Skin Care

Allergan Launches Juvéderm Volite

Allergan has launched Juvéderm Volite, a hyaluronic-based injectable filler specifically designed to improve skin quality in the face, neck, décolletage and hands. Volite uses patented Vycross technology and is formulated to last up to nine months with a single treatment session. It should be injected intradermally and contains lidocaine for patient comfort.

Retinoic Acid Inhibits Melanocytes

A study published in the Japanese Dermatological Association Journal of Dermatology (January 2017) examined the in vitro effects of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) on human melanocytes and melanoblasts following treatment with different concentrations and/or an antagonist of the endothelin B receptor (EDNRB, bosentan). The experiments were all repeated at least four times, and data was analyzed via the Mann-Whitney U-test.

Addressing Platysma Bands

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A recent study posited that platysma bands are caused by muscular activity during the aging process and are not secondary to skin sagging, and offered a novel approach to managing them.

Patrick Trévidic, MD, and Gisella Criollo-Lamilla, MD, conducted a prospective clinical study of 25 patients who presented with definitive, unilateral, facial palsy following otoneurosurgical treatment, with a focus on the subjects’ anterior neck bands. Patients were followed for up to 10 years.

Recognizing Complications

Injection-related complications occur among even the most well-trained providers; recognizing the warning signs is key to preventing long-term damage.
Recognizing Complications

The 2015 International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) Global Procedural Survey revealed that botulinum toxin injections and hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers are the two most popular nonsurgical procedures, with about 4.6 million toxin and 2.8 million filler treatments performed worldwide. The survey results also showed that HA filler popularity is on the rise, as that number represents a 6.5% increase over the previous year.

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.

Opening Channels

Microneedling is experiencing a huge resurgence as a more affordable alternative to laser resurfacing.
Opening Channels

“The Next Big Thing.” “2016’s Trending Skincare Treatment.” “Our New Favorite Skincare Procedure.” Even if you didn’t see these headlines, you have likely experienced an increase in patients asking about microneedling. Although the procedure has been around for decades, it has recently become a media darling.

Lovely Lips

The key to natural-looking lip augmentation lies in understanding facial anatomy and patient expectations.
Lovely Lips

Lip augmentation is one of the few aesthetic concerns that bridges all age groups. Young patients often come to practices seeking larger, more lustrous lips; while aging patients are dismayed at loss of definition and the appearance of perioral lines and wrinkles. In order to create the aesthetic outcomes these patients seek, one must gain an understanding of their desired outcomes and step back to examine the entire lower face.

Subdermal Depo PRP

A new PRP injection technique may improve outcomes for patients with androgenic alopecia.
Subdermal Depo PRP

Androgenic alopecia (AA) is one of the most prevalent aesthetic concerns, affecting an estimated 30% of men over the age of 40. Building on the potential promise of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to reduce hair loss, I have developed a new technique that involves injecting a bolus of PRP into the subcutis to reverse the effects of AA. The technique—which I refer to as Rapaport Subdermal Depo PRP Injection—has become one of my favorite and most gratifying cosmetic procedures, as I see immediate changes in my patients’ emotional states once their hair is improved.