Equipment

Comparing Neurotoxins

Despite slight differences in behavior, botulinum toxin brand preference often relies on past experience.
MedEsthetics Nov/Dec 2019

When it comes to smoothing wrinkles and minimizing signs of aging, injectable neurotoxins remain one of the most popular options. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 7.44 million botulinum toxin type A procedures were performed in 2018, which is up 3 percent from the previous year.

Undereye Concerns

Effectively addressing volume loss, discoloration and crepey undereye skin.
MedEsthetics October 2019

The eyes have been called the windows to the soul and the doorway to the heart. But many who have periorbital concerns, such as dark circles, crepey skin and undereye bags, wish others would just look away. Aesthetic practitioners can help patients regain their confidence and desire to meet others eye to eye by understanding what is causing these common aesthetic concerns, and offering a combination of in-office and homecare treatments.

BTX Ability To Contract Dermal Fibroblasts Varies by Formulation and Dilution

How Botulinum Toxins Lift Skin

Intradermal botulinum toxin injections can cause dermal fibroblast contraction, providing a lifting effect for facial rejuvenation, but this effect varies based on brand and dilution. In an effort to determine how—and whether—intradermal botulinum toxins create visible lifting in the midface, researchers Rungsima Wanitphakdeedecha MD, MA, MSc, et al, treated normal human dermal fibroblasts with onabotulinumtoxin (ONA), abobotulinumtoxin (ABO), prabotulinumtoxinA (PRABO), incobotulinumtoxinA (INCO), and letibotulinumtoxin A (LETI) in varying dilutions.

The Neck and Decolette

New tools and techniques combined with proper diagnoses are making nonsurgical neck and chest treatments more effective than ever before.

Traditionally, the neck and décolleté have been among the most challenging areas to treat nonsurgically. Effective energy-based devices pose risks when used on the delicate skin of the neck and chest, and concerns such as laxity and visible banding have responded poorly to noninvasive tools. But that is changing. Thanks to new technologies, new injection techniques and the use of combination treatments, physicians can visibly improve the aging neck and chest.

Nuvellus Focal Contouring

A new minimally invasive submental treatment using Rotational Fractional Resection technology is moving closer to market.
Rotational Fractional Resection

"Having something effective for the neck that doesn’t require surgery is sort of the holy grail in plastic surgery,” says Kamakshi R. Zeidler, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon and co-founder of Aesthetx in Campbell, California. “So when I learned about Rotational Fractional Resection (RFR) technology I was excited.”

Aesthetic Devices: Splitting Energy

The best fractional devices for your patients and practice.
MedEsthetics July/August 2019

In the Medical Aesthetics Industry, few technologies have taken hold quite as quickly as fractional photothermolysis. Rox Anderson, MD, PhD, and Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD, introduced the concept of “applying an array of microscopic treatment zones (MTZ) of thermal injury to the skin” as a lower risk alternative to fully ablative laser skin resurfacing in 2003. One year later, the 1,550nm Fraxel laser was released.

Aesthetic Devices: Focus on the Body

Noninvasive body contouring and fat reduction treatments are driving patients to aesthetic practices and spurring new innovations.
MedEsthetics April 2019

A recent report from Axiom Market Research and Consulting Group forecasts 8 percent growth in body contouring procedures in the next five years, with the greatest rise occurring in noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques. This is not surprising to many practitioners who have witnessed the soaring popularity of CoolSculpting (cryolipolysis), the first noninvasive fat-reduction device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration back in 2010.

Targeted Delivery

The most promising aesthetic indications for laser- and microneedling-assisted topical delivery.
MedEsthetics March 2019

Laser-assisted drug delivery is being used in multiple specialties to improve outcomes and enhance the efficacy of topical medications. In aesthetics, practitioners are delivering topicals, such as platelet-rich plasma, active skincare ingredients and prescriptions, including minoxidil and bleaching agents, through the microchannels created by fractional ablative laser and microneedling.

Tattoo Removal

New picosecond wavelengths, acoustic shock waves and careful spacing of sessions are speeding clearance of multi-color tattoos.
MedEsthetics November/December 2018

Over the past two decades, body art has become mainstream, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. As people of all ages seek to express themselves and commemorate special people and moments in their lives through permanent tattoos, the demand for tattoo removal also rises. Traditionally, treatment options were less than optimal, requiring up to a dozen sessions with poor clearance of multi-colored tattoos.

Hand Rejuvenation Treatments

New tools, improvements in technique and consumer confidence in dermal fillers are fueling the popularity of hand rejuvenation treatments.
MedEsthetics October 2018 All Hands

Sun-mottled, wrinkled, veiny hands shout one’s true age despite how young the face might look. Surgical hand-lifts are not an option, but aesthetic practitioners can subtly hide telltale signs of hand aging with a range of products and procedures.