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Dr. Marian E. Northington

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  • MD
    American Academy of Dermatology's Summer Academy Meeting
  • MD
    American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting
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Healthful Webinars | UAB Medicine, 13 July 2013 [cached]
Watch "Look Your Best at Any Age" a webinar hosted by UAB's Dr. Marian Northington about the newest treatments in cosmetic dermatology.
"With dozens of filling agents now ..., 1 July 2007 [cached]
"With dozens of filling agents now available, clinicians should know which substance is best suited to treat particular contour irregularities and volume deficits," says UAB cosmetic dermatologist Marian E. Northington, MD.
In 2006 Americans underwent more than 1.5 million soft tissue filler procedures, the majority to address effects of aging. "Patients increasingly want nonanimal, longer lasting fillers that provide safe, comfortable, and cost-effective correction," Northington says.
Dermal devices fall into three categories: temporary biodegradable, semipermanent biodegradable, and permanent nonbiodegradable. She further describes fillers as either volumizers, which plump skin, or stimulators, which create volume and encourage long-term or permanent collagen deposition.
Restylane The temporary volumizer Restylane is best suited for rhytides, scars, and lip augmentation, Northington says.
It is too viscous for lips," Northington says.
"Preliminary analyses of 5- and 8-year results indicate ArteFill is safe and durable," Northington says. "The results are very natural looking."
Side effects can include temporary redness, swelling, and bruising. Some dermatologists have concerns about potential granuloma development, and only physicians with demonstrated expertise for appropriate placement and depth should inject ArteFill. "Patients who are committed to the look and feel of implants may favor this permanent option," Northington says. ArteFill costs about $3000 per treatment area.
For more information: Dr. Marian Northington
Web Log, 2 May 2011 [cached]
Marian Northington, a dermatologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, says she often tries different procedures over time with her patients to deal with issues as they arise. For instance, she may combine a laser treatment, to remove wrinkles and brown spots, with fillers or Botox for expression lines. "I have patients who feel very competitive in the job market and want to look as youthful as their younger counterparts, but they don't want anyone to be able to tell what they've done," she says.
Linda Brantley, a 46-year-old physician's assistant, sees Dr. Northington for occasional laser-resurfacing treatments, which use radiofrequency waves to heat deep layers of skin.
Recent Releases - AAD News Releases, 30 Oct 2010 [cached]
At the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago, dermatologist Marian E. Northington, MD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, presented a new approach to achieving aesthetic balance to the aging face by combining soft tissue fillers and skin tightening techniques.
“Dermatologists no longer view the aging face as specific wrinkles or folds, but instead look at the face as a whole with what can be imagined as soft tissue scaffolding below the skin surface that supports the deep underlying fat,†said Dr. Northington. “With this perspective, we now appreciate that cheek volume is a key component in re-establishing the facial balance and proportions most patients seek in a youthful appearance. What’s more, volume loss of this deep cheek fat tends to create a more pronounced nasolabial fold, adding to a downward descent of the facial soft tissues.â€
As a first step, Dr. Northington noted that she asks her patients what bothers them about their face so together they can openly decide how best to address their age-related concerns. In the case of soft tissue fillers, Dr. Northington explained that while fillers were first used on targeted lines and creases, today deeper, thicker fillers â€" such as polylactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, polymethyl methacrylate, and hyaluronic acid â€" can be used in large areas to rebuild the lost volume in the cheek. In so doing, the added volume in the cheek lifts the face and diminishes the affected nasolabial folds.
“The more we learn about facial anatomy, particularly the different fat compartments of the cheek â€" or the superficial and deep areas of discrete fat extending toward the middle of the face â€" the greater precision we can bring to our ability to restore fullness, shape and contour the cheek and accomplish volumetric lifting,†said Dr. Northington. “In fact, volumetric enhancement using thicker, deeper fillers is fast becoming the primary cornerstone of our facial rejuvenation approach for those who seek a youthful look without major surgery.â€
According to Dr. Northington, another new technology that shows promise for skin tightening and moderate lifting of the lower face employs fractionated bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy.
Dr. Northington noted that it appears from initial results that using fractionated bipolar radiofrequency technology allows the RF energy to be delivered in a more controlled manner, as the heat can be placed precisely in the deep dermis where it can produce significant impact with minimal disruption to the top layer of skin.
“The fractional treatment patterns and unique energy delivery system of this technology hold potential for improved skin tightening and skin texture,†said Dr. Northington. “As the technology progresses and clinical results become more predictable, I expect fractional radiofrequency will play a significant role in our approach to cosmetic skin rejuvenation and offer dermatologists an effective complement to injectable fillers for restoring lost cheek volume in the aging face.â€
Dr. Northington advised those with concerns about aging skin to discuss the most appropriate preventative strategies with their dermatologist, such as the daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher, and the latest topical, non-surgical and surgical treatment options.
Marian Northington, M.D., ... [cached]
Marian Northington, M.D., UAB assistant professor of dermatology, told Tamron Hall on MSNBC's NewsNation Tuesday afternoon that you can protect yourself by wearing suntan lotion, and the new FDA rules will make that easier.
"People are unsure that they need protection against UVA and UVB rays, and now the companies will have to provide equal protection for both types of cancer-causing UV radiation," Northington explained.
Northington says this is a necessary move to help people be able to choose an effective sunscreen.
"The difference between SPF 50 and SPF 100 is very small. We ask that patients use an SPF 30 on a daily basis, but if they are going to be outdoors, at least use an SPF 50 and re-apply regularly," Northington explains.
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