Warfield Weekly Update
Oct. 17, 2014

Skin aging: Genetic nuances
Dermatology Times
There are two distinct processes by which skin aging occurs — intrinsic and extrinsic aging, says Dr. Jennifer Linder, Linder Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University of California, San Francisco. Intrinsic factors are only responsible for only 10 percent of skin aging and based on DNA and gene expression. "Certain changes take place in the skin naturally due to the passage of time, but genetics also play a role in intrinsic aging," says Linder.More

Study: Allergy to some metal implants linked to rare skin cancer
HealthDay News
A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals, such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said.More

Rejuvenation of the aging neck
The long, slender neck is a symbol of youth, beauty and elegance. When the aging process hits the neck and lower face, it creeps silently upon us, until suddenly, one day, we notice significant neck sagging, jowling and textural skin changes. Luckily, we have new advances in the treatment of the aging neck that can add a nice, step-wise approach to neck rejuvenation for patients of all ages.More

FDA clears PicoSure for wrinkle treatment
Dermatology Times
The Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance to Cynosure, allowing it to market its PicoSure laser workstation for the treatment of wrinkles. The PicoSure Picosecond Laser Workstation utilizes its FOCUS lens array, a disposable energy delivery system, to treat rhytids. PicoSure in 2012 became the world's first picosecond laser device to obtain clearance from the FDA for treatment of benign pigmented lesions and tattoo removal, according to a news release.More

Phototherapy safe for skin conditions in elderly patients
Medical News Today
Phototherapy is effective and safe in the short term for a wide range of dermatoses in elderly patients, according to data released at the 23rd European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in the Netherlands. More

Adipocyte viability varies based on age and harvesting site
It has been theorized that fat cells harvested from young patients are more viable than those of older patients, but the reality may be more complex, according to a new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.More

Skin anti-aging guidelines: What's right at what age?
Dermatology Times
Although the photoaging process affects each individual differently, certain general strategies for the prevention and treatment of the condition are available based on the physiologic changes of the skin. Two expert dermatologists shared with us the strategies and methods they use to help fight off and ameliorate the signs of photoaging in their patients, taking into consideration genetics, age range, lifestyle and skin care.More

Scientists find molecular 'breadcrumb trail' that helps melanoma spread
Cancer Research UK
Melanoma cells follow the trail of a naturally occurring molecule in the body, which helps the skin cancer to spread, British researchers have found. The molecule is a type of fatty chemical called lysophosphatidic acid and when the melanoma cells come in contact with the molecule, it creates a signal that prompts the cancer cells to travel and spread in the body.More

Most dermatology complaints in the emergency room are acute
Medical News Today
More than three quarters of dermatologic complaints seen in the emergency department are acute in nature, researchers reported at the 23rd European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress.More

Older workers turning to plastic surgery to enhance image
Surgical Products
After the recession hit, business at Dr. Mary Lee Peters' plastic surgery practice grew steadily. The downturn brought new types of patients to her Seattle office — people with severance packages who were still smarting from layoffs and too much time on their hands. Several put the money towards cosmetic surgeries and Peters went to work helping them look "fresher" for their job interviews, she said. With a growing number of baby boomers postponing retirement, venturing back into the job market or striving to retain their standing at work, more and more seniors are turning to cosmetic enhancements to gain a competitive edge.More

Success seen for Amgen's ABP 501 for psoriasis
MedPage Today
A phase III study comparing the biosimilar ABP 501 to the monoclonal antibody adalimumab (Humira) met its primary endpoint for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, manufacturer Amgen announced.More

The psychology of our love affair with plastic surgery
The Huffington Post
The United States holds the dubious title of performing the most plastic surgeries in the world — a title, incidentally, that we're currently wrestling for with Brazil. We love to go under the knife. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 11 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were undertaken in 2013 alone.More

Younger Indians shop for cosmetic procedures
Live Mint
Younger Indians are increasingly going for cosmetic procedures, such as nose jobs and hair transplants, as growing awareness and better disposable incomes stir the demand for treatments that were once considered more discreet and expensive.More

Can microneedling improve the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars?
The Wall Street Journal
Microneedling devices include rollers with wheels of needles and pens with a cluster of needles at the tip. The technique works great for sunken areas on the skin caused by acne, but not for deep, narrow "ice pick" scars, says New York dermatologist Doris Day.More

Study: Anti-wrinkle collagen pill really works
In the August issue of Prevention, readers are alerted to a new anti-wrinkle collagen treatment that research shows actually works as well as — if not better than — most retinoic acid creams.More