Medical Spa Columns

Fighting Sleep Wrinkles

The causes of the signs of aging seem to be ever-increasing in number and coming from all directions. The latest to add to clients' worries is sleep wrinkles, which are fine lines and deeper wrinkles that form overnight when the skin is squished against the pillow. So much for relaxing at night. We talked to Goesel Anson, M.D. F.A.C.S., creator of the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, who provided more background on the phenomenon and, most importantly, some solutions to offer...

A Shot of Beauty

With the help of improved techniques and tools, doctors are finding new ways to tackle aging with injectables.

Wellness Before Beauty

Board-certified plastic surgeon Gary Motykie, M.D. F.A.C.S., is an anomaly of sorts in the world of cosmetic surgery. He believes that surgeons must remember that they are doctors first and more often than not the right answer is “no” to potential patients' plastic surgery requests. Spurred by recent changes in the industry that promote a mentality of bargain shopping for face and body enhancements, Motykie is passionate about educating patients about their overall wellness first and frequently recommends alternatives to...

Brand Building for Medical Spas

Although they sell microchips rather than mommy makeovers, the technology startups of Silicon Valley provide lessons for dermatologists and other core aesthetic specialists, according to an expert. As a Silicon Valley resident and serial startup company investor, Scott W. Mosser, M.D., says he pays attention to startup technology companies’ business plans and progress—or lack thereof. As a plastic surgeon based in San Francisco, he adds, he has gleaned the following lessons for core aesthetic specialists: 1. Know your brand. Physicians...

Role Reversal

The A E Skin Ultimate Rejuvenation is a new and exciting treatment to treat and reverse multiple signs of aging skin in a single session. Designed by Alex Eshaghian, M.D., Ph.D., the treatment addresses fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, broken capillaries, rough skin, uneven texture, enlarged pores, and dull appearance. If you have any of these concerns then this is the perfect treatment for you. Who knew all of this could be done in just one session? In...

Do Your Clients' Faces Reveal True Feelings?

Social science experts agree—much of what we “say” is never actually spoken. “Facial expressions and other body language account for more than half of our communication,” says Adam J. Scheiner, M.D., an international oculoplastic surgeon who’s been featured on “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors.” “When we look at someone, especially when we’re meeting for the first time, we quickly scan the eye and mouth areas of the other person’s face to make some quick judgments: Are they friendly...

Filler Fast Facts

Last fall groundbreaking news in the dermal filler arena was released. Voluma XC, the newest hyaluronic acid filler in the Juvederm family was officially approved by the FDA as the only product in the U.S. market specifically approved to restore cheek volume that’s been lost over time. Ideal for those with very thin faces, Voluma XC can be injected into patients’ cheeks and hallows of the mid-face. The result is an immediate smoother, natural-looking appearance. Because of the different molecular...

Increase Revenue Through Complimentary Services

Most esthetic practices have employees that are not productive all hours that they are paid, and we can all probably agree they could be used more productively. However, we might not all agree on my proposed solution. Free facials. We all know that dermal fillers offer more ROI than any service provided in your medical spa. Dermal fillers require little to no pre and/or post care and are cash and carry. If your aesthetician is not referring patients to you...

Improving the Rear View

Gluteal augmentation—whether with implants, fat, or other substances—is rarely in the news for anything good. For these reasons, San Diego-based plastic surgeon M. Mark Mofid, M.D., knows what he is up against when he discusses the anthropologic origins and safety profile of buttock augmentation. It’s an uphill battle, but Mofid is helping to alter the perception of his peers with some meticulous research and innovations that he pioneered. Of course, there’s more to the Harvard and Johns Hopkins-trained surgeon’s aesthetic...

Top Beauty Concerns

Whether it’s crow’s feet, an uneven complexion or deepening lines, patients are coming up with a wide variety of skin concerns and are looking for instant results treatments. A recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) sheds light on the most pressing beauty woes and uncovers what women are most concerned about. The study found 39 percent of women were most concerned with sagging cheeks or eye bags, while 33 percent worried about fine...

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