A new study shows that three-dimensional high precision surface imaging can be used to monitor changes in the area and volume of port wine stains following laser treatment.
Researchers have identified a genomic variant strongly associated with sensitivity to the sun — a finding that could eventually lead to valuable information about treating skin diseases such as melanoma.
Excessive scarring, particularly hypertrophic scars, can be treated effectively with currently available laser treatments, results of a recent study suggest.
Patient compliance to suggested therapy, whether topic or oral, remains the major obstacle in achieving good treatment outcomes in dermatology. Establishing trust with the patient, choosing a treatment plan that the patient likes, and scheduling the follow-up visit soon after first presentation are all key steps the physician can take in helping to improve patient compliance and further, treatment outcomes.
A proof of concept study has demonstrated for the first time that the complement portion of the immune system and the cutaneous microbiome interact in a symbiotic way to maintain skin health. Better understanding this interaction may provide new targets for interventions to prevent and treat diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.