A safe, non-surgical, treatment that dissolves fat under the chin? For those of us who are dissatisfied with extra fat in our chin area, it sounds too good to be true. But it’s not – a new injectable substance called ATX-101 is an injectable deoxycholic acid that effectively reduces submental fat.
At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Susan Weinkle reported exciting findings showing that 87% and 83% of 165 study participants, treated with 4-6 treatments of ATX-101, achieved at least a 1-point improvement on the clinician and patient submental fat rating. Furthermore, 94% of patients reported being happy they had the procedure. Patients also reported feeling less self conscious about their chin fat and looking younger.
These findings are exciting for patients and practitioners alike. Dr. Welsh already specializes in injetables such as botulinum toxins (Botox and Dysport) and fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, etc) as well as non surgical fat reduction modalities such as CoolSculpting and TiteFX. However, until now, there has been no non-surgical treatment option for fat reduction in the chin area. Pending studies and FDA approval, Dr. Welsh may offer this treatment in the future. Please call our office at 415-292-6350 or contact us if you have any questions about this treatment or any of our other procedures.
It’s no secret that diet and excercise contribute to a healthy body and, subsequently, healthy skin. However, until now, it was unclear if chocolate consumption was correlated to acne break outs. Unfortunately, new research by Samantha Block, of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine suggests that the answer is yes.
In her first study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Block studied 10 male volunteers between the ages of 18 to 35 who ate varied amounts of chocolate on day one of the experiment. She then assessed breakouts on participants’ faces on days one, four, and seven and found that “acne increased on participants’ faces, in proportion to the amount of chocolate they had eaten” according to BBC News. Block then repeated the study but randomly gave participants either gelatin or 100% cocoa powder. Once again, she found that the participants’ acne flared proportionately to the amount of cocoa consumed.
Based on Block’s study, limiting chocolate consumtion may help prevent acne breakout. However, acne is a complex disorder and does not have one specific cause. Hormones, genetics, and lifestyle all play a role in acne. Please contact us if you have acne and would like to talk to Dr. Welsh or our Nurse Practitioner, Jane Thomas about treatment options.
On March 11, 2013, CNN presented a study by Standford University in which a significant association between the use of aspirin and melanoma was found. Aspirin users were less likely to develop melanoma than those who did not take the drug.
For the study, Stanford researchers examined a large population of about 60,000 Caucasian women, age 50-79 years old, for an average of 12 years. The results showed that “women who took aspirin appeared to have a 21% lower risk of melanoma on average.” Furthermore, the longer these women took aspirin, the lower their risk: “At one year, they cut their risk by 11%. Between one and four years, it was cut by 22%. At five years and up, risk reduction was 30%.”
This new research suggests that aspirin’s anti inflammatory properties may help prevent certain types of cancer, including melanoma. However, more research is needed to determine the exact mechanism by which aspirin reduces melanoma, and whether or not a daily dose of aspirin should be prescribe for this purpose. Please consult with Dr. Welsh or your primary physician.
For the full article, please visit CNN’s website post by clicking here.
For more information on skin cancer and melanoma, please visit http://www.skincancer.org/
If you are due for your annual skin check please call our office at 415-292-6350 and schedule a check up with Dr. Welsh.
In a recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Chris Adigun, assistant professor of dermatology at NYU School of Medicine, warned against gel manicures. A new beauty fad, gel manicures are preferred by most women over the traditional manicure for their long wear and shiny finish. However, gel manicures require UV light to set. As with UV tanning beds, UV lamps used to cure the gel manicures may lead to an increased risk of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. Adigun stated that the overall risk is low, however there is still a risk. Furthermore, frequent exposure to UV light may cause premature aging on the hands including wrinkles, brown spots, and crepey skin.
At the 71st Annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting in Miami on March 1st, Dr. Adigun again discussed the harmful effects that these manicures can have on the skin. In a press release by the AAD, she stated “In general, any manicure left in place for an extended period of time is not a good idea because you are not seeing what is going on underneath the nail polish.” Besides the obvious cancer risk that the UV lamps pose, in order to remove gel polish, nails must be soaked in powerful chemicals for up to 15 minutes. According to Dr. Adigun and CBS news, “the procedure can leave the nails thinner, causing brittleness, peeling, and cracking.”
So what can you do to avoid the risk of gel manicures? Very simply, you can revert back to traditional manicures or opt for no manicure at all. Not willing to give up your shiny gel nails? Well, then you can apply sunscreen prior to setting the gel under the UV lamp or you can buy UV protective gloves, cut the finger tips off, and wear these during the curing process.