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Study Finds Damage Caused by Free Radicals Linked to Adult Acne

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According to results from a 2012 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology study, inflammation and oxidative stress caused by free radicals can lead to acne in adults. This challenges the conventional theory that clogged pores are the primary cause and require alternative treatment options. Multiple studies showed adults with acne had fewer antioxidants—their blood levels of vitamins A, C, and E were lower—compared with their clear-skinned peers. Given these findings, effective treatments for adult onset acne include antioxidant-rich topical serums and...

New Non-Invasive Optical Techniques Render Images Below Skin's Surface

The Journal of Biomedical Optics published by SPIE recently featured new non-invasive optical techniques that render images from beneath the surface of the skin. Techniques—lasers, light-emitting diodes, and spectroscopic methods—may be used in a wide variety of medical and cosmetic applications such as treating burns, identifying cancer, or expediting wound healing. Optical imaging methods are becoming increasingly popular in the field of pharmacology, specifically for investigating the penetration of topically applied substances into and through the skin barrier. Other uses...

New Study Reveals Limits of Plastic Surgery

Recent research revealed shocking findings that discredit the primary goal of people undergoing cosmetic surgery. The study, published this month in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery , found patients who had facelifts had minimal improvement in appearance and perceived age change. On average, patients looked only three years younger and were rated the same level of attractiveness according to independent viewers’ assessment of before and after photos. The study results are far less impressive than common claims made by clinics that...

Global Smile Foundation Helps Patients with Facial Congenital Deformities

The mission of the Global Smile Foundation (GSF) is to alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with facial congenital deformities. The organization's area of expertise is cleft lips and palates, a growing problem in developing nations. Every year more 170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or palate and most are unable to afford reconstructive surgery. Such a deformity impedes speaking and eating and in more severe cases, many are unable to attend school or work as a...

Researchers Find Women Pushing Mates to Undergo Cosmetic Surgery

Researchers compiled data from a high-end dating agency and a cosmetic surgery clinic to find an interesting new trend in the United Kingdom. According to the researchers there is a growing number of women searching for a partner with the promise of professional and financial success plus the good looks to fit the society lifestyle. Appearance of a potential mate is a top priority for women, says Mairead Molloy, founder of Berkeley International, an exclusive dating agency. It is so...

Mentor Worldwide and Valeant Medicis Collaborate on Physician-Loyalty Program

Mentor Worldwide, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, announced in July that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Valeant’s Medicis division, a leader in facial injectables and professional skincare. According to the agreement, Mentor and Medicis formed a joint physician-loyalty program called the M2VP Program (Medicis-Mentor Valued Partner Program), which includes the Mentor line of breast implant products for the aesthetics market and Medicis non-reimbursed facial aesthetics products, including neurotoxin, fillers, and skincare. The companies agreed to...

Survey Reveals Notable Increase of Latinas Seeking Plastic Surgery

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), more Hispanic women are undergoing facial plastic surgery and are booking procedures in pairs, bringing along a female family member. AAFPRS members noted an increase in the number of Hispanic patients treated in 2012. The procedure of choice for these clients is a rhinoplasty, followed by facelifts and blepharoplasty. Patients aren’t booking appointments solo either; the AAFPRS reports a 16 percent increase in mother-daughter...

Best Foot Forward

New York City-based podiatrist Oliver Zong, D.P.M., performs procedures for less-than-perfect feet, such as toe shortening, lengthening, padding the bottoms of feet, and slimming down pinky toes or even removing them. However, not all podiatrists are happy about this new business boom. "I don't think it's ethical unless you're having pain," says Hillary Brenner, D.P.M., a podiatric surgeon and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. "It's trauma to the foot." However, Zong believes it's the same as any kind...

2013 Plastic Surgery Predictions

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Ashkan Ghavami, M.D., an internationally recognized authority on aspects of plastic surgery, predicts that the most popular surgeries for the rest of 2013 will be the following: Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation. This surgical technique can take as little as 25 minutes but allows for recovery to be less than 24 hours. Ethnic Rhinoplasty. Until recently beauty standards considered that a small European-shaped nose was the most preferred surgical result. Now people want a more natural improvement...

Photomedix Supports Psoriasis and Vitiligo Patients

PhotoMedex recently launched a direct-to-consumer and physician educational campaign called Live Clear. Live Free . The campaign is designed to accelerate awareness of the XTRAC excimer laser treatment, improve patient care, expedite information sharing, and reduce healthcare costs for psoriasis and vitiligo therapy. “Millions of Americans face the daily burden of living with psoriasis or vitiligo,” says Dolev Rafaeli, M.D., PhotoMedex CEO. “Our marketing efforts fully reinforce our commitment to advocating better treatment options and accessibility. We believe our Live...

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