Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Botulinum toxin treatments safe, but adverse event lawsuits on the rise
Botulinum toxin treatments are considered to be safe, particularly when used for on-label indications and in the cosmetic arena. A recent study finds, however, that lawsuits associated with botulinum toxin treatments are on the rise, underscoring the need for physicians to be wary and “handle with care.”
Fillers increasingly used in nontraditional areas for soft tissue augmentation
Filler procedures have become a staple in the dermatologic armamentarium for the treatment of numerous cosmetic indications, allowing physicians to perform sophisticated soft tissue augmentation procedures in their patients, safely and effectively. Though the correction of nasolabial folds was the first and perhaps the most popular indication for fillers, nontraditional areas where these cosmetic tools can be implemented are ever growing.
Research uncovers new, innovative treatments for conditions in patients with skin of color
The common challenges in treating patients with skin of color have not changed over the years, but continuing research has borne new and innovative treatment approaches and techniques that can better and more safely address the conditions often seen in this patient population.
Improvements to fat grafting techniques may give boost to aesthetic procedures
New and exciting advances in fat grafting techniques specifically focused around the way the fat is processed could result in a resurgence of the age-old cosmetic procedure, offering physicians a viable option to the popular synthetic fillers readily used.
Cutting-edge devices evaluate fine nuances of pigmented lesions
New and cutting edge technologies are proving useful for clinical diagnosis and early detection of melanoma. Depending on the diagnostic tool used, clinicians can improve their assessment of suspicious lesions and better evaluate the fine nuances differentiating benign and malignant pigmented lesions.
Laser, light devices useful for clearing acne, scars recalcitrant to standard treatments
While topical and oral therapies remain the gold standard approach for treating acne, laser and light sources are effective for acne lesions and scarring, and can be particularly useful in cases recalcitrant to standard therapeutic approaches.
Reemergence of targeted photon therapy useful for NMSCs in outpatient setting
Recent advances in radiation therapy for the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) have resulted in a resurgence of targeted photon therapy, a treatment modality particularly useful in an outpatient setting. In carefully selected patients and cases, radiation therapy can often be the treatment of choice for NMSCs, says a clinician who spoke at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
New laser finds niche in superior tattoo removal treatment
The PicoSure laser (Cynosure) is proving to be a major breakthrough in tattoo removal by helping to clear notoriously stubborn colors quicker and more effectively then other laser technologies, according to an expert.
Integrative dermatology is underused in Western medicine
Integrative dermatology is an underused therapeutic modality in Western medicine. It is a holistic approach to the and management of various dermatologic disease and conditions. When implemented appropriately, therapeutic outcomes can be improved, according to a clinician who spoke at the 71st annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Shifting cosmetic goals, treatment advances allow for fewer complications
Botulinum toxin injections are more popular than ever in aesthetic medicine and have become a staple in the everyday armamentarium of the cosmetic physician.

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