Another very busy month at Rejuvaderm. Renovatations are ongoing at our new clinic site. We can’t wait to be in our new clinic soon.
There have been a few changes to Latisse this past month. First, the price of the 3ml bottle has been reduced to $120. Second, a new 5ml bottle size is now available for $190. For further information on Latisse, please see our website.
In cosmetic news, Dr. Wong and I were some of the first medical doctors in Alberta trained by Allergan in using the newest technique for injecting Juvederm & Voluma fillers including Juvederm. This technique involves using only 1 small injection site and a cannula ‘ tube-like’ instrument to minimize bruising. We look forward to using this technique for some of our patients.
I have seen a lot of sun burns in my clinic this past week. I’m posting a website put out by Alberta Health Services that provides further info on tanning and its risks.
Wart Clinic – Videos May Reduce Preschoolers’ Anxiety About Wart Removal
A study of 35 children in the Archives of Dermatology published this month showed preschoolers who watched a favourite TV show or movie prior to having warts removed through cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) were less anxious about the procedure and the procedure took fewer minutes when distracted compared to without them. From now on, I will encourage all of the children I see in my wart clinic to watch videos.
Dermatology in the News
Spray Tan Substance May Be Harmful When Inhaled.
DHA or dihydroxyacetone, the component in spray tans can damage DNA and cause tumors if inhaled. Various news sites covered this story.
ABC World News reported, “We all know the risks of sun bathing and tanning beds, and that has led many to try chemical spray tans as a safer alternative. With the help of a hidden camera, ABC’s consumer watchdog, Mark Greenblatt, has discovered that those spray tans may have come with new risks we didn’t know about.”
UK’s Daily Mail reports, “Spray tans, used by many as a safer alternative to sunbeds, may create serious health problems including cancer, scientists warned. Those seeking a bronzed skin tone without exposing themselves to harmful radiation could instead be at risk from the main ingredient in sprays, which is potentially harmful if inhaled. The substance – known as dihydroxyacetone, or DHA – enters the lungs and is then absorbed into the bloodstream where it could damage DNA and cause tumours,” according to Lynn Goldman, MD, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University.
Dermatologists Doubt Value Of Some UV-Protective Wares.
The New York Times reports on “whole new categories of chemically treated products that purport to block ultraviolet light,” ranging from makeup to sun-protective clothing items and even special laundry detergents. So far, “consumers and dermatologists have their doubts.” Consumers don’t know what to make of such products. Dermatologists, meanwhile, are afraid that such products may lull users “into a false sense of security.” The article goes on to explain which products work and which products are probably a waste of money.
Dermatologist Skeptical Of Value Of Bee Venom For Smoothing Wrinkles.
The Wall Street Journal reports that cosmetics are now adding bee venom, claiming that the substance appears to smooth skin by stimulating elastin and collagen production. Dermatologist David Leffell of the Yale School of Medicine, expressed skepticism, cautioning readers, “I couldn’t find any legitimate scientific studies of the benefit of bee venom either topical or injected.” Dr. Leffell did point out, however, that honey contained in some cosmetics may act as a beneficial moisturizer.
Study Shows Melanoma Rates Up Across The Board.
ABC News reported, ‘Melanoma rates are up across the board, but especially among women under 40, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic. In fact, women under 40 are eight times more likely to get skin cancer now than they were in 1970.’ The article went on to discuss skin-cancer facts and myths.
In Mapping Melanoma Genome, Researchers Find Link To Breast Cancer.
HealthDay reports that according to research published online in the journal Nature, “scientists describe sequencing 25 human metastatic melanomas…and finding a common thread between melanomas and breast cancer, plus evidence that the rate of mutation in melanoma varies with the level of ultraviolet light.” Notably, “the authors found PREX2, a gene associated with breast cancer, in about 14 percent of the melanoma tumors.”
Women With Psoriasis May Have Increased Risk For Crohn’s Disease.
MedPage Today reports, “Women with psoriasis had a four-fold increase in the risk of Crohn’s disease, according to data from two large cohort studies” presented at the Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting.
Women Who Exercise Vigorously May Reduce Their Psoriasis Risk.
HealthDay reports, “Women who exercise vigorously may be reducing their risk of psoriasis,” according to a study published online in the Archives of Dermatology. After examining “data on nearly 867,000 women who took part in the US Nurses’ Health Study II,” researchers found that the “most physically active women had a significantly lower risk of psoriasis, compared to women who exercised the least.”
Psoriasis May Independently Raise Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes.
MedPage Today reports, “Psoriasis, particularly more severe cases, may independently raise the risk of developing diabetes,” according to a study published online June 18 in the Archives of Dermatology. In “108,132 adults with psoriasis and 430,716 patients without psoriasis,” researchers found that “incident diabetes was a modest but significant 14% more likely among individuals with the skin disease after adjusting for a range of other factors.” While “severe psoriasis raised the risk most — with a hazard ratio of 1.46 (95% CI 1.30 to 1.65)…the risk was also statistically significant among mild cases,” researchers reported.
Smoking Associated With Increased Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Risk.
HealthDay reports that according to a meta-analysis of six studies published online June 18 in the Archives of Dermatology, smoking is “associated with a 52 percent increased risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer.”