Equipment

Periorbital Revolution

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The scalpel is no longer the only weapon to fight the signs of periorbital aging
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Crow’s feet and glabellar furrows dig in for the siege. Dispigmentation, unsightly veins and dark undereye circles take up offensive positions. Then the truly frightening enemies start their advance. Brows and lashes thin and fade; lids get heavier and begin to sag; bags develop under the eyes; and the surrounding skin becomes thin and crepey. Most women begin to camouflage these flaws long before they’re ready for blepharoplasty. Even those who would never consider cosmetic surgery happily spend whatever they can afford to defend themselves against these distressing signs of aging.

The Great Equipment Turnaround

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Turn your poorly performing device into a winning profit center
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Energy-based devices have become an integral part of the medical aesthetic specialty. With new and improved models hitting the show floors every year and big-budget consumer campaigns telling your patients to try the latest technologies, physicians face the perilous task of staying competitive without getting buried under an avalanche of cutting-edge devices that turn out to be duds. The five and sometimes six-digit price tags of aesthetic lasers and platforms necessitate a certain level of due diligence on the part of the buyer.

Reducing Scars With RF

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The ablative Alma iPixelRF shows promise in the treatment of acne scars and stretch marks
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By Tania Meneghel, MD

One of my favorite procedures involves the use of Alma Lasers (almalasers.com) iPixelRF ablative fractional technology to treat scarring and stretch marks. The device uses radiofrequency energy to create micro-thermal zones, alternating areas of coagulation and ablation with areas of healthy skin for rapid recovery. Not only does the system deliver excellent results in the stimulation of collagen, but it also offers a quick, comfortable treatment and fast recovery times.

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Lipo Fat Reappears, but in New Places

Fat that is removed from the hips during liposuction comes back within 12 months in the abdomen, according to a study published online on April 7, 2001 in the journal Obesity. For “Fat Redistribution Following Suction Lipectomy: Defense of Body Fat and Patterns of Restoration,” University of Colorado-Denver researcher Teri L. Hernandez, et al, followed 32 non-obese women with disproportionate adipose tissue in the lower abdomen, hips or thighs. A control group of 18 women received no liposuction, 14 participants underwent small-volume liposuction.

Blanching Out Blemishes

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Facial veins are a common concern in medical aesthetics as evidenced by the continued evolution of vascular treatment devices.
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By Wendy Lewis

Vascular lesions manifest in many different forms. Some of the most common concerns for medical aesthetic patients include diffuse facial redness and telangiectasias resulting from ultraviolet exposure, genetic predisposition or rosacea. Laser- and light-based devices work to alleviate facial veins by emitting wavelengths that target hemoglobin. Each laser system has its own unique attributes, including spot size, treatment modalities and cooling mechanisms, and each type of device offers distinct advantages.

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