MAY-JUN 2014

MedEsthetics—business education for medical practitioners—provides the latest noninvasive cosmetic procedures, treatment trends, product and equipment reviews, legal issues and medical aesthetics industry news.

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34 MAY/JUNE 2014 | Med Esthetics HYDROQUINONE By Linda W. Lewis Cycling Off What can you offer patients with hyperpigmentation who are concerned about the long-term use of hydroquinone? HYDROQUINONE IS CONSIDERED the "gold standard" for chronic pigmentation problems. But over the past several years, its shiny reputation has been tarnished with concern about adverse reactions and toxicity—including ochronosis and a possible link to cancer. What should physicians do when patients express worry about hydroquinone's dangerous side eff ects? In this article, experts talk about the issues surrounding hydroquinone and off er eff ective alternatives. © ISTOCKPHOTO.COM C y c l i n g O f f M E D 5 - 6 1 4 . i n d d 3 4 Cycling Off MED5-614.indd 34 4 / 1 6 / 1 4 4 : 3 9 P M 4/16/14 4:39 PM

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