Stories from Surgical Aesthetics
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 07:05
EpigenCare, developer of an at-home test for epigenetic markers of the skin, has filed a patent application for its technology as “A method of creating epigenetic skin profile associated with skin quality.” Specifically, the patent outlines a technique to develop a skin profile from biological samples through epigenetic markers that are associated with skin quality.
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 07:02
The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) will merge with the International Aesthetic and Laser Association (IALA) to add more than 250 members to its more than 1,200 existing members. Nicole Strothman founded the IALA in 2008 to bring together various industry stakeholders to focus on legal changes affecting medspas. At the time, many states and business owners were struggling with who could use certain medical devices, what level of physician supervision was necessary, and what was needed to ensure the lowest incident rates.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 14:12
A recent study, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (online July 2, 2018), revealed that human adipose cells transplanted into the scalps of mice caused a new layer of murine fat to form at the periphery of the graft. And the effect was enhanced when stromal vascular fraction (SFV) and a porcine extracellular matrix (Adipogel) was added to the grafted fat.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 14:10
The American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) will host its 9th annual Laser Aesthetics Course at the Beckman Laser Institute in Irvine, California on November 10-11, 2018.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 14:08
TempSure Vitalia, an FDA-cleared and Health Canada-approved advanced radiofrequency treatment from Hologic’s Cynosure division is now available in North America. The treatment, which is administered using a probe specifically designed for women’s genitalia, delivers therapeutic heat to internal and external vaginal tissue to improve local circulation. Treatments can last between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the treatment area, and there is no downtime once the procedure is complete.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 14:06
Dermatologist Eric Schweiger, MD, grew his East Coast private practice from one to 40 locations in eight years.By Keith LoriaWhen New York City-based dermatologist Eric Schweiger, MD, opened a private practice in midtown Manhattan in 2010, he had no idea it would one day become the first of 40 Schweiger Dermatology Group locations, treating more than 325,000 patients in the last year alone. He credits his fast growth to his patient-centric philosophy, his deep understanding of New York City patients and an entrepreneurial outlook.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 14:20
Histogen, a regenerative medicine company focused on stimulating the body’s stem cells to regenerate tissues and restore youthful function, has launched a Phase I Clinical Trial of its lead product, Hair Stimulating Complex, to treat female diffuse hair loss. Principal investigator Kimberly Butterwick, MD, is actively recruiting and enrolling trial participants following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application last month.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 14:17
A split-tattoo study of a 28‐year‐old female with Fitzpatrick Skin Type V and a six‐year‐old professional black tattoo on the left ventral wrist revealed that acoustic shock wave therapy is an effective adjunct to picosecond lasers and a perfluorodecalin (PFD) patch.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 14:15
A consensus review on Silhouette InstaLift (Sinclair Pharma), a minimally invasive procedure to lift the midface, published in the June 2018 issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD), offers guidance on best practices for achieving optimal patient outcomes with absorbable suture suspension.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 14:08
Restrictive covenants can help protect your business, but they must be reasonable and are not always enforceable.Allyson AvilaIt is not uncommon for an employee to leave a company and join a competitor’s business or launch their own shop in the same community. As a practice owner in the highly competitive arena of aesthetic medicine, it is understandable that you would want to protect your business against loss of patients, particularly when that loss may come at the hands of an employee who has benefited from hours of training and years of building professional and patient contacts in your...
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:27
At three months post-treatment, patients who underwent nonablative radiofrequency (RF)-based procedures had better skin elasticity when compared to baseline. Researchers Anna Erkiert-Polguj, MD, PhD, et al, of the Medical University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland, treated 30 women (43 to 68 years of age) with nonablative RF (four sessions at two-week intervals). Biomechanical properties of the skin were analyzed at baseline and three months post-treatment using a cutometer.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:25
Imaging provider Crisalix has launched its 4D Augmented Reality Software. The software allows breast augmentation and reconstruction patients to view simulated outcomes of breast surgeries on a screen in real time while moving and changing posture, similar to a mirror.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:23
Alana Sine is the new chief financial officer of Merz North America. Sine has served as interim CFO since March 2018. Over the course of her 13-year tenure at Merz, Sine assumed finance roles of increasing responsibility. As interim CFO, she successfully led the budget and strategic planning process for the coming fiscal year. Prior to joining Merz, Sine held accounting and finance roles at Ernst & Young (now EY) and Lowe’s Food Stores.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:59
Full-face rejuvenation with injectables offers high patient satisfaction, but requires advanced training and an awareness of risk factors.By Inga HansenWhen medical aesthetic practices first began to use the term “Liquid Facelift” to describe the use of fillers and botulinum toxins for facial rejuvenation, there was some discomfort in the industry. Many practitioners were wary of suggesting that patients could achieve results comparable to a facelift nonsurgically, and the outcomes were not always ideal. But with experience, new indications and improved techniques, outcomes have improved...
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 08:40
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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 09:54
Patients with facial telangiectasia who receive topical brimonidine following IPL treatment experience less postprocedure erythema with no reduction in efficacy. Anne‐Cathrine E. Vissing, Christine Dierickx, Katrine E. Karmisholt and Merete Haedersdal of Denmark, performed a randomized, two-center, single-blinded, split-face trial on 19 patients with facial telangiectasia. The patients were treated with adjuvant brimonidine and air‐cooling on one side of the face and air‐cooling alone (control) on the other.
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 09:51
Plastic surgery practices that take part in insurance carrier-provided malpractice training courses and offer procedure-specific patient education brochures are less likely to be sued for medical malpractice, according to a recent study published in Aesthetic Surgery (July 2018).
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 09:48
The American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG) has launched two new medical scribe specialty training courses: Medical Scribe Training for Cardiology and Medical Scribe Training for Dermatology. The company reports that these are the first two courses of what will eventually be a series of approximately 15 to 17 courses in its Medical Scribe Specialty Training Series.