myFace Plays Key Role In Second Successful Face Transplant At NYU Langone Health

myFace, the nationally renowned non-profit organization that has helped thousands of children and adults with craniofacial differences, played an integral part in the care of Cameron Underwood, 26, of Yuba City, Calif, the most recently announced face transplant patient in the United States.

Underwood’s successful 25-hour surgery was performed in January 2018 at NYU Langone Health under the leadership of Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone. It brought together over one hundred medical professionals from multiple disciplines, joining the ranks of just a few dozen such cases of its kind performed worldwide.

myFace was with Underwood every step of the journey.

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FACE: The Bold New Player in Expert Aesthetic Training

FACE Med Spa Training aims to help meet the demand for quality training programs to serve future aesthetics professionals.

Developed by board-certified physicians and med spa consultants, FACE offers comprehensive aesthetic training programs to serve physicians looking to transition from mainstream medicine into the medical aesthetic market.

“Our goal is to provide the best aesthetic training by utilizing a team of expert physicians. In addition, we provide all the resources to build and grow a thriving aesthetic practice,” explains one of the co-founders of FACE, in a media release.

At present, FACE offers diverse courses in minimally invasive procedures such as neurotoxins, dermal fillers, thread lifts, aesthetic laser treatments, PRP therapies, and training in obesity medicine. Courses are available at an introductory level, and also at an intermediate level to enable the continued acquisition of skills.

FACE also offers additional optional mentoring, providing guidance with marketing, business and financial strategy to equip new aesthetic professionals with the necessary tools to flourish within the industry. One and two-day courses are currently available in New York and Los Angeles, with future locations in the pipeline, the release continues.

For more information and to register for training sessions, visit FACE Med Spa Training.

[Source(s): FACE Training Center, PR Newswire]

NYU Langone Health Performs Its Second Face Transplant

NYU Langone Underwood Post-Surgery

This past January 2018, a surgical team from NYU Langone Health performed its second face transplant, replacing much of the upper, mid, and lower face and jaws of a 26-year-old man from California.

The surgery, which began the morning of Friday, January 5, took approximately 25 hours, concluding the following morning. A team of over 100 medical professionals, including surgeons, nurses, and other staff, was once again led by Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone.

This is the third face transplant performed under the leadership of Rodriguez. In August 2015, he and his team at NYU Langone performed what is widely considered the most extensive face transplant on record.

The recipient in this recent case is Cameron Underwood of Yuba City, California, who suffered a self-inflicted facial gunshot wound in June 2016.

NYU Langone Underwood Prior-to-Surgery

As a result, and despite several attempts at conventional reconstruction, Underwood was missing the majority of his lower jaw, all but one tooth, and his nose, as well as suffering damage to his maxillary (upper face) region and palate, severely impacting his ability to lead a normal life.

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9 Key Things You Should Know About Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

In a beauty editor dream world, hyaluronic acid would spray out from fountains and sidewalk misters to keep our skin plump and dewy—highlighter would be put out of business. But until that day, we’ll take second best: dermal fillers that deliver the same effect.

Here’s everything you need to know about one of the world’s favorite in-office aesthetic treatments.

All the Botox in the World Is Produced in This Tiny Irish Town

Westport, Ireland (or Cathair na Mart for our Irish-speaking readers, both of you), has a population of about 5,000. It sits in the shadow of an ancient mountain, the end point of an annual pilgrimage, where Saint Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. It’s a town of brightly colored storefronts, tweed flat caps, and wide smiles.

More than 1,200 people work at a plant on the edge of town. It’s owned by the drug company Allergan, and since 1994 it has produced all the Botox.

People Are Getting BB Cream Microneedled Into Their Skin — But Is It Safe?

Imagine waking up every morning with zero red spots and a perfectly even complexion. What would it feel like to have the look of a full base of makeup, every day, without ever buying a Beautyblender again?

Think of how much time it would save to roll out of bed with foundation already on. Think about how much money it could save over time. That’s the promise of BB Glo, a microneedling procedure that inserts semi-permanent BB cream into the skin for coverage that lasts six months to a year.

Benefit of PRP Injection for Sun-Damaged Faces in Eye of the Beholder

Patients with photoaged skin reported improvements in both skin texture and wrinkles after a single injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) compared with saline (placebo), a parallel, split-face, randomized clinical trial found.

At 6 months post-treatment, participants gave their PRP-injected cheek significantly higher scores over their saline-injected cheek for skin texture (mean [SD] score of 2.00 [1.20] versus 1.21 [0.54], P=0.02) and wrinkles (1.74 [0.99] versus 1.21 [0.54], P=0.03), according to Murad Alam, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues.

But dermatologists who assessed these same patients via photograph found no significant differences at any time point studied (2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months) for the primary outcomes of overall photoaging scores and fine line, mottled pigmentation, and skin roughness and sallowness subscores, they wrote in JAMA Dermatology.

