MedEsthetics May/June 2018
The ingredients and science behind growth factor-based topicals.

Growth factor-BASED serums and creams have become ubiquitous in topical antiaging skin care. But what these different products contain can vary widely. Some products contain actual growth factors—either animal- or plant-derived—and others use so-called “signaling” ingredients, typically peptides that trigger the cells in a manner similar to naturally occurring growth factors. In all cases, the goal is...


MedEsthetics May/June 2018

Growth factor-BASED serums and creams have become ubiquitous in topical antiaging skin...

MedEsthetics May/June 2018

Using pharmaceuticals “off-label”—that is, in ways that are not specified by the...

MedEsthetics May/June 2018

The desire to treat patients of all ages in a one-on-one setting drew Lily Talakoub,...

MedEsthetics May/June 2018 Business Consult

Sexually charged comments and behaviors can destroy workplace morale and spark costly...


Neck and Decollete Treatment

Alastin Restorative Neck Complex with TriHex Technology was specifically...

Neck Rejuvenation Treatment

Revision Skincare’s new Nectifirm ADVANCED targets the microbiome of the...

Nd:YAG picosecond laser

The PICOCARE from Wontech is a picosecond Nd:YAG laser featuring two...

Salicylic acid treatment

Formulated to clear blemishes and improve acne-prone skin, dm Skincare...


Facebook Ad Leads
By Angela (Miller) Hamilton, Facebook Marketing Expert at ReachLocal With more than 1.71 billion active users on Facebook, social media advertising is an important way for medspas and medical practices to reach local consumers online. Most facilties have a company page and perhaps purchase a few...
Addressing Employee Tardiness
By Paul Edwards, CEO of CEDR HR Solutions There’s nothing more maddening than knowing your patients are due to arrive at your door at any moment, but because one or more of your employees STILL hasn’t shown up for work, you won’t be able to take the patients back right away. Despite the many...
Restylane Lyft Approved for Hands

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler Restylane Lyft (Nestlé Skin Health) for the correction of age-related volume loss in the back of the hands for patients over the age of 21. It is the first HA injectable gel to be FDA-approved for restoring fullness to the back of the hands.

The approval was based on a multi-center, randomized, evaluator-blinded, split-hand study that included 89 patients age 22 and older. The study met its primary endpoint, showing a clinically meaningful improvement in the correction of volume deficits of treated hands for up to six months. Restylane Lyft was shown to be both safe and well tolerated for the correction of volume deficit in the dorsal hand. After initial treatment, injection site responses (swelling, tenderness, redness, bruising, pain, itching, impaired hand function) were temporary and predominantly mild in intensity.

“This new indication demonstrates Nestle Skin Health’s mission to deliver a stream of innovative aesthetic solutions that help bring new patients into the market,” said Alisa Lask, general manager and vice president, U.S. Aesthetic Business Unit at Nestlé Skin Health.

Image: Clinical trial...

Revance Gears Up for Launch of RT002 Neurotoxin

Revance Therapeutics has established four new positions at the company as it prepares for the launch and commercialization of its daxibotulinumtoxinA injectable (RT002) for the treatment of glabellar lines.

Dustin Sjuts has been appointed vice president of strategy and sales, aesthetic and therapeutic; Ben Putman is vice president of digital; and Marc Korenberg is senior director of commercial operations. In addition, Erica Bazerkanian has been promoted to vice president of marketing, aesthetics and therapeutics. All four will report to Todd Zavodnick, chief commercial officer and president of aesthetics & therapeutics.

Sjuts, who previously worked with Nestle Skin Health, Alphaeon and Allergan, will head all product sales activities, championing strategies to enhance physician relations and drive new product adoption.

Putman, who previously served as senior vice president, general manager and senior vice president of creative technology and innovation at JUICE Pharma Advertising, will lead digital marketing and strategy activities.

Allergan and Zeltiq Aesthetics alumni Korenberg will manage commercial operations activities at Revance, including customer excellence and relationship management...

Schweiger Dermatology Group Announces $100 Million Investment

Schweiger Dermatology Group (SDG), the largest dermatology practice management company in the Northeast with 40 locations, has received an investment of $100 million from LNK Partners, a private equity firm with a long track record of investing in consumer businesses. LNK will hold a minority stake in the company, and Eric Schweiger, MD, founder and CEO, will continue to lead SDG as the company expands its footprint in the Northeast.

“We’re excited to partner with Schweiger Dermatology Group,” said David Landau, co-founder of LNK Partners. “Dr. Schweiger founded SDG with the goal of making high-quality dermatology care accessible throughout the metro New York/New Jersey area, and we’re proud to partner with the SDG management team to bring Dr. Schweiger’s vision to life throughout the entire Northeast.”

This investment from LNK Partners will be used to support SDG’s growth as it continues to build new locations and acquire dermatology practices in the current core market of New York and New Jersey as well as additional regions, including Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

ASDS Honored With 14 MarCom Awards

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) were recognized with 14 awards—including three Platinums—in the 2015 MarCom Awards.

The MarCom Awards competition is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, selecting winners “whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.” The 2015 competition received about 6,500 entries representing more than a dozen countries.

The Platinum Award—MarCom’s top honor—was presented to ASDS in three categories: Currents... more »

Cellfina Available in US

Merz Aesthetics has begun commercial shipment of the Cellfina System, indicated for long-term improvement in the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks and thighs, to aesthetic practices in the U.S.

Cellfina combines proprietary technology with minimally invasive subcision to treat the primary structural cause of dimpled cellulite. Results of the procedure last at least two years—in clinical trials, patient satisfaction with their treatment results improved from 94% at one year to 96% at the two-year mark. The most common side effects reported were soreness, tenderness and bruising... more »

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