THIRD QUARTER 2007, VOLUME 21, NUMBER 3

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

IN THIS ISSUE

We know you can raise a few eyebrows

Nip and Tuck: Facial plastic surgery among ethnic groups is a growing trend

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Fear not, here are tips for the care and repair of your ears

ASK THE SURGEON

I like the shape of my nose and would like to keep it that way. Unfortunately, I have difficulty breathing out of my nose. Is there a procedure to correct this that will not affect the appearance of my nose?

Yes, there are procedures that can correct your difficulty in breathing with little or no external change to the appearance of your nose. The most common diagnosis is a deviated septum-the septum is the wall between the nostrils that separates the two nasal passages. It supports the nose and directs airflow. If the septum is crooked, it can cause difficulty in breathing, among other issues. There may be other reasons for the obstruction; however, so it is important that you make an appointment to see a facial plastic surgeon. The physician will be able to fully evaluate and recommend the optimal treatment plan.

HEALTH TIP

Summer means fun in the sun-but don’t forget to read your medication labels! Some prescriptions have a warning label stating that your prescription may cause sensitivity to the sun’s rays. Non-prescription drugs can also have this affect. This means the medication increases the skin’s susceptibility to reddening and burning from the sun.

It may cause the skin to burn in less time or at a lower intensity of sunlight than it would normally. The key is to be aware of the potential reaction and to protect your skin-as with any known side affects, you may or may not be affected. If you have any questions regarding your medications and possible photosensitivity, speak with your physician and with the pharmacist. Take extra precaution by applying sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, every two hours while outdoors. Seek the shade and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

These are just a few of the more commonly used drugs that can cause photosensitivity reactions in some people.

Brand Name Generic Name Therapeutic Class
Motrin ibuprofen NSAID*, antiarthritic
Crystodigin digitoxin antiarrhythmic
Sinequan doxepin antidepressant
Cordarone amiodarone antiarrhythmic
Bactrim trimethoprim antibiotic
Diabinese chlorpropamide antidiabetic (oral)
Feldene piroxicam NSAID*, antiarthritic
Vibramycin doxycycline antibiotic
Phenergan promethazine antihistamine

Source: Food and Drug Administration,
*Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain drugs (NSAID)

WHAT’S NEW?

Sculptra®, manufactured by Dermik Laboratories, is a brand name for synthetic poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic but biocompatible material from natural sources. Sculptra® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 for severe facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Dermik Laboratories is seeking FDA approval for cosmetic treatments, such as treating skin folds, indented chin, hollowed cheeks, and sunken eyes. The manufacturer states that Sculptra® has been safely used outside the United States since 1999 in over 150,000 patients under the trade names New-Fill™ and Sculptra®. No skin testing is required prior to use. Results can last up to two years. More studies will have to be done.

Rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty top the list

While rhinoplasties and blepharoplasties are the more common surgeries, people of various ethnic backgrounds are having the gamut of treatments to make themselves look and feel great about their appearance. These increasing surgeries on minorities are due to medical advances of techniques and tools, education of possibilities, and affordability of the increasing middle class to expend on procedures.