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How young is too young for Botox?
Yahoo Health
You probably know someone who has been injected with Botox — and you might be surprised by how young they are. Botox has become the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, accounting for 3.77 million of the 5.89 million injectable procedures performed in 2013, according to a survey conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. And that number keeps rising: Injectable procedures were up nearly 16 percent last year compared with 2012. The demand for Botox has become so strong that many doctors who are not plastic surgeons are now trained in the practice. But the concerns surrounding Botox have shifted in recent years from safety to the increasingly younger ages at which women are seeking injections.
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Melanoma combination therapy study shows promising results
Dermatology Times
Genentech has announced that its phase three coBRIM study, evaluating the safety and efficacy of a combination of cobimetinib and vemurafenib for the treatment of melanoma, has met its primary endpoint. According to Genentech, cobimetinib is designed to block the activity of MEK, one of a series of cellular proteins that make up a signaling pathway that helps regulate cell division and survival.
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Stem cells hold key to hair regrowth USA
The new research in Elaine Fuchs' Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development focused on stem cells in the hair follicle to determine what switches them on and identified the signal as Sonic Hedgehog. "Many types of mammalian stem cells produce TACs, which act as an intermediate between the stem cells and their final product: fully differentiated cells in blood, skin and elsewhere," says Ya-Chieh Hsu, who conducted the research.
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Fractionated carbon dioxide laser, poly-L-lactic acid improve atrophic scars
Healio (subscriber article)
The combined use of ablative fractional CO2 laser and poly-L-lactic acid to treat atrophic scars helped upregulate collagen synthesis to improve appearance of the scars, according to a study.
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Industry responds to trend for DIY sunscreen
Professional Beauty Magazine
The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association has issued a warning about DIY sunscreens following a recent consumer trend towards formulating sun protection at home. DIY sunscreen have been popular with organic and natural beauty enthusiasts, often using beeswax or coconut oil as a natural SPF, however industry experts have issued warnings against using such products, reminding consumers of the risks associated with sun damage.
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Pathogen behavior influenced by communication between nostril/skin microbiome bacteria
Medical News Today
A team of scientists has made an important discovery about the molecular interactions that occur between generally benign species of Propionibacterium bacteria and the pathogenic bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, the cause of most "staph" infections. These bacterial species are commonly found in the human nostrils and, also, on human skin. S. aureus is a potential pathogen that inhibits the nostrils of about a quarter of all adults. It is also a common cause of skin and more invasive infections.
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Cutting-edge microneedle helps treat acne scars, skin conditions in patients
People suffering from skin conditions, such as wrinkles, acne scars and skin discoloration are turning to the treatment of a "space age" looking Dermapen to improve their skin through natural healing. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alex Kaplan, who calls the Dermapen treatment one of his most popular procedures, says the skin's improvement comes from an all-natural process, in which the patient's skin heals itself.
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Extreme skin
Ivanhoe Newswire via WTVF-TV
Last year, Americans underwent more than 11 million cosmetic procedures and spent nearly $12 billion on skin rejuvenation. Everyone wants their skin to look younger, healthier and better, but some are taking it to an extreme. Cheri Kovacsev's face is dripping with blood and she wouldn't have it any other way. "I'm hoping to achieve smaller pores and the fine lines around my lips to improve over this process," Kovacsev said. Licen
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ACO, health insurance exchange pressures mounting
Dermatology Times
As healthcare reform advances, experts say, dermatologists face mounting pressure to prove their mettle to insurance exchanges and accountable care organizations. Dr. Jack Resneck Jr. defines a healthcare exchange as a tool, usually a website, that individuals or small businesses — which the Affordable Care Act/ACA defines as having fewer than 50 employees — use to choose a healthcare plan.
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Subcutaneous bumps a bacterial consequence of fillers (Dermatology Times)
Growing array of fillers expands options for facial rejuvenation (Dermatology Times)
Why some may be more susceptible to developing melanoma (Skin Inc.)
Reduce pain during procedures (MedEsthetics)

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Sheep dip with a twist has Hollywood stars all aglow
NZ Herald
Hollywood A-lister Reese Witherspoon is joining a flock of celebrities lining up to cover their faces in Kiwi sheep placenta. Dermatologist to the stars Dr. Harold Lancer offers facial treatments and creams from his Beverly Hills, California, practice that contain placenta from New Zealand livestock.
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The search for youthful skin
Everyone wants it — to look young and youthful, to have beautiful skin and we all want it now. Cosmetic surgeons have become a necessity for many women and, frankly, men are getting in on the act as well. Having a good cosmetic surgeon practically is a required accessory these days and their talent is key, but the most important requirement he/she must have: discretion. Everyone wants what these doctors have to offer, but few people want to admit they have had anything done, after all, it practically has become an obsession, and who wants to admit they were not born with that wrinkle-free forehead that doesn't move when they frown?
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Shea butter may be a natural remedy for acne
Liberty Voice
Many people may not be familiar with how shea butter can be used as a natural remedy for helping to clear acne breakouts.

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Tattoo removal surges 440 percent over the last decade
Actress Melanie Griffith is going through a painful divorce. But the removal of her tattoo with the first name of her husband Antonio Banderas may be almost as painful.

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Reduce pain during procedures
Pain — and the fear of pain — is one of the key factors that discourages patients from undergoing injectable and laser treatments. But there are several steps physicians can take to reduce pain during noninvasive cosmetic treatments.

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Organics in the Physicians Office

Presented by Patricia Scherven, LE, BA, NCEA Certified

About the webinar:
The trend of using organics and in-organics in the physician's office will be explored. Consumers are aware, and will ask the skincare specialist the benefits and concerns of using these ingredients and products. The direction in which these compounds: natural, unrefined oils and flower essences, along with beliefs and health issues, will be discussed. 1.0 CE through Feb. 7, 2017.

At the conclusion of this presentation the skin care specialist will be able to:
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Susanne S. Warfield, President/CEO of Paramedical Consultants, Inc. ( Official Publication of the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists. Warfield has more than 33 years' experience, is a leading expert on business, legal and liability issues that affect physician and esthetician relationships. She has authored more than 450 articles and 15 books for the consumer, medical and skin care sectors. She is the recipient of the prestigious Crystal Award for Life Achievement by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa.More



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