Stories from MedEsthetics
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:51
For the first time, private practice owners represent the minority of physicians practicing in the U.S., according to data collected for the American Medical Association’s 2016 Physician Practice Benchmark Survey. The nationally representative survey of 3,500 U.S.-based physicians who provide at least 20 hours of patient care per week and are not employed by the federal government revealed that 47.1% of physicians are practice owners, 47.1% are employed and 5.9% are working as independent contractors.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:47
Sciton, a manufacturer of laser and light systems in the medical and aesthetics market, has announced the creation of a Women’s Health Clinical Review Board (CRB) as part of its Women's Health Group division. The board includes specialists in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Urology/Gynecology, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, who have been leaders in the women’s health field and medical laser. Each specialty contributes their expertise in female pelvic conditions including issues with vulvar skin, sexual health well-being, and bringing clinical laser applications to the forefront.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:34
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified the cells that directly give rise to hair as well as the mechanism that causes hair to turn gray—findings that could one day help identify possible treatments for balding and hair graying.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:28
Maximize your local networking efforts by setting goals and tracking outcomes.By Cheryl WhitmanNetworking—a process by which one develops contacts and exchanges information with other people solely for the purposes of developing one’s business—is effective because it creates personal bonds based on trust and admiration. Conferences and professional associations provide valuable networking opportunities for physicians because they allow you to develop relationships that increase referrals, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Your local community also offers a plethora of networking...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 14:37
Physicians can support their hair loss patients by sharing information on the different products now available to camouflage thinning hair, according to a recent study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. For “Effect of camouflaging agents on psychologic well-being: A cross-sectional survey of hair loss patients,” researchers Christina M. Ring, et al, of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, posted a 12-question survey on various online hair loss forums and blog sites.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 14:33
On May 18, 2017, the California State Senate approved SB 790 (Health care providers: gifts and benefits), a bill that prohibits manufacturers of prescribed products from offering or providing gifts to healthcare providers. The bill defines a gift as “anything of value provided for free to a healthcare provider, or a payment, food, entertainment, travel, subscription, advance, service, or anything else of value provided to a healthcare provider, unless it is a specified allowable expenditure or the healthcare provider reimburses the cost at fair market value.”
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 14:07
Compassion, trust and a thirst for knowledge are the guiding principles at Vanek Plastic Surgery.By Laura BelizPLASTIC SURGEON Paul Vanek, MD, FACS, was drawn to the field of medicine at a young age. When he was 8 years old his father suffered a traumatic brain injury, which gave Dr. Vanek a unique perspective on the care that physicians provide. “The doctors who took care of my father and comforted my mother really had that ability to make people feel better, even though it was a very out of control situation,” he recalls. “It was that experience that led me into medicine.”
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:54
Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD, was elected president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) on April 7, 2017. He is the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Center, faculty director for Laser and Cosmetic Training in the department of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:52
A recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care (March 2017) followed primary care practices that underwent a “Lean” redesign and found improved workflow, higher physician productivity and more satisfied patients. The Lean approach, taken from the manufacturing industry, brings together team members to review processes and identify value-added and non-value-added steps. The goal is to create an ongoing improvement of your processes to reduce waste and enhance the value of your products or services.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:46
Valeant Dermatology has introduced a new senior leadership team, led by Bill Humphries, executive vice president and group chairman. The senior team includes Michael McMyne, vice president of sales; Stacey Williams, vice president of marketing; Charles Hahn, vice president of professional and specialty development; Ed Shupenus, executive director of marketing operations; and Steve Kreider, executive director of sales and marketing for SILIQ (brodalumab) injection for subcutaneous use.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:43
A new HA filler offers aging hands lasting volume replacement, better moisture retention and improved skin quality.By Bradley S. Bloom, MDAfter the age of 40, many women’s hands lose volume resulting in prominence of the underlying vessels, tendons and bone. In addition, the skin on the hands can become dry and take on a crepey appearance, which further contributes to an aged look. Dermal fillers have been successfully employed to improve the appearance of the aging dorsal hand. Now with Restylane Silk, a gentle hyaluronic acid (HA)-based filler from Galderma, used off label we can both...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 15:26
A recent study showed that daily sun protection does more than prevent photodamage; it helps reverse it.By Inga HansenDaily sunscreen use is one the most powerful tools available to protect against the signs of aging. Skincare professionals have been saying this for years, yet consumers—even those most concerned with the appearance of aging—have been slow to adopt daily usage. So how can you convince your patients to get serious about sun protection? A growing body of clinical evidence showing that daily sunscreen use not only prevents photodamage but also rejuvenates skin—reducing fine...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 15:17
Developing behavioral standards and leading by example can help you bring out the best in your employees.David J. WaldronAs the physician-owner of an aesthetics practice, no matter how effective your practice manager or administrator may be, your employees will look to you as the leader of the business. Your behavior and attitude can bring out the best—or the worst—in your staff. Therefore it is vitally important that practice owners embrace their roles as practice leaders and take time to consider the culture they wish to create for their teams and patients.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 15:07
An expansion of salary-based compensation models in healthcare may reduce conflicts of interest, and improve both patient care and physician job satisfaction, say researchers Ian Larkin, PhD, and George Loewenstein, MD, of Carnegie Mellon University.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 15:04
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has accepted Aclaris Therapeutics’ New Drug Application (NDA) for A-101 40% topical solution, a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide formulation for the treatment of seborrheic keratosis (SK). The NDA indicates that the company’s application is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target action date for the completion of the FDA’s review of the NDA is December 24, 2017. If approved, A-101 40% would be the first FDA-approved topical medication for the treatment of SK.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 15:01
In an effort to identify the most and least effective treatment options for striae distensae (SD), Nicholas A. Ross, MD, et al, conducted a literature review of PubMed, MEDLINE, Scopus, Embase and Google scholar, reviewing published studies from 1773 to August 6, 2016. They identified 68 articles that met their inclusion and exclusion criteria, noting that there were few randomized, controlled trials that evaluated long-term efficacy.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 14:54
Proper procedure pricing is key to maintaining a profitable and competitive aesthetic practice.Karen AppoldBuilding and maintaining a successful aesthetic practice requires more than a steady stream of patients. If your services are not priced correctly, no amount of volume will help improve revenue shortfalls. When setting the price for a medical procedure, there are several factors to consider, including your costs to offer the treatment, your desired income and your local competitors.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 14:47
Visible veins on the legs are a common cosmetic concern, but delivering optimal outcomes requires you to look beyond what the eye can see.Inga HansenOnce reserved for vascular surgeons, vein treatments are moving more and more into dermatology and aesthetic practices. One of the reasons is that visible veins are often viewed as a cosmetic concern. While physicians who are versed in injectables and laser treatments have the skills needed to treat visible veins effectively, in order to provide optimal results they must be aware that unsightly spider veins on the legs are often a symptom of...