Stories from MedEsthetics
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...
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 14:40
The 10 most important compliance issues medical aesthetic providers must consider.By Allyson AvilaAesthetics is one of the fastest growing fields in medicine, fueled by the introduction of more affordable nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, such as botulinum toxins, dermal fillers and laser treatments. These noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures are often performed by—or delegated to—allied health professionals and, in some cases, estheticians.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:43
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Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:27
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) elected new officers during the Aesthetic Meeting 2017 last week. Clyde H. Ishii, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon operating a private practice in Honolulu, is the new president.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:23
Sciton, a manufacturer of lasers and light sources for the medical aesthetics industry, is launching its first ever direct-to-consumer advertising campaign. The television campaign will focus on the company’s Halo hybrid fractional laser technology and diVa vaginal rejuvenation device, and involves a 30-second spot on popular stations such as HGTV and Bravo. In addition, the company will be running Pandora radio ads to further build these two new brands.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:11
Millennium Medical Technologies (MMT) has become the first company in the U.S. to receive FDA clearance for a reusable fat collection and transfer system used in plastic or reconstructive surgery and regenerative aesthetics. The FDA clearance covers components used with the company’s liposuction and body shaping technology as well.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:14
Physicians share their techniques for obtaining better longevity and more natural-looking results with botulinum toxins.By Inga HansenWhat started as a simple injection to lessen crow’s feet has blossomed into a multibillion dollar market and given rise to today’s medical aesthetics industry. With nearly 30 years of experience and a growing variety of botulinum toxins entering the market, the current focus in neuromodulation is on extending the longevity of results and delivering natural-looking outcomes.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:27
RepliCel Life Sciences has been granted a U.S. patent (No. 9,616,182) covering significant components of its novel, multi-needle dermal injection device. The patent relates to technologies designed to enable better control and repeatable consistency of needle action and product deposition. The patent also relates to the element designed to numb the skin prior to injection with the intended effect of reducing, if not eliminating, the need for local anesthetic prior to aesthetic injection procedures.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:24
When reviewing your procedure pricing, it can be helpful to know what other practitioners are charging for similar treatments. If you see that your prices are significantly higher—or lower—than national averages, it may be a sign that it’s time to adjust your fees. As part of its 2016 survey on medical cosmetic treatments, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) asked physicians to share not only how many procedures they had performed, but also what they charge. Below are the national average costs for some of the most popular surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic services.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:19
Crescita Therapeutics has granted Taro Pharmaceuticals an exclusive license to the rights to sell and distribute Pliaglis, a topical anesthetic that sets into a peelable mask, in the U.S. market. The license agreement also includes a second-generation, patent-ending enhanced version of Pliaglis. Crescita will retain all rights to the product in Canada and Mexico.
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 14:09
Early experience with dermatologic laser treatments set Edward Glassberg, MD, on the path to becoming cofounder of the 13,000-square-foot Laser Skin Care Center.By Keith LoriaAs a teenager, Edward Glassberg, MD, struggled with severe acne and was treated by a dermatologist for several years. The experience led him to consider a career in medicine. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Science degree, he was accepted into the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine.