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October 13, 2010
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • Minimally invasive procedures can be easily overdone
    Demand for face lifts and eyelid surgery declined over the past year, while demand rose for minimally invasive procedures, such as wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections. Dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels and Botox are not risk-free, and doctors warn that some patients are overdoing it. Injections can cause bruising and infection, and too many Botox injections can leave the face nearly expressionless, doctors say. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many with melasma are unaware that treatment is available
    Though melasma affects nearly 5 million women in the U.S. alone, only an esitmated 2% to 6% seek treatment for the skin condition. Chemical peels and fractional photothermolysis have been researched as possible treatments for the condition, which can have a negative effect on a person's self-image, experts said. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tools of the Trade 
  • Device helps doctors detect skin cancer
    VivaScope, a device made by Rochester, N.Y.-based Lucid, may help doctors detect skin cancer without biopsy. "We put a probe on the skin and we light up the skin with a low-powered light," said Lucid's Christi Alessi-Fox. "It's reflected back through the system and the image is displayed on the computer monitor." WHEC-TV (Rochester, N.Y.) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Antibiotics can aid patients before or after skin procedures
    Little guidance exists in the literature regarding antibiotic prophylaxis for dermatologic surgery, but guidelines from other specialties recommend antibiotics be given to anyone who is immunocompromised, has had recent surgery or has certain cardiovascular impairment. "In dermatologic surgery, there are no studies on antibiotic prophylaxis, so we have to make do with these other recommendations," said dermatologist Dr. Christopher Gasbarre. Timing and antibiotic type are important, Gasbarre said, and certain surgical sites have a greater risk of infection. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • State of the Art Cosmetic and Reconstructive Anatomy Course and Cadaver Lab in Miami
    The ASDS invites you to attend the State of the Art Cosmetic and Reconstructive Anatomy Course and Cadaver Lab in Miami on Dec. 4 and 5. This educational symposium is designed to provide a comprehensive review of advanced techniques for combined treatments in cosmetic and reconstructive dermatologic surgery. Thought leaders in the fields of anatomy and dermatologic surgery will share their expertise on procedures and treatments for optimal primary and post-reconstructive cosmetic outcomes. This course provides essential knowledge for dermatologic surgeons who treat cancer patients and perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. This interactive, live CME activity combines lecture, discussion and a five-hour hands-on cadaver lab. Get more information here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
    The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is excited to announce its Member-Get-A-Member Campaign, Aug. 15 to Dec. 31. This program gives you an exciting and rewarding opportunity to reach out to your colleagues and invite them to join the ASDS. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true."
--Margaret Thatcher,
British prime minister,
quoted for her birthday, Oct. 13, 1925

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