Medical Spa News

FDA Approves New Prescription Acne Treatment

Dermatologists and the more than 40 million Americans suffering from acne now have one more treatment option at hand. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved antibiotic-free Epiduo Forte Gel, 0.3%/2.5% for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. The approval was based on a Phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, 12-week, vehicle-controlled study, which included 217 patients with moderate to severe acne. Epiduo Forte Gel was found to be superior to the vehicle gel for the Investigator’s Global Assessment...

Healing Waters Spa Opens New Location

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The third Healing Waters location opened in Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge hospital in Columbia, SC, at the beginning of this year. The nearly 7,000-square-foot medical spa offers traditional day spa services, esthetics, plastic surgery, and wellness programs guided by the brand’s four core transformational principles: balance, calm, correct, and restore. Peter Haines, M.D., an established plastic surgeon in the area, oversees the medical services and performs all surgical procedures with a team of 19 part-time and three full-time employees. This...

Indoor Tanning Bed Use Declines

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The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventation show fewer people are using tanning beds. Only 4.2 percent of American adults used tanning beds in 2013, down from 5.5 percent in 2010, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Most significant in these findings, published in a report in JAMA Dermatology , was the number of young people tanning. Just 8.6 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 tanned indoors in...

FDA Approves Fat-Burning Injectable

Cosmetic practitioners may soon have a new tool at their disposal designed to noninvasively reduce fat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kythera Biopharmaceuticals’s fat-burning injectable Kybella (also known as ATX-101). The injectable is a patented formulation of a pure, non-animal-derived version of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat and is intended to reduce submental fat (double chin) in adults. According to the company, patients can...

BTL Vanquish Receives FDA Approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the BTL Vanquish for circumferential reduction of the abdomenal area. The platform features a panel array that emits selective RF energy with the largest spot size in the industry to treat the entire core in one application (without touching patients’ skin). It creates a high-frequency energy field that targets the thermal effects into the fat layer while protecting surrounding skin tissue. “FDA clearance of BTL Vanquish marks a defining moment in...

Skin Cancer Diagnosis in People of Color

In the report entitled, "Skin cancer and photoprotection in people of color: A review and recommendations for physicians and the public," published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , a workgroup of recognized skin of color experts provided an extensive review of the scientific literature available on the incidence, risk factors, and characteristics of skin cancer in people of color. On average, one American dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every hour. The...

Syneron Candela’s PicoWay Laser Receives New FDA Clearance

Syneron Medical, a global market leader in the esthetic medical device marketplace, announced earlier this spring that the PicoWay laser received U.S. Food and Druf Administration (FDA) clearance for the treatment of pigmented lesions. This latest approval expands upon its FDA clearance for the removal of tattoos late last year. The laser is now an FDA approved option to reverse uneven skin tone, blotches, and uneven pigmentation, restore radiant skin, reduce sun spots, take care of freckles, and rid dark...

Radiesse Approved for Hand Treatment

Merz Aesthetics's Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hand augmentation to correct volume loss in the dorsum of the hands. The long-term filler provides an immediate volumizing effect and can help to reduce the prominence of tendons and veins in the hands. It delivers smooth, natural-looking results that can last up to one year for more youthful-looking hands. “Merz is proud to be able to provide patients and physicians with the...

Suneva Medical Partners with Zoosk

Suneva Medical , an esthetics leader that markets Bellafill, an FDA approved dermal filler for the correction of facial acne scars, is recognizing June’s Acne Awareness Month by teaming up with leading online dating company Zoosk and Dr. Ava Shamban , board-certified dermatologist and author of “Heal Your Skin,” to help people with acne and acne scars put their best face forward. As part of the new collaboration, a new video featuring Zoosk’s dating expert Joan Actually and Shamban has...

New ASAPS and ASERF Presidents Named

Following The Aesthetic Meeting held in Montreal May 14 to 18, James C. Grotting, M.D., was elected the new president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Grotting is currently in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. He is former president of the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a director and oral examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. “While it has been an...

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