Medical Spa Columns

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...

Tips on Liposuction

Many people work out religiously and then exercise even more, but find that certain areas just didn't get the message to trim down accordingly. Liposuction, or "SmartLipo" depending on the technique used, is especially useful for them or for anyone who wants to reward themselves with a more flattering, streamlined appearance, according to plastic surgeon Elan B. Singer, M.D. with Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Permanently removing fat deposits that develop between skin and...

Long-Term Benefits

Learn how offering permanent makeup at your medical spa can leave a positive lasting impression on your clients.

Invisible Anti-Aging Innovation

Neither a cosmeceutical nor a procedure, Neotensil is an innovative new polymer film that can best be compared to invisible shapewear for aging skin. The name is an acronym for Neo, (T) transforming, (E) elastic, (N) noninvasive, (S) supportive, (I) invisible, and (L) layer. Living Proof, a technology-based beauty company, introduced the product at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Denver in March. Neotensil is the first of what the Living Proof hopes will be...

Cosmetic Surgery Myths Debunked

Potential patients may have a wide array of misconceptions about cosmetic procedures when they walk in your medical spa. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), these are the top myths you will encounter when consulting with clients and how you can help them make informed decisions with the latest statistics and trends. The truth is, due to intensive research and technological advancements, plastic surgery has never been more attainable, affordable, and safe. Help clients separate fact...

Offer Clients Beautiful Arms for Summer

Inspired by the toned arms of celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Kelly Ripa, and Jennifer Aniston, upper arm lift procedures have exploded in popularity among women who want to bare their arms but have been held back by the dreaded "batwings" common to weight loss, aging or genetically loose skin, says Elan B. Singer, M.D., of Advanced Dermatology P.C. Known as brachioplasty, upper arm lifts are a surgical procedure sometimes incorporating liposuction and have increased by more than 4,378 percent...

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