Proper Procedures

Safer Tattoo Removal

The tribal band tattoos of the 1990s didn’t retain their popularity; the unicorn on the shoulder lost its favor; the boyfriend whose name is permanently inked on the forearm ended up not being “the one” after all. According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-third of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 and nearly half of the population between the ages of 26 and 40 have at least one tattoo. These trends helped the tattoo industry...

Awakening Treatments

For a malady that’s as common to aging as waning vision, festoons—also called “malar mounds”—aren’t well understood by the public, says Adam J. Scheiner, M.D., an international eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon specializing in the treatment of festoons. “The more people know about the causes of festoons and how they are often misdiagnosed, the better informed they are to be their own effective health-care advocates,” says Scheiner. Knowing the proper treatment and advice for potential clients with festoons is key...

Practice Safe Sun

It may seem far off, but the bright sun and beach days will be back again before you know it. That means it’s prime time to brush up on proper sun safety. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation nearly two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer annually, more than any other form of cancer, so clients need your expert guidance to maintain hard-earned anti-aging results and prevent future damage. Internationally renowned dermatologist Zein Obagi, M.D., founder of ZO Skin...

TCA and the Skin Therapist

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is a great acid that any skin therapist can incorporate into her or his treatment arsenal to focus on pigmentation and aging. If combined with other chemical agents (like salicylic acid), it can also show marked changes on acneic breakouts and the common side effects that acne leaves behind, such as post-inflammatory pigmentation. While similar to alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), TCA is a much stronger acid that causes a denaturing of skin proteins. According to Claudia Aguirre,...

Hot Trend in Youth Preservation

A few years ago, men and women had few options in the battle against gravity. As it pulls the delicate muscles, facial skin loses tone and stretches. Eventually, the skin directly attached to those muscles sags, causing fine lines and wrinkles that progress with time. The additional loss of collagen and elastin hastens the aging process, while sun, wind and air pollution wreak havoc. As Coco Chanel said, "Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up...

Wart Treatment Tips

A common virus causes most types of warts, but these small, unsightly growths can be a lot harder to shake than the common cold. According to Joshua Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., board certified dermatologist and medical director of Advanced Dermatology (NJ and NY), "warts are blister-like growths caused by the human papilloma (HPV) virus, which enters the system through a cut or break in the skin. Warts occur on various parts of the body, most notably the hands and feet, and...

A Fresh Face

While there are myriad procedures to help clients improve their appearance, microdermabrasion can maximize the benefits of other treatments and boost your bottom line. “The concept of abrading the skin, or removing the upper layers for skin rejuvenation, dates back as far as 1500 B.C., when Egyptian physicians used a type of sandpaper to smooth scars,” says Mark Pinsley, president of DermaMed Solutions. “Since the development of microdermabrasion machines in 1985, it continues to be one of the top five...

Eyelifts Second-Most Popular Facial Surgical Procedure

The eyes tell all, as they say - even your age. Due to the delicate, extremely thin skin around the eye area, eyes are generally the first facial feature to show signs of aging including dark circles, crow’s feet, and bags or swelling. These age-related changes have a huge impact on the appearance, making clients look and feel older and more tired than they really are. It’s no surprise then that Americans are dead set on disguising aging eyes. According...

The Second Time Around

Revision rhinoplasty is considered one of the most complicated of all facial plastic surgery procedures because the nasal structure may have lost some of its original anatomical characteristics and their tends to be an accumulation of scar tissue. It has also become increasingly common. A recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reported that secondary surgery including revision rhinoplasty accounts for approximately one fourth or up to 27 percent of all surgical procedures performed...

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...

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