Approximately one person dies every hour from melanoma. Remember this summer, and during the other seasons too, to protect your skin from harmful rays which can lead to an increased risk in melanoma occurrence.
Melanoma can occur in any skin color. Famous reggae singer Bob Marley died from a version of melanoma called acral melanoma. It is important to see your physician and let him or her know if you note any irregular pigmentation. Whatever skin type you are, you must protect yourself from the sun and look for skin irregularities.
Have fun this summer but try and protect yourself and those around you.
Recently a study in Stem Cell Reports described a process to make skin cells called keratinocytes.
The ability to make skin cells in a laboratory makes the need for animal testing less likely in the future.
Some skin cell drugs and cosmetics test on animals prior to testing on humans. This development has obvious potential benefits including saving animal lives and cost-effective models to help determine the safety and efficacy of skin therapies.
Robotic surgery has changed many types of surgery and the way it is being performed. It has led to smaller incisions, less downtime and quicker recoveries. So is there a role for robotics in facial plastic surgery?
Currently, the answer is no. Robotic surgery is best used in hard to reach areas where access typically requires a larger incision and can now be reached with a smaller incision. In facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is performed already with either a small incision or incision-less approach. In facelift surgery, the incisions are concealed around the hairline and are necessary to remove the excess skin. Some facelifts can be performed with an endoscope. Even with forehead bumps (osteomas), Dr. Shah uses an endoscope to remove the lesion rather than use a large incision. More importantly, in aesthetic surgery there is a feel to the procedure which may be lost with a robot.
While robotic surgery has changed abdominal and thoracic surgery, its role appears to be limited in aesthetic surgery of the face, at least currently.