Tweets From Boston, Day 1

On Thursday, I attended the American Society of Laser Medicine & Surgery’s annual meeting, held this year at the Prudential Center in Boston.  The wifi access in the Sheraton Hotel at which the conference was being held wasn’t particularly great, but I was able to update some of the exciting new developments in dermatology via Twitter.

In case you missed it, here is a rundown of all the things I learned that first day:


8:15 A.M.-  At American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery annual meeting in Boston, will be tweeting re updates and new/reenforced old concepts.

9:51 A.M.- From ASLMS mtg, #Fraxel best treatment for older more pale stretch marks decreasing skin atrophy and wrinkling.

10:21 A.M.- From ASLMS, #Fraxel can be used to reduce precancerous actinic keratosis by up to 88% after 3 treatments.

10:28 A.M.- From ASLMS, for #Pelleve since collagen tightening+stimulation is ongoing after treatment for months, 6 month followup picture is important.

10:52 A.M.- From ASLMS, noninvasive body contouring very hot topic this year. Surgical liposuction use is down about 30% while nonsurgical up same %.

12:34 P.M.- From ASLMS mtg, after noninvasive body sculpting, fat isn’t excreted from body immediately but is transported by lymphatics to the liver.

12:49 P.M.- During body sculpting, fat transported to the liver does NOT cause damage,elevation of liver tests or increase in triglycerides (blood fat).

1:03 P.M.- After ultrasound body sculpting treatments, initial improvements continue for 2-3 months due to fat loss+skin tightening over treated areas.

1:10 P.M.- During laser hair removal, permanent effects are due to damage to stem cells within the bulge at base of root preventing hair retro with.

1:34 P.M.- In laser hair removal, best results are always with lighter skin and darker hair. Also, best results with no tan!

1:47 P.M.- On AVERAGE, during hair removal, 3 treatments will result in 70% and 6 treatments in 95% improvement. As always, every one is different.

2:04 P.M.- For hair removal, thinner skin areas such as upper lip+underamrs respond better+faster than thicker skin areas such as the chin.

2:59 P.M.- Latest hypothesis re malasma is that melanocytes in these patients are metabolically overactive and easily stimulated by hormones or trauma.

3:04 P.M.- Latest recommended treatment for melasma includes lower energy laser followed by topical therapy w/sunscreen+melanocytes inhibiting cream.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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