Dermatologist Fredric Brandt, nicknamed ‘The Baron of Botox’, was one of the world’s top skin experts when his unexpected suicide in 2015 devastated the beauty community. Known for his groundbreaking techniques and light touch with injectable fillers, he left behind a celeb-heavy client list, a thriving practice, and a pioneering skin-care brand. (All hail Pores No More!)
Now, Dr. Brandt Skincare is making sure that their founder’s legacy of aesthetic excellence and innovation lives on, announcing the very first Fredric Brandt, M.D. endowed professorship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The school was Brandt’s alma matter—he completed his residency there and, years later, remained active in the teaching program. (The Dr. Brandt Foundation, a nonprofit partnership with The Miami Foundation, donated a million dollars to the university’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery in his honor.)
The chosen one? Antonella Tosti, M.D., professor of clinical dermatology at the Miller School, who is THE lady to see about diseases of the hair and nails. The Magellan of trichology, she developed the trichoscopy technique for diagnosing and following up on hair disease, and wrote the first hair and scalp atlas ever published. (In her spare time, she authored nearly 700 scientific papers, practiced medicine in Miami, gathered dermatological experts for scientific symposia, taught doctors from around the world her technique, and co-founded an annual course in the practical treatment of hair, nails and cosmetology in Capri. Capri! We told you she was smart.)
We had the chance to ask Tosti about her new role:
How does it feel to be the first of a kind?
“I am very proud to receive Dr. Brandt’s professorship. I didn’t know him personally, but I always admired how he devoted his life to making people more beautiful, and therefore, happier.”
What projects are you working on right now?
“My new book on onychomycosis—fungal nail infections—was just published. It’s a very common problem that still doesn’t have great treatment options, so I’m doing a lot of research there. Understanding the genetics and the mechanisms that cause some hair and nail diseases will definitely help in finding a treatment or even a cure.”
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Enough about you, let’s talk about us. What’s one thing people get wrong about hair and nail care?
“They often don’t realize that the hair and the nail are dead structures that cannot be repaired once damaged, so prevention is very important.”
Ack! So what do we need to do?
“To help prevent—and even turn around—hair loss, don’t smoke, avoid sun exposure, and eat a healthy diet, preferably organic and rich in antioxidants. Don’t overdo it on multivitamins, since some, like vitamin A, can cause hair loss. But most importantly, if you feel your hair is getting thinner, see a doctor. As for nails, don’t remove or push hard on the cuticles. Don’t file the nail surface, and don’t overclean under the nail.”
What innovations are coming down the bend in hair science?
“The recent issue of JAMA has a study showing that scalp cooling with a special device can prevent hair loss in a high percentage of women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Hair loss can be a devastating condition, particularly for women. It’s not a cosmetic problem. Solutions like this can make a big difference in a patient’s life!”
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