Dermatologists winterize their own skin care routines | Injected botulinum toxin-peptide combo has long-lasting results | Microneedling device stimulates collagen production
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December 10, 2014
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Healthy, Beautiful Skin
Dermatologists winterize their own skin care routines
Dermatologists say they use humidifiers, avoid hand sanitizers, substitute facial cleansers for body cleansers and exfoliate more in the winter. Other tips from dermatologists for avoiding dry winter skin include wearing softer fabrics and applying skin ointments and balms. Dermatologic surgeon Noelle Sherber says exercising in warm, humid air helps moisturize her skin, and dermatologic surgeon Jeanine Downie says she uses a humidifier in her home from October to May. Yahoo (12/9)
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Injected botulinum toxin-peptide combo has long-lasting results
Injections of a topical neuromodulator-peptide combination improved glabellar frown lines, and the effects lasted about twice as long as the neuromodulator alone in a small safety study. The addition of the peptide appeared to reduce diffusion by about half, dermatologic surgeon Mark Rubin said. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (12/7)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

Tools of the Trade
Microneedling device stimulates collagen production
A new skin rejuvenation device uses microneedles to encourage collagen production. While fillers' effects on wrinkles can last for two years, a patient's own collagen can last for up to 15 years, dermatologic surgeon Ted Lain says. KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (12/9)
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Clarion acquired by Alphaeon for $55M
Canadian medical and aesthetic equipment provider Clarion Medical Technologies has been acquired by Alphaeon, a health care products company, for $55 million. Healio (free registration) (12/8)
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Perfecting Your Practice
How to spot patients who will never be happy with filler outcomes
The formula for positive outcomes with fillers consists of choosing good candidates for the procedure, developing an injection plan and limiting post-treatment disturbances, dermatologic surgeon Heidi Waldorf said at a recent cosmetic surgery conference. Indications that a potential patient will be unhappy with any outcome include having unrealistic expectations, being vague about past treatments and hypersensitivity. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (12/8)
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HHS reports more than 460K health plan signups the first week of open enrollment
More than 1 million people applied for health coverage through the federally run Affordable Care Act exchange through Nov. 21, and 462,125 of those selected a plan, the Obama administration said. About 52% of those who chose a plan were already insured. The Spanish-language site had about 96,000 visitors over the first week of open enrollment, officials said. (11/26), Vox (11/26), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/26)
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Deadline is Dec. 31 for Dermatologic Surgery writing contests
Dermatologic Surgery
Be sure to submit manuscripts for this year's Review Article Incentive Program and Young Investigators Writing Competition before Dec. 31. Winners will receive complimentary registration to the 2015 ASDS Annual Meeting in Chicago and have their articles published in the Dermatologic Surgery journal. Applications -- submitted after manuscripts are accepted by the journal -- are due May 15. Contact Amanda Spejcher with questions.
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Enjoy tax benefits while supporting the ASDS
As the year ends, a simple way to maximize your tax deductions is to renew your ASDS membership and make a contribution to the Dermasurgery Advancement Fund before Dec. 31. Not only will you save $75 on your ASDS membership dues, but your DSAF contribution helps ensure the specialty's future by supporting dermatologic surgery research, public awareness programs, advocacy efforts and resident education. Continue your commitment to excellence and the future of dermatologic surgery by paying your dues and making your contribution online now. For questions, please contact Helen Prostko.
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