Medical Spa Columns

Acne-Fighting Treatments

Acne vulgaris is a distressing, common skin condition that affects millions of individuals in the U.S. Up to 80 percent of the adolescent population, 30 percent of women of child-bearing years, and 3 percent of the middle-aged population are affected by acne. The fact that almost one-third of pre-menopausal women have some degree of acne, many of whom already frequent medical spas for services, makes treating acne a potentially good addition to your menu. Like all medical conditions, the treatment...

Essential Exfoliators

There was a time when simple at-home exfoliation was considered enough of a skincare routine. Today, however, clients are opting for more effective regenerating procedures that increase the rate of cell turnover and maximize the power of their favorite potions and serums. On the hunt for more well-rounded skin management systems, spa-goers are turning to treatments like dermaplaning and dermarolling. Although they may sound alike, they’re actually quite different. Take the tools, for example. While dermaplaning uses a scalpel or...

Nutrient-Rich Facial

Mitchell Chasin, M.D., founder and medical director of Reflections Center for Skin and Body (multiple locations), delivers the lowdown on an anti-aging procedure that is generating buzz. He is an innovator in the field of lasers, aesthetic and cosmetic medicine, and technology. Chasin is considered a pioneer in a wide range of laser and aesthetic procedures. Q. What exactly is Dermafrac, and how does it work? A. Dermafrac, or collagen induction therapy, employs a small handheld roller that is covered...

Maintaining Masculine Features

Whether it’s to delay retirement, retain a professional edge, or stay competitive in the dating game, more men are turning to plastic surgery. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the number of men having Botox shot up 27 percent from 2011. Manhattan plastic surgeon Sam Rizk, M.D., whose patient base is 25 percent male and is a respected expert in facial plastic surgery, says this group of clients have unique...

Protein Powerhouse

As the skincare industry grows and evolves, many product companies have been turning to science to discover ingredients proven to help turn back the hands of time, and the latest kid on the block is in the form of epidermal growth factor (EGF). This protein molecule, which can be extracted from actual epidermal cells, placental cells, and even plants, has been used for years in the medical world to treat wounds by facilitating faster healing. Now, EGF has crossed over...

In the Right Vein

Varicose veins are a common cosmetic culprit for both women and men. Fifteen to 20 percent of people have some degree of varicose veins, which are usually green or blue and bulging. They can also cause pain or aching in the legs and feet. Spider veins are a milder form of varicose veins that tend to be blue, purple, or red and have smaller size vessels. The reasons varicose veins occur include pregnancy, family history, obesity, standing or sitting for...

Fighting Free-Radical Damage

Two scientific terms that have become unavoidable are free radicals and antioxidants. These are now understood to be crucial issues in the health and beauty of one's skin, so pay attention. Free radicals are charged chemical particles of oxygen that enter into destructive chemical bonds with organic substances such as proteins. The result is an oxidation, or chemical burning, of the substance, which destroys it. Protein is denatured, genes may be broken, and dangerous residual substances may result from the...

Slimming Solutions

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It may sound too good to be true, but non-invasive treatments that incur no downtime are the real deal and banish inches of unwanted flab instantly for clients and are a boon for business. Marina Peredo, M.D., of Spatique Medical Spa (Smithtown, NY) knows the benefits firsthand. The Long Island medical spa offers two CoolSculpting systems so a patient can be treated in two different areas to reduce overall treatment time and see instant results all over. CoolSculpting is the...

Medical Spa Laundry Safety

Medical spas are proliferating across the country; they accounted for eight percent of the 20,000 spas in the United States last year, according to the industry study commissioned by the International Spa Association. There are many convenient medical spas that offer safe, physician supervised treatments and which utilize commercial healthcare facility laundries to minimize any risk of spreading infection. However, for those providing treatments outside of the physician's office, there are no national standards for medical spas, no recognized definition...

Show of Hands

Anti-aging skincare is by no means a new field. Every day, new ingredients, procedures, and treatments are introduced that promise younger looking faces and rejuvenated skin. There is, however, one part of the body that is hands-down the most forgotten area when it comes to skincare, treatment, and prevention—the hands. “Many women learn to take great care of their faces when they’re still young but not their hands,” says Mitch Chasin, M.D., a cosmetic physician and laser specialist and the...

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