December 2010 Blog Archive
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
New Year's Skin Care Resolutions
Happy New Year! What's your New Year's resolution going to be? If you don't have one yet, this list might give you some ideas for resolutions that will help you look and feel better all year long:
1) Weight Loss. The ever popular resolution to lose weight typically dwindles after just a few weeks of dieting or following a new exercise regimen. This year, make it stick by motivating yourself with a results-enhancing reward. Laser Liposuction is designed for those who are close to their ideal body weight, and once you've dropped those extra holiday pounds, the results of laser liposuction treatments can sculpt and contour your curves to an ideal silhouette.
2) Smoking Cessation. Another common New Year's resolution is to quit smoking, and from a health perspective it's an important step. But did you know that quitting can also affect your look? Smoking can prevent the body from oxygenating well, which can cause tissue like your skin to deteriorate faster than that of a non-smoker--leading to wrinkles, discoloration, and dull skin. Yikes! Quit smoking to improve your health and skin.
3) Tattoo Removal. Regret getting a tattoo, but haven't taken the plunge to get it removed yet? Laser Tattoo Removal is easier and more effective than you may think. Since New Year's Resolutions are all about making a decision to improve your life and outlook in the year ahead, why not get a fresh start by removing that tattoo.
Whatever your New Year's Resolution, we at DermaNetwork.org wish you a beautiful 2011!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Facials: The Perfect Holiday Stress Reducer
Are you stressed this holiday season? Consider getting a facial, to both relax yourself and improve your skin. Facials rely the use of a variety of products to perform a range of tasks, from deeply cleaning and exfoliating the skin to remove dirt, oil, and debris, and dead skin cells, to removing imperfections and providing moisture and nutrients. Most facials also include massages to increase circulation within the skin and help encourage the development of collagen, helping the skin to appear firmer and more resilient.
Facials typically involve no discomfort and can be completed in less than an hour in most cases--great for those with busy holiday schedules. They also involve significantly lower costs than other facial treatments, so you have plenty of money left over for gift shopping. Facials are available at day spas, MedSpas and cosmetic dermatology offices, some of which may offer gift cards so that you can give the gift of relaxation and glowing skin to a special friend this holiday season.
To learn more about facials and other skin rejuvenation treatments, click here.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Over 18% of Women Still Use Tanning Beds, Despite Risk
Tanning beds are used by roughly 1 in every 5 women and 1 in every 16 men in the US, according to a recent study from the University of Minnesota, published in the journal Archives of Dermatology. The study also showed that an alarmingly low number of the individuals surveyed identified tanning as a potential contributing cause of developing skin cancer.
In the study, researchers noted "Skin cancer is the most common form of malignancy in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimated that 1 million new cases of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer were diagnosed in 2009." UV exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer, and the use of indoor tanning beds raises exposure levels significantly.
If you're an indoor tanner, or have thought about trying an indoor tanning salon to get that bronzed glow, consider trying a sunless tanning product. There are a variety of sunless tanning creams and sprays available that provide an even, natural-looking skin tone without the risks associated with tanning beds. Spray tanning has risen in popularity recently, with groups of people even enjoying 'spray tanning parties' where everyone takes turns getting misted with an airbrushed tanning solution.
To learn more about sunless tanning options, or the dangers of tanning beds, contact a specialist today.
Friday, December 10, 2010
TRIA Laser Hair Removal is Kim Kardashian's Favorite
Thursday on E! News, the exotic celebrity and reality television personality Kim Kardashian discussed TRIA, an at-home laser hair removal tool. TRIA is able to remove hair, permanently reduce regrowth, and best of all, is pain-free! Kim talked about how she has been waxing to remove excess hair since she was a teen, but is now using laser hair removal exclusively.
TRIA is customizable, with five different energy settings to optimize results based on the hair thickness and color. TRIA has been approved by the FDA for the reduction of unwanted hair, but like some professional hair removal treatments, isn't effective with those of darker skin tones, or those with blonde or red hair, because there isn't enough contrast for the device to properly target the hair. The TRIA device is available through MedSpas and other vendors for around $495, and doesn't require a prescription to purchase. Talk to your local skin care specialist to learn more.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Mobile skin cancer screening with iPhone
FotoFinder presents the handyscope, a new device for mobile skin cancer examinations with the iPhone. This digital handheld dermatoscope allows doctors to capture and save microscopic pictures of moles using the iPhone, the handyscope device and the corresponding handyscope App. The handyscope is launched at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in New Orleans on February 4, 2011.
The handheld dermatoscope is a common device for mole examination using epiluminescence microscopy close to the patient. Now, FotoFinder invented the handyscope, a tool giving a magnified, polarized view on the skin like handheld dermatoscopes. Additionally, it enables doctors to capture and save pictures of the skin. For the first time, doctors can keep distance during the skin examination to see and evaluate moles on-screen. They are enabled to save diagnosis results or communicate with other doctors. The handyscope is attached to the iPhone and works with the corresponding handyscope App.
The use of the widespread smartphone in medicine bridges the gap between a simple examination tool towards a connected dermatoscope. The flexible use makes home visits comfortable: The seen impression is saved. Afterwards doctors communicate and share their pictures with colleagues. Thus, even non-specialized doctors in rural areas can conduct an initial skin cancer check with handyscope.
The handling is self-explanatory: The handyscope device is attached to the iPhone and directly put on the patients’ skin, illuminating it with polarized light. The shape of the lens always ensures the same distance for a sharp and consistent picture quality. The high resolution mole images are directly captured in the password protected App. With an up to twentyfold magnification, the photos show important details at a glance. The doctor can enhance communication by showing the result to his patient.
“We developed the handyscope for all doctors who want to have the possibility to take pictures of the skin and work with them later. It is an alternative for those who miss the ?capture-and-save-function’ when using conventional handheld dermatoscopes,” explains Andreas Mayer, chief executive officer of FotoFinder. These possibilities in mobile dermoscopy are appreciated by renowned dermatologists: "For many years we have been speaking and publishing on ?mobile teledermoscopy – melanoma diagnosis by one click?’ And now ...I envision that the handyscope will do the job,” confirms H. Peter Soyer, MD, FACD, professor and chair of the Dermatology Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia.
The App is using the iPhone’s connectivity features, thus allowing to e-mail the mole photos or to upload them to a teledermatology platform which provides handyscope users with a second opinion on suspicious moles. Pictures can be sent to histologists immediately to improve diagnostics.
Furthermore, the pictures are managed in the password protected App and labeled automatically with shooting date and time. Patient data, localization and comments can be added as well.