Medical Spa News

2015 Nip and Tuck Trends

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has released its predictions for popular procedures in facial plastic surgery in the coming year. “We expect the interest in cosmetic procedures—both surgical and non-surgical—to continue to climb in 2015 due to the improving economy, increased consumer awareness and a growing comfort level with the safety of cosmetic treatments,” says Stephen Park, M.D., facial plastic surgeon and president of the AAFPRS. Getting a little work done no longer holds the...

Youthful Face is Top Priority

According to the results of a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Allergan, nearly 60 percent of women surveyed say they’d rather have a more youthful-looking face than a more youthful-looking body. Participants ranged in age from 21 to 65 and shared a variety of concerns related to their aging appearance. Though signs of aging from the neck down are a growing concern, the focus is still on the face. Of the respondents, 64 percent noted that...

Syneron Candela Tattoo Removal Laser Receives FDA Approval

Syneron Medical, a leading global esthetic device company, announced recently that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared its new PicoWay picosecond device. The system was evaluated in a U.S. multicenter study conducted by Eric Bernstein, M.D., president of Main Line Center for Laser Surgery (Ardmore, PA), Arielle Kauvar, M.D., director of New York Laser & Skin Car e, and Tina Alster, M.D., founding director of Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery , and showed a favorable safety profile...

Beauty Blitz

Scheduling a quick lunch-hour trip to the dermatologist for a professional-strength peel isn’t always possible or affordable. That’s why board-certified dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D., has teamed up with Butterfly Studio Salon (New York City) to introduce a peel bar featuring BeautyRX, his comprehensive skincare collection. Available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, BeautyRX Peel Bar gives clients the opportunity to experience Schultz’s popular 40 percent glycolic peel ($39), the most requested service of his practice. Trained staff members administer the two-minute skin...

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Bestows Top Honor

Gary D. Monheit, M.D., of Total Skin & Beauty Dermatology Center (Birmingham, AL), received the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery's highest honor, the Samuel J. Stegman, MD, Award for Distinguished Service. The tribute recognizes members who have made a substantial contribution to advance ASDS goals in the areas of education, organized service, and research. A long-standing member and past president of the ASDS, Monheit received the very first ASDS Resident Scholarship and is a first-generation Mohs surgeon, having personally trained...

Study Examines Potential Isotretinoin Side Effects

A study published in Jama Dermatology this month looked into the connection between isotretinoin, a common acne treatment, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Shadi Rashtak, M.D., and a team of researchers conducted a retrospective, single-center study in which they reviewed the electronic medical records of more than 1,000 patients from 1995 to 2011 who were seeking acne treatment and had isotretinoin referenced in their records. In addition, the patients included received ongoing local medical care. The researchers observed that IBD...

National Study Checks Safety of Minimally Invasive Procedures

Research from a Northwestern University study published in JAMA Dermatology recently provides evidence of the safety of several popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. According to the study, these anti-aging procedures, including fillers, neurotoxins, and laser and energy device procedures, are exceedingly safe and have essentially no risk of serious adverse effects. This is one of the first large-scale study that prospectively analyzed the rate of adverse effects among more than 20,000 of cosmetic procedures done at eight centers around the...

AmSpa Releases Standard Operating Procedures

The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), in partnership with True U Esthetics, has released a new series of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to assist medical esthetics businesses with increasing service standards, improving customer satisfaction, creating and maintaining spa ambience, and reducing costs associated with waste and inefficient processes. These SOPs are templates that can be customized for each medical aesthetic facility¹s own use to help ensure consistency in the delivery of their services and their brand¹s image. A medical esthetic...

Suneva Medical Renames Popular Filler

Suneva Medical, an esthetics company, announced that the dermal filler ArteFill is now rebranded as Bellafill in the U.S. It is approved by the FDA for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds, or smile lines. "We feel that the brand Bellafill better embodies the transformational outcomes this unique product can provide to our customers and their patients," says Nicholas L. Teti, Jr. , chairman and CEO . "In addition, Suneva will build and invest in Bellafill to...

Medical Tourism Warning Issued

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has issued a warning to all individuals seeking less expensive cosmetic surgical procedures, particularly outside their home country, and especially in the hands of unlicensed practitioners operating without board certification. In light of two recent deaths of UK citizens who traveled to other countries to have cosmetic procedures performed by un-certified practitioners, ISAPS is also calling for global changes in legislation to address these unnecessary and tragic deaths in an effort to...

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