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Lighten Up with Light

Summer and swimsuit season may be winding down, but the excitement surrounding non-invasive fat-reduction devices and procedures is as strong as ever. We checked in with Mark Patterson, CEO of Lila Strawberry Laser, for his perspective on this fascinating trend and how the Strawberry Laser fits in. 1. Why are non-invasive fat-reduction device such a focus right now? It is largely patient driven. Patients are seeking solutions that are nonsurgical that produce similar results to surgical procedure. There’s always a...

Do You Know Your Nose?

The eyes are a very important part of the face. However, if you want to be more literal when talking about the "center of your face," there is no denying that the conversation becomes alllll about the nose! Nose shapes and sizes vary not only from person to person, but also from culture to culture. Do you know how much your nose reveals about you? Listed below are a few examples of how the nose has developed in both history...

Benefits of the Blues

In recent years, blue light therapy technology has gained increased popularity for the treatment of acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), this innovation is the best-known, proven treatment to decrease acne-causing bacteria. Recommended by leading industry professionals, including board-certified dermatologist, Judith Hellman, M.D., blue light therapy can be used both in-office and at-home, and effectively helps alleviate this common skin condition affecting 50 million Americans and 94 percent of all females. Hellman, a NYC-based dermatologist who practices...

Cosmetic Surgery Myths Debunked

Potential patients may have a wide array of misconceptions about cosmetic procedures when they walk in your medical spa. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), these are the top myths you will encounter when consulting with clients and how you can help them make informed decisions with the latest statistics and trends. The truth is, due to intensive research and technological advancements, plastic surgery has never been more attainable, affordable, and safe. Help clients separate fact...

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...

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...

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