitive skin. “I recommend AHAs for everybody—antiaging, acne, rosacea patients. It’s really one of the best things you can do for the skin,” says Monica L. Halem, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist in private practice in New York City.

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.