Thursday, October 30, 2008

A few thoughts on laser hair removal & dark skin

Colin Stewart of In Your Face out in California had a great post the other day about laser hair removal for darker-skinned patients. From the article:

"Devices that have been FDA-approved for removing hair from darker-skinned people, Dierickx said, include:

  • LightSheer diode laser from Coherent
  • SLP diode laser from Palomar
  • CoolGlide Nd-YAG laser from Cutera (photo below)
  • A new generation of Lyra Nd-YAG lasers from Laserscope
  • GentleYAG Nd-YAG laser from Candela
  • Filtered Flashlamp IPL from ESC

Hair removal treatments can produce burns, scarring, or pigment changes in patients with darker skin, said dermatologist Dr. Teresa Soriano, associate clinical professor of dermatology and co-director of the Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center at UCLA.

“However, the advent of longer wavelength devices with longer pulse durations has made laser-assisted hair removal safe and effective in persons with darker skin,” she told the Dermatology Times."

Laser hair removal for darker skinned patients (including people with dark tans, which is quite common in Boca) is challenging, but combining the right tools with experienced hands leads to satisfied patients.

We use a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser that is very safe, thanks to its longer wavelength. Most of our darker skinned patients have hair that grows curly and can get ingrown and infected very easily, which makes this procedure very necessary.

If you have darker skin and are interested in this, make sure you ask about a longer wavelength laser! Dr. Goldberg, who literally wrote the only textbook on laser hair removal, recently had a patient who is a professional model. Unfortunately, she had bad scars from a previous doctor's laser work, which can happen if you don't go to an expert. Once Dr. Goldberg switched the model to the right laser, she had great results.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Plastic Surgery

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Good News and Bad News From New ASPS Study

From the study:

" -- 59% of respondents say the economy has had an impact on their
plans for cosmetic plastic surgery. That's up 9% from six
months ago.
-- 48% of the survey participants are less likely to schedule a
consultation appointment now compared to 30% six months ago.
-- 27% of the survey participants indicated they were considering
less expensive options, compared with 20% six months ago."

As for surgeons:
-- 62% report a decrease
-- Region most affected - Northeast and Southeast
-- Region least affected - Midwest

Cosmetic surgery by its very nature is a luxury, and this is not a shock to anyone. Dr. Pozner at Sanctuary Plastic Surgery still is very busy with correctional and revision surgery, which is a big priority for many patients. However, the silver lining here is for cosmetic dermatologists:

-- 73% (almost 3 out of 4) report an increased or stable demand for
procedures like Botox(R), chemical peels, and hyaluronic fillers.

This is why we're still booming: these procedures are less expensive, less invasive, less stressful, and people don't have to miss work to have them.

With these factors, lipstick might get replaced by Botox as the recession-proof cosmetic. According to the Wall Street Journal, lipstick sales are down 6% compared to 2007, while lip gloss is down 14%. At the same time, studies like this suggest that Botox use may very well increase.

Thank you,

Dr. David Goldberg
Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tom Jones hides scars with his goatee

The site Contact Music had an item yesterday about how Tom Jones is openly discussing his cosmetic surgery.

"The Sex Bomb singer admits he has had several anti-ageing procedures, including work to his nose, eyes, and chin.
And he confesses the surgery left him with a scar - which he covers up with facial hair.
He says, "I had the fat removed from under my chin. That's why I wear the goatee because it covers the scar."

The majority of facial plastic surgery leaves behind hidden scars, but if it's a special case like Jones', it can usually be addressed with laser treatments.

But scarring aside, some of my male patients grow facial hair after surgery to take people's eyes away from their changes. People are more likely to just comment on the new goatee or mustache than nitpick a slight change in their nose.

Dr. Kurt Wagner, who works with me at Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, said that mustaches in particular have almost a 100% success rate in running distraction.

Speaking of men getting cosmetic surgery, here is an article that Dr. Goldberg contributed to for the Miami Herald.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center

Thursday, October 23, 2008

First Post!

I'm Dr. Jason Pozner, a board-certified plastic surgeon and co-owner of Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center in Boca Raton, with Dr. David Goldberg, a nationally esteemed cosmetic dermatologist, and owner of Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York City, and Hackensack and Hillsborough, New Jersey.

If you want to know more about us, please visit our practices' websites at SMAC Boca and Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists.

We're going to use this blog to weigh in on the latest cosmetic surgery topics, point out emerging trends, and raise the level of discourse when it comes to evaluating the latest technology and techniques.

Thank you for visiting! I look forward to hearing from everyone in the comments.

Dr. Jason Pozner,