Chicago Aesthetics Conference

Dr. AJ Cummings attended a medical aesthetics conference in Chicago last weekend. The latest techniques for fillers and Botox were reviewed as well as Skin Rejuvenation with laser therapy. Valuable time was also spent with colleagues discussing some of the many clinical results experienced with different PRP uses. Specifically micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma which DaVinci Medical has been offering as anesthetics option for skin rejuvenation.

Hair restoration research with medications

Cosmetic hair restoration is an issue that many men and women suffer with with male pattern baldness and thinning hair. A group of researchers at the University of Manchester published a study showing how the side effects of some medications can actually be used to help stimulate hair growth. A drug that has been around since the 1980’s called Cyclosporine A had a side effect of patients having hair growth. The researchers discovered that the drug has in it an inhibitory mechanism that stops the body from using a certain protein that inhibits the growth of hair cells. The researchers used donated human hair follicles and found they promoted the human hair growth in the laboratory. Further research is needed.

Minimally invasive procedures which promote blood circulation in the scalp and stimulate growth factors include micro-needling with or without platelet rich plasma PRP.

  1. Nathan J. Hawkshaw, Jonathan A. Hardman, Iain S. Haslam, Asim Shahmalak, Amos Gilhar, Xinhong Lim, Ralf Paus. Identifying novel strategies for treating human hair loss disorders: Cyclosporine A suppresses the Wnt inhibitor, SFRP1, in the dermal papilla of human scalp hair folliclesPLOS Biology, 2018; 16 (5): e2003705 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003705

Wrinkles and moisture

Hydration of our skin play a major role in the determination of wrinkles, especially smaller wrinkles at the surface. Over time these can develop into much deeper, larger wrinkles and creases. The top layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells held together by lipid bonds. Things which dry out our skin can cause a crepe paper type appearance. Bio mechanical forces such as facial muscle movement can accentuate this and produce static, deeper wrinkles. Various methods to treat this include microneedling with hyaluronic acid and Botox.

University of Southampton. “Going skin deep to explore what causes wrinkles.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 February 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180228133958.htm>.

Dr AJ Cummings and Holly

The DaVinci Med Spa team was at a conference this weekend and had a chance to talk to several people about their aesthetic concerns. Among the issues that stood out were wrinkles, skin tone, dark or age spots and body contouring. Each client could benefit from an individual consultation as each need is different. Among the many options to consider, often treatment with Botox, microneedling or IPL photo facial are the right choice for ease of use, safe and cost effective. Non invasive options for body contouring and skin tightening include radio frequency treatments such as the Venus Freeze.

Hottest Trends in Med Spas; Microneedling

Practical Dermatology this March has reviewed some of the aesthetic trends taking the nation by storm. Top of this list is Microneedling. DaVinci Med Spa is ahead of the curve. We have been preforming microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, for years. Our clients are happy we are seeing great results. This therapy has minimal discomfort, minimal down time and natural results.