Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Margin comments in nevi histology reports impact re-excision rates
Histological reports on atypical or dysplastic nevi that include margin comments appear to have a significant impact on how the clinician will proceed regarding the potential re-excision of lesions, according to a recent literature review.
Algorithm provides quicker diagnosis of hidradenitis suppurativa
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a challenging disease to treat; however, a better understanding of the disease and continued research has led to more clear-cut therapeutic options, according to an expert who spoke at the North American Clinical Dermatologic Society meeting.
Targeted drugs lengthen survival for melanoma patients
Though a cure for melanoma remains elusive, continued research has borne several promising treatment approaches with more targeted drugs that can help lengthen melanoma patients' survival, buying them time until more effective treatments come to light.
Vismodegib ‘life-changing’ for BCC patient populations
Vismodegib (Erivedge, Genentech) continues to demonstrate efficacy in treating patients with metastatic basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and locally advanced basal cell carcinoma (laBCC).
Practice gaps leave room for improvement
Practice gaps may exist within an office setting, even though the physician is not aware of them, underscoring the need for and advantages of continuing medical education on all fronts of the medical spectrum.
Mnemonics help to keep patient satisfaction levels high
Fulfilling patients’ expectations regarding cosmetic procedure outcomes can sometimes prove to be challenging. According to one physician, using two simple mnemonics can be instrumental in satisfying patients, and for diffusing potentially uncomfortable scenarios if expectations are not met.
Holistic approach can address signs of aging face
A multitude of topical and oral therapies can be skillfully used to help patients achieve their anti-aging goals, according to a clinician who spoke at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Annual Congress.
Comprehensive aesthetic consult boosts opportunity for positive outcomes
Several factors play intertwining roles in achieving a successful aesthetic consult. Actively engaging and connecting with the patient and finding out the patient’s real reasons for wanting to look more youthful are essential for improved aesthetic outcomes, according to an expert.
Intraoperative hemostasis keeps complications to a minimum
Although still considered rare, hemorrhagic complications remain the most common of the complications that can occur following dermatologic surgery, according to results of a study.
Pollution, stress take toll on skin aging
A new area of research may help in the development of more effective topical products to counteract polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a result of air pollution which impacts skin aging.

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