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Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:01
Applying a silicone gel to atrophic acne scars following treatment with an Er:YAG laser significantly reduces scar size and roughness when compared to laser treatment alone. Thai researchers Jenvajee Khamthara, et al, performed a split-face study. Nineteen patients with atrophic acne scars underwent three sessions of ablative Er:YAG laser treatment at one-month intervals. A silicone gel or placebo was applied randomly in a split-face manner following each treatment.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 09:59
Aesthetic providers have a new tool available to increase patient comfort during minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. Pliaglis, a topical lidocaine and tetracaine (7%/7%) cream that, once applied to a patient’s skin, dries to form a pliable layer that is peeled off once the skin is numbed, is now available in the United States.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 09:56
Skin microbiome research is changing the way we think about skin care.By Inga HansenNearly 10 years ago, the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project, setting off a frenzy of research into how the microbial colonies that live in and on our bodies affect our health. Since that time, more than 650 scientific papers have been published with an additional 289 active clinical studies on the human microbiome currently underway. The findings of these studies are changing the way we view skin disease and skin care.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:10
Nanofat grafting softens scars, reduces skin discoloration and makes wrinkles less prominent, according to a new Swiss study by Semra Uyulmaz, MD, et al, published in Aesthetic Surgery (April 2018).
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:08
If you have ever wondered how important wait times are to your patients, a new report from Vitals, a company that educates consumers on healthcare decisions, may shed some light. The 9th Annual Vitals Wait Times Report revealed that 84 percent of patients rate wait times as “somewhat important” or “very important” to the overall experience at a doctor’s office; 30 percent of respondents reported they’ve walked out of an appointment due to long waits; and 1 in 5 have changed doctors because of long wait times.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:06
Johnson & Johnson Innovation has chosen EpigenCare, a personalized skincare startup company, as a finalist in its Digital Beauty Quickfire Challenge. The challenge is designed to identify, recognize and support the most innovative and future-forward digital beauty solutions.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:04
A new one-day networking event will bring together industry executives, physicians and investors to share knowledge and support innovation.By Inga HansenA new event geared toward driving and fostering innovation in the medical aesthetics industry will take place on April 25, 2018, in conjunction with The Aesthetics Meeting in New York City.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:26
A split-scar study from China revealed that botulinum toxin injections produce narrower, flatter surgical scars when compared to placebo. Between June 2015 and October 2015, Li Hu, PhD, MD, et al, randomly injected botulinum toxin type A into one side of a postoperative scar of 16 consecutive patients undergoing facial surgery. The other side of the scar was injected with 0.9 percent saline.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:24
The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is changing its terminology of the hair transplantation method known as FUE from Follicular Unit Extraction to Follicular Unit Excision in an effort to clarify the surgical aspect of the procedure.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:21
ALASTIN Skincare, has appointed Ann Rhoads and Elisabeth Sandoval to the company's Board of Directors. Rhoads is a healthcare finance executive with more than 25 years of experience. Sandoval currently serves as chief commercial officer for Alder Biopharmaceuticals, and previously was chief commercial officer at Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, and VP of global strategic marketing at Allergan.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:15
Pre-employment personality testing can help you match the right candidate to the job.By Cheryl WhitmanYour practice is growing and you are hiring. But as you peruse the stack of resumes, how can you know who is actually a good fit for the job? An introverted, unfriendly receptionist; an anxious, easily stressed-out office manager; or a dishonest bookkeeper will be unsatisfactory matches with the basics of their positions. They aren’t likely to excel—or to stick around very long. And in the meantime, they can create pandemonium in your practice.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:03
A systematic review of suture lifts for facial rejuvenation revealed that there remains little evidence in the medical literature to support their efficacy and durability. Authors Berend Van der Lei, MD, PhD, of the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands, et al, performed a follow-up to a review article published by Villa, et al, which appeared in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (March 2008).
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:01
A new neurotoxin may soon be heading to the United States. Pharmaceutical company Mylan has entered into a global collaboration and license agreement with Revance Therapeutics for the development and commercialization of a biosimilar to Allergan’s BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA).
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:58
On March 7, the American Skin Association (ASA) announced the funding of 13 new research grants for 2018. The ASA awards research grants each year to established investigators studying melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer and skin diseases. The 2018 recipients include: Carolyn Lee, MD, PhD, Stanford University ASA Milstein Research Scholar Award in Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer for “Non-Coding Driver Mutations in High-Risk Skin Cancer”
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 08:57
Employer requirements under family medical leave lawsAllyson AvilaSuppose your front office manager asked for a leave of absence to care for an ailing family member. Do you know his rights and your obligations? For example, “How much time off are you required to offer for family medical leave and maternity/paternity leave? Must you pay the employee during leave? And in what situations (if any) can leave be extended?”
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:32
One size does not fit all when it comes to long-term hair removal.Heather LarsonThe desire to remove excess hair has been part of the human condition as far back as 30,000 B.C. First, sharpened flints and clamshells were used to scrape off unwanted body hair then the Ancient Egyptians discovered sugaring, which gave way to waxing. Today, laser hair removal is the No. 1 laser treatment offered in the United States, and it consistently ranks in the top three most-requested nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:26
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has released its 2017 annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, showing continued growth in cosmetic procedures. Last year, plastic surgeons in the United States performed 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, a 2 percent increase over 2016.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:24
Six-year follow-up data from 438 women with IDEAL saline breast implants, published online in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (February 24, 2018) showed high patient and surgeon satisfaction. This United States-based trial enrolled 502 women (399 primary augmentations and 103 replacements of existing augmentation implants). Forty-five board certified plastic surgeons at 35 sites served as investigators. Of the 502 women enrolled, 438 (87.3 percent) completed six-year follow-up visits.


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