Medical Spa Columns

Breast Augmentation Satisfies Patients

What's the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States? Breast augmentation procedures significantly outpace surgical enhancements of other body areas, with recent research showing that nearly all women who've gone under the knife feel the results met or exceeded their expectations, echoing what patients of Advanced Dermatology P.C. are telling plastic surgeon Robert Kraft, M.D. "Women come to us unhappy with the small size of their breasts and say they feel self-conscious when wearing form-fitting tops or swimwear," says...

Nutrition and How it Affects the Skin

When I was recently writing my latest book Face Change, my goal was simple: to offer beneficial information that really gives an inside look into what I have learned after decades of working in beauty, medicine, and wellness. One of the most important topics is nutrition and its direct result on skin care. Educating patients on the basics to amazing skin through nutrition arms them with the knowledge to take control of their health and beauty at home. I find...

Red in the Face

Are clients wondering why their faces are peppered with tiny red lines? These broken blood vessels affect millions—especially as age creeps up—and don't typically disappear on their own but can be treated quickly and effectively by a dermatologist, according to Joshua Fox, M.D., medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery (New York City). Known as telangiectasias, the tiny spider or thread-like blood vessels can develop anywhere on the body but are especially prevalent...

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...

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