Medical Spa News

Novan Announces Positive Results For Acne Treatment

Novan Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on medical nitric oxide therapies has announced positive Phase 2 study results of its topical drug candidate for the treatment of acne vulgaris. The double blind, vehicle-controlled, dose- ranging study included 150 subjects with acne. Subject were randomized evenly to 1 percent, 4 percent, or vehicle gel and treated for 12 weeks. The topical drug demonstrated good cutaneous tolerability with no reported serious adverse side effects. Subjects treated with the drug recognized a...

Valeant Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Precision Dermatology

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has entered into a definitive agreement and will acquire Precision Dermatology for $475 million in cash, plus an additional $25 million payable upon the achievement of a sales-based milestone. Precision develops and markets dermatology products, including Locoid, Hylatopic, Clindagel, and BenzEFoam. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. “Precision Dermatology has a wide range of medical dermatology products, treating a number of topical disease states such as acne and atopic dermatitis, and...

New Infrared Heat Research Results Released

Fit Bodywrap, a leader in infrared weight-loss and pain-relief systems, recently released years of clinical research supporting the effectiveness of its infrared heat system. The summaries of findings, "Fit Bodywrap for Wellness" and "Fit Bodywrap for Weight Loss" by Aaron Flickstein, D.C., medical director for Fit Bodywrap, report a wide variety of proven benefits, such as pain relief and detoxification. Research highlights include: The sweat produced by infrared heating as delivered by the Fit Bodywrap can contain as much as...

Vitamin A Benefits Extend Below Skin's Surface

An international team of researchers has found that all-trans retinoid acid (ATRA), from vitamin A, may help keep the immune system under control for those with autoimmune disorders or who have received transplants, according to a new study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology . Scientists conducted a head-to-head comparison of the role of ATRA on two subpopulations of regulatory T cells, looking for chagnes. Results suggest that ATRA enhances one subpopulation of regulatory T cells, which are a...

Imaging Technology Sheds Light on Injections

New imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Washington may allow scientists to analyze what occurs within the micrvascular system during dermal filler injections and help them to better manage complications. The fine-resolution technology produces 3-D images of the body's vascular network, visualizing blood vessels as small as five microns in diameter, by shining a light onto the tissue iwthout touching it or adding any fluorescent dyes. Using optical micro-angiography, researchers found and analyzed complications that arose when...

California Doctor Introduces Cellulite Treatment

A primary cause of cellulite—small valleys of subcutaneous fat trapped by tight connective tissue anchors—can now be effectively treated using the Brennan Beach Bottom technique. H. George Brennan, M.D., a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA, pioneered the surgery to reduce the dimpled appearance caused by the pressure of the fat against connective tissue anchors just below the skin. The more connective tissue anchors there are, the worse the cellulite appears. To smooth the surface of the skin, Brennan first...

Rhinoplasty May Affect Voice Quality

According to research published earlier this year in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery , some patients notice voice quality changes after rhinoplasty. Researchers from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran recorded a group of rhinoplasty patients' voices pre- and post-surgery and had them complete a questionnaire. According to Kamran Khazaeni, M.D., and colleagues, altered tones and hyponasality, a speech characteristic affecting consonant sounds, are perceptible to patients and experts but generally don't cause problems with overall speech function. "Depending on how...

Hair Apparent

In recent years men have become increasingly enthusiastic about grooming and aesthetic enhancement for anti-aging purposes. One of the biggest trends among men is natural looking hair restoration. The recent survey from The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) notes a 7 percent increases in the number of men undergoing the procedure. Hair restoration options used to be a guessing game, but thankfully those days are over with the advent of the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System...

Valeant Announces FDA Approval

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Retin-A Micro (tretinoin) Gel microsphere 0.08 percent for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. “We are very pleased that the FDA has approved our new strength of Retin-A Micro as this gives healthcare providers and patients a new option for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris,” says J. Michael Pearson, chairman and CEO of Valeant. “This new strength will...

Breakthrough in Eczema Research at Drexel

Researchers at the Drexel University College of Medicine are providing new insight into what causes the itchiness and rash associated with eczema, the most common form of which is atopic dermatitis (AD). Published in JAMA Dermatology , Herbert B. Allen, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology, and colleagues, discovered that staphylococcal bacteria, which are normally found on the skin surface, produce a biofilm in eczema patients that blocks the sweat ducts. That blockage activates molecules in the...

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