Skin Care

Chin to Chest Solutions

The chin, neck and décolleté are increasingly important to patients; effective treatment requires a multi-modal approach.
MedEsthetics October 2017

The increasing availability and improved efficacy of non- and minimally invasive aesthetic treatments has contributed profoundly to the growth of the medical cosmetic industry. Not only has the patient base for cosmetic enhancement expanded; existing patients now look past the face to alleviate signs of aging, such as skin laxity, pigmentation problems, and excess adipose tissue, on the chin, neck and chest.

Cutting Edge Ingredients

A closer look at some of the most buzzworthy new ingredients in antiaging skin care.
The science behind antiaging ingredients

New products that promise to “unlock a more youthful appearance,” “turn back the hands of time,” and “reset the aging process” bombard consumers and skincare professionals on a seemingly daily basis. While we know that topical skincare is vital to skin health, the question is, do these new ingredients deserve a space on your retail shelves?

Prepping the Canvas

Opinions vary on whether pre-treating the skin improves outcomes of ablative laser procedures, but the literature does offer some guidance.
Preparing the Skin for Laser Resurfacing

The value of pretreatment skincare protocols for ablative laser procedures has been debated for decades. In 1998, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser Center published the results of a survey and literature review on the effect of pre- and postprocedure skincare protocols in laser skin resurfacing (Dermatologic Surgery, February). The two main reasons postulated for treating the skin before invasive procedures are faster healing and less risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

Adding e-Commerce

Selling skincare products through your practice website can be a good source of revenue and provide a more convenient option for patients.
e-Commerce Considerations

THE INTERNET HAS changed the way people shop. Today, consumers go online to purchase everything from clothes to cars and even movie tickets. If your practice retails skincare products, adding online ordering to your website can expand your audience, build sales, and improve the patient experience by providing a convenient way to browse and purchase products. The key is to determine what you hope to accomplish with your e-commerce site and incorporate the right features to help you reach those goals.

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.

Envy Medical Gives a Dermalinfusion Facebook Live Demonstration

The skin care experts stopped by our studio to give us a look at their advanced skin-resurfacing treatment.
Envy Medical Dermalinfusion

Envy Medical's Dermalinfusion is an advanced skin-resurfacing treatment that combines exfoliation, extraction and infusion of condition-specific serums to improve skin health, function and health. The non-invasive treatment, Dermalinfusion is a fully customizable to address a wide variety of skin concerns and conditions.

Restylane Silk for Hands

A new HA filler offers aging hands lasting volume replacement, better moisture retention and improved skin quality.
MedEsthetics May/June Details

After the age of 40, many women’s hands lose volume resulting in prominence of the underlying vessels, tendons and bone. In addition, the skin on the hands can become dry and take on a crepey appearance, which further contributes to an aged look.

Dermal fillers have been successfully employed to im­prove the appearance of the aging dorsal hand. Now with Restylane Silk, a gentle hyaluronic acid (HA)-based filler from Galderma, used off label we can both volumize and hydrate aging hands thanks to the water ab­sorbing abilities of the filler.

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.

Vein Treatments: Stopping the Bleed

Visible veins on the legs are a common cosmetic concern, but delivering optimal outcomes requires you to look beyond what the eye can see.
Visible leg vein treatment strategies.

Once reserved for vascular surgeons, vein treatments are moving more and more into dermatology and aesthetic practices. One of the reasons is that visible veins are often viewed as a cosmetic concern. While physicians who are versed in injectables and laser treatments have the skills needed to treat visible veins effectively, in order to provide optimal results they must be aware that unsightly spider veins on the legs are often a symptom of deeper issues.

Modulating Expression

Physicians share their techniques for obtaining better longevity and more natural-looking results with botulinum toxins.
Improving longevity and outcomes with neurotoxins

What started as a simple injection to lessen crow’s feet has blossomed into a multibillion dollar market and given rise to today’s medical aesthetics industry. With nearly 30 years of experience and a growing variety of botulinum toxins entering the market, the current focus in neuromodulation is on extending the longevity of results and delivering natural-looking outcomes.