National report — While dermatology's visual nature makes it ideal for image-rich electronic applications — from teledermatology to training for residents — few dermatologists have embraced comprehensive systems such as electronic medical records (EMRs), sources say. But they predict this will change with the healthcare industry's growing emphasis on efficiency and accountability.
National report — When dealing with topical treatments, dermal fillers and botulinum toxin, an expert advises sticking to products backed by rigorous science and minimizing patients' risks wherever possible.
Dallas — Although competing modalities have stolen some of cryotherapy's thunder, technical advances under development could one day restore cryotherapy's luster, an expert says.
National report — Silicone gel breast implants represent a welcome option for informed patients, most sources say.
National report — While it is difficult to pin down precise data regarding body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), sources tell Dermatology Times it's more common than many dermatologists think.
Patients commonly follow the advice of cosmetic-counter salespersons, TV advertisements, aestheticians and friends rather than seeking a dermatologist's recommendations.
Las Vegas — Safe, effective laser treatments for ethnic patients require lower energy settings, longer pulses and longer wavelengths than one would typically use for Caucasian patients, as well as greater attention to cooling techniques, an expert says.
But when it comes to 17000 and Mohs codes, used almost exclusively by dermatologists, Dr. Pariser says, "We have no one with whom to form alliances. We're stuck out on our own."
Las Vegas — Building a successful cosmetic practice from scratch requires starting with low-risk treatments geared to one's skills and interests, says a cosmetic office practice expert.
International report — The world's first full-face transplant could happen in 2007, sources say, even though they say there's no race to perform the groundbreaking surgery.