Does Hormone Therapy Fight Wrinkles Too?

Menopause: the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and the word so many of us don’t want to hear. Hot flashes, thin, dry skin, emotional highs and lows—the symptoms vary greatly from person to person, but unfortunately there’s currently no way to prevent menopause, which is why many women experiment with treatments like hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to find some relief.

Although the treatments are often linked to dangerous side effects, they’re also sometimes touted as a wrinkle-fighting solution for younger-looking skin, which has piqued the interest of researchers, as well as doctors and dermatologists. Here, we asked our experts to weigh in.

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RealSelf Releases 2018 Aesthetics Trend Report and 2019 Watch List

RealSelf, an online marketplace to help people learn about cosmetic treatments and connect with doctors and other clinicians, reveals the latest annual trends related to consumer interest in elective cosmetic treatments. The RealSelf 2018 Aesthetics Trend Report was compiled by analyzing user behavior trends from U.S. consumers researching on RealSelf during 2018.

RealSelf analysts and medical experts have also released what they predict will be big trends in 2019.

To read the full press release about the 2018 Aesthetics Trend Report and the 2019 Aesthetics Watch list, visit

EZbra Postsurgical Dressing Enters the US Market


EZbra Advanced Wound Care Ltd, developer of a patented disposable and sterile postsurgical breast dressing that provides an advanced solution for the diverse postop requirements of all breast procedures, announces its official entry into the US market.

The company made its official debut at the Aston Baker Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium, held recently in New York City.

EZbra is a proprietary sterile disposable all-in-one advanced breast dressing, offering a state-of-the-art solution to address the challenges that arise following all breast procedures (aesthetic, biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy, and reconstruction) — helping surgeons, both US and worldwide, address patient discomfort as well as save time in the operating room. Additionally, the disposable and sterile qualities of EZbra may help decrease the risk of infection during recovery, explains a media release from the Tel Aviv, Israel-based company.

“We are proud to bring our product to the US market and to introduce our solution to surgeons and their HCP staff to provide patients with a tailored, sterile, and disposable breast dressing option,” says Efrat Roman, breast cancer survivor and EZbra CEO. “Our goal is to offer a quality post-operative option, while providing patients with the independence, dignity and self-esteem they deserve during recovery.”

Pictured here are Efrat Roman, EZbra CEO, and Dr Sherrell J. Aston onsite at the Aston Baker Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium in New York City.

Pictured here are Efrat Roman, EZbra CEO, and Dr Sherrell J. Aston onsite at the Aston Baker Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium in New York City.

Recently, EZbra Advanced Wound Care ltd welcomed internationally renowned plastic surgeon Dr Sherrell J. Aston to the company. Aston will serve on the EZbra board, providing medical counsel as they work toward achieving their goal of establishing a standard of care for post-operative breast dressings.

“EZbra is a great new innovative postsurgical bra that adapts to the anatomy of each individual following their breast procedure,” Aston states in the release. “It was designed by a patient after her mastectomy when she realized there were no personalized and disposable bras available. The availability of a wound care solution that addresses the various needs and challenges associated with all breast procedures represents a significant development for postop breast recovery.”

[Source(s): EZbra Advanced Wound Care Ltd, PR Newswire]

Sciton Introduces the ALLURA Submental Contouring Laser

ALLURA Neck Sciton

Sciton announces the release of ALLURA, a micro-invasive laser module for rapid fat reduction and skin contraction in the submental, neck, and chin area.

“ALLURA Neck is all about rapid contour results with a single, office-based treatment,” says Marc Salzman, MD, a plastic surgeon in Louisville, KY, in a media release from Palo Alto, Calif-headquartered Sciton.

“It fits perfectly into my practice, next to non-invasive modalities like CoolSculpting Mini and Kybella. These procedures have the limitations of taking several months and sessions to attain modest results. With ALLURA Neck, the outcomes are profound within two weeks, 100% of the time. In addition, it is a high ROI procedure,” he adds.

“We’ve found that ALLURA captures an attractive, distinct patient profile,” remarks Aaron Burton, chief operating officer of Sciton, in the release. “Many patients want fast, visible results in a one-and-done treatment. To provide this option, our customers have urged us to revitalize a proven procedure with new simplified features, protocols and branding. We’ve done that with ALLURA and believe it’s a great addition to our Joule platform.”

“I leverage my patient base, and they love that I have alternatives for them,” adds Jared Mallalieu, DO, a cosmetic surgeon in Severna Park, MD.

“In consultations, and also for new patients, they often have wrong assumptions and incomplete understanding. Many opt for ALLURA when they got the whole picture with all major pros and cons, including results versus time and cost.”

ALLURA Neck can be added to the Sciton JOULE platform, according to the company. The JOULE platform is an expandable platform that is engineered to offer an array of laser and light wavelengths through delivery modes such as arm, fiber and BroadBand Light.

[Source(s0: Sciton, PR Newswire]

10 Skin-Care Products You’re Wasting Your Money On, According to Dermatologists

Before you spend all that cash on creams, serums, and toners, make sure you’re getting ones that actually work. Unfortunately, there are some pricey products out there that don’t do very much for your skin — and can actually end up irritating it.

So what are these products? INSIDER spoke to board-certified dermatologists to find out which items aren’t worth the money.

