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Parabens Are Worse Than Previously Thought

A study from the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark discovered that butylparaben, commonly used in cosmetics and skincare products to stop bacterial growth, has more adverse effects on the reproductive system than previously believed. Researchers observed endocrine disrupting effects on the development of the reproductive system in rats that were exposed to butylparaben prenatally. They observed reduced sperm quality as well as changes in the prostate, testicles, ovaries, and breast development. "Overall, our results suggest that...

Genes Explain Higher Risk of Melanoma in Men

men higher risk of melanoma
A recent study published in Biology of Sex Differences identified potential genetic variants related to a higher rate of melanoma in males of Spanish origin. Researchers analyzed more than 1,000 males and females, and genotyped 363 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 65 pigmentation gene regions. When they separated samples by sex, the results showed more SNPs associated with dark pigmentation and good sun tolerance in females. Males, on the other hand, were associated with light pigmentation and poor sun tolerance...

DermDash Offers Cosmetic Procedure Marketplace

dermdash online cosmetic procedure marketplace
Launched last month, DermDash is an online cosmetic procedure marketplace that allows users to schedule a free consultation before purchasing a service. Consultations have proven vital to the cosmetic procedure process. Patients are rarely comfortable scheduling a procedure that involves chemicals, lasers, injectables, and the like without meeting the practitioner ahead of time. "Patients need to meet with the physician prior to receiving the procedure to get an appropriate assessment of what they need," says Ben Behnam M.D., board certified...

Acne Scars Impact Self-Esteem

In June, Suneva Medical released results of its acne scar survey. The survey revealed an overwhelming majority of customers believe acne and acne scars have a negative impact on confidence. The survey also showed that people with acne and acne scars normally withdraw themselves from social settings and avoid putting photos online without heavy editing or filters. “Acne scarring is one of the most common skin issues I see at my practice and the condition is more than skin deep,”...

MedResults Network Partners with PCA Skin

MedResults Network, which is an organization providing aesthetic medical provider and medical spa members cost-saving benefits, has partnered with professional skincare company PCA Skin. As part of the partnership, MedResults Network’s 2,500 aesthetic members will now have access to the entire PCA Skin product line and education programs. The company offers global education covering the physiology of the skin, and the safe and effective application of chemical peels. “After a year and a half of due diligence to ensure that...

Suneva Medical Hires Chief Operating Officer

Preston Romm Suneva Medical
Suneva Medical, a privately-held aesthetics company, recently appointed Preston Romm to chief operating officer. Romm joins Suneva Medical with more than 30 years of experience and will be responsible for leading the company’s sales, marketing, and operations. Previously serving as president of Obagi Medical Products and senior vice president of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Romm brings a rich background in the facial aesthetic industry and will be an instrumental executive on Suneva Medical’s leadership team. “Preston’s impressive track record and deep rooted...

Antioxidant Serum Improves Laser Recovery

antioxidant serum for laser recovery
In a study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine earlier this year, researchers discovered an antioxidant serum helped decrease recovery time and improve healing after fractional ablative laser treatments. Jill Waibel, M.D., and her team investigated whether laser-assisted delivery of vitamins C and E plus ferulic acid immediately following fractional ablative laser treatments would improve wound healing. They also aimed to evaluate the potential molecular markers involved in the wound-healing process. The researchers performed a double-blinded, prospective, single-center, randomized...

CO2 Improves Hyaluronic Fillers

hyaluronic acid filler research
Researchers have discovered that CO2 helps extend the longevity of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Giuseppe Nisi, M.D., and colleagues compared the efficacy, tolerability, and effect duration of HA fillers with and without the addition of CO2 therapy for the cosmetic correction of nasolabial folds. They enrolled 40 healthy women who received a split-face, blinded, and randomized treatment for their nasolabial folds: The subjects received only HA filler only in one fold, and filler plus subcutaneous injections of CO2 in the...

Syneron-Candela Introduces New Resolve Handpiece

Picoway tattoo removal
Syneron-Candela recently expanded its award-winning PicoWay platform to include a novel fractionated handpiece, the PicoWay Resolve, and a new ultra-short 785nm wavelength, the first of its kind in the aesthetic market utilizing a titanium sapphire laser for removal of blue and green inks. The platform now includes both fractional and nonfractional 532nm and 1064nm picosecond wavelengths for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions and tattoos, plus the 785nm wavelength, which further reduces pulse duration to address smaller ink particles. “The...

German Destination Spa Offers Haute Healing

Lanserhof Tegernsee German destination spa
Though guests don’t check into Lanserhof Tegernsee (Marienstein, Germany) expecting to be pampered, the austere methods they do experience renew them inside and out. New to the a-la-carte menu is Ultherapy (starting at $400, time varies) for the face, neck, and décolleté. The ultrasonic pulses penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin for a quick youth refresher. It is just one of the many unique health treatments available at the two-year-old medi-clinic in the foothills of the...

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