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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

Keep it Local, Keep it Safe

Published on February 2, 2018

A meta-analysis of over 40 studies involving almost 20,000 patients confirmed what we already know. If you have a choice, avoid general anesthesia and stick with local. They found that general anesthesia was associated with many potential risks, including life

Quality of Life Matters

Published on January 29, 2018

A recent European study examined the quality of life of patients with basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and actinic keratosis. They found that, while these conditions are rarely life threatening, they have a very significant impact on patients quality

Aspirin May Improve Melanoma Survival

Published on January 26, 2018

Previous research has suggested a potential cancer prevention benefit from daily aspirin. This new study suggests that in some patients with melanomas taking a daily aspirin may improve their overall survival. Further research is needed to confirm these findings and

Military Personnel at Greater Risk for Skin Cancer

Published on January 23, 2018

Both active duty and veteran military personnel have a greater risk of both melanoma and none melanoma skin cancer compared with the civilian population. Air Force seemed to be the highest risk as well as those who served in the

​The Importance of Time from Diagnosis to Treatment in Melanoma​

Published on January 19, 2018

A diagnosis of cancer is always worrying and stressful. Patients will generally feel an need for urgent treatment just to get rid of it as soon as possible. For many skin cancers such urgency is not vital, however a new

Facial Workout

Published on January 16, 2018

A small pilot study suggests that daily facial exercises may make you look younger. In this study 27 women aged 40 to 65 were given an exercise regimen for their facial muscles that they were to do every day for

Mohs for the Elderly

Published on January 11, 2018

A retrospective review of 488 patients aged 85 or older presenting for nonmelanoma skin cancer management was performed (1999–2014). Patients undergoing Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) had a mean age of death of 93.5 years (older than the national average of

Diabetic Medication May Protect Against Skin Cancer

Published on January 9, 2018

A recent study from Taiwan suggests that diabetic patients who are treated with “metformin” had a lower risk of skin cancer than would have been expected. Further studies are needed to confirm and explain these findings but the authors suggest

Young Women at Greatest Risk for Melanoma

Published on December 29, 2017

Female gender is an independent risk factor for melanoma diagnosed under 44 years old. However after 45 years of age, there appears to be a protective role of female gender against UV-associated melanoma risk. Where you live is also an

Meds that keep your pressure down may be increasing your skin cancer risk!

Published on December 27, 2017

One particular blood pressure medication has been shown to increased risk of both squamous and basal cell cancer. Long term use of Hydrochlorothiazide, (which is a diuretic commonly used to treat hypertension) has been shown to significantly increase your risk

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