Which do you know more about (we hope #2)? #1 Where Kim or Khloe took their last vacation or #2 the fastest growing cancer in the U.S.? Cancers in the U.S. over the past 30 years in general have actually been falling EXCEPT for malignant melanoma which is 100% fatal if left too long. It is only partially related to sun: the back in males and legs in females are the most common areas. Dermatologists are very good at diagnosing them very early when they are curable based on color and border changes. More to come in the future.
Don't be shy; melanoma isn't, and finding it early could save your life. To that end, our education team has developed this helpful guide to self-screening. Follow the steps each month and pay attention to moles or spots that change shape, size or color. Know the ABCDEguide of melanoma. See something unusual? Make an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible.
#1 There are 2 major competitors: Thermage (potency was increased a few years ago) & Ulthera. Thermage is radiofrequency, which by heating loose collagen fibers deep in the skin, causes them to gradually curl over a 6 month period & therein produce skin tightening (without any down time), in some cases quite dramatic. Ulthera is ultrasound & attempts to do the same: it was sold to many physicians who expected the FDA to approve it (to allow the company itself to advertise it for tightening). However, in the pivotal phase 3 FDA trials the FDA stopped the trials midway indicating that it could not be shown to work. The doctors who had bought the Ulthera equipment had little financial options other than continuing to offer it. We have Thermage & had used Ulthera before the FDA decision.
#2 Surgery (at least on the face & neck) is always more predictable than use of a non-invasive device but obviously is associated with…