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Varicose veins are common among Australian women, especially affecting the elderly and pregnant populations. However, the condition is also often seen in men, with up to 30 per cent of Australian men suffering from varicose veins in their lifetime. Continue reading “[5 min read] Treating varicose veins in primary care with sclerotherapy”
Due to the popularity and expanding growth of cosmetic procedures in Australia, many medical practices are venturing into aesthetics to meet the rising patient demand in cosmetic injectables and other skin repair and rejuvenation services. For many, this is the beginning of a positive experience which produces growth in non-Medicare revenue. However, there are some marketing problems that GPs can encounter when starting out.
We talked to Jonathan Carroll from Aesthetic Business Results about three problems GPs face when adding or expanding aesthetic treatments in their practice.
Patients who have a ‘gummy smile’ – a smile that shows a large portion of their gums whenever they talk, smile or laugh – often report that they hold back from expressing themselves because they feel self-conscious about showing too much of their gums.
There is, however, a quick and effective procedure that can correct a gummy smile without requiring surgery. Continue reading “[3 min read] Non-surgical treatment for gummy smile”
Sunscreen is a vital part of everyday skin care for Australians. The nation has the world’s highest rate of skin cancer, with around 800,000 diagnoses every year, and the vast majority of these skin cancers are caused by unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. UV is also responsible for premature ageing of the skin, resulting in wrinkles, lines, unwanted pigmentation, sun spots, and loss of skin elasticity. Continue reading “[6 min read] How time spent applying sunscreen affects your patients’ skin”
Skin-related concerns make up 11.5 per cent of GP consultations. Many patients believe popular myths about skincare, especially in relation to how their diet can affect their skin. These patients often follow home remedies that do little to solve their skin problems, and it is sometimes the GP’s role to intervene and debunk patients’ misconceptions. Here are six widespread beliefs about the diet-skin link. Continue reading “[5 min read] 6 myths your patients may believe about the diet-skin link”
The chemical peels market is set for exponential growth over the next few years, according to a report published this week by Transparency Market Research – and the demand for skilled clinicians will quickly follow. Continue reading “[5 min read] Demand for chemical peels predicted to soar”
Rosacea affects around 415 million people worldwide, and is particularly common in women over 30. As a primary care physician, how much do you know about the pathophysiology and presentation of this skin condition? Continue reading “[8 min read] Rosacea: Pathophysiology and presentation”
If you are considering offering cosmetic injectables in your practice, it is crucial that you have adequate training and experience before delivering these services to your patients. This was highlighted by a recent review which reported 200 cases of blindness after ‘botched’ dermal fillers – a 94 per cent increase globally. Continue reading “[7 min read] ‘Botched’ dermal fillers cause 200 cases of blindness”
Are smartphones bad for your patients’ skin? There has been past discussion on the negative effect of mobile phones’ blue light on the epidermis, but now there may be further evidence that mobile phones contribute to common skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, wrinkles and pigmentation. So what can you do to help your patients with these concerns? Continue reading “[6 min read] Are smartphones bad for your patients’ skin?”
Australians are often inadequately protected from the sun. People can become sunburned from just 10 minutes of sun exposure which heightens their risk of skin cancer and can cause irreversible damage to skin cells, resulting in skin pigmentation issues, moles and freckles, loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles and fine lines.
Continue reading “[3 min read] Sunscreen use optimised by two consecutive applications”