SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Jeff Dover recorded his first podcast for ASLMS Light Talk series. He gives a clear overview of laser-assisted drug delivery (LADD); what types of devices and drugs are typically used, when to apply the agents, possible side effects, the potential of LADD and how it has changed our practice.
SkinCare Physicians’ fellow received 2019 ASLMS: Best of Session Abstract Award
SkinCare Physicians is excited to announce that current fellow, Dan Callaghan MD, was awarded the 2019 ASLMS Annual Conference: Best of Session Abstract Award – Scientific for work he has been doing for the last year along with former fellow Dr. Lauren Bonati, Dr. Murad Alam, and our own Dr. Jeffrey Dover. The abstract, entitled SOUND LEVELS AND SAFETY IN COSMETIC LASER SURGERY, is an example of great, innovative work.
While eye safety is paramount when using lasers for cosmetic procedures, hearing safety gets much less attention. The team of doctors found that some lasers that we use in clinical practice, specifically some of the lasers for tattoo removal or some of the fully ablative lasers for skin resurfacing, can be quite loud. Given that loud noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States, they were interested in studying just how loud these lasers were and if they were safe in the absence of hearing protection.
Fortunately, the team found that the vast majority of lasers used in clinical practice produce a sound level far below that which puts one at risk for noise induced hearing loss. The few lasers that do emit sound levels above that threshold would have to be used for an extended period of time throughout the day before there would be any concern of risk for hearing loss. Given the fact that these treatments are typically quick, it would be unusual for anyone to be using these lasers long enough to put patients at risk. So ultimately, patients and physicians alike should feel safe utilizing lasers of all type without concern for noise induced hearing loss, even in the absence of hearing protection.
Congratulations to the team!
Meet our new Fellows, Drs. Callaghan, Hogan and Kandula
It’s this time of the year when we welcome three new Fellows to SkinCare Physicians’ Teaching and Training program. Drs. Daniel Callaghan, Sara Hogan and Prasanthi Kandula will be with us for a year. During their twelve-month fellowship they will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of cosmetic and dermatologic surgery, as well as laser medicine.
Dr. Sara Hogan grew up in the Washington D.C. area and West Africa before relocating to Utah. She attended the University of Utah, where she graduated with a B.S. in Health Promotion and Education. She then received a Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and performed health systems research at the Urban Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C. Sara earned her Medical Doctorate from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago. She completed her dermatology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where she conducted research on hair loss disorders and novel applications for existing medications. Sara enjoys exploring Boston on bike, hiking, traveling, and oil painting. She is excited to join SkinCare Physicians and looks forward a productive and enjoyable year.
Dr. Daniel Callaghan grew up in Pittsburgh, PA with his older sister and two younger brothers. He graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Economics and received his M.D. from Georgetown University. After completing his internship in San Diego, he traveled back to the East Coast for his dermatology residency at Boston Medical Center. Outside of work, Dan enjoys hiking, attending concerts, photography and watching sports especially hockey and football. Dan never would have guessed he would be doing a fellowship down the road from where he attended college but couldn’t be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to be at SkinCare Physicians.
Dr. Prasanthi Kandula was born in Waterloo, IA and grew up in southern Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude and AOA from the University of Missouri–Kansas City with a combined BA in Liberal Arts and M.D. degree. She completed her dermatology residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis, where she served as chief resident during her final year. Prasanthi enjoys trying new restaurants, dancing, running, country music concerts, and traveling with friends and family. She is excited to join SkinCare Physicians and looks forward to an amazing year!
2018 Skin Care Controversies Symposium
The annual advanced symposium CONTROVERSIES & CONVERSATIONS in Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, presented by SkinCare Physicians, was held last weekend at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA. CONTROVERSIES & CONVERSATIONS was first held 26 years ago and was conceptualized as a different kind of a gathering, one meant to stimulate frank, open and vigorous discussion among a large group of expert faculty, attendees and representatives from related medical and aesthetic industries.
The 2018 faculty of more than 45 experts presented many talks over the three morning sessions, none longer than 5 minutes and many limited to 2 minute presentations. Each group of talks was then followed by active discussion among the 200 or more in the hall, who offered a variety of comments, criticism, suggestions, and other perspectives. All present found the gathering stimulating, fun, educational and a very worthwhile experience.
The next CONTROVERSIES & CONVERSATIONS Symposium will be held on August 9-11, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Save the date!
Dr. Sobell, chairperson at the 2018 Atlantic Derm Conference
SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Jeffrey Sobell served as a chairperson at the 95th annual Atlantic Derm Conference on May 11-13 in Providence Rhode Island. Atlantic Derm is a dedicated group of thousands of dermatologists from 14 member societies along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada.
Each year Atlantic Derm members gather for a unique mission of serving patients, and Dr. Sobell was honored to serve as a chairperson for this case-based clinical conference.
