Medical Spa Columns

Poker Face

In 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) approved the use of injected botulinum toxin type A (Botox) for temporary reduction in the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows. It soon became apparent that the treatment was also effective at other sites and in 2013, the FDA approved its use for lines at the sides of the eyes (crow's feet). In its 2014 compilation of usage and trends, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 6.6 million injections...

Booty Pop

Curves ahead. The common road sign now fits perfectly in medical spas across the country as women seek out new procedures and treatments to achieve their ideal curvy yet toned physiques. The latest hot solution is the Brazilian Butt Lift, which has been perfected by Lawrence Broder, M.D., medical director of B eleza MedSpa (Austin). Unlike invasive and alien silicone implants, this two-for-one surgery shapes the backside with fat liposuctioned from elsewhere on the patient's body. This butt-alteration business outpaced...

Beauty Everlasting

Leave a favorable impression on clients by offering an array of permanent makeup services.

Protecting Your Interests

Learn how to guard your medical spa’s employee investments by incorporating effective contracts.

Clear View

Learn how to clear moderate-to-severe acne and bump up revenue with advancements in laser technology.

Boys Club

June is men’s health awareness month, and for many men this wake-up call translates into a visit with a facial plastic surgeon. “We see many men who come in for nose surgery to fix a deviated septum or male weekend warriors who broke their nose in a pick-up game of basketball and need it fixed, but they are also looking for a good cosmetic result,” says Stephen S. Park, M.D., president of the AAFPRS. “Today, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries are...

Regulation Recap

The history of cosmetic, medical, and surgical needling in the U.S. and the associated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules, regulations, and approval for sale is complex. A cursory review of articles, postings on the Internet, and promotional materials by a myriad of manufacturers can be very misleading or outright false as with many other esthetic technologies. The purpose of this article is to separate fact from fiction and to provide accurate information for the medical spa industry. Parts of...

Legs for Days

A leading New York vein specialist dishes out tips for healthy, sexy legs and the innovative vein treatment options.

Stem the Tide

While the efficacy of stem cells, human and plant variations, is a reoccurring source for controversy; many companies are forging ahead with stem cells making up key active components of skincare products. One of those pioneering companies is NuGene, maker of clinically proven anti-aging skincare utilizing patent-pending stem cell technology. Here is what Fady Elias, M.D., director of professional business development for NuGene, had to say about the past, present, and future of human stem cells and what role they...

Microneedling Myths

More than sixty years ago microneedling was invented when tattoo artists used needles without ink, called “dry needling”, to improve the skin’s appearance. The process has evolved over the years and today’s microneedling, also called “collagen induction therapy” (CIT), or derma-rolling, has become an extremely popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. The treatment is used for acne scars, stretch marks, facial rejuvenation, and wrinkles. The treatment is not used to reduce pore size, and is not always effective on very severe...