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Dermatology Study Indicates Children Are At Higher Risk of Invasive Melanoma

The results of a study conducted at John Hopkins Children’s Center were published in the journal, Cancer, on October 5, 2011, indicating that children are more likely to develop an invasive form of melanoma skin cancer than adults. It was the first study to compare children and young adults.

Over a five-year period, the dermatology researchers kept data on 717 children and 1,368 adults under the age of 24. All study participants had been diagnosed with melanoma. The study found that the child patients were at greater risk of metastases of the lymph nodes. These are called “sentinel lymph nodes,” and they indicate that the cancer cells could be reaching a deep layer of the skin.

When biopsies were performed on the sentinel lymph nodes, only 14 percent of the adult study participants had cancer cells within the nodes, while 25 percent of the children had cancer cells within the nodes. The thicker the tumors, the more likely that cancer cells were present. Children with the same thickness of tumors as the adults in the study, however, had cancer cells six times more frequently than the adults.

Younger children under the age of ten seemed to be at even greater risk. Researchers believe these discrepancies are due to biological differences between children and adults, and it points to the need for additional studies to learn more about pediatric dermatology and pediatric melanoma in particular.

The good news is that the study found that children were just as likely to survive melanoma as adults. It is also good news that dermatologists continue to find melanoma to be unusual in children. Due to tanning salons and sun exposure, however, melanoma is on the rise in both children and adults.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. With this type of cancer, melanocytes, the cells that produce skin pigment, become malignant, usually as a result of too much sun exposure. People with fair skin are particularly at risk, as are young children who are not properly protected by sunscreen when outside. Those with a family history of skin cancer are also at higher risk.

A melanoma usually begins as a dark spot similar to a mole and begins to spread. These spots generally do not have a regular, symmetrical border. When detected early, melanoma is usually treatable, but if it is not detected early, it can spread and cause death. Everyone should visit a dermatology department if any suspicious spots appear.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 8,800 people are expected to die in 2011 from melanoma out of a total of 70,000 new cases of the disease.



Laser Lipolysis Slim Lipo

SlimLipo laser lipolysisSlim Lipo is an FDA approved method of laser lipolysis that specifically utilizes 2 different wavelengths of laser light to carry out seperate fat destroying missions.

The first wavelength selectively targets your unwanted fat cells and liquefies them while the second wavelength of laser light serves as the heat source to assist the collagen in your skin to contract.  This contraction of collagen is what is said to "tighten" the skin after the fat cells have been liquified.

The first wavelength of laser light that aims to liquify fat cells is delivered through what is called a cannula, which is a long slim metal tube.  Your Slim Lipo doctor will use the cannula to physically remove the fat cells once they are liquified.


Clear and Brilliant

clear + brilliantClear + Brilliant is a new fractional laser from Solta Medical and widely considered the first of it's kind.  It's chief aim is to allow users to take control of the aging process with preventative treatments aimed at slowing the aging of skin.

How Does Clear + Brilliant Work?

Clear + Brilliant establishes hundreds of "treatment zones" within your skin to generate new tissue and replace older damaged skin.  The treatment zones are microscopic areas that can't be seen with the eye and effectively regenerate your skin from the inside out.

Who Can Benefit From Clear + Brilliant Laser?

Women and men of all ages that want to prevent early signs of aging.  By the nature of the way it works it's especially targeted towards younger women who have not experienced significant facial aging and want to delay looking older.  It is a form of preventative maintenance for your skin.

Clear + Brilliant Before & After Photos

See for yourself the Clear and Brilliant difference.  The below before and after result is provided courtesy of Solta Medical.


Welcome to Cosmetic Dermatology

Welcome to Cosmetic Dermatology, a new blog about all of your favorite cosmetic treatments.  What i'd like to do is review various treatments and discuss which ones are worth it and even which medispa's or dermatology practices are worth going to in your local area.

Please post comments and ask any questions you may have or even just share your cosmetic dermatology experiences.  Eventually I plan to add a forum for more interactivity and to really start building up a reliable list of cosmetic dermatology practices around the United States, but until then please enjoy and post comments.

Cosmetic Dermatology Treatments

We'll cover all of the treatments, including:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Liposuction
  • Liposculpture
    • Smart Lipo
  • Botox
  • Dermal fillers
    • Juvederm
    • Restylane
    • Sculptra
    • Radiesse
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser treatments
    • Clear + Brilliant
    • Isolaz
    • Fraxel
    • Thermage
  • Facials
  • Permanent Cosmetics


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