Medical Spa News

Breakthrough in Eczema Research at Drexel

Researchers at the Drexel University College of Medicine are providing new insight into what causes the itchiness and rash associated with eczema, the most common form of which is atopic dermatitis (AD). Published in JAMA Dermatology , Herbert B. Allen, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology, and colleagues, discovered that staphylococcal bacteria, which are normally found on the skin surface, produce a biofilm in eczema patients that blocks the sweat ducts. That blockage activates molecules in the...

Foundation Recognizes Researchers

La Roche-Posay, the brand recommended by 25,000 dermatologists, announced the winners of the 9th annual La Roche-Posay North American Foundation’s 2014 Research Awards, which supports the work of outstanding candidates with promising projects in the field of clinical, biological and pharmacological research linked to dermatology. This year, three winners were chosen to continue their research in the field: Thomas Strub, M.D., received the first place grant of $10,000, while Shadmehr Demehri, M.D., and Emily Newsom, M.D., were named the second...

Facial Plastic Surgery Predictions for 2014

Plastic surgery is experiencing a strong resurgence, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The most recent AAFPRS figures suggest that a double-digit comeback is underway since the 2008 recession. Here’s what AAFPRS members and president Edward Farrior, M.D., F.A.C.S., predict will be the most popular procedures this year. 1. Repurposing Fat Using clients’ fat for cosmetic surgery has experienced an uptick in popularity thanks to more predictable and lasting results than traditional fillers. “Facial...

Pollogen Launches New Facial Platform

Pollogen, a leader in the medical aesthetic market, introduced geneO+, an aesthetic device specifically developed for skincare professionals. Designed for clients to detect results after only one treatment, geneO+ is a smart-touch system that integrates OxyGeneo technology, which can deliver three treatments simultaneously—exfoliation of the outer layer skin, infusion of revitalizing nutrients, and oxygenation of the skin. The device can also operate independently or can be combined with other aesthetic regimens. "We are very excited about launching our newest innovation...

Dermal Filler Study Reveals Effective Results

At the beginning of this year, Suneva Medical, an aesthetics company, announced Artefill, a dermal filler, has been shown to be a safe treatment for acne scars. The data comes from a 12-month randomized, double-blind, multi-center investigational study of the efficacy and safety of the product. The study therapy was shown to be safe and well-tolerated in participants, and Suneva Medical aims to receive FDA approval for Artefill for the treatment of atrophic facial scars, expanding its approval from the...

Further Research Needed on Facial Yoga

Many women and men may turn to facial exercises or facial yoga to tighten and tone lax skin and reign in jowling, but there is not enough evidence to support these practices, a systematic review shows. Researchers from Belgium reviewed nine published studies that were conducted in South America on effects of facial muscle exercises on facial rejuvenation. Although the authors of all studies reported positive outcomes, the research team found that the quality of the available evidence was insufficient...

Medical Tourism Survey Shows Growth

The practice of traveling to a foreign country to attain medical services continues to grow as a global phenomenon. Patients around the world are increasingly seeking international healthcare solutions to address prevailing issues with cost, quality, and access. The 2013 Medical Tourism Survey Report conducted by the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) provides helpful updates for potential patients and providers. Here are a few key statistics from the survey: Nearly 80 percent of demand for medical travel is driven by cost...

Researchers Discover Key to Hair Follicle Activation

A new study published in Cell Stem Cell identified a molecular pathway that can be triggered to restart hair growth in dormant follicles or blocked to prevent unwanted growth. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania examined the use of Wnt proteins, small molecular messengers that convey information between cells and initiate signaling via an intracellular molecule. When Wnt signaling was disrupted, the team found hair growth halted, and when the pathway resumed, hair growth...

Study Reveals Health Risks of Titanium Dioxide

Researchers from the University of Toronto and University of Torino (Italy) have found potential health risks associated with titanium dioxide, a common skincare and sunscreen ingredient. Generally it is considered to be safe, because it doesn’t penetrate healthy skin, though, when titanium dioxide is exposed to ultraviolet light, it can exhibit toxic effects. In the Chemical Research in Toxicology study, a variety of forms of titanium dioxide, including anatase and rutile, were tested on pig skin to help design a...

Zo Skin Health Announces New Faculty

ZO Skin Health is pleased to welcome a distinguished group of internationally prized physicians to its world-class multidisciplinary ZO faculty. Comprised of the best in plastic surgery, dermatology and aesthetic medicine, the group of top physicians will serve as ambassadors for the ZO brand. “It has always been our goal to establish a group of well-respected physicians who believe in advancing skincare protocols to generate and maintain healthy skin,” says Obagi. “I’m proud to work with such an accomplished group...

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