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Archive for December, 2020

Botox injections for masseter reduction


December 31st, 2020 | General Info

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Botox is used very commonly to decrease the size of the masseters and to improve symptoms such as grinding, headaches, and TMJ disorders. Decreasing the size of the masseters leads to a slimming of the lower face. This type of non-surgical lower face contouring is very popular, particularly among Asians.

A recent review published in Dermatologic Surgery went through different injection methods for botulinum injections of the masseters in East Asians. Five different methods for injecting the masseters were described.

Different patients have different patterns of masseter hypertrophy and Dr. Nakatsui can decide which is the best way to inject you. Care must be taken when injecting as some of the side effects of injection include a sunken appearance to the cheek, focal bulging of the masseter, and weakening of the risorius muscle, which would affect your smile.

Hair changes related to anticancer therapies


December 28th, 2020 | General Info

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There are many hair changes attributable to anticancer therapies. In approximately 65% of patients treated with chemotherapy and in up to 100% of areas treated with radiotherapy can lead to hair changes.

These can manifest as hair loss (alopecia), pigment changes, textural changes, and changes in hair cycle.

Hair Loss

Chemotherapy induced hair loss typically begins weeks after the first dose of chemotherapy and represents what is called an anagen effluvium, predominantly in areas of increased friction on the scalp. Eyebrows and eyelashes may also be affected. Usually asymptomatic, it can be associated with itch or pain. Two to six months after the chemotherapy has finished, the hair typically begins to regrow, although the hair loss can be persistent.

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Holiday Season Hours of Operation


December 28th, 2020 | General Info

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For this holiday season, our clinic will be closed from December 24, 2020 to December 31, 2021, although we will continue to answer phones to book appointments during regular office hours.

The office will be completely closed from January 1 to January 3, 2021, and we will not be answering phones on those days. Thank you and have a great holiday season! See you in 2021!

Topical minocycline for rosacea


December 11th, 2020 | Treatments

We have used oral minocycline for rosacea for decades. However, there are risks associated with oral minocycline, even though they are rare. A topical formulation of minocycline is being investigated for the management of rosacea by a company called Vyne Therapeutics. Two studies with a total of 1521 patients compared 1.5% topical minocycline foam versus vehicle and the foam appears to be effective, safe, and well-tolerated. This may provide a good alternative for rosacea sufferers looking to avoid oral medications.

Novel new oral medication being investigated for chronic hand eczema


December 10th, 2020 | General Info

A phase 2b study  by Asana Biosciences regarding a novel new medication for moderate to severe chronic hand eczema has shown some encouraging results. The medication is called gusacitinib and is a dual JAK/SYK inhibitor. The study showed statistically significant improvements in chronic hand eczema severity compared to placebo. It had an acceptable safety profile and was well tolerated. The most common side effects were headache, nausea, nasopharyngitis, and upper respiratory tract infection. A phase 3 trial is being finalized.