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Merz Aesthetics, a Division of Merz Pharmaceuticals USA, Introduces a Universal Language of Aging for Use in Education, Research and Practice
Date:3/6/2009

- The Merz Scales(TM) Are the First Ever Standardized Scales to Measure the Skin's Aging Process -

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Merz Aesthetics, a division of Merz Pharmaceuticals USA, introduced The Merz Scales - the first standardized, comprehensive rating system that measures, helps educate, and provides a common language for physicians, researchers and patients on the skin's aging process - at the American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) 67th annual meeting in San Francisco. Developed by a leading team of multidisciplinary experts, the Merz Scales address the need for standardization, validation, and consistency when evaluating changes in aging skin. While the scales do not diagnose or treat any particular conditions, they do facilitate education and communication between physicians and patients about the aging process.

"At Merz we believe in the science of aesthetic medicine," said Jack Britts, President and Chief Executive Officer, Merz Pharmaceuticals USA. "Providing tools such as the Merz Scales to researchers, clinicians and patients enables us to bring an objective measure to the management of the aging process that can help educate and inform healthcare professionals and their patients. After years of having no comprehensive scale we need to bring new science to the aesthetics business."

The Merz Scales, including A Validated Brow Positioning Grading Scale; A Validated Grading Scale for Forehead Lines; A Validated Lip Fullness Grading Scale; A Validated Grading Scale for Marionette Lines; A Validated Hand Grading Scale; and, A Validated Grading Scale for Crow's Feet were published in a special issue of Dermatologic Surgery in November 2008. The Merz Scales also are being presented at several poster sessions at the AAD annual meeting on Sunday March 8th, including e poster 3517, 11:40-11:45 am - A Validated Rating Scale for Marionette Lines; e poste
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