Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Reflectance confocal microscopy lets physicians view suspected lesions with greater clarity
Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) is a relatively new technique that can help clinicians more accurately evaluate both melanocytic and nonmelanocytic skin lesions. It may even negate the need for biopsy in certain instances, an Austrian dermatologist says.
Nonphysician providers highly useful in busy dermatology practices
A nonphysician provider can be an invaluable resource in a busy dermatologic practice. Given the proper training and the appropriate time to gain the experience needed, nonphysician providers can help to significantly shorten the wait time of patients, which can lead to an increased volume of clientele while decreasing the workload of the dermatologist, says one physician.
Novel ways to treat actinic keratosis work their way into clinical practice
Fractional lasers and varying delivery techniques of photodynamic therapy (PDT) are proving to be very effective in the treatment of actinic keratosis (AK).
Sublative rejuvenation targets acne, scarring
Sublative rejuvenation, a radiofrequency (RF) technique used for skin rejuvenation, is proving useful in the treatment of acne and acne scars, says Michael Gold, M.D. Several years ago, Syneron launched the eMatrix system, which offers sublative rejuvenation, to bridge the gap between aggressive and nonaggressive laser and light techniques, while at the same time offering a safer treatment option for all skin types.
CellSearch system advances melanoma diagnostics
The CellSearch system (Veridex LLC) is an in vitro circulating-tumor-cell test that has shown to be of use in the management and treatment of patients with breast, colorectal and prostate cancers. Now, the system is finding its way into dermatology and may prove useful in the treatment and prognosis of melanoma.
Toxins, fillers and lasers can improve appearance of postsurgical scarring
Botulinum toxins, fillers and lasers are all powerful Aesthetic tools commonly used for rejuvenation. These modalities may also have use in some cases where reconstruction of postsurgical scarring is desired, according to a Denver dermatologist.
Oral medication clears senile purpura
A new experimental oral medication known as Purpurex (New Vitality) is effective in improving and even clearing the appearance of senile purpura, while helping to prevent new lesions from occurring, according to a recent study.
Post-traumatic keratoacanthoma possible following squamous cell carcinoma excision
Post-traumatic keratoacanthoma represent a particular subtype of keratoacanthoma that develops days to weeks following skin trauma and has been reported following nonmelanoma skin cancer excision.
Experimental oral drug may be effective in treating metastatic basal cell carcinoma
A new experimental oral medication is proving highly effective in the treatment of metastatic basal cell carcinoma (BCC), according to a recent study. Treatment modalities for advanced BCC cases typically include surgery and/or radiation, but these approaches often are insufficient. Vismodegib (GDC-0449, Genentech) is an experimental oral inhibitor of the Sonic hedgehog signaling pathway, which is known to play an important role in the development of the disease.
Fillers find success in correcting volume depletion in various body areas
Though the most common indications for fillers include the treatment of wrinkles, acne scars and lip augmentation, these devices also can prove extremely useful for more esoteric cosmetic and medical issues.

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