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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...

Foundation Recognizes Researchers

La Roche-Posay, the brand recommended by 25,000 dermatologists, announced the winners of the 9th annual La Roche-Posay North American Foundation’s 2014 Research Awards, which supports the work of outstanding candidates with promising projects in the field of clinical, biological and pharmacological research linked to dermatology. This year, three winners were chosen to continue their research in the field: Thomas Strub, M.D., received the first place grant of $10,000, while Shadmehr Demehri, M.D., and Emily Newsom, M.D., were named the second...

Facial Plastic Surgery Predictions for 2014

Plastic surgery is experiencing a strong resurgence, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The most recent AAFPRS figures suggest that a double-digit comeback is underway since the 2008 recession. Here’s what AAFPRS members and president Edward Farrior, M.D., F.A.C.S., predict will be the most popular procedures this year. 1. Repurposing Fat Using clients’ fat for cosmetic surgery has experienced an uptick in popularity thanks to more predictable and lasting results than traditional fillers. “Facial...

Pollogen Launches New Facial Platform

Pollogen, a leader in the medical aesthetic market, introduced geneO+, an aesthetic device specifically developed for skincare professionals. Designed for clients to detect results after only one treatment, geneO+ is a smart-touch system that integrates OxyGeneo technology, which can deliver three treatments simultaneously—exfoliation of the outer layer skin, infusion of revitalizing nutrients, and oxygenation of the skin. The device can also operate independently or can be combined with other aesthetic regimens. "We are very excited about launching our newest innovation...

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