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Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:38
Seven strategies to create a memorable patient experience.By Cheryl WhitmanExcellent customer service is the cornerstone of small business success. In the medical aesthetics industry, this extends beyond delivering the results or products that were promised and deftly handling complaints. Cosmetic patients also expect a positive and memorable experience with your practice. Here are six ways that you and your team can deliver an experience that meets or exceeds expectations.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:27
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial from the United Kingdom revealed that, unlike topical application, oral ingestion of green tea does not provide protection against ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Mark D. Farrar, PhD, et al, followed 50 subjects (13 male and 37 female; 18-65 years of age; Fitzpatrick skin phototypes I and II) who took 1,080 mg green tea catechins (GTC), which is the equivalent to 5 cups of tea/day, with 100 mg vitamin C (n = 25) or placebo maltodextrin (n = 25) daily for 12 weeks.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:25
In the January 2018 issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, dermatologist Daniel P. Friedmann, MD, et al, shared the cases of five patients who experienced serious adverse events following treatment at the authors' practices with microfocused ultrasound (MFUS, Ultherapy). The patients developed blistering, erosion/ulceration, cutaneous or subcutaneous tissue edema with resulting atrophy and/or cutaneous necrosis following a single session of MFUS.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:23
Topical acne treatment, RETIN-A MICRO (tretinoin) gel microsphere 0.06% from Ortho Dermatologics, is now available commercially to healthcare professionals. The gel features a microsponge delivery system technology that helps to control the release of tretinoin and improve photostability, plus a pump dispenser for controlled and consistent dosing. Clinical data provided to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed 98.7% (252/255) and 94% (210/224) of patients found RETIN-A-MICRO to be tolerable.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:36
The intended role and new classifications for compounding pharmacies.By Allyson AvilaIn 2012, 64 patients died and an additional 751 were injured due to contaminated compounded medications formulated and distributed by the New England Compounding Center. As a result, compounding pharmacies have become the subject of intense public and regulatory scrutiny, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) created a new two-tiered regulatory framework to improve oversight of these facilities.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:29
The American Academy of Dermatology has published new guidelines of care for the management of basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (online January 10, 2018). A work group composed of board certified dermatologists and other experts in the field developed the evidence-based guidelines.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:26, a website that allows people to learn and share experiences about elective cosmetic procedures and connect with providers, has announced the recipients of its 2018 RealSelf Fellowship awards, which provide financial grants to medical professionals who give back by delivering care and training to underserved communities around the world.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:22
In a blog posted January 18, 2018, Douglas Stearn, JD, director of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, announced that the FDA will move more quickly to alert the public when a regulated product is recalled.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:21
Dermatologist and laser specialist Gerald Goldberg, MD, has been changing patients’ lives for more than 30 years.By Shelley Moench-Kelly, MBAGerald Goldberg, MD, suffered with acne as an adolescent. The resulting scars he carried as an adult piqued his interest in working with children with port wine stains and other disfiguring birth marks—and became the foundation for his future career in medicine. “Because of my own scars, I am sensitive to people with scarring and other malformations, so I was attracted to the area of port wine stains in babies and children,” he says.
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:04
Sixteen women, ages 40 to 65 (mean age 53.7), with photodamage and mild to moderate facial atrophy attended two live training sessions on muscle-resistant facial exercises. For the next 20 weeks they performed the exercises at home: 30 minutes daily for 8 weeks; and every other day for 30 minutes in weeks 9 through 20. Blinded physician evaluators viewed standard photographs and rated the end results using the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales (MCFAP). Subjects also rated their satisfaction with the exercises at the end of the study period.
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:02
A multi-center, open-label, prospective, study of 60 subjects injected with small-particle, hyaluronic acid gel plus lidocaine (SPHAL, Restylane Silk) using a blunt-tipped microcannula achieved significant improvement in lip fullness with no serious adverse events.
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 08:59
Dermatologist Yoram Harth, MD, and his son, Oded Harth, a software engineer, have launched MDacne, a mobile acne analysis app that ties into a customized acne treatment product line. Users who download the app can take a picture of themselves on their mobile devices. The platform then uses proprietary computer vision technology to assess the user’s skin and recommends a customized kit of anti-acne topicals. MDacne subscribers can chat with a dermatologist through the app, track their skin's improvement, and read free tips on how to reduce breakouts.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:26
Melasma treatments continue to proliferate but long-lasting results remain out of reach.By Linda W. LewisDermatologists see it regularly—symmetrical patches of excess pigmentation across the nose and/or on the cheeks, chin and forehead. Sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy,” melasma is more common among women but is also seen in men. Causes include a complex amalgam of genetic and hormonal influences that are not yet fully understood, and treatment is challenging. “Melasma can be categorized according to clinical patterns and histopathology, or depth of pigment in the skin,” says...
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:56
Researchers Sandeep S. Saluja, MD, of the department of dermatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, et al, performed a randomized, split-face trial with 10 subjects to evaluate the safety of nonablative fractional laser (NAFL) treatment for acne scars within one month of oral isotretinoin therapy. Each patient received three treatments with an erbium-doped 1550nm NAFL on one side of the face beginning within one month after isotretinoin therapy. Treatments were spaced four weeks apart. Blinded physician evaluators rated wound healing, adverse effects and acne scar improvement.
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:54
Terri L. Phillips, MD, FAAP, is the new vice president and head of global medical affairs at Merz. She will oversee the global medical affairs team and work out of the Merz North America headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining Merz, Dr. Phillips served as vice president of global medical affairs at Santen, chief scientific officer and principal at Scientific Commercialization, head of medical affairs at NPS Pharmaceuticals and also spent nine years at Allergan.
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:49
A survey sent to 3,314 plastic surgeons (865 responded) in the United States, Canada and Norway revealed that 78.3 percent of the surgeons had symptoms of musculoskeletal injury, most commonly in the neck, shoulders and lower back; 6.7 percent required surgical intervention. The most common causes of pain cited included long surgery duration, tissue retraction and prolonged neck flexion. The most common solutions cited were core-strengthening exercises, stretching exercises and frequent adjustment of table height during surgery.
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 10:56
How to recognize and respond to patients with body dysmorphic disorder.By Stephanie KramerEvery cosmetic provider has repeat patients. But not all of those “regulars” are satisfied customers hoping to wind back the clock a few years or improve upon Mother Nature. Some people who seek multiple cosmetic procedures have a widespread, but under-diagnosed, mental-health condition known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). People with BDD have a distorted perception of their appearance, leading to an obsessive preoccupation with minimal or imagined flaws.
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 11:54
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