Medical Spa Columns

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...

Sleek Silhouettes

Learn about the latest cellulite technologies, treatments, and products, and discover new ways to market them to your clients.

Get Some Botox Relaxation

As most of us are aware, Botox can soften the wrinkles caused by muscle contraction, such as frowning or raising the eyebrows in surprise. These are called dynamic or expressive wrinkles. What is less well known about Botox is that it is just as frequently used for therapeutic reasons - to relieve pain or discomfort and with great success! Botox is a muscle-relaxing drug thathas been in use for more than 20 years all over the world. Botox injections are...

Safer Tattoo Removal

The tribal band tattoos of the 1990s didn’t retain their popularity; the unicorn on the shoulder lost its favor; the boyfriend whose name is permanently inked on the forearm ended up not being “the one” after all. According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-third of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 and nearly half of the population between the ages of 26 and 40 have at least one tattoo. These trends helped the tattoo industry...

Awakening Treatments

For a malady that’s as common to aging as waning vision, festoons—also called “malar mounds”—aren’t well understood by the public, says Adam J. Scheiner, M.D., an international eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon specializing in the treatment of festoons. “The more people know about the causes of festoons and how they are often misdiagnosed, the better informed they are to be their own effective health-care advocates,” says Scheiner. Knowing the proper treatment and advice for potential clients with festoons is key...

Practice Safe Sun

It may seem far off, but the bright sun and beach days will be back again before you know it. That means it’s prime time to brush up on proper sun safety. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation nearly two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer annually, more than any other form of cancer, so clients need your expert guidance to maintain hard-earned anti-aging results and prevent future damage. Internationally renowned dermatologist Zein Obagi, M.D., founder of ZO Skin...

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