Medical Spa Columns

A New Look at Lipo

liposuction for fat reduction
In the past few years, minimally invasive fat reduction technologies have flooded the cosmetic enhancement market, promising great results for less recovery time than their surgical counterparts. However, after vetting the latest non-surgical fat reduction treatments, Alex Sobel, M.D., of Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery (Bellevue, WA) has made the specific decision to not offer these options at his practice. Sobel emphasizes that liposuction is the best and most effective option for removing excess fat and providing patients with a more...

Dangers of Tanning

Whether you’re lying in the sun or in an indoor tanning bed, tanning is dangerous. And while it seems most young women understand that danger, many of them are still tanning and putting themselves at risk for skin cancer. According to a new American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) survey, 71 percent of 18- to 34-year-old women know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan, and 66 percent know that getting a base tan is not a healthy...

Clearing the Way

clear skin
Many clients may think of acne as an adolescent affliction, but breakouts don’t miraculously cease when they get out of braces. Just when they think they’re in the clear, factors like stress, hormones, and diet can cause acne to flare well into your wrinkle-fighting years. “Adult acne is much more common than people realize,” says Rebecca Kazin, M.D., FAAD , dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology. “I...

Hairy At-Home Situation

at-home hair removal
Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular method for permanent hair removal. In fact, laser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed in the U.S. Your medical spa doesn’t have to offer in-office treatments to benefit from this trend either. Effective at-home hair-removal devices make it a smart retail item. Southern California based board-certified dermatologist, Tess Mauricio, M.D., answers our questions about intense pulsed light for hair removal and the new LumaRx device. How does this...

5 Suncare Tips for the Scalp

summer scalp care tips
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, reminding all of us to slather on the SPF before enjoying the summer rays. By now, clients should know the drill – apply a sun block with at least SPF 30 every two hours to exposed areas. However, many often forget about one key spot, the scalp. It’s the closest part of the body to the sun, and most vulnerable. It’s also one of the sneakiest places for skin cancer to appear thanks to...

How to Avoid a Botched Plastic Surgery

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E! Entertainment Television's popular plastic surgery show Botched returned last week, bringing a new batch of horror stories that will leave viewers shocked and even appalled by the damaging results of some people's attempts to improve their appearance. Plastic surgeons Paul Nassif, M.D., and Terry Dubrow, M.D., work to correct "botched" procedures in each episode, which has shed light on the risks of having procedures done by unqualified physicians, or worse, someone who is not a physician at all. So...

A Perfect Pact

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A small business, such as a medical aesthetics practice or medical spa, generally has a razor-thin margin of error. Seemingly insignificant issues can become enormous headaches in the blink of an eye, and they can cost a small business a great deal of time and money if the business’s interests aren’t properly protected by a contract. Here is some expert advice for drafting an effective contract for your medical aesthetics practice or medical spa. Do: Contact a Healthcare Attorney Many...

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Think Thick

Hair loss of any kind is a serious, life altering disorder. Those suffering from hair loss are vulnerable, and that’s why it’s a big responsibility for medical spas, dermatologists, and more to provide helpful resources and effective treatment options. We talked to Chaz Hatfield, president of NutraStim, which manufactures a new Laser Hair Comb to stimulate hair growth in men and women. He shared his insights on the latest treatment options for hair loss and what’s next for this expanding...

The Dos and Don’ts of Nip Tuck Tourism

Many clients are thinking of going off the grid to get a little work done. They’re tapping into a growing trend. These days more and more people are seeking great doctors in locations beyond New York and Beverly Hills. But that doesn’t mean jetting off to an obscure operating room in South America; there are plenty of serene cities stateside for those who don’t want the crowds and fast pace of a big city. Board certified plastic surgeon and best...

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