Medical Spa Columns

Comfortable Care

Pain—and the fear of pain—is one of the key factors that discourages patients from undergoing highly effective treatments, such as injectables and laser treatments. But there are several steps physicians can take to reduce pain during noninvasive cosmetic treatments and calm clients' anxieties. Speaking at the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery conference in Phoenix, Kenneth Arndt, M.D., of Skincare Physicians (Chestnut Hill, MA), shared the following tips to make patients more comfortable during treatment. Talkesthesia. Talk to patients...

All About Approvals

New drugs and medical devices may be touted as FDA approved, but exactly what does that highly valued and oft-cited stamp of approval mean? It’s a question that’s sure to come up often for physicians as they consider whether to prescribe a new treatment for their patients or bring a medical device of their own design to the marketplace. The process used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine if a new drug or medical device is...

Beam Me Up

Discover how lasers can provide a bright future for clients looking to treat common skin concerns.

Lighten Up with Light

Summer and swimsuit season may be winding down, but the excitement surrounding non-invasive fat-reduction devices and procedures is as strong as ever. We checked in with Mark Patterson, CEO of Lila Strawberry Laser, for his perspective on this fascinating trend and how the Strawberry Laser fits in. 1. Why are non-invasive fat-reduction device such a focus right now? It is largely patient driven. Patients are seeking solutions that are nonsurgical that produce similar results to surgical procedure. There’s always a...

Do You Know Your Nose?

The eyes are a very important part of the face. However, if you want to be more literal when talking about the "center of your face," there is no denying that the conversation becomes alllll about the nose! Nose shapes and sizes vary not only from person to person, but also from culture to culture. Do you know how much your nose reveals about you? Listed below are a few examples of how the nose has developed in both history...

Filler Up

The use of soft tissue fillers and neurotoxins continues to soar in popularity, and facial plastic surgeons are leading the charge when it comes to layering these injectables to achieve the best possible results. In 2013, Botox reigned supreme as the most commonly performed non-surgical procedure among women, followed by hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, according to the annual survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Botox and HA-based fillers also topped the list of the most...

Implant Removal Recommendations

Getting breast implants is a choice, but deciding to have them removed may be completely optional or due to medical necessity. Either way, it’s important to make sure clients know what to expect from the procedure and how to prepare for it, says Robert Kraft, M.D., plastic surgeon at Advanced Dermatology, P.C. (NY). About 20,000 breast implant removal surgeries are performed each year in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But 70 percent of those procedures...

New Tummy Tuck Patients

With summer and warmer temperatures, it's not just women who are worrying about getting their bodies beach ready. According to board certified plastic surgeon, Brent Moelleken, M.D., a surprising new trend of men wanting a "Male Tummy Tuck" for a firmer and flatter stomach is now a frequent request. "When the male body begins to age, even extra exercise and good nutrition may not give some men the flat, toned abdomen they once had in their youth," says Moelleken. "We...

New Face of Facelifts

Facelifts are no longer reserved for the over 60 set. A recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery detailed that 58 percent of members saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in those under age 30 last year. Due to social, professional and cultural pressures, both men and women are becoming increasingly aware of the aging process, and of what can be done to turn back the hands of time. In fact, according last...

Benefits of the Blues

In recent years, blue light therapy technology has gained increased popularity for the treatment of acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), this innovation is the best-known, proven treatment to decrease acne-causing bacteria. Recommended by leading industry professionals, including board-certified dermatologist, Judith Hellman, M.D., blue light therapy can be used both in-office and at-home, and effectively helps alleviate this common skin condition affecting 50 million Americans and 94 percent of all females. Hellman, a NYC-based dermatologist who practices...

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