SkinCare Physicians’ involvement with ASLMS
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) recently met in Dallas for its annual meeting. This Society was founded in 1981 and our own Dr. Kenneth Arndt was one of the founding members. The organization is a multi-specialty organization devoted to research, education and advancement of the field of lasers and all types of energy based devices. When the Society was established there were only two lasers available for clinical use, the continuous wave argon laser and the continuous wave carbon dioxide laser. As time has evolved however, multiple other devices and treatments have become available using different types of energy, such as radiofrequency, microwave, ultrasound, and devices using various forms of thermal energy such as targeted heat and cold. Physicians from SkinCare Physicians have been integrally involved with the Society as it has evolved. Dr. Arndt was President of ASLMS in 1987, Dr. Dover was President in 2013, and Dr. Rohrer is currently the Vice-President and will ascend to the Presidency in the near future. Many SkinCare Physicians staff and fellows have contributed to the Society in the past and currently by serving in their administration, chairing committees, acting as journal editors, organizing the annual meeting, chairing sessions and presenting research.
At the most recent meeting Dr. Arndt co-chaired a 4-hour course entitled “Expert Treatment Approaches” along with Dr. Nazanin Saedi, who was previously a fellow at SkinCare Physicians. Dr. Thomas Rohrer gave two talks, one on “The use of lasers and light in the treatment of acne”, the other one “A new technology to treat seborrheic keratosis and potentially skin cancer.” He also moderated the session for Early Career abstracts. Dr. Dover was one of the faculty for a session on “Optimizing the patient experience” and lectured on “New Applications of Picosecond Technology” and “Laser-assisted drug delivery to boost rejuvenation procedures while maintaining safety.”
It was wonderful seeing many colleagues and particularly many of our previous fellows who attended this year’s meeting to contribute to the Program and be involved in their educational activities. In attendance were 15 of the approximately 50 fellows, whom we have trained since SkinCare Physicians was established almost two decades ago.
A new year, a new suite!
SkinCare Physicians is ringing in the New Year with a new suite on the second floor to meet the needs of our ever expanding Research Department and top-notch Billing Department. These two departments moved into their new beautiful office space last week and our colleagues are thrilled.
But we are not done. We anticipate the opening of another new clinical suite on the third floor in the spring of 2018! This updated space will enable us to provide our patients with more services and more state-of-the art clinical care.
We are excited to continue on this journey to make SkinCare Physicians and our 1244 Boylston Street address a destination location in Chestnut Hill MA, and the premier dermatology practice in the country!
Scientific analysis backs benefits of holistic, non-invasive approach to aging face
Dr. Michael Kaminer of SkinCare Physicians and several colleagues from around the country recently completed a comprehensive scientific analysis of non-invasive treatments for facial aging including Botox and fillers.
The conclusions are impressive, and offer specific guidelines for how to achieve optimal and natural results. Sponsored by Allergan, this study creates new opportunities for achieving better results than previously possible.
Hot off the press is the latest quarterly issue of Seminars and Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery on “Lasers, Lights and Energy Devices: State of the Art”. SkinCare Physicians’ Drs. Kenneth Arndt and Jeffrey Dover, guest editors along with Dr. Omer Ibrahim, are so pleased to see so many of our former fellows and two upcoming ones contribute their expertise to this issue. Congratulations to Drs. Omer Ibrahim, Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, Nicole Y Lee, Deanne Mraz Robinson, Nazanin Saedi, Mara Weinstein Velez, Sara Hogan and Daniel J Callaghan.
SkinCare Physicians’ fellow received ASDS Research Grant
SkinCare Physicians is thrilled to share the news that it is the second year in a row one of its fellows, Dr. Mona Sadeghpour, received the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Fredric S. Brandt Research Grant. Dr. Sadeghpour will use the clinical research grant to study the effect of low-fluence QS Nd:YAG lasers in the treatment of Melasma.
“My interest in treatment of melasma stems from my interest in women’s health, since melasma is most commonly found in women, and often (but not always) starts around the time of pregnancy,” explains Dr. Sadeghpour. The cause of melasma is complex and not yet fully understood. Interplay between hormones and environmental factors including ultraviolet exposure from the sun and visible light in the setting of genetic predisposition leads to hyperactivity of melanocytes (our pigment-producing cells). This leads to formation of brown discoloration most commonly on the face. Patients with darker skin types may be at a higher risk for development of melasma, but it can be found in patients with all skin types, and affect both men and women. Melasma can be disfiguring and cause severe psychosocial distress. Unfortunately, it remains a very difficult disease to treat and generally requires a multi-modality treatment approach. Dr. Sadeghpour’s research focuses on investigating the ideal combination approach of a low-fluence Nd:YAG laser, mechanical exfoliation, and topical hydroquinone (lightening agent) to treat melasma in a safe and efficacious manner.
Dr. Sadeghpour is hoping to enroll 20 subjects (both men and women) with melasma. The study consists of three treatment visits spaced one month apart, and two follow up visits 3 and 6 months post treatment. The project will be conducted at SkinCare Physicians Research Department, under the guidance of Dr. Dover and Dr. Arndt. For more information on the study, click here.
The ASDS Innovations in Aesthetics Fellowship Fund was set up in 2015 to continue the legacy of Dr. Fredric S. Brandt, a longtime ASDS member and contributor, by promoting and supporting the career development of junior cosmetic dermatologic surgeons focused on cosmetic treatments and patient care.
Our team of renowned physicians and experienced support staff is committed to excellence in medical skin care and cosmetic procedures with a patient-centered focus for women and men in the greater Boston area and beyond.