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21
Mar

Fillers + Energy Treatments = Synergy

Napa, Calif. – At the most recent edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), attendees learned that combining fillers and skin-tightening treatments outperforms 2-dimensional surgical stretching. Paradise Valley, Arizona-based dermatologist Susan Van Dyke, M.D., said that most of her patients undergo combined noninvasive procedures. “When you fix only one thing and there are other problems, it’s...
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19
Mar

Looking Younger: Avoid the “Wind Tunnel”

Napa, Calif. – At the fall edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), Paradise Valley, Arizona-based dermatologist Susan Van Dyke, M.D., educated attendees about combining fillers with energy-based treatments. With time, she said, facial fat — which she likened to a couch — shrinks. Simultaneously, increasing facial laxity enlarges the outer envelope of skin — which...
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12
Feb

Lasers and Microneedling for Scars

Aspen, Colo. – An expert shared cases involving laser treatment for atrophic and hypertrophic scarring at the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC). For atrophic scars, said Tina S. Alster, M.D., traditional pulsed CO2 lasers can provide significant, durable improvements with just one treatment. To avoid post-treatment mismatches in skin color or texture, she recommended treating entire...
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8
Feb

Post-microneedling Pearl: No Preservatives

Aspen, Colo. – At the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), attendees learned how to avoid granulomatous reactions after microneedling or nonablative laser therapy. Applying preservative-containing cosmeceuticals too soon after microneedling or nonablative resurfacing can lead to granulomas, said Tina S. Alster, M.D. She is director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and clinical professor...
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6
Feb

Microneedling + Laser Rejuvenation

Aspen, Colo. – Students in core aesthetic disciplines learned how to combine microneedling and laser resurfacing safely and effectively at the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC). For patients with minimal perioral rhytides and surrounding photodamage, Tina S. Alster, M.D., often performs microneedling followed immediately by full-face nonablative fractional resurfacing (or, for more extensive photodamage, ablative fractional...
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31
Jan

Microneedling Pearls #2

Aspen, Colo. – At the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), Tina S. Alster, M.D., offered the following microneedling tips, based on a March 2018 Dermatologic Surgery article she co-authored: Hold your microneedling device perpendicular to the skin so the needles penetrate at 90°. Treating in multiple directions ensures that skin doesn’t appear striped. “I move the...
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