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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:15
In an effort to establish guidelines to aid practitioners in achieving optimal aesthetic outcomes during cosmetic lip augmentation, Brian J. F. Wong, MD, PhD, et al, sought to evaluate the most attractive lip dimensions in Caucasian women. Assessments were based on attractiveness ranking of surface area, ratio of upper to lower lip, and dimensions of the lip surface area relative to the lower third of the face.
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:06
In an article published in Aesthetic Surgery (March 2017), researchers Marika Tiggemann, PhD, Julie Mattiske, PhD, and Gemma Sharp conducted a retrospective study in which they examined the psychological outcomes of the increasingly popular labiaplasty procedure. Their goal was to examine the effect of the surgery on patients’ sexual satisfaction and psychological well-being, as well as to identify patient characteristics that may predict surgical satisfaction.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 09:47
By Angela (Miller) Hamilton, Facebook Marketing Expert at ReachLocal With more than 1.71 billion active users on Facebook, social media advertising is an important way for medspas and medical practices to reach local consumers online. Most facilties have a company page and perhaps purchase a few paid “boosted” posts each month. But once they have a social media presence in place, medspas and aesthetic practices often struggle with how to best capitalize on their Facebook presence.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 13:50
Allergan has entered into an agreement to acquire Zeltiq Aesthetics, maker of the CoolSculpting system, for roughly $2.475 billion. The sale is expected to close in the second half of 2017. “The acquisition of Zeltiq is highly complementary and strategic to Allergan. By adding the best-in-class body contouring CoolSculpting System to our best-in-class facial aesthetics, plastic surgery and regenerative medicine offerings we are creating a world-class aesthetics business,” said Brent Saunders, chairman and CEO of Allergan.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 13:46
Hologic—a developer, manufacturer and supplier of diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products—and laser manufacturer Cynosure have signed a definitive agreement for Hologic to acquire all outstanding Cynosure shares for $66.00 per share in cash, for a total cost of approximately $1.65 billion. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction unanimously.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 13:43
Revision Skincare is pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Canole to the position of chief commercial officer. Canole brings more than 15 years of business development and commercial related experience in dermatology-focused organizations to the position. He formerly worked with Renaissance Pharma and held various leadership positions in business and corporate development at the Perrigo Company. Canole’s background also includes experience as an investment banker at William Blair and Company.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:41
A recent study published in Dermatologic Surgery (February 2017) evaluated the efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) in the treatment of rosacea compared with pulsed dye laser (PDL).
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:33
Allergan has launched Juvéderm Volite, a hyaluronic-based injectable filler specifically designed to improve skin quality in the face, neck, décolletage and hands. Volite uses patented Vycross technology and is formulated to last up to nine months with a single treatment session. It should be injected intradermally and contains lidocaine for patient comfort.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:29
Women’s health and wellness company Viveve Medical has appointed W. Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, chairman of the company’s Aesthetic Advisory Board. Dr. Stevens is the founder and medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery and The Institute, a medspa in Marina Del Rey, California, as well as medical director for Body by OrangeTwist aesthetic centers.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:48
A study from the Netherlands published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (February 2017) investigated cosmetic professionals’ awareness of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and how they responded to potential cases of BDD.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:41
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared CoolSculpting (Zeltiq Aesthetics) for the upper arms, adding to its previous clearances for the treatment of fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen, flank, bra and back fat area, and underneath the buttocks. CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical procedure that selectively reduces unwanted fat using a patented cooling technology. It works by gently cooling targeted fat cells in the body to induce a controlled elimination of fat cells without affecting surrounding tissue.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:36
The American Skin Association (ASA) has appointed David Norris, MD, as its new president. Dr. Norris, chairman of the department of dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will be taking over for Philip Prioleau, MD, who has held the position since 2014.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:32
Valeant Dermatology, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, is accepting applications for its annual Aspire Higher Scholarship Program, which awards nine individual scholarships of up to $10,000 each to students who will be attending undergraduate or graduate education programs during the 2017-2018 school year. The scholarship program recognizes students who have been diagnosed and treated for a dermatologic condition and are pursuing a higher education degree.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:57
Allen Gabriel, MD, FACS, et al, conducted a retrospective cohort study in which they compared centrifugation (Cf) and an autologous fat processing system (Rv) that incorporates fat harvesting and processing in a single unit in order to assess the effects on operating room efficiency and costs.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:52
A research letter published online January 26, 2017, in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery investigated the reasons patients leave positive vs. negative reviews about their aesthetic physicians. Authors Nima L. Shemirani, MD, and Jeffrey Castrillon, MS, examined online reviews of all dermatologists, plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago; inclusion criteria included a three-sentence minimum and more than 20 reviews for each practice.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:45
Telemedicine providers Avizia and MLS Telehealth have joined forces to expand their virtual care platforms. The Avizia platform combines video devices with software solutions to streamline care coordination, provider collaboration and patient engagement; MLS Telehealth is a network of U.S. trained, board-certified physicians covering primary care and most specialties in all 50 states. The partnership will provide patients access to highly credentialed board-certified physicians across a range of specialties and subspecialties, including:
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:44
A study published in the Japanese Dermatological Association Journal of Dermatology (January 2017) examined the in vitro effects of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) on human melanocytes and melanoblasts following treatment with different concentrations and/or an antagonist of the endothelin B receptor (EDNRB, bosentan). The experiments were all repeated at least four times, and data was analyzed via the Mann-Whitney U-test.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:40
A recent study posited that platysma bands are caused by muscular activity during the aging process and are not secondary to skin sagging, and offered a novel approach to managing them. Patrick Trévidic, MD, and Gisella Criollo-Lamilla, MD, conducted a prospective clinical study of 25 patients who presented with definitive, unilateral, facial palsy following otoneurosurgical treatment, with a focus on the subjects’ anterior neck bands. Patients were followed for up to 10 years.


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