Medical Spa News

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...

Golden Oldies

Just because potential clients are getting older doesn’t mean their faces have to show it. Plastic surgery and noninvasive cosmetic solutions are appealing to an older demographic. Baby boomers are the fastest growing group embracing the powers of a little nip and tuck to delay aging, suggests the annual member survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). No longer taboo to have a little “work done”, seniors are fighting sagging jowls and wrinkled skin with...

A Youthful Injection

Though injectables can create a marked difference in a person’s appearance, needle-phobic clients may shy away from the ouch factor. The Spa at Trump SoHo (New York City) solves this problem with the Alternative to Injectables Facial (starting at $395, 90 minutes). This anti-wrinkle treatment, which uses Natura Bissé products and micro-stimulating sonic waves to lift the skin and restore density, is patterned after traditional injection sites. But instead of needles, it leverages massage to work the pressure points to...

Longevity Medical Spa Opens in Seaside Resort

A welcome addition to the Blue&Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort (Algarve, Portugal), Longevity Medical Spa opened this summer and offers guests an innovative health and wellness concept based on preventative medicine and anti-aging treatments. Among the most popular services on the menu are multi-day healing programs and wellness retreats that help guide spa-goers to a longer, healthier, and happier life. There are seven retreats from which guests can choose or submit specific personal goals for a tailored program to attain their...

Facial Plastic Surgery Summit Focuses On Education

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) hosted its Annual Fall Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, FL) in September. Chaired by Anthony E. Brissett, M.D., and Phillip R. Langsdon, M.D., the meeting included an education-focused program covering a range of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery topics. The invited speakers included Bob Brier, Ph.D., Richard T. Farrior, M.D., Anna Pou, M.D., and Gary Sussman, who spoke on emerging trends and their specialties. Attendees could participate...

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