Fillers, injectables work best when administered by skilled professionals | Sweating during sleep points to something other than hyperhidrosis, expert says | UV video shows skin damage and how sunscreen works, dermatologist says
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August 20, 2014
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Fillers, injectables work best when administered by skilled professionals
Different fillers and wrinkle relaxers "have different properties based on the size of the molecules and the manufacturing process," and only a trained physician can accurately determine the right product and inject it correctly, dermatologic surgeon Doris Day says. "When it comes to cosmetic treatments it's important not to cut corners or price shop. Find a dermatologist who gets it and can help you look like the very best version of yourself," Day says. Beauty World News (8/17)
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Sweating during sleep points to something other than hyperhidrosis, expert says
Patients whose excessive focal sweating continues during sleep do not have primary focal hyperhidrosis, pediatric dermatologist Jane Bellet says. Symptoms such as vomiting, stomach pain, fever, headache, weight loss, palpitations or anorexia may point to a secondary cause of hyperhidrosis. Certain drugs can also cause sweating problems, Bellet says. (8/19)
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UV video shows skin damage and how sunscreen works, dermatologist says
A video that has gone viral on the Internet in which a photographer used the ultraviolet spectrum to reveal sun damage on people's skin is no gimmick, says dermatologist Debra Jaliman. The video then shows black markings on the faces after the subjects put on sunscreen. "The sunscreen is filtering the UV and blocking it so that the camera doesn't work," Jaliman said. (8/19)
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Dr. Leonard Swinyer on VEOS® Dermatoscopes
"The VEOS from Canfield Imaging Systems is my number one choice for dermoscopy. Its superb lighting and optics provide an image clarity that takes the guesswork out of many diagnoses. The smart design fits nicely in my pocket and attaches easily to an iPhone for fast picture taking." Learn more >>
Leonard J. Swinyer, MD, FAAD, CPI, Salt Lake City, UT
Tools of the Trade
FDA clears 5-mm hand piece for Nd:YAG laser
The FDA has cleared Syneron Medical's 5-mm spot size hand piece for the Gentle Pro Nd:YAG laser for the treatment of onychomycosis. With the handpiece, the laser can heat beneath the nail to inhibit fungal growth. Healio (free registration) (8/15)
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Novel retinol blend may be less irritating
Retinol in a blend of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents resulted in less erythema, dryness, scaling and peeling compared with tretinoin or free retinol in a split-face study. The blend included niacinamide and palmitoyl tripeptide-8 and extracts of Magnolia grandiflora and Dunaliella salina. Healio (free registration) (8/15)
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Perfecting Your Practice
Study questions skin procedures independently billed by NPs, PAs
Dermatologic surgeries are among the most common office-based procedures that nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently bill to Medicare, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology. Based on the analysis of 2012 Medicare claims data, some nurse practitioners and physician assistants may be working outside their scope of practice, the researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/17), Kaiser Health News (8/18)
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Ask patients about family history of any cancers, expert says
Patients carrying a mutation in the BAP1 gene are at higher risk not only for cutaneous melanoma but also for mesothelioma, renal cell carcinoma and small, dome-shaped papules that can appear aggressive, says Dr. Hensin Tsao of Massachusetts General Hospital's Melanoma Center and Pigmented Lesion Center. Dermatologists should take a complete family history of any malignancies, Tsao said. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (8/18)
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CMS offers practice guidance on transition to ICD-10
The CMS has released the first of its "Road to 10" webinar series designed to help small medical practices prepare for the new codes. The resource is available on the agency website. EHR Intelligence (8/15)
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Pioneers in dermatologic surgery to offer insights
ASDS Annual Meeting
Inspiration is only a few steps away during the ASDS Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-9 in San Diego! In addition to over 83 sessions offering the latest advances and techniques in dermatologic surgery, this year’s meeting offers insights from major pioneers in the field. Drs. Jean and Alastair Carruthers, pioneers of the cosmetic use of botulinum A exotoxin, will present the Leadership in Innovation Lecture titled "Mostly Progress: From Intuition to Science and Proof." The Lawrence M. Field, M.D., Honorary Lecture will be presented by Mihaela Leventer, M.D. -- instrumental in establishing liposuction in Romania and mentoring numerous young surgeons. Register now to hear these leaders and innovators in dermatologic surgery!
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Offer patients cutting-edge, effective rejuvenation options
ASDS Rejuvenation
Meet the demands of today's patients to diminish skin laxity, reshape irregular body contours and improve skin tone and cellulite during Total Body Contouring and Rejuvenation, Sept. 13 and 14 in Chicago. Led by co-directors Murad Alam, M.D., and Ashish Bhatia, M.D., this in-depth course evaluates the latest body rejuvenation technologies; shows you how to optimize procedures for the best results with live patient demonstrations; and then provides hands-on practice using the latest surgical models. This course is perfect for new cosmetic practices or those looking to add advanced procedures to their repertoire! Register online or call 847-956-0900.
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Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge."
-- Carl Sagan,
American astronomer
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