TIGR Matrix Offers Improved Reconstruction Outcomes, Study Suggests

Use of the synthetic and fully resorbable TIGR Matrix surgical mesh helped improve the outcome in breast cancer patients undergoing immediate reconstruction, according to a study published in the Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery.

The TIGR Matrix and other surgical meshes aim to support, and hold in place, breast implants to improve the aesthetic result with decreased risk of capsule formation. However, traditional meshes, such as the biological acellular dermal matrices, have been linked to severe complications including seroma, necrosis, and the loss of implants.

In the study, lead author Hakan Hallberg and colleagues investigated the use of the TIGR Matrix in a prospective series of 49 consecutive patients undergoing immediate breast reconstruction with a tissue expander or permanent implant. All patients were non-obese, current non-smoker, and not scheduled for postoperative radiotherapy, explains a media release from Novus Scientific.

The TIGR Matrix—produced by Novus Scientific AB, headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden—resulted in a low incidence of complications. The rate of implant-loss was similar as reported with other matrices. Furthermore, TIGR Matrix showed a 3.1% incidence rate of seroma and a 1.5% risk of infections. For comparison, the reported incidences of seroma and infection with other matrices are up to 15% and 30%, respectively.

Immediate breast reconstruction with a tissue expander and TIGR Matrix surgical mesh has a low complication rate, concluded the investigators of the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, per the release.

[Source(s): Novus Scientific, PR Newswire]

Fiancé of Texas Woman Who Died After Plastic Surgery in Mexico Wants Doctors Charged with Murder

Following the death of his fiancé Laura Avila, who suffered severe brain damage after seeking plastic surgery in Mexico last month, Enrique Cruz is seeking legal action against the doctors responsible.

Avila, a 36-year-old woman from Dallas, Texas, was put on life support earlier this month after her family claims doctors at Rino Center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, allegedly placed anesthesia incorrectly in her spine before a procedure at the end of October.

NYU Researchers Report Ability to Regrow Hair on Wounded Skin

By stirring crosstalk among skin cells that form the roots of hair, researchers report they have regrown hair strands on damaged skin.

The findings better explain why hair does not normally grow on wounded skin, and may help in the search for better drugs to restore hair growth, say the study’s authors in a media release.

Led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine and published recently in the journal Nature Communications, the study examined the effect of distinct signaling pathways in damaged skin of laboratory mice. Experiments focused on cells called fibroblasts that secrete collagen, the structural protein most responsible for maintaining the shape and strength of skin and hair.

As part of their investigation, researchers activated the sonic hedgehog signaling pathway used by cells to communicate with each other. The pathway is known to be very active during the early stages of human growth in the womb, when hair follicles are formed, but is otherwise stalled in wounded skin in healthy adults. Researchers say this possibly explains why hair follicles fail to grow in skin replaced after injury or surgery, the release explains.

“Our results show that stimulating fibroblasts through the sonic hedgehog pathway can trigger hair growth not previously seen in wound healing,” says study senior investigator and cell biologist Mayumi Ito, PhD, an associate professor in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Health.

Regrowing hair on damaged skin is an unmet need in medicine, Ito says, because of the disfigurement suffered by thousands from trauma, burns, and other injuries. However, her more immediate goal, she adds, is to signal mature skin to revert back to its embryonic state so that it can grow new hair follicles, not just on wounded skin, but also on people who have gone bald from aging.

Ito says scientists have until now assumed that, as part of the healing process, scarring and collagen buildup in damaged skin were behind its inability to regrow hair.

“Now we know that it’s a signaling issue in cells that are very active as we develop in the womb, but less so in mature skin cells as we age,” she adds in the release.

Key among the study’s findings was that no signs of hair growth were observed in untreated skin, but were observed in treated skin, offering evidence that sonic hedgehog signaling was behind the hair growth.

To bypass the risk of tumors reported in other experiments that turned on the sonic hedgehog pathway, the NYU Langone team turned on only fibroblasts located just beneath the skin’s surface where hair follicle roots (dermal papillae) first appear. Researchers also zeroed in on fibroblasts because the cells are known to help direct some of the biological processes involved in healing.

Hair regrowth was observed within 4 weeks after skin wounding in all treated mice, with hair root and shaft structures starting to appear after nine weeks.

Ito says her team plans further investigations into how chemical and genetic stimulants of fibroblasts might activate the sonic hedgehog pathway in wounded human skin. Her goal is to identify likely drug targets for hair regrowth, the release concludes.

[Source(s): NYU School of Medicine, PR Newswire]

What Exactly Is Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used to treat migraines, relieve headaches, decrease anxiety, increase fertility, ease tooth and back pain, relieve sinus congestions, and aid weight loss.

Cosmetic acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, or facial acupuncture uses the same traditional practice to activate energy points in the face.

South Korea Loves Plastic Surgery and Makeup. Some Women Want to Change That.

Gender inequality and the global #MeToo movement have fueled “Escape the Corset,” a campaign to cast off the country’s rigid beauty standards.

Inspired in part by the global #MeToo movement, which has shaken up politics and society in South Korea’s deeply patriarchal culture, the women are challenging long-accepted attitudes about plastic surgery and cosmetics in one of the world’s most beauty-obsessed capitals.

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