MedEsthetics May/June 2018
Oversight requirements and best practices when working with physician extenders.

According to the American Association of Physician Assistants, more than 85,000 certified physician assistants (PAs) practice in the United States. That’s more than double the number practicing 10 years ago. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners reports that 192,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) are employed in the U.S., with an additional 14,000 completing their training annually. For many...


MedEsthetics May/June 2018

According to the American Association of Physician Assistants, more than 85,000...

MedEsthetics May/June 2018 Newsmakers

Skin typing is an important concern for aesthetic practitioners. For years, questions...

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...


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...
Microbotox Versus Nefertiti Lift for Lower Face Rejuvenation

Microdroplet Botox injections offer better outcomes for patents with lower face and neck laxity than the Nefertiti lift, but are less effective in reducing visible platysmal bands, according to a crossover study published online in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (June 4, 2018).

Researchers Cyril J. Awaida, MD, et al, from Beirut, Lebanon, treated 25 patients, who had previously undergone a noninvasive “Nefertiti Lift” procedure, using a Microbotox technique. They injected microdroplets of the botulinum toxin (mean dose of 154 units) in the neck and lower face. Investigators viewed standardized pre- and post-injection photographs and rated the overall appearance of the lower face and neck using the Global Aesthetic Improvement Score. The jowls, marionette lines, oral commissures, neck volume, and platysmal bands at maximal contraction and at rest were assessed with validated photonumeric scales.

The Micrbotox technique provided more improvement in the jowls and neck volume than the Nefertiti Lift, while the Nefertiti Lift was more effective in reducing platysmal banding both at rest and with contraction. All subjects were satisfied with both procedures.

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Canada Approves Thermi RF for Treatment of Dermal Laxity

Health Canada has issued a medical device license to Thermi to market its Thermi RF system for the treatment of dermal laxity, making it the first device approved for this indication in the country.

The temperature-controlled radiofrequency (RF) platform technology, which is used for ThermiTight, ThermiSmooth and ThermiRase procedures, was first approved in Canada in 2015 for electrocoagulation of soft tissue and nerve ablation.

“We are excited to announce the first-ever approval of a radiofrequency device for dermal laxity in Canada,” said Vlad Paul-Blanc, president of Thermi. “We are especially pleased to achieve this milestone with impressive clinical data, and we look forward to continuing to expand our offerings in Canada, the U.S. and beyond to ensure physicians and patients always have access to the most cutting-edge treatments.”

Image: Barry DiBernardo, MD; before and one month after ThermiTight treatment

Restoration Robotics Launches Master Class for ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration

Restoration Robotics has launched a new Master Class Series for its ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration System to train physicians on best practices and the most up-to-date techniques. The Master Class Series includes live demonstrations, hands-on training and covers multiple topics, such as technical aspects of robotic surgery, overcoming challenges of hairline design, and donor and recipient site planning.

Robert M. Bernstein, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and founder of Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration in New York City led the first class. “It has been a privilege to lead and develop the first Master Class on Robotic Hair Transplantation with Restoration Robotics,” he said. “Through the in-depth training, we provided new ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration surgeons with the technical knowledge and hands-on experience to improve their skills using the system.”

For information on upcoming training opportunities, visit

Image: ARTAS Hair Studio application

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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