Medical Spa Columns

9 Ways to Get True Beauty Sleep

The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. When we sleep our bodies recharge. Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well. Kaleroy Papantoniou, M.D., is a board-certified New York City dermatologist who explains that, “During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first...

Beauty Myths Busted

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Today’s beauty and youth obsessed culture is overflowing with new treatments, tips, and procedures to tighten, flatten, lift, and turn our bodies into living designs. The everyday woman, or man, hears or reads about a new, easier treatment daily. Mia Talmor, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and founder and board-certified plastic surgeon at Talmor Cosmetics (New York City), says chatter and headlines are easily misconstrued and can lead to misinformation that can be dangerous and...

Cosmetic Procedures for Happy Clients

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Every single one of us, however confident and comfortable in their own skin, has at some point taken a look in the mirror and found at least one thing we’d like to change. Some of us learn to love the quirks in our looks and some of us think about getting a little fix. From the non-invasive to the surgical, cosmetic procedures are on the rise and there are a hundred ways to nip, tuck, lift, and smooth just about...

Hats Off

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Hair loss affects nearly 60 million Americans. Because hair helps build confidence and self-worth for both men and women, thinn-ing or balding can take a significant emotional toll. As a result, those suffering from the condition will go to great lengths to reverse it. “For many of us, our hair is closely linked to our identity, and once it starts to thin, we will do almost anything we can to regrow it or at least halt the thinning,” says Chaz...

What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting

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As a member of an industry that employs a significant number of women, you should make preparing for expectant employees a vital part of your medical spa’s business plan. Although you may fret about the upheaval a pregnant employee might cause, it is important to know what you must do and what you must notsay to the employee in response to a pregnancy announcement. Pregnancy discrimination lawsuits are on the rise, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data reveals...

A New Look at Lipo

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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