Warfield Weekly Update
May. 4, 2012

A cut above
The Economist
Having cosmetic surgery to enhance what nature gave you, or to keep her at bay, increasingly is common. In 2010, more than 3.3 million procedures were done in America, more than anywhere else, according to a report from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. These were evenly between split between "non-invasive" treatments, such as Botox or facial peels, and "invasive" surgery. Chin implants, known as "chinplants," alone rose by 71 percent from the previous year. But when population is accounted for, South Korea tops the list.More

More doctors adding cosmetic treatments to repertoire
Learning to use a laser to reduce wrinkles is a huge shift in philosophy for Dr. Briana Spooner, a pediatrician. "It takes a lot of money and a lot of time to become a physician," she said. "As a pediatrician, I'm not going out and making a ton of money, so I'd like to pay off my student loans before I die." Spooner is taking classes to learn an additional trade. She is part of a growing trend of medical professionals moving outside their specialties and into the world of beauty.More

Melanoma rate in young people dramatically has increased
The Post-Crescent via USA Today
Young women are eight times more likely to develop skin cancer today than they were 40 years ago — and young men are four times as likely to battle the disease, according to a study from Mayo Clinic researchers.More

New hypodermic needle design aims to take pain out of cosmetic injections
Cosmetic Surgery Times via Modern Medicine
A new hypodermic needle design may revolutionize injection techniques spanning all fields of medicine, resulting in reduced pain upon injection and more efficient outcomes, according to the inventor of the design.More

Women more likely to survive melanoma than men
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
When it comes to surviving the skin cancer known as melanoma, nature appears to have dealt women a better hand than men, new research suggests. By almost every measure, an analysis of four European studies found that women can expect a 30 percent better outcome than men following an early stage melanoma diagnosis.More

Altering biologic regimens may be required in those who develop skin cancer
Dermatology Times via Modern Medicine
With conflicting evidence regarding the true risk of nonmelanoma skin cancers in patients taking biologic drugs for psoriasis, Dr. Oscar Colegio says physicians should consider treatment options for patients in this category on a case-by-case basis. Among the many patients a dermatologist will see, "It is virtually inevitable that a patient with either a personal history of NMSC or at high risk for developing NMSC will present to your office with severe psoriasis, in need of systemic therapy," Colegio says.More

Procedure offers fast facelift without surgery, high cost
For most people, getting a little nip and tuck is either too scary or too expensive. A new procedure, however, is giving some people facelift results at a fraction of the cost, and there is no surgery involved. It's the hottest thing in plastic surgery, minus the surgery. Ultherapy is the first FDA-approved nonsurgical facelift.More

4-layer face peel popular with pregnant women
A Texas medical spa has noticed a trend. Pregnant women are looking for a way to rejuvenate their skin without prescription-grade products. Pregnant women often are described as having a "glow." But the reality is that expecting a baby can be hard on your skin.More

Education Level Survey Results
In the April 27 issue of the Warfield Weekly Update, we asked, "What is your highest level of schooling completed?"

Here's how our readers responded: