MiraDry Approved by FDA for the Treatment of Underarm Odor

miraDry has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the reduction of odor.  miraDry is now the first and only FDA cleared device for the non­invasive treatment of odor.

miraDry is proven to reduce underarm sweat by delivering localized heat to the area where the eccrine sweat glands reside, and in many patients the device also thermally impacts and eliminates the apocrine glands that are responsible for bad body odor. .”

This latest FDA clearance builds on the miraDry System’s existing indications for the treatment of underarm sweat and for the permanent reduction of unwanted underarm hair of all colors.

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Bellafill for Acne Scarring

Bellafill for acne scarring is now available at SOMA Skin & Laser in New Jersey

bellafill before and after

Bellafill before and after

What is Bellafill?

Bellafill is an FDA approved dermal filler for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds or smile lines, and the treatment of acne scars. It is a unique, injectable collagen filler with microspheres that can instantly smooth facial wrinkles (nasolabial folds) for beautiful, natural-looking results that last.

How Bellafill Works:
Bellafill replaces lost volume in the skin that are immediate and lasting. The injectable gel is comprised of 80% purified collagen and 20% PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres.

Bellafill keeps on working:
Bellafill is different. It restores rather than just fills for natural enduring results. In clinical studies, efficacy was observed out to 12 months. (Primary efficacy endpoint was at 6 months)
Bellafill is an exceptional cosmetic treatment
Bellafill offers a new level of filler rejuvenation. In addition to immediately adding volume to smooth away facial wrinkles known as smile lines, Bellafill helps your skin re-create its own firmer structure for beautiful, younger-looking skin and lasting results.
What to Expect with Bellafill Treatment
Treatment with Bellafill is very similar to treatment with conventional injectable fillers. The main difference is that Bellafill requires a skin test in the United States to identify those patients who may have an allergy to bovine collagen or lidocaine. Lidocaine is provided to minimize discomfort during injection.
First Appointment: Your skin test. A small amount of purified bovine collagen gel is injected in the forearm to ensure you have no adverse reactions to bovine collagen and/or lidocaine.
Second appointment: Four weeks later, if there have been no adverse reactions to the initial test, you are ready for treatment. Upon injection, you will usually see immediate improvement to lines and wrinkles. The amount of Bellafill® required will depend on the severity of the lines/wrinkles being addressed.
Third appointment: A follow-up is suggested at 4-6 weeks. This also allows you to decide if you would like to further enhance or correct the area.
Risks of Bellafill
Bellafill contains lidocaine to lessen the discomfort from the procedure. With proper placement, Bellafill cannot be felt after treatment. You may see immediate results in wrinkle correction and can return to your normal daily activities after the procedure. As with any injectable filler, you may experience temporary pain, swelling and reddening at the treatment site. These side effects are usually gone within a few days. Occasionally, there is transient bruising that typically disappears within 7 days. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, and increased sensitivity at injection sites. Two other rare potential side effects of all fillers may be lumps and granulomas, both of which may be treated by your doctor. Be sure to call your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual skin reactions around the treatment area. Bellafill is FDA approved for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds or smile lines. Patients who have a positive reaction to the Bellafill skin test, a history of severe allergies, known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring should not receive Bellafill. Mild swelling and redness can occur at the treatment site but generally subside after 24 hours. The safety of Bellafill for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding or in patients under 18 has not been established.  Long-term safety and effectiveness of Bellafill beyond one year has not been established.  For more Safety Information please consult with your physician and the patient labeling that can be found by visiting www.bellafill.com.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Bellafill?
A: Bellafill is a unique injectable collagen filler with microspheres that support production of the body’s own collagen for beautiful, natural-looking results that last.
Q: What are the microspheres in Bellafill made of?
A: The tiny microspheres in Bellafill are half the diameter of a human hair, so small that they are virtually invisible to the eye. The microspheres are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), one of the most widely used materials in medicine for 65 years.
Q: How does it work?
A: The collagen in Bellafill provides immediate volume and lift while the microspheres create a matrix that supports collagen production in your skin over time. The microspheres are not absorbed by the body and provide a support matrix for lasting correction.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Yes. The safety profile of Bellafill is comparable to the temporary fillers you are familiar with and perhaps already using.
Q: What are granulomas?
A: Granulomas are inflammatory reactions that may occur with all fillers and can be treated. Bellafill was studied in the longest and largest filler safety study ever conducted. In this long terms safety study, the granuloma rate was 1.7% and majority had resolved or improved with treatment by the end of the study.
Q: Will it work for me?
A: In a clinical trial, Bellafill was shown to work equally well with all skin types, and in men and women. If you have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring, tell your provider.
Q: When will I see results?
A: Bellafill replaces lost volume in the skin below the wrinkle for immediate correction and lasting results.
Q: What’s the downtime?
A: You can return to normal activities right away. As with any injectable dermal filler, mild swelling and redness can occur at the treatment site that generally subside after 24 hours.
Q: How long does it last?
A: Bellafill provides a microscopic ‘matrix’ to support your body’s own natural collagen production, and ultimately strengthen the layers of the skin. This provides the support your skin needs for wrinkle correction and younger looking skin, with results that last. In clinical trials, Bellafill showed significant improvement in smile lines at 3 months and 6 months after treatment, and continued to show improvement at 12 months.
Q: Can Bellafill be used in my lips?
A: No.
For full safety information, please refer to the Instructions for Use and patient label copy.

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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.

Book your Hydrafacial today.

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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.

Kybella Website

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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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