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Posted by 08.25.14

Nail fungus—called onychomycosis—causes your nails to turn colors, thicken, and become brittle. Nail fungus can show up on your hands as well as your feet, and it isn’t pretty.  Infections start at the tip of the nail and work their way under the nail bed, causing white, yellow, or brown streaks, and thickening the nail. The nail ends up being a shield that allows the fungus to grow.

Podiatrists and dermatologists often prescribe oral drugs like Lamisil and Sporanox, but they usually need to be taken for months to work, and there is a risk of side effects. Many people are reluctant to take these drugs because in very rare cases they may cause liver damage. Over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments are not usually too effective, and repeat infections are commonplace. When all else fails, having the nail removed and the nail matrix medically destroyed to prevent the nail from growing back is a last resort.

The newest way to stay fungus-free is with lasers. Heat is able to target infectious agents, which makes laser therapy  extremely exciting. The universal appeal of lasers is that they can selectively destroy nasty fungi, while sparing healthy surrounding tissue and cure the condition.

Syneron Candela just earned FDA clearance for their proprietary new 5-millimeter spot size for the Gentle Pro Nd:YAG Laser Series  to treat nail fungus. In addition to Gentle Pro’s speedy hair removal and vascular and pigmented lesion procedures, nail fungus can now be reversed in just a few brief treatment sessions.

According to New York City podiatrist Krista Archer, “Lasers have greatly improved options for treating infected nails safely, effectively, and without a lengthy plan. With three pain-free CoolTouch CT3 treatments that take about two minutes per nail, we can restore healthy nails,  and patients can resume their normal activities the same day.” The best part is that you can continue to polish your toenails throughout the course of the treatment.

Practice safe mani/pedis, warns Archer, who sees a lot of toenail fungus caused from unsanitary conditions at nail salons. “Busy salons can be a breeding ground for fungus. Bring your own tools and polish to avoid the spread of fungus, and don’t get your cuticles cut. The cuticle forms a protective layer between your nail and the bed, and removing it makes it easier for fungus to get underneath and cause infections.”



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Posted by 08.20.14

Hanging out with mompreneur Rosie Pope, the star of Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels and maternity and baby clothing designer, is like talking to any other mom on the playground. You trade tricks, share complaints… and almost forget this particular mom is building quite the impressive empire which also includes her Mommy IQ book and MomPrep parenting classes.

Pope recently hosted a media event to unveil her Fall collection for expectant moms and their tots.

Her current line of baby clothes mirrors the best in her personality. The prints are warm and sweet, yet functional and pragmatic in their design. Rompers have removable feet to extend the life of outfits for fast-growing babies. The use of warm, muted greys as the new gender-neutral color is a welcome change from the tired yellows. Sweat material provides comfort and durability for active little ones. Overall, this line offers well-styled yet comfy options for babies and toddlers. The maternity line is also what you would expect from Pope — chic, shi shi and yet uber comfy.

The collection will be available in Rosie’s stores and on her website.

– Reporting by Pamela Zimmerman

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Posted by 08.09.14

First came a nod for tattoo removal, and now Cynosure’s PicoSure laser has been green lighted to treat acne scars.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the laser system for helping to erase acne scars in early August. This same laser revolutionized tattoo removal when it was shown to eradicate greens, blues, and other hard-to-erase inks in fewer sessions than older lasers.

In the studies that paved the way for the new acne scar indication, 77% of people treated for acne scars achieved greater than 50% improvement according to their physician. PicoSure scored a 97% physician satisfaction rate at the 1-month follow-up, and this increased to 100% at the 3-month mark. And those who were treated agreed: PicoSure received 76% patient satisfaction rate at the 1-month follow up and increased to 86% patient satisfaction rate at 3 months, the study showed.

PicoSure technology delivers ultra-short pulses of energy in trillionths of a second to promote and remodel the proteins that give skin its supple elastic properties—collagen and elastin. This helps soften the appearance of a scar.

“Up until now the best treatments for acne scars have been ablative lasers with significant pain and downtime, or chemical peels with the same,” explains Anthony Youn, MD, a plastic surgeon in Troy, Mich. “PicoSure, currently in a league of its own for tattoo removal, is now in a league of its own for acne scarring,” he says.

“Typically 2-3 treatments are recommended, and the best part is there is little to no downtime, which is a pronounced departure from what you get with ablative lasers and deep chemical peels,” he says.

There are several different types of acne scars—some which are harder to treat than others. Hypertrophic or keloid scars occur when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal, resulting in a raised scar. By contrast, depressed scars develop when there is a loss of tissue, and include “icepick” scars, which look like small holes in the skin and “boxcar” scars, which are round with steeply angled sides

“I would expect it to work best for acne scarring that isn’t considered ‘icepick’ although some improvement of these types of scars is achieved as well,” Youn says.


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