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October 10, 2012
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • Skin cancer incidence rises with tanning's popularity
    Studies have linked rising rates of skin cancer to the use of indoor tanning beds, but warnings against deliberate tanning seem to fall on deaf ears, says Dr. David Bank, an assistant clinical professor in dermatology at Columbia University-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers rose by almost 77% from 1992 to 2006, and melanoma is the most common form of cancer among 25- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. CNBC (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telemedicine eases doctor shortages
    Telemedicine is increasing patient access to doctors in high demand, including dermatologists. The technology "allows us to meet the mission of the hospital better because we’re offering more locally," says Dr. Margot Hartmann, CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Two dermatologists from Massachusetts General Hospital visit Nantucket Island four times a year but see 1,100 patients through telemedicine. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tools of the Trade 
  • Plan excision wisely for best cosmetic outcomes
    Optimal cosmetic outcomes can be achieved by marking excision borders while a patient is in a comfortable position and designing incisions so that closures will fall along lines in the skin, according to Dr. Roger I. Ceilley, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Iowa. The key is to remove tension on the wound by undermining, planning an appropriate length-to-width ratio, administering local anesthesia gently and removing so-called dog ears from the wound's ends, Ceilley said. Dressings should be neat and functional, and patients should receive counseling on proper wound care, he said. Dermatology Times (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New hyaluronic acid fills fine lines
    Belotero allows dermatologists to correct finely etched lines without some of the effects common to other hyaluronic acid-based fillers, says dermatologist Mary Lupo. Some other fillers are too thick to use in fine lines and create a bluish hue if they are injected too superficially, she says. WWL-TV (New Orleans) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethicon's knotless tissue control systems could arrive this fall
    Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson unit, is preparing to launch its STRATAFIX line of knotless tissue control devices, which are intended to provide surgeons with more flexibility and control in creating tissue closures without the need for knots. The company plans to release the devices concurrently with the launch of its STRATAFIX Spiral systems later this fall. (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Communication makes practice changes easier, experts say
    Implementing change within a physician practice does not have to be disruptive, but it does require a lot of communication throughout the process, business experts say. Staff should have the opportunity to voice concerns and influence changes early in the process, and physicians should not assume that because they understand and want changes, their staff will feel the same. "It's important to have an open door, hear their perspectives and address their concerns," said human resources expert Christina Stovall. American Medical News (free content) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • Dermatologists most qualified for skin cancer, cosmetic procedures
    Primary care physicians say dermatologists are better qualified than other specialists to perform skin cancer surgery as well as a variety of cosmetic procedures, according to a new study published in the October Dermatologic Surgery journal and supported by a Cutting Edge Research Grant from ASDS. "The majority of primary care physicians recognize the expertise of dermatologists in these areas because of the large volumes of these procedures they perform," said lead author and dermatologic surgeon Omar A. Ibrahimi of the Connecticut Skin Institute. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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