Tina Alster, MD, Launches The A Method

Tina Alster Launches New Professional Skincare Products

Dermatologist and laser expert Tina Alster, MD, has developed a new line of topical skincare products under the brand “The A Method.” The line includes both daily use skincare products and pre- and postprocedure products formulated to reduce inflammation, erythema and itching.

Cleanse Gentle Daily Cleanser is a creamy, hydrating cleanser rich in glycerin, hyaluronic acid and avocado oil. C Antioxidant Elixir 20% protects and brightens skin with lipid-soluble vitamin C. Protect SPF 30 is a 100% mineral sunscreen blended with antioxidants that offers broad-spectrum UV protection.

Nanopulse Electrical Stimulation Shows Promise for Dermatologic Applications

A new non-thermal technology that targets cellular structures without affecting non-cellular dermal tissue may offer benefits for a range of dermatological concerns. A study on Pulse Biosciences’ Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) technology, entitled “A Dose-Response Study of a New Novel Non-Thermal Method of Selectively Modifying Cellular Structures in Skin with Low Energy Nanosecond Electrical Stimulation,” received the 2018 American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Best of Basic Science and Translational Research Award.

New PDL Device Safer and More Effective for Rosacea

V-Beam Prima offers larger beam diameter

The V-Beam Prima (Syneron-Candela), a new, long-pulse, higher‐energy, 595nm pulse dye laser with dynamic spray cooling and a 15mm diameter circular treatment beam, is effective for rosacea-related redness. And the larger beam size improves both outcomes and patient safety, according to a study Eric F. Bernstein, MD, et al, published on April 10, 2018, in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

Sciton Adds New Dates to Bright Lights Big City Tour

Bright Lights Big City BBL Tour

Laser manufacturer Sciton is extending its Bright Lights Big City BBL Tour hosted by Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr., creator of the Fotofacial. The new 2018 events will start in early June in Fort Lauderdale, followed by Chicago, New York City and Austin, before making a last stop in Washington D.C. in November.

The seminars were created to help clinicians achieve optimal results with the company’s BBL (BroadBand Light), a high energy output intense pulsed light device that offers multiple filters to address a variety of aesthetic concerns.

Sebacia Microparticles Promoted as Contrast Enhancing Agents

Histopathology showing microparticles in skin

Sebacia, the developer of Sebacia Microparticles, which are being investigated for use in acne and laser hair removal, presented new data on the feasibility of using the microparticles as an adjunct to existing imaging modalities to measure hair follicles and sweat glands during the 2018 American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) conference in April.

Cryolipolysis and Informed Consent

Physicians should share information on rare complication

The authors of a study involving four patients who experienced paradoxical adipose hypertrophy (PAH) following cryolipolysis are encouraging physicians to inform patients of this rare complication and schedule follow-up visits for better screening. Nathaniel Stroumza, MD, et al, reviewed the cases of 398 people who underwent cryolipolysis with the CoolSculpting device between January 2014 and January 2017. The same operator treated all patients. Four of the 398 experienced voluminous swelling in the treated area two to four months following the procedure.

Former Valeant Executives Join Crescita Therapeutics

Crescita Therapeutics, a commercial dermatology company with a portfolio of non-prescription skincare products and prescription drug products, has announced the appointment of two former members of the Valeant leadership team to its ranks. Serge Verreault, current president of Crescita, is now president and CEO of the company. Verreault worked at Valeant Canada for fourteen years in a variety of positions, including executive director of business development and general manager of Laboratoire Dr Renaud, which was acquired by Crescita in 2016.

Ink Particles Ejected During Laser Tattoo Removal

Ink Particles Ejected During Tattoo Removal

A new study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine on March 25 confirmed that ink particles are ejected during laser tattoo removal treatment at speeds so high that they actually become embedded in glass slides held near the treatment site. Author Michael J. Murphy found dark material, presumably fragments of the tattoo ink, on and embedded within glass slides following Q‐switched Nd:YAG laser treatment of tattoos.