Legal guidance to help practices mitigate coronavirus-related losses and return safely to work.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted virtually every American industry. In many instances, state and local shutdown orders have required businesses to close, and even “essential” businesses have encountered difficulties based on workplace safety concerns, failures in supply chains, and reductions in demand resulting from changed customer behaviors and spending habits.

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Herluf G. Lund, Jr., MD, FACS, a plastic surgeon practicing in St. Louis, Missouri, is the new president of The Aesthetic Society, a 2,600-member organization dedicated to aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Lund and his leadership team will focus on guiding membership through the COVID-19 crisis...
Revance Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on aesthetic and therapeutic offerings including a next-generation neuromodulator product, DaxibotulinumtoxinA for Injection, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hint, a privately held company doing business under the name HintMD,...
Lund Takes Helm of The Aesthetic Society

Herluf G. Lund, Jr., MD, FACS, a plastic surgeon practicing in St. Louis, Missouri, is the new president of The Aesthetic Society, a 2,600-member organization dedicated to aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Lund and his leadership team will focus on guiding membership through the COVID-19 crisis and completing a number of critical projects in development including:

  • The Aesthetic Society’s Recommendations for Reopening Office and Resuming Elective Procedures
  • Aesthetic One - The Patient App for two-way doctor-patient communication and the acquisition of breast implant patient-related data
  • The Aesthetic Neural Network practice management system
  • The Aesthetic Society website redesign

“It is a tremendous honor to assume the role of president of The Aesthetic Society. I look forward to finalizing the many pivotal projects with my peers and fellow Aesthetic Society members,” said Dr. Lund. “As a country and among the aesthetic industry, we find ourselves in unprecedented circumstances with COVID-19, but we stay committed to our mission, particularly as we safely guide our membership to reopening offices and resuming elective surgeries.”

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Revance To Acquire HintMD

Revance Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on aesthetic and therapeutic offerings including a next-generation neuromodulator product, DaxibotulinumtoxinA for Injection, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hint, a privately held company doing business under the name HintMD, which has created an integrated financial technology (fintech) platform for the aesthetics industry. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of approval of the requisite HintMD stockholders.

In addition to credit card processing, the HintMD fintech platform has the ability to support patient subscriptions, loyalty programs and third-party services. “The strategic acquisition of HintMD would augment Revance’s strong aesthetics product portfolio with an innovative fintech platform to transform both the practice and patient experience and deliver real value,” said Mark Foley, president and CEO of Revance. “This transaction could grow our total U.S. aesthetics market opportunity to more than $2.6 billion, which we believe we can access through our planned commercial infrastructure. Marketing the HintMD platform, in combination with the RHA Collection...

AbbVie Acquires Allergan

Global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has completed its acquisition of Allergan. The acquisition significantly expands and diversifies AbbVie’s product portfolio, which currently includes Humira, Skyrizi and Rinvoq under its Immunology umbrella, and Hematologic Oncology brands Imbruvica and Venclexta.

Carrie Strom will serve as senior vice president of AbbVie and president of Allergan Aesthetics. Additionally, the AbbVie board of directors has elected Thomas C. Freyman, retired executive vice president and CFO of Abbott and former member of the Allergan board of directors, to join the AbbVie board.

“We are pleased to reach this important milestone for the company, its employees, shareholders and the patients we serve,” said Richard A. Gonzalez, chairman and CEO of AbbVie. “Our new Allergan colleagues should be commended for all their efforts, along with those of our own employees, to achieve this turning point for our Company. The new AbbVie will be a well-diversified leader in many important therapeutic categories, with both on-market and pipeline assets, and our financial strength will allow us to continue to invest in innovative science and continue to serve unmet medical needs of patients that rely upon...

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 »