Anaheim, Calif. - While sclerotherapy continues to be the gold-standard leg-vein treatment, lasers are a viable option as an adjunct to sclerotherapy - particularly for use as an initial treatment of small leg veins or for needle-phobic patients, according to Eric F. Bernstein, M.D., clinical associate professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Washington, D.C. - Though typically considered safe to use with pleasing cosmetic results, fillers can also cause adverse side effects - some of which are serious. Bruising and needle marks, joint pain, headaches, allergic reactions, nausea, and even partial vision loss can result.
Winston-Salem, N.C. - Some of the newest cleansing technologies do not focus on the cleansers, themselves, but rather how they are delivered to the skin. And a five amino acid chain peptide, called pentapeptides, will soon be making moisturizing news.
San Francisco-To avoid being underpaid, overpaid or accused of fraudulent billing, dermatologists should be involved in their practices' coding and billing, says Leon Kircik, M.D., a dermatologist and director of Physicians Skin Care PLLC, Louisville, Ky, with four practices in four states. Recently, he spoke on this topic at the annual meeting of The American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco.
San Francisco- The Internet is surprising doctors as a one-stop resource for a diverse set of needs. In one sitting, a physician can find images for a Power Point presentation, book a flight to a cosmetic surgery conference, secure clinical-trial information for patients, and conduct a journal search.
San Francisco -- Physicians who perform noncosmetic and skin-surgery procedures sometimes face reimbursement issues that challenge fair payment for their services.
Miami - Many plastic and cosmetic surgeons wonder if nonablative skin rejuvenation has a place among proven treatments using chemical peels, dermabrasion, or the erbium: YAG (Er: YAG) laser. Thomas Baker, M.D., is convinced there is room for all four types of skin rejuvenation therapy, and that nonablative therapy has very specific and important roles.
Snowmass, Colo. - There are several options when it comes to enhancing the look of the neck. Depending on the patient's age, concern, and lifestyle, today's physicians can approach the problem simply with botulinum toxin or liposuction, or might need to resort to one or a combination of procedures, including peels, laser rejuvenation, and lower facelift. Rhoda S. Narins, M.D., talked about the different approaches at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery winter symposium.
New York - Despite the bad reputation silicone has gotten as a permanent filler in the past, it is emerging as a safe, dependable and permanent option for plumping lines and the lips, according to Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D.