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Isotretinoin study: Laser treatment safe one month post-treatment July 17, 2017By Bob KronemyerA pilot study has successfully challenged the current non-evidenced medical recommendation that patients with acne scars should wait six to 12 months after completion of oral isotretinoin treatment before the safe initiation of nonablative fractional laser resurfacing.
In this issue
Melanoma and the wrong siteWrong-site surgeries are preventable. In this article, Dr. Goldberg outlines a few measures. The promises of lasers and light-based technologiesDr. Ron Wheeland reviews the past, present and future of laser and light-based technologies.
Phase 3 trials for acne treatment show promising results June 20, 2017By Bob KronemyerThe tetracycline-derived antibiotic sarecycline from Allergan plc and Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc. for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acne has been found effective and safe, according to the results of two phase 3 trials.
Novel acne gel found safe in three clinical trials July 17, 2017By Bob KronemyerA nitric oxide-releasing gel to treat acne vulgaris has been found to be extremely safe, according to three Phase 1 pharmacokinetic clinical trials. Path to cure port-wine stains August 11, 2017By Ilya Petrou80% of port-wine stains improve with laser treatment, but less than 20% clear completely. In this article, with Dr. Iris Kedar Rubin, reviews effective treatment strategies. Robotic-guided cosmetic treatments more accurate than man August 14, 2017By Ilya Petrou M.DAchieving evenness of laser beam irradiation is essential in achieving good outcomes and now a new study offers insight on high precision treatments with robotics. Microwave energy treatment reduces underarm odor August 14, 2017By Lisette HiltonResearchers have found that microwave treatment (miraDry, Miramar Labs) reduces axillary odor in patients treated for underarm sweat or hair, according to data presented at ASLMS. Back acne responds to laser August 14, 2017By Bob KronemyerApplication of a topical photoparticle immediately before non-ablative 810 nm diode laser treatment for acne resulted in a statistically significant reduction from baseline in inflammatory acne counts on the back, according to a small feasibility study presented in April at ASLMS.
Do facial patches work?An old anti-aging concept was rediscovered with the renewed popularity of facial patches. What are Korean facemasks?Korean facemasks are making their way from Asia to the US with great rapidity. Do digital beauty advisor devices work?The digital beauty advisor is a digitized mirror providing personalized skin care information and day-to-day comparative health evaluations. Debunking the myths of laser treatments for darker skin August 04, 2017By Bob KronemyerIn this slideshow, we feature Dr. Eliot Battle who offers recommendations for laser treatment in non-white patients. Lasers are as diverse as the patients and conditions they are designed to treat, he says. Microneedling may provide alternative to lasers August 07, 2017By John JesitusMicroneedling may provide a viable alternative to lasers in certain clinical situations. Dr. Mara Weinstein Velez discusses which indications have promising data behind them and where further research needs to focus.
CMS grants reimbursement cods to RCM August 11, 2017By Lisette HiltonThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted reimbursement codes to reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), a noninvasive tool for identifying benign lesions, which can spare patients from needing biopsies, as well as detect malignant lesions. Managing mycosis fungoides August 11, 2017By Ilya PetrouAlthough there is no cure for this rare type of lymphoma, several different therapies are currently being used that can lead to long-term disease remission, significantly increasing the quality of life of patients. Before removing lesion, investigate LM August 11, 2017By Ilya Petrou M.DA recent study found that cosmetic treatments performed on presumed benign pigmented lesions later found to be lentigo maligna (LM) is not an uncommon occurrence, underscoring the need for individuals performing cosmetic procedures to be more vigilant in thoroughly investigating suspicious lesions.
6 steps for a practice-based laser safety program August 03, 2017By Lisette HiltonIn this slideshow, Patti Owens, R.N., M.H.A., C.M.L.S.O. describes six steps practices can take to improve laser and energy device safety for patients and staff. Know your state's laser laws August 11, 2017By Lisette HiltonWhile laws vary from state to state as to who in a practice can legally operate a laser or light source or energy-based device, the responsibility often lies with the practice physician, according to Mathew M. Avram, M.D., J.D.
Table of the Month
24 different uses for medical laser technologies
August 04, 2017In August, our table of the month focuses on different types and uses for laser technologies as outlined by Dr. Ron Wheeland.
Acne, rosacea meds more expensive for Medicare patients seeing specialists July 20, 2017By Sarah ThuerkPatients on Medicare who receive prescriptions for acne and rosacea from specialists pay more for those medications than they would from a primary care physician, according to results of a new study. Study associates adolescent acne with higher grades, possible future earnings July 20, 2017By Sarah ThuerkAdolescents who have acne may have higher grade point averages and higher earning potential in the job market, according to findings from a recent study. LEO Pharma invests in biotech firm developing aerosol alopecia treatment device July 25, 2017By Sarah ThuerkLEO Pharma is investing in biotechnology company Novpyxis, as it develops an aerosol-based drug delivery device used for topical skin treatments, according to a news release.
Tick bite that causes red meat allergy spreading across U.S. July 27, 2017By Sarah ThuerkThe lone star tick, whose bite causes allergies to red meat, is spreading across more states, according to news reports. Reports of allergies traced to the lone star tick bites occur most frequently in the southeastern U.S., but it has spread to areas such as Long Island, N.Y.; Hanover, N.H., and Duluth, Minn. Shingles associated with increased risk of stroke, heart attack July 27, 2017By Sarah ThuerkPatients who have a history of herpes zoster may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to findings published in a research letter.