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7
May

Dispensing Prescriptions vs. Cosmeceuticals

Napa, Calif. — Dispensing in-office prescriptions is only slightly more complex than dispensing over-the-counter cosmeceuticals, said an expert at the fall Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC). Pharmacies are regulated not by the FDA, said Wm. Philip Werschler, M.D., but by state pharmacy boards, each of which may have its own rules. Generally, dispensing physicians must track, manage,...
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23
Apr

Back to the Future: Compounding

Napa, Calif. — At the fall Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), attendees from core aesthetic disciplines learned about the history of compounding in dermatology. The rise in use of FDA-registered 503B compounding facility use returns dermatology to its roots, said Wm. Phillip Werschler, M.D. When he started practicing, he said, few ready-made dermatology medications existed. “Dermatologists were...
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11
Apr

In-Office Dispensing 101

Napa, Calif. — At the fall edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), attendees learned the ins and outs of in-office dispensing. Wm. Philip Werschler, M.D., said that since healthcare reform began, in-office dispensing of prescription medications has exploded. He is a Spokane, Washington-based dermatologist in private practice and a clinical teaching professor at the University...
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9
Apr

Fillers & Ultrasound: Which Comes First?

Napa, Calif. – When combining fillers and energy-based treatments, expert consensus suggests performing energy-based treatments first. According to a study published in 2015, performing ultrasound treatments before poly-L lactic acid (PLLA) injections at the same session proved safe, efficient and synergistic. Authors suggested performing ultrasound first because the filler volume might change the ultrasound penetration...
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4
Apr

Fillers + MFUS May Boost Collagen Deposition

Napa, Calif. – Not only does combining fillers and microfocused ultrasound (MFUS) not weaken fillers, attendees learned at the fall Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), but the combination also may enhance results. Heating hyaluronic acid (HA) to 65°C does not change it, said Paradise Valley, Arizona-based dermatologist Susan Van Dyke, M.D. Fillers are routinely sterilized at much...
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2
Apr

Combination Antiaging Therapies

Napa, Calif. – Attendees of the fall Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC) learned about the safety of combining filler injections with energy-based tightening technologies. Some experts believe that combining fillers with tightening will melt hyaluronic acid (HA) or cause excess inflammation. “That’s not the case,” said Paradise Valley, Arizona-based dermatologist Susan Van Dyke, M.D. A 2016 study...
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