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Facial chemical peel effectively removes precancerous skin lesions
In a recent study of patients with a large number of facial precancerous skin growths (actinic keratoses), a chemical peel with trichloroacetic acid was better tolerated yet equally effective to laser resurfacing or topical agents in removing the lesions and preventing future skin cancer. None of these techniques quite approached the effectiveness of freezing off the lesions with liquid nitrogen, which is the current standard of care. But for patients with too many facial actinic keratoses to freeze them all off with liquid nitrogen, a comparison of three alternative approaches was the focus of this study. Archives of Dermatology. August 2007

Chemical peeling is just one of the many skin treatments available today that will diminish the effects of aging and photoaging. It is important to note that various forms of chemical peels have been marketed by inadequately trained practitioners claiming miraculous rejuvenation of the skin. The safest recommendation is to find a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has adequate training and experience in skin resurfacing.

There is a wide array of over-the-counter products available for mild to moderate superficial skin treatment. Read and understand the labels to help you sort through various skin care products on the market. If you're still unsure which skin care products are right for you, consult with a dermatologist for guidance. Read more

Survey: Most liposuction recipients happy with results
Eighty percent of people who underwent liposuction reported being satisfied with the procedure, and 86% said they would recommend the procedure to others, according to results of a patient satisfaction survey of over 200 participants. Liposuction is only a temporary quick fix however, as 43% of the participants in this study had weight gain after surgery, and 65% had return of fat to treated or untreated areas. This underlines the fact that lifestyle changes must occur, in conjunction with liposuction, to achieve desirable long term-results. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Page compiled by Nina Thompson, RN, MSN, ARNP, last updated February 2008

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