Medical Spa News

Skin Benefits of Stress

Researchers at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) discovered that short periods of stress can actually be beneficial for skin, providing healing when experienced in small doses. Brief, acute psychological stress promoted healing in mouse models of three different types of skin irritations. The scientists found that healing was brought about by the anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids—steroid hormones—produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. "Under chronic stress, these same naturally-occurring steroids damage the protective functions of normal skin...

Reason to Smile

Once primarily treated by serious surgery, gingivectomies or in extreme cases orthognathic surgery, patients who are unhappy with their gummy smiles have a cost-effective, non-invasive alternative. During the last few years, Botox has provided a quick and easy solution. A study published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, led by Paul Smith, M.D., at the University of South Florida (Tampa), found this procedure to be a safe and minimally invasive solution for a gummy smile. In the study, participants saw an 85...

Brighter Brazil

Envy Medical and Libbs Farmaceutica today announced a strategic agreement to manufacture, market, and sell Envy’s proprietary Lumixyl Brightening Creme throughout Brazil. This is a significant milestone for Envy Medical’s professional skincare products, as it not only represents a significant agreement with Libbs, a leader in the sales and supply of pharmaceutical products, it also represents a solid entry into the largest single skincare market outside of the U.S. “The population of Brazil possesses a strong and growing demand for...

Galderma Buys Injectables

Galderma has purchased full rights to distribute Valeant Pharmaceuticals's injectables Restylane, Perlane, Emervel, Sculptra, and Dysport for $1.4 billion. Two of the newly acquired fillers, Emervel Classic and Emervel Deep, have been submitted for approval by the FDA and Health Canada and are currently under review. Beginning July 28, Galderma will have a new branded distribution process and all accounts will automatically receive a new Galderma account number and information on the new ordering process. “We are pleased to complete...

Prenatal Health Risks Linked to Lipids in Cosmetics

New research in the journal Cell Communication and Signaling links high lipid levels in pregnant women to a disruption in early prenatal brain development and autism. Environmental causes, such as exposure to chemicals in cosmetics, can lead to higher lipid levels, which in turn influences the interaction between two key neural pathways linked to autism. Cosmetics come into play because a number of lipids, including ceramides, cholesterol, and palmitic acid, are often on the ingredient list to help rebuild the...

New Silicone Dressing Aids Cancer patients

Clinical research published in Radiotherapy and Oncology shows a breakthrough treatment for skin recovering from radiation therapy. Radiation often causes severe skin reactions, including mild redness, ulceration, pain, burning, and itching. A new silicone dressing, which adheres closely to the small folds in the skin without needing adhesives, helps protect skin from friction to allow proper healing from radiation damage in breast cancer patients. Patries Herst, M.D., of the University of Otago Wellington’s Department of Radiation Therapy, recently conducted a...

Mio Skincare Partners with Intelix Solutions

Mio High Intensity Bodycare will now be distributed through Intelix Solutions, a leading medical device and product company, to reach clients at esthetics practices and weight-loss clinics. Mio High Intensity Bodycare, which debuted late last year, was an ideal choice for Intelix Solutions thanks to the line’s superior results, retail-friendly packaging, and ease of pairing with medically based body treatments. According to the Body Contouring Market Outlook report, non-surgical body procedures have increased 461 percent since 1997, and body contouring...

Novan Announces Positive Results For Acne Treatment

Novan Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on medical nitric oxide therapies has announced positive Phase 2 study results of its topical drug candidate for the treatment of acne vulgaris. The double blind, vehicle-controlled, dose- ranging study included 150 subjects with acne. Subject were randomized evenly to 1 percent, 4 percent, or vehicle gel and treated for 12 weeks. The topical drug demonstrated good cutaneous tolerability with no reported serious adverse side effects. Subjects treated with the drug recognized a...

Valeant Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Precision Dermatology

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has entered into a definitive agreement and will acquire Precision Dermatology for $475 million in cash, plus an additional $25 million payable upon the achievement of a sales-based milestone. Precision develops and markets dermatology products, including Locoid, Hylatopic, Clindagel, and BenzEFoam. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. “Precision Dermatology has a wide range of medical dermatology products, treating a number of topical disease states such as acne and atopic dermatitis, and...

New Infrared Heat Research Results Released

Fit Bodywrap, a leader in infrared weight-loss and pain-relief systems, recently released years of clinical research supporting the effectiveness of its infrared heat system. The summaries of findings, "Fit Bodywrap for Wellness" and "Fit Bodywrap for Weight Loss" by Aaron Flickstein, D.C., medical director for Fit Bodywrap, report a wide variety of proven benefits, such as pain relief and detoxification. Research highlights include: The sweat produced by infrared heating as delivered by the Fit Bodywrap can contain as much as...

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