Proper Procedures

Image Quest

Help clients get a clear picture of their skin with the help of imaging technology.

Wintertime Skin Repair

Don’t let clients pack away the sunblock with swimsuits and other summer accessories. Winter’s sun is just as dangerous as summer’s according to Adam J. Scheiner, M.D. , an eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon. “The snow reflects the glare of the sun—and the damaging UV rays,” he says. “People who like skiing and snowboarding in the mountains are getting 4 to 5 percent more UV damage for every 1,000 feet they ascend above sea level.” Those who stay away from...

Post-Procedure Patient Satisfaction

For plastic surgeons who primarily perform elective esthetic procedures, patient comfort after surgery is of vital importance to patient satisfaction, word-of-mouth referrals, and long-term retention, which all effect the success of the medical spa business overall. After a successful surgical outcome, effectively managing pain and minimizing analgesic-related adverse events (AEs) not only impacts timely recovery, but also shapes the patient’s experience with the surgeon and the practice. In fact, a recent Cedars-Sinai study published in the American Academy of Pain...

Living Room Lasers

Parties for storage containers, candles, and jewelry aren’t hard to find; but surprisingly laser hair removal is joining their ranks. There just happens to be a new trend hitting the home party circuit. Now, instead of heading to the spa or medical office for their laser hair removal needs, an increasing number of women are bringing these services to their private homes, along with food and friends. These laser hair removal parties are a fun new inexpensive alternative for clients...

Comfortable Care

Pain—and the fear of pain—is one of the key factors that discourages patients from undergoing highly effective treatments, such as injectables and laser treatments. But there are several steps physicians can take to reduce pain during noninvasive cosmetic treatments and calm clients' anxieties. Speaking at the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery conference in Phoenix, Kenneth Arndt, M.D., of Skincare Physicians (Chestnut Hill, MA), shared the following tips to make patients more comfortable during treatment. Talkesthesia. Talk to patients...

All About Approvals

New drugs and medical devices may be touted as FDA approved, but exactly what does that highly valued and oft-cited stamp of approval mean? It’s a question that’s sure to come up often for physicians as they consider whether to prescribe a new treatment for their patients or bring a medical device of their own design to the marketplace. The process used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine if a new drug or medical device is...

Beam Me Up

Discover how lasers can provide a bright future for clients looking to treat common skin concerns.

Filler Up

The use of soft tissue fillers and neurotoxins continues to soar in popularity, and facial plastic surgeons are leading the charge when it comes to layering these injectables to achieve the best possible results. In 2013, Botox reigned supreme as the most commonly performed non-surgical procedure among women, followed by hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, according to the annual survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Botox and HA-based fillers also topped the list of the most...

Implant Removal Recommendations

Getting breast implants is a choice, but deciding to have them removed may be completely optional or due to medical necessity. Either way, it’s important to make sure clients know what to expect from the procedure and how to prepare for it, says Robert Kraft, M.D., plastic surgeon at Advanced Dermatology, P.C. (NY). About 20,000 breast implant removal surgeries are performed each year in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But 70 percent of those procedures...

New Tummy Tuck Patients

With summer and warmer temperatures, it's not just women who are worrying about getting their bodies beach ready. According to board certified plastic surgeon, Brent Moelleken, M.D., a surprising new trend of men wanting a "Male Tummy Tuck" for a firmer and flatter stomach is now a frequent request. "When the male body begins to age, even extra exercise and good nutrition may not give some men the flat, toned abdomen they once had in their youth," says Moelleken. "We...

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