MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020
Top indications and agents for superficial chemical peels

Whether you are addressing acne and pigmentation concerns or simply seeking to brighten lackluster skin, superficial chemical peels have been proving their worth for hundreds of years. “Superficial chemical peels are very affordable, effective and the recovery time is quick, which is why they are so popular,” says John Kulesza, chemist and founder of Young Pharmaceuticals. On the following pages,...

Articles

MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020

Whether you are addressing acne and pigmentation concerns or simply seeking to...

Diet and Skin Health Guidelines

Nutritional counseling can help support positive outcomes for aesthetic patients,...

MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020

The firm, tight skin that patients had as children, particularly in the thighs and...

Childhood trauma and plastic surgery

"In the early 1990s I saw three rhinoplasty patients within a few months who all had...

Products

Postprocedure Bruising Cream

Silagen Topical Recovery Gel from NewMedical Technology helps reduce...

RF-Assisted Lipolysis

The InMode AccuTite radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL) device features...

Antiaging Skin Care

Resurface Glycolic Renewal Serum from Neostrata features a 12 percent...

Cynosure Adds Surgical RF Handpiece

Cynosure TempSure Surgical radiofrequency (RF) technology—a new addition to...

NEWS

Treating AKs and Photodamage on the Decollete
A side‐by‐side randomized controlled trial by Kristoffer Hendel, MD, et al, revealed that treatment with a 1,927nm Thulium laser (TL) is as effective as in reducing photodamage on the décolleté as combination treatment with TL and photodynamic therapy (PDT). The study included 12 women with...
Vivacare Professional Profiles
Digital health firm Vivacare has launched a new service that allows medical professionals to create digital professional profiles that highlight their clinical expertise, the conditions they treat and procedures they offer. The profiles include a “Patient Care Toolkit” pre-loaded with hundreds...
Thulium Laser as Effective as Combination TL-PDT for Photodamaged Décolleté Skin

A side‐by‐side randomized controlled trial by Kristoffer Hendel, MD, et al, revealed that treatment with a 1,927nm Thulium laser (TL) is as effective as in reducing photodamage on the décolleté as combination treatment with TL and photodynamic therapy (PDT).

The study included 12 women with moderate-to-severe photodamage on the décolleté and a cumulative total of 184 thin grade I AKs. All AKs were treated with lesion-directed curettage. Subjects décolletés were then divided into four treatment areas and randomized to receive one single treatment with TL, PDT, combination TL and PDT or only lesion-directed curettage (control).

Six patients underwent eight passes with the TL (20 mJ/mb, 500 mJ/cm22. Follow-up at 12 weeks included clinical assessment of overall photodamage and specific subcomponents, assisted by optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging.

The areas treated with TL and combination TL‐PDT showed equal improvement in overall photodamage, mottled pigmentation and rhytides compared with lesion‐directed control. Areas treated with combination TL-PDT showed greater improvement in skin texture compared to TL alone. Complete median AK responses were similar for all interventions and control...

Vivacare Launches Digital Physician Profile and Patient Education Service

Digital health firm Vivacare has launched a new service that allows medical professionals to create digital professional profiles that highlight their clinical expertise, the conditions they treat and procedures they offer. The profiles include a “Patient Care Toolkit” pre-loaded with hundreds of patient education resources designed to improve clinical care and patient satisfaction. Content includes printable handouts, videos, interactive learning guides and patient support tools that can be customized by physicians to reflect their subspecialty and unique approach to care.

The Patient Care Toolkit can be delivered to patients via a mobile app or displayed on the doctor’s own website. “Physicians recognize the importance of reaching their patients online, but find it difficult to do so in a manner that properly reflects their professionalism and provides meaningful benefit to their patients,” says Mark Becker, MD, pediatrician, founder and CEO of Vivacare. “Vivacare's goal is to make it easy for professionals to share their expertise and build a strong online presence, while delivering content and tools that support their patients.”

For more information, visit www.vivacare.com...

AbbVie Prepares for Allergan Acquisition with New Leadership Team

Upon completion of its acquisition of Allergan, AbbVie will create a new global business, called Allergan Aesthetics. Allergan Aesthetics will have its own research and development function under the AbbVie umbrella and will include leading aesthetic products including, BOTOX Cosmetic, the JUVEDERM collection of dermal fillers and COOLSCULPTING body contouring, among others. Located in Irvine, California, the new company will be led by Carrie Strom, current senior vice president, U.S. Medical Aesthetics, Allergan. Upon completion of the Allergan acquisition, Strom will be named senior vice president of AbbVie and president of Global Allergan Aesthetics. She will oversee the worldwide operations, along with an experienced team of current Allergan leaders, and report directly to Richard A. Gonzalez, chairman and CEO of AbbVie.

The “Eye Care and Specialty” businesses, including BOTOX Therapeutics, Central Nervous System, Women’s Health and Gastrointestinal Diseases, will be integrated into the existing AbbVie organization.

The following individuals will make up the executive leadership team of the combined companies:

  • Richard A. Gonzalez, chairman and CEO
  • Laura Schumacher, vice chairman,...
Rewarding Employees

Think of your most valuable employees—the ones who know the ins and outs of your practice, keep your office running smoothly, and are respected and liked by patients and staff. Now suppose those star staffers suddenly quit. How would that affect your day-to-day practice and profits?


Owners of thriving aesthetic practices know that knowledgeable, motivated, long-term employees are key to their success. And it’s not just high turnover rates that can damage a practice. Unhappy, dissatisfied team members can also wreak havoc on your bottom line. “If staff members are not happy, it can... more »

Calming the Storm

Patients who suffer from rosacea may exhibit any number of uncomfortable symptoms, from flushing and dilated capillaries to papules, pustules and ocular irritation. Treatment options similarly vary, as do theories as to what the underlying causes of rosacea may be. While recent research highlights cardiovascular links and explores the potential role of facial microorganisms, experts agree that the best treatments for rosacea target the chronic inflammation of the skin and body, and require a holistic approach to patient care. Patients most commonly present with erythematotelangiectatic... more »

Compassionate Care

At age six, Julius Few, MD, already knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: a doctor—specifically, a surgeon. His inspiration: Dr. Quincy, a forensic pathologist played by actor Jack Klugman in the 1970s television series Quincy M.E. Of course, Dr. Quincy’s fictitious patients were dead, but that fact escaped the young Julius Few.


“Quincy was a sleuth,” says Dr. Few. “When I saw him operating on people, I thought that was the coolest thing and I knew that was what I wanted to do.”


Today, Dr. Few is the director and founder of The Few Institute for... more »