Common myths of cosmetic dermatology include the assumptions that one will never make mistakes, that malpractice insurance automatically covers cosmetic tools and treatments, and that the Internet is an easy place to do business, an expert says.
National report — The Food and Drug Administration's approval process can seem mysterious to most physicians, who lack the time to study the process, experts say.
International report — The International Society of Teledermatology (ISTD), based in Graz, Austria, seeks to establish worldwide access to teledermatology services, particularly as a tool for reaching underserved and often remote patient populations, one of its cofounders says.
National report — While any doctor can learn to inject needles into the skin, the difficult part of performing facial procedures is assessing the aesthetics of a situation, Ellen C. Gendler, M.D., says.
National report — The Food and Drug Administration's role is a necessary one, dermatologists say, but regulatory red tape can slow the introduction of new drugs into the marketplace, and post-marketing restrictions can hamper efforts to deliver effective medications to patients.
Kohala Coast, Kona Island, Hawaii — A basic understanding of dermatopathology can improve many dermatologists' biopsy techniques and diagnostic skills, an expert says.
National report — With everyone from ENTs to ER doctors now offering cosmetic procedures, experts worry that dermatologists who focus too heavily on this market will suffer when competition slashes prices.
Although dermatologists are very familiar with PXE, they're likely to see only a handful of cases during their careers.
Kohala Coast, Kona Island, Hawaii — Key issues in photoprotection research include standardizing the measurement of UVA protection from sunscreens, maximizing photostability of UV filters and sorting out the ongoing vitamin D/sunscreen debate, an expert says.
Most patients who get Botox treatments tend to like them and continue requesting them.