Are light therapies effective for treating acne?

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There is no clinical evidence to prove the effectiveness of light therapies for the treatment of acne, according to a review published in JAMA Dermatology Clinical Evidence Synopsis.

The American Medical Association journal found that although a wide range of light therapies of different wavelengths, doses and active substances are purported to safely and effectively treat acne, the evidence for all of them “remains weak and inconclusive”. Continue reading “Are light therapies effective for treating acne?”

What is the effect of fluorouracil cream on photoageing?


What is the effect of a standard course of topical fluorouracil cream on photoageing? Photoageing – premature skin ageing caused by long-term UV exposure – is of aesthetic concern to many patients. A study in JAMA Dermatology investigated the effect of topical fluorouracil (five per cent) cream in treating the condition.

The Veterans Affairs Keratinocyte Carcinoma Chemoprevention Trial was a randomised clinical trial of 932 United States veterans with a recent history of two or more keratinocyte carcinomas performed from September 2011 to June 30 2014, to assess the chemo-preventive effects of a standard course of topical fluorouracil. Continue reading “What is the effect of fluorouracil cream on photoageing?”

Using Social Media in Cosmetic Medicine

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Plastic surgeons and cosmetic medicine professionals who use social media to attract patients should know their audience’s preferred social media platforms and the types of posts which generate interest, according to a survey study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery medical journal.

The survey recommends that cosmetic physicians best utilise social media when they consider their target audience’s perspective, including the platforms patients engage with and the content they are most interested in seeing. Continue reading “Using Social Media in Cosmetic Medicine”

How To Provide A Positive Cosmetic Consultation

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Client consultations are an important first step in any cosmetic procedure – whether it be in a cosmetic clinic, doctor’s office, beauty salon or spa. The consultation sets the tone for the client’s whole experience and the level of trust they develop with you, and even influences whether they chose to put their cosmetic needs into your hands. What can you do to make that consultation a positive one? Continue reading “How To Provide A Positive Cosmetic Consultation”

Cosmetics Guru Calls for Beauty Rethink


What do you think characterises a beautiful woman? Jamie Kern Lima – co-founder and CEO of IT Cosmetics – has called on beauty industry leaders to rethink the images of beauty they use to sell their products and services.

Kern Lima was honoured with an Achiever Award at the 2017 Cosmetic Executive Women awards ceremony in New York. She said the recognition was proof that “unattainable images” of beauty are not the key to selling cosmetic products.

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Cosmetic Trends Among Australian Women


A new survey has found that Botox is the most desired non-cosmetic procedure among “aesthetically aware” Australian women. This year’s MyFaceMyBody Global Consumer Insight Report offered in-depth research into cosmetic trends and consumer behaviour in the UK, US and Australia. It found that over 13 percent of Australian women would consider anti-wrinkle injections, and nearly 12 percent would consider fillers.

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Treating Neck Skin Lines With Hyaluronic Acid Filler

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Hyaluronic acid fillers are emerging as a possible treatment for the rejuvenation of skin beyond just the face. Horizontal skin lines on the neck are among the most obvious signs of ageing. Wrinkling, loss of moisture and thinning of the skin, coupled with a weakening of the neck muscles, result in vertical or horizontal bands that are a common complaint from patients. Current treatments include radiofrequency to ‘blur out’ skin lines, or surgery to tighten the muscles and remove sagging skin.

Korean researchers are seeking less invasive methods. Since fillers like hyaluronic acid are common for treating wrinkles or jowls in the face, a 2017 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology looked at the possibility of using the injectable treatment to fill out horizontal neck lines too.

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High Demand for Eyelid Surgery

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Eyelid surgery has become a high-demand cosmetic procedure among Asian populations, according to new statistics from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The delicate procedure accounts for more than half of all surgeries in Japan, with over 106,000 blepharoplasties performed there in 2016. Asian countries also accounted for more than one-fifth of the 1.3 million eyelid procedures performed worldwide.

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Minimising Pain in Cosmetic Treatments


A study has looked at the different degrees of pain experienced by patients receiving injectable non-invasive cosmetic treatments to the face. Botulinum toxin (or Botox) and soft-tissue filler (STF) have become the two most frequently performed non-surgical cosmetic facial treatments in the US. Patients are most satisfied when the outcome looks good and is relatively pain free; however, patients undergoing these treatments regularly complain of injections to one side of the face being more painful than the other.

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Growing Trend in Cosmetic Procedures for Men

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Growing trend in cosmetic procedures for men: an increasing number of men would consider a cosmetic procedure, according to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The world’s largest association of facial plastic surgeons surveyed 618 men about their attitudes towards personal cosmetic maintenance. Thirty-one percent said they were “extremely likely” to consider a surgical or non-surgical procedure. Forty-four percent of the participants would consider getting treatment to feel better about themselves, while 31 percent would do so to please a partner.

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