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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...

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...

New Rosacea Survey Shows Emotional Toll Of Facial Redness

The emotional impact of rosacea is significant regardless of subtype or severity, according to results of a new survey of 1,675 rosacea patients conducted by the National Rosacea Society . Among survey respondents who suffer from the most common facial redness of subtype one (erythematotelangiectatic) rosacea alone, 82 percent said the condition had a negative impact on their general outlook on life, and that figure rose to 90 percent for those who considered their symptoms moderate to severe. For those...

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...

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...

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...

Treatment Tips for Darker Skintones

It’s a no-brainer that each client’s skin concerns are as unique as they are. It’s vital to understand the specific issues common to each skin type to be able to expand your medical spa practice and attract a diverse group of patients. Jeanine B. Downie, M.D., does just that as she provides an array of popular and effective treatments for her clients at image Dermatology (Montclair, NJ). Downie specializes in lasers for treatment of scars, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, brown...

Getting Cheeky

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It’s no surprise that Hollywood stars often serve as inspiration for plastic surgery trends. Celebrities’ sultry eyes, pouty lips, and perfect noses are among the many requests that are brought to doctors. The latest craze, according to Amy Forman Taub, M.D., founder of Advanced Dermatology and Skinfo Specialty Skincare Boutique (Lincolnshire, IL), revolves around chiseled cheekbones a la Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. She recently published a study, entitled “Cheek Augmentation Improves Feelings of Facial Attractiveness,” in the September 2012...