Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Botulinum toxin for chin dimpling proves safe, effective
Treating chin dimpling can be a challenge, but a simple therapeutic approach using botulinum toxin coupled with a change in mimicking habits by the patient proves to relax the musculature in the chin area, resulting in signficiant, lasting Aesthetic improvements.
Radiofrequency technology offers painless skin tightening treatment
Radiofrequency (RF) technology has come a long way since its inception in aesthetic medicine. The EndyMed Pro (EndyMed Medical) is a new RF device using 3DEEP technology that appears to set itself apart in the way it delivers RF energy. The new technology was presented at the 68th annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Actinic keratosis responds to lower-dose imiquimod regimen
Recent trial data show that a new lower-dose regimen of imiquimod proves effective in the treatment of actinic keratosis (AK) and allows patients to treat much larger surface areas of clinical as well as subclinical lesions. Study results were recently presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Azelaic acid may improve rosacea symptoms
Rosacea is a fairly common inflammatory skin condition that can prove challenging to treat. Current therapeutic strategies empirically target the signs and symptoms of the disease, because the details of its pathophysiology have not yet been completely understood.
Sulfasalazine may be effective in alopecia areata treatment
Jahrom, Iran — Many different therapies are currently being used to treat alopecia areata, however, most prove to be only marginally effective. A recent study showed that sulfasalazine is effective in the treatment of alopecia areata and can be considered as a viable therapeutic option for this disease.
Anticytokine therapy effective in treating CAPS
Naples, Fla. — The recent identification of a gene responsible for a cluster of debilitating diseases collectively known as cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS) has led to extremely effective anticytokine therapy.
Compliance to psoriasis treatment regimens starts with physician
Treatment adherence is an important variable in psoriasis therapy, and it can be the deciding factor between successful and unsuccessful outcomes. Prescribing once-a-day, cosmetically acceptable regimens can be key in achieving better treatment adherence in psoriasis patients.
Noninvasive diagnosis of suspect lesions possible with handheld device
Using confocal imaging (or reflectance confocal microscopy, RCM), the VivaScope (Lucid) is proving to be a useful tool in the differentiation and diagnosis of cutaneous lesions.
Licorice extract proves helpful in hair removal
Frankfurt, Germany — A study using glycyrrhizic acid, the herbal extract from licorice, proves to be effective in halting hair growth in rats. This topical approach appears to be promising for future epilation therapies, and may rival currently used epilation modalities, which can frequently be associated with a host of unwanted side effects.
Avoid cardiovascular complications while maximizing cosmetic results
Patients undergoing cosmetic procedures may also have underlying cardiovascular (CV) issues for which they may need to take various therapeutic medications. Here, the cosmetic and medical sides of dermatology sometimes clash regarding the negative impact that these medications may have. It is the task of the astute physician to circumvent unwanted adverse events.


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