Polypodium leucotomas Extract

Polypodium leucotomas, an intriguing supplement derived from a topical fern, may have a variety of clinical benefits. It is reported to have photoprotective, chemoprotective and antioxidant effects, and may be useful in treating photosensitivity disorders, melasma and vitiligo. It is available in a variety of formulations, including Heliocare from Ferndale Laboratories. Polypodium leucotomas is classified… Read More

HUMIRA (adalimumab) Approved for Hidradinitis Supparitiva

Recently the biologic HUMIRA (adalimumab) was approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe hidradenitis supparativa (HS), an often debilitating disease with inflammatory papules, cysts and sinuses in the groin, axilla, inframammary and buttocks areas. This is an exciting new addition to the armamentarium of treatments, which typically include topical and oral… Read More

MiraDry Now For Hair Removal

The MiraDry system, previously approved for hyperhidrosis, is now approved for the treatment of unwanted underarm hair. This microwave technology can be used in all skin types and on all hair colors. Long term reduction in underarm hair can be expected in one or two treatments.

Hand Rejuvenation

After rejuvenating the face, many patients turn their attention to their aging hands. Hands show their age with loss of volume, accentuation of tendons and veins, and the presence of multiple age spots. Complete hand rejuvenation requires addressing these individual components. Adding Volume to the Aging Hand Volumizing fillers can be injected into the backs… Read More

Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from the stable area of of the scalp (typically posterior portion) to the thinning or balding portion of the scalp (typically crown, temples, or frontal portion). It can be used for management of pattern alopecia, traction alopecia, and  in special cases burned out scarring alopecia… Read More

Hair Loss Consultation Now Available

SOMA Skin & Laser is now offering consultations for hair loss for men and women.  In addition to a medical evaluation includes assessment for hair transplantation and innovative procedures such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and Acell Hair Regrowth Therapy (Please note that these procedures are not covered by insurance).

New Topical Therapies for Onychomycosis

For more than 15 years the only available topical therapy for onychomycosis was ciclopirox, which offered rather low cure rates. In 2014 two new topical agents were approved: eficonazole (Jublia) and tavaborole (Kerydin). Ciclopirox Ciclopirox, available as an 8% nail lacquer, is indicated for treatment of mild to moderate onychomycosis. It is available as an… Read More

Resources for Allergic Contact Dermatitis

There are several tools available to facilitate avoidance of specific allergens in personal care products. Once you have been patch tested by your dermatologist and the relevant allergens determined, consulting these databases may be helpful. Contact Allergen Management Program from American Contact Dermatitis Society Allergy Free Skin App

First Topical Agent for Facial Erythema of Rosacea Approved

Brimonidine topical gel 0.33% (Mirvaso, Galderma Laboratories) has been approved by the FDA for facial redness resulting from rosacea in adults aged 18 years or older In clinical testing, the alpha 2 adrenergic agonist brimonidine topical gel yielded significantly greater improvement in the facial redness of rosacea than vehicle gel, according to the company sponsor… Read More

Sculptra Skin Filler

Sculptra is a skin filler that works differently from the hyaluronic acid fillers (such as Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero). Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. Sculptra does not work instantly. Rather, it gives you increasing results over time, as it stimulates your body to generate new collagen. The results of… Read More