SEP 2017

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BEST PR ACTICES 8 SEPTEMBER 2017 | MedEsthetics © GETTY IMAGES Male patients with photodamage on their scalps may benefi t from treatment with the 1,927nm thulium fi ber laser, according to a study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (July 2017). Monica Boen, MD, et al, treated four male patients (Fitzpatrick skin types II-III) who had extensive photodamage on the scalp using a nonablative fractional 1,927nm thulium fi ber laser (one session) at high density and high energy settings. The subjects had a 60% to 90% improvement in dyspigmentation, len- tigines and keratoses. The treatment was well tolerated, and the researchers observed no adverse events. THULIUM LASER EFFECTIVE FOR MALE SCALP REJUVENATION EXPERT CONSENSUS ON ABSORBABLE SUSPENSION SUTURES Absorbable facial suspension sutures made of poly-l- actic acid (PLLA) and poly-lactide-co-glycolide (PGLA) offer benefi ts to patients with moderate facial aging who require more correction than can be achieved with injectable soft tissue fi llers, according to an evidence review of suture lift technologies published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (July 2017). A group of U.S.-based dermatologists and plastic surgeons convened to create an expert consensus on the use of a new-generation PLLA/PGLA absorb- able suspension technology (Silhouette InstaLift). They performed a PubMed and Cochrane Library search of studies published between January 1, 2009 and April 30, 2016. The study review revealed that the introduction of absorbable PLLA/PGLA sutures (vs. non-absorbable polypropylene threads) reduced complications while offering good longevity of results—1.5 to 2 years—and that patient selection and proper vector design are key factors in achieving optimal outcomes. The consensus reached on ideal candidates for the procedure included: 35 to 65 years of age; good facial tissue quality and good pliability without excessive fi bro- sis and sun damage; and suffi cient skin thickness. Further consensus was reached on the use of the sutures in combination with other aesthetic procedures with the authors determining that the sutures can be combined with other aesthetic treatments, such as botulinum toxins, dermal fi llers and energy-based devices. Aesthetic practice providers who want to help their patients achieve optimal internal—as well as skin—health have a new tool available that allows them to offer nutrition counseling, fi tness classes and support groups without hiring new staff. Virtual Health Partners offers the myvirtualhealth app. The app can be shared with patients who want to improve their overall well-being as well as those who need to lose weight or improve their health prior to surgery. Patients can take advantage of one-on-one counseling, support groups, and a variety of diet- and fi tness-related videos. For more information visit SUPPORTING PATIENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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