Polypodium leucotomas Extract

Polypodium leucotomas, an intriguing supplement derived from a topical fern, may have a variety of clinical benefits. It is reported to have photoprotective, chemoprotective and antioxidant effects, and may be useful in treating photosensitivity disorders, melasma and vitiligo. It is available in a variety of formulations, including Heliocare from Ferndale Laboratories.

Polypodium leucotomas is classified as a supplement and has not been approved for any specific medical indication. However, some clinical studies and anecdotal reports support its use for:

Photoprotection. Taking Polypodium leucotomas can possible protect against sunburn and photodamage. It should be used in conjunction with sunscreen and sun avoidance. A recommended dose is 240mg to 480mg in the morning and again in early afternoon. It can also be used before an anticipated increase in sun exposure, such as a beach vacation or the start of summer.

Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE) and other photodermatoses. Patients with PMLE and other photosensitive disorders may have reduced photosensitivity when taking Polypodium leucotomas. Dosing of 480mg to 960mg divided into two doses in morning and afternoon is advised.

Vitiligo. The combination of Polypodium leucotomas with narrowband UVB phototherapy for vitiligo may result in greater repigmentation compared with phototherapy alone.

Melasma. Polypodium leucotomas in conjunction with sunscreen may help decrease melasma as compared with sunscreen alone.

Polypodium leucotomas is generally well-tolerated with gastrointestinal disturbances and itching the primary side-effects observed. Overall, it seems worthwhile to incorporate its use into clinical treatment of the above conditions.

For further information see: J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2016;9(5)37-42

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Hydrafacial in New Jersey at SOMA Skin & Laser

Hydrafacial is now available at SOMA Skin & Laser. The Hydrafacial is the most advanced facial treatment available. The multi-step process cleanses, exfoliates, and extracts while infusing vital nutrients, including hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants with the unique Vortex-fusion delivery system.

Hydrafacial provides the benefits of hydradermabrasion exfoliation, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions, and Vortex delivery of serums. Hydrafacial provides immediate results and long-term benefits without pain, irritation or downtime.

Hydrafacial can be tailored to all skin-types and multiple problems. It fosters general skin health, but is also ideal for fine lines and wrinkles, anti-aging, brightening, and treatment of oily or congested skin.

A typical treatment would include Vortex-Exfoliation, Vortex-Peel, Vortex-Extraction and Vortex-Fusion.

Antioxidants delivered by Hydrafacial protect cells by trapping and containing free radicals and boosting cell function. HydraFacial works to not only detoxify skin clearing away daily wear and tear, but also to replenish the skin with much-needed antioxidants to revitalize and protect. Peptides are links of amino acids that boost collagen and elastin production. These help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also helping to stimulate the body’s natural antioxidant response. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally produced by the body and gives skin its volume and fullness. A lack of Hyaluronic Acid can lead to a decrease in the elasticity of your skin. HydraFacial utilizes a special low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid that plumps and deeply hydrates the skin like no other.

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Hydrafacial In New Jersey at SOMA Skin & Laser

Hydrafacial is now available at SOMA Skin & Laser. HydraFacial MD is a non-invasive, multistep procedure that combines the benefits of hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. It does all of this in one quick treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation. Call 973-763-7546 to schedule your free consultation.

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Kybella For Submental Fullness (Double Chin) Now Available At SOMA Skin & Laser

Kybella is a new non-surgical treatment for submental fullness, otherwise known as a double chin. According to a 2015 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 67% of consumers are bothered by this problem.

Kybella injections are performed monthly for up to six months. Nearly 70% of patients experienced a ≥1-grade improvement with Kybella injections.

Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe fullness associated with submental (under the chin) fat in adults. Deoxycholic acid is a natural product found in the human digestive system. It is able to dissolve fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

Many patients experienced visible results in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart.  The number of injections and the number of treatments are tailored to the individual patient’s submental fat distribution and treatment goals. Kybella is administered by subcutaneous injections directly into submental fat via injections spaced 1cm apart using a small needle. In clinical trials, the average dose was typically 2-3 vials (4-6 mL) per patient treatment session. In-office treatment sessions are typically 15-20 minutes.

Overall, 68.2% of subjects treated with Kybella experienced a ≥1-grade improvement with Kybella compared to 20.5% of placebo-treated subjects, based upon validated physician and patient measurements.

