June 21st, 2011 Dr. Pearlman
SKIN CANCER & SUN PROTECTION: WHICH SIDE DO YOU WANT TO BE ON?
Two new drugs were just approved for the treatment of advanced Melanoma (NY Times) and the FDA just announced that they are going to standardize SPF ratings for sunscreens (FDA announcement), all within the same month. How’s that for a coincidence?
According to the American Cancer Society, over 2 million skin cancers are diagnosed per year with 120,000 Melanomas. It’s so much better to talk about prevention. While we all know that the sun affects our skin on a daily basis (e.g. walking to work, school, out to lunch, driving in a car, etc.), most people only put on sunscreens on weekends before the beach, or playing a sport outside. Maybe you don’t need the heavy stuff, but you should use at least an SPF 20 on a daily basis. For prolonged outdoor activities, this should be upped to at least SPF 50. This is the maximum SPF that will be allowed on a label by the FDA when the new regulations go into effect.
Sunscreens have also evolved rapidly over the past few years. The stronger sunscreens are no longer heavy, greasy or make your skin break out. We love the new Colorscience. It is a mineral powder makeup that has SPF 50 in it. You can apply it onto your skin daily and look great while protecting your skin. Plus it can be used under your eyes, an area that has very thin skin and needs protection. We even have Colorscience lip gloss with SPF
Sun protection is getting better and better, but you have to apply it on a daily basis and repeat for it to effectively protect your skin. That’s always better than the alternative: treating skin cancer. Steven Pearlman, MD, FACS
June 7th, 2011 Dr. Pearlman
Lecturing at an International Rhinoplasty course in Milan, Italy. Spring 2011
I had the privilege to be invited to speak at the 6th Biennial Milan Masterclass in Rhinoplasty. This was a course directed by my friend and master Rhinoplasty teacher Prof. Pietro Palma from Milan. There were over 700 attendees from 58 countries in attendance. Faculty was from around the world as well. My biggest criticism of the course was that the content was so good that I found it difficult to skip out to see Milan. Fortunately we arrived a few days early and left 2 days after the completion of the meeting so we had a chance to see Milan. Pictured is a home my wife and I encountered when walking around Milan. These beautiful statues represent exactly what I believe is the foundation of rhinoplasty: pursuit of beauty and preservation of architecture. I gave lectures on revision rhinoplasty, brand identity and presented a video on the use of spreader grafts in rhinoplasty.
When giving my first lecture, I was excited to look down and see Prof. Rudolph Meyer. He is a master rhinoplasty surgeon and teacher, who had written a number of texts on rhinoplasty and countless articles. Prof. Meyer is close to 90 years old and was still the most attentive individual in the room. In the photo below, he is giving a speech at the reception dinner and is surrounded by course directors Professors Castelnuovo and Palma from Italy and visiting Prof. Gilbert Nolste-Trenite from Holland.
We rounded out our trip with a one day visit to Venice. I truly enjoy speaking around the world; it always gives me a new perspective from international faculty and the chance to both share and learn from them, plus a great excuse to travel.
International travel to medical meetings not only is a chance to visit new places but exchange knowledge with experts from around the world.