FDA approves drug that increases survival in melanoma patients

As a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Los Angeles, I devote a large portion of my practice to the treatment and prevention of skin cancers and the reconstruction of skin cancer defects. Although the treatment of patients with late stage melanoma is usually managed by oncologists, I wanted to share my excitement about the […]

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How do I keep my kids cool during summer & protect them from UVA/UVB exposure?

We have seen some record high temperatures across the country this summer.  Especially in Southern California, where we are accustomed to beautiful weather year-round.  Conventional wisdom tells us that as temperatures rise, we should strip down to stay cool. However,  in reality dressing less is not necessarily the best way to deal with the summer […]

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Looking forward to the July 2010 Multi-Specialty Foundation for Aesthetic Surgical Excellence Meeting!

The purpose and mission of the Multi-Specialty Foundation For Aesthetic Surgical Excellence (F.A.S.E.), a not-for-profit educational foundation, is to foster a spirit of cooperation and understanding between four specialties that are primarily involved in the science, practice and teaching of facial aesthetic surgery. The foundation’s main objective is the creation and maintenance of a recurring […]

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Lentigo Maligna & Lentigo Maligna Melanoma: Why so confusing?

Lentigo maligna is melanoma in situ (i.e. “pre-melanoma”) that occurs primarily on heavily sun-damaged skin of elderly individuals. It typically presents in the sixth and seventh decades of life.  Although many non-operative treatments have been used in the past to treat Lentigo maligna (i.e. cryotherapy, radiation therapy, laser ablation), these treatments all seem to be […]

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New Technology Bioweapons Kits Detect & Combat Black-Market Botox

The popularity of Botox for cosmetic purposes in recent years has led to national concerns over counterfeit “black-market Botox.” The uncontrolled and unregulated production and distribution of counterfeit Botox could not only lead to unsafe clinical use of Botox, but also raises concerns among Homeland Security experts that would-be bioterrorists could harbor botulinum toxin, a […]

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for about 20% of the total number of skin cancers in the United States. Risk factors for the development of squamous cell carcinoma are similar to those for basal cell carcinoma. Primary cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas arise from skin cells called keratinocytes. Keratinocytes that turn into squamous cell carcinoma arise from […]

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