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Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare Catalyst Serums Receive Patent Approval

Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare has been awarded patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its formulas in three of its Catalyst products—Catalyst, Catalyst Plus, and Catalyst AC-11. The three products combine amino acids and Zinc Finger Technology (ZFT) engineered proteins to repair DNA damage and assist in the production of proteins and antioxidants in the cells. It also helps improve scarring, skin tags, actinic keratosis, capillaries, and other conditions related to DNA damage. Founded by Ben Johnson, M.D.,...

New AAFPRS President Announced

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has announced that Stephen S. Park, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Charlottesville, VA, has been elected President of the organization and will serve the 2014-2015 year term, taking office in October 2014. He is widely recognized as a leader in the field of facial plastic surgery, lecturing nationally and internationally on his surgical techniques and medical philosophy. With over 20 years of experience, Park is also dedicated to academic advancement of the...

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Celebrates the Age of 50

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) conducted a survey of more than 500 women age 50 and older for their point of view on what it means to be 50. An overwhelming majority concluded 50 is the new 30. “Women in their fifties want to feel vibrant, beautiful and desirable, but they demand a natural result,” says Edward Farrior, M.D., F.A.C.S., president of the AAFPRS. “Women simply want to be...

Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure Launches In Mississippi

The Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg (MS), specialists in hair restoration, recently added the FDA-cleared ARTAS Robotic Procedure to its arsenal of hair loss treatments. It is the first practice in Mississippi to offer the innovative procedure, which provides natural results for patients. It is an appealing option for clients that requires no stitches, leaves no visible linear scar, and incurs little to no downtime. “Our patients can’t believe how painless and simple the whole process is,” says plastic surgeon...

Clear Clinic Opens New Locations

This summer, Clear Clinic (multiple locations in NJ and NY) added three new outposts in West Orange (NJ), Hoboken (NJ), and Yonkers (NY) to better serve clients and make access more convenient. The growing chain of acne treatment centers was founded by Eric Schweiger, M.D., in 2011. There are now nine locations offering dermatology services through Schweiger Dermatology and acne treatment at Clear Clinic. Clear Clinic also offers Clear Clinic Labs for those with acne-prone skin unable to visit a...

Discount Doom

Recession worries may be waning for potential clients and spas alike, but many consumers still want a bargain. However, this proclivity toward thriftiness can be dangerous when it comes to something as permanent as facial plastic surgery. Discounting and offering deals through sites such as Gilt, Groupon, and Living Social may cast your medical spa in an unattractive light. In fact, 96 percent of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) members are opposed to consumers blindly purchasing...

ESPA Life VIVA Med Improves Long-term Wellbeing

ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London and VIVA Mayr Clinic (Austria) have joined forces to offer clients ESPA Life VIVA Med, which features innovative treatments and a commitment to total wellbeing. Here, visitors can take advantage of personalized treatment plans, including applied kinesiology muscle testing, orthomolecular testing, nutrition advice, and a cleansing program based on the Modern Mayr Medical Philosophy, developed by Franz Xaver Mayr, M.D., at the turn of the 20th century. Corinthia London is the city’s first hotel...

Hair Raising Trend

Aesthetic procedures are no longer just for women. Whether it’s to remain more confident, active in the workforce or attractive to the opposite gender, more men are turning to aesthetic enhancement for anti-aging than ever before. And what’s one of their main concerns? HAIR. A survey by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) notes a 7 percent increase in the number of men undergoing hair transplantation in the past year. This rise in hair restoration can...

Device for Skin Cancer Detection Developed

This photo shows the entire 3-in-1 spectroscopy system on an easily transportable utility cart. The right photo shows the probe in more detail. Credit: M.Sharma, J.Tunnell/UT Austin
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have now developed a probe that combines into one device three unique ways of using light to measure the properties of skin tissue and detect cancer. The researchers have begun testing their 3-in-1 device in pilot clinical trials and are partnering with funding agencies and start-up companies to help bring the device to dermatologists' offices. Skin cancers of all types are the most common forms of cancer in...

Skin Benefits of Stress

Researchers at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) discovered that short periods of stress can actually be beneficial for skin, providing healing when experienced in small doses. Brief, acute psychological stress promoted healing in mouse models of three different types of skin irritations. The scientists found that healing was brought about by the anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids—steroid hormones—produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. "Under chronic stress, these same naturally-occurring steroids damage the protective functions of normal skin...

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