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Dermatologists Urge Consumers to Treat Acne Early


Many teenagers and young adults believe that they have to let acne run its course instead of treating it, while others turn to do-it-yourself treatments — like applying diaper cream or toothpaste to pimples — without much success. Yet left untreated, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology in a media release, acne often results in significant physical and psychological problems, such as scarring, poor self-esteem, depression and anxiety.

“As a dermatologist who treats patients with acne every day, I’ve seen firsthand the effects that acne can have on a person’s life, both physically and emotionally,” says board-certified dermatologist Dee Anna Glaser, MD, FAAD, a professor and interim chair of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “If you find yourself in a bad mood or skipping outings with friends or family members because of acne, see a board-certified dermatologist for treatment.”

Today, says Glaser, there are many effective treatments for acne, including medications that are applied to the skin, antibiotics and in-office procedures. Some treatments that are applied to the skin, such as products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or adapalene, are available over-the-counter.

However, whether a person is using an over-the-counter treatment or prescription medication, Glaser says it’s important to be patient regarding results. For example, it usually takes 4 to 8 weeks to see improvement after using a topical medication — a treatment that is applied to the skin — and once acne clears, she says, it’s important to continue the treatment to prevent new breakouts.

It’s also important, says Glaser, to follow your dermatologist’s directions while using acne medication. Particularly for topical medications, the wrong application and skin care routine can lead to dry, irritated skin, the release continues.

To get the greatest benefit from topical acne medications, Glaser recommends the following tips:

  • Use a gentle face wash. A common misconception is that people need to use a strong face wash while also using topical acne medication. However, using a face wash that is too harsh while also using acne medication can dry out and irritate your skin. Instead, look for a mild, gentle face wash that says “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic” on the label, as these won’t clog your pores. Gently wash the affected areas twice a day and after sweating.
  • Use a pea-sized amount of medication. Using too much medication can irritate your skin, and using too little can hinder results. To make sure you’re using the right amount, put a pea-sized amount on your index finger and dot the medication on your forehead, cheeks and chin. Once dotted, rub it around to cover your whole face.
  • Ease into the medication. Since it can take time for your skin to adjust to a new medication, start by applying the product every other day instead of daily. If you don’t experience any negative side effects after a few weeks, like increased burning or redness, you can start applying the medicine every day.
  • If irritation occurs, apply moisturizer before applying acne medication. Studies have shown that applying moisturizer before applying topical medication helps prevent the medication’s negative side effects — like peeling and redness — without changing its effectiveness. Make sure your moisturizer says “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Many acne medications cause increased sensitivity to sunlight, which can increase your chance of sunburn. Before going outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin, including your scalp, ears, neck and lips. Remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after sweating. You can also protect your skin by seeking shade and wearing protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.

“Acne is a complex skin condition that can have many causes, including skin care products, fluctuating hormones, family history and stress,” Glaser adds. “Further, not everyone’s acne can be treated the same way. If you have acne and over-the-counter medications aren’t bringing relief, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”

[Source: American Academy of Dermatology]

Study Investigates Facial Massage Rollers Use Over Time

Facial massaging using a roller can increase skin blood flow for more than ten minutes after the massage. It can also improve vasodilation—the widening of blood vessels—in the long-term, according to a study by researchers in Japan.

To address this gap, Naoyuki Hayashi of the Institute for Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and colleagues at Tokyo Healthcare University and the Research and Development Center, MTG Co Ltd, conducted short- and long-term experiments involving participation of healthy male and female volunteers to examine the effects of using a massage roller on facial skin and blood flow.

In the short-term experiment, even a 5-minute massage can significantly increase facial skin blood flow in the massaged cheek, with a relative change of up to around 25%. Visualization of the change in blood flow was achieved using a non-invasive technique called laser speckle flowgraphy, a media release from Tokyo Institute of Technology explains.

One surprising outcome was the duration of the effect immediately after the 5-minute massage.

“The increase in skin blood flow after applying the massage roller persisted much longer than we had expected,” the researchers say in their study, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

“Short-term mechanical stimulation by a facial massage roller increased skin blood flow for more than ten minutes solely in the massaged cheek.”

In the long-term experiment, the researchers examined the effects of daily massage on the right cheek over a 5-week period. They also examined the reactivity of facial blood vessels to a heat stimulus, involving application of a heating probe set at 40°C, in order to test whether there were any changes in vascular dilation response.

Findings from the long-term study suggested that using a roller improved blood flow response, or the so-called vasodilatory response, to heat stimulation. One explanation for this could be that endothelial cells in the massaged area produce more nitric oxide, which is known to be a potent vasodilator, the release continues.

[Source(s): Tokyo Institute of Technology, Science Daily]