The most commonly reported adverse reactions clinical trials were: injection site edema/swelling, hematoma/bruising, pain, numbness, erythema (redness), and induration (hardness). Pain, swelling and bruising are likely to occur. In clinical trials, 72% of subjects treated with Kybella experienced hematoma/bruising. Any injection, including Kybella, can result in an infection. Cases of marginal mandibular nerve injury, manifested as an asymmetric smile or facial muscle weakness, were reported in 4% of subjects in the clinical trials. All cases resolved spontaneously (range 1-298 days, median 44 days). Kybella should not be injected near a facial nerve. Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) occurred in 2% of subjects in the clinical trials in the setting of administration site reactions, e.g., pain, swelling, and induration of the submental area; all cases of dysphagia spontaneously resolved (range 1-81 days, median 3 days). Kybella should be used with caution in patients with bleeding abnormalities or who are currently being treated with antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy as excessive bleeding or bruising in the treatment area may occur. To avoid the potential of tissue damage, Kybella should not be injected into or in close proximity (1-1.5 cm) to salivary glands, lymph nodes and muscles.

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BLU-U Blue Light For Acne

BLU-U blue light therapy for acne is now available at SOMA Skin & Laser.

The BLU-U is a unique blue light that kills the P. acnes bacteria in your skin. Treatments are simple – you sit with your face close to the blue light for approximately a 17-minute session about once or twice per week. The treatments may go on for five weeks or so. It’s safe, not hot, and not painful. After some weeks, the blue light can help control your acne.

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HUMIRA (adalimumab) Approved for Hidradinitis Supparitiva

Recently the biologic HUMIRA (adalimumab) was approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe hidradenitis supparativa (HS), an often debilitating disease with inflammatory papules, cysts and sinuses in the groin, axilla, inframammary and buttocks areas. This is an exciting new addition to the armamentarium of treatments, which typically include topical and oral antibiotics, as well as surgical approaches. In two clinical studies, PIONEER I and PIONEER II, it was demonstrated that at 12 weeks, patients with moderate-to-severe HS treated with HUMIRA  achieved a statistically significant greater response compared to those on placebo on the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinical Response (HiSCR) measure.

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MiraDry Now For Hair Removal

The MiraDry system, previously approved for hyperhidrosis, is now approved for the treatment of unwanted underarm hair. This microwave technology can be used in all skin types and on all hair colors. Long term reduction in underarm hair can be expected in one or two treatments.

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Venus Freeze

The Venus Freeze treatment is available at SOMA Skin & Laser. Venus Freeze is a non-invasive and pain-free solution for body contouring, cellulite and circumference reduction, wrinkle reduction and skin tightening for the face, neck and body. Utilizing (MP)2 Technology, Venus Freeze creates a synergy of magnetic pulses and radio frequency (RF) to deliver pleasant treatments and clinically proven results. Treatment increases blood flow and cellular nourishment to slow down the aging process. Venus Freeze requires a minimal amount of time per treatment (20-30 minutes) and it is pain-free resulting in absolutely no downtime at all. Patients can go right back to work and play immediately after a treatment. Patients often start to see the results after the first treatment. Permanent results can be achieved in as little as two treatments, but packages of 6 or 8 treatments are commonly used.

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Hand Rejuvenation

After rejuvenating the face, many patients turn their attention to their aging hands. Hands show their age with loss of volume, accentuation of tendons and veins, and the presence of multiple age spots.

Complete hand rejuvenation requires addressing these individual components.

Adding Volume to the Aging Hand

Volumizing fillers can be injected into the backs of the hands. This restores the hand to a more youthful contour and blunts the prominence of tendons and veins. Radiesse can be used for this, as well as some of the hyaluronic acid fillers.

Removing Age Spots from the Aging Hand

Age spots can be quickly removed from the aging hand the same way that they are removed from the face. A RevLite peel, a DEKA resurfacing, or GentleLase spot treatment are all effective in removing age spots.

Sun Protection

Use sunscreen after your procedure to keep your hands looking young.

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Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from the stable area of of the scalp (typically posterior portion) to the thinning or balding portion of the scalp (typically crown, temples, or frontal portion). It can be used for management of pattern alopecia, traction alopecia, and  in special cases burned out scarring alopecia in men and women. The basic procedure was started in the 1930s.  Over the last  century the procedure has been refined and now individual follicular units are transferred with less invasive incisions made on the balding scalp.

The strip harvesting technique is the most common type of hair transplantation procedure.  It involves excision of a strip of skin from the stable portion of the scalp.  Individual 1-4 follicular units are then dissected from this strip and transferred to tiny slits on the balding scalp.

Follicular unit extraction is a newer technique that is growing in popularity.  It involves removal and dissection of individual 1-4  follicular units (FU) directly from the stable portion of the scalp. The FUs are transferred to tiny slits on the balding scalp.  Smaller scars can be expected from this procedure.  Recently, robotic devices have been able to automate the process.

With any technique, more than one procedure may be necessary to obtain the desired result. It is important to make sure medical therapy is continued in order to obtain maximal results.

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