Washington — Over the next five years, fractionated lasers and combined-wavelength treatments will continue to lead growth in the dermatologic laser surgery segment, according to a leading dermatologic laser surgeon.
The complexities of facial and neck anatomy demand that dermatologic surgeons identify pertinent features in these areas preoperatively instead of after the fact, an expert says.
To address the U.S. healthcare crisis, some dermatologists suggest everything from overhauling the FDA to abandoning it — and Medicare as it's currently configured. However, not all dermatologists agree with these proposals.
Tips for an efficient, harmonious office range from staying on top of patients' deductibles to taking regular four-day weekends, an expert says.
The first documented case of cutaneous polyarteritis nodosum following HPV vaccine injection suggests dermatologists should consider it as a possible vaccine-related complication, says a pathologist who worked on this case.
Dermatologists' reactions to Hoffman-La Roche's decision to discontinue its once-popular acne drug Accutane (isotretinoin) run the gamut. Some express disappointment or surprise; others marvel that the drug survived as long as it did.
Seven months postsurgery, Connie Culp, who received a near-total face transplant on Dec. 9 at the Cleveland Clinic, is doing well, according to published accounts.
National report — The bankruptcy of Artes Medical, maker of the permanent facial filler ArteFill, will make it harder for permanent fillers to enter the U.S. market in the future, analysts say — although one such product, Contura's Aquamid, will likely seek Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2009.
To prevent filler complications and treat them most effectively when they occur, an expert recommends thoroughly understanding facial anatomy.
Cleveland — Plastic surgeons are welcoming the news of the world's first near-total face transplant — and the first such operation in the United States — performed in late 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic.