ASDS Elects New Officers

ASDS Elects New President

Murad Alam, MD, MBA, took office as the new president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) at the society’s annual meeting in Phoenix last week. Dr. Alam is a professor of dermatology, otolaryngology and surgery and vice chair of the department of dermatology at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has been an active ASDS member for 15 years and currently serves as chair of the ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation and ASDSA Federal Affairs Work Groups.

Cellfina Effective Five Years Out

Merz Releases Five Year Data

Merz presented five-year follow-up data on its Cellfina cellulite treatment system at the 2018 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) conference in Phoenix. The data revealed that a single treatment improved the appearance of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks for five years, building upon a previous study, which showed results lasting at least three years. Of the patients who completed the five-year follow-up, evaluators rated 100 percent as having noticeable improvement after five years.

CoolSculpting Cleared To Treat Below the Jawline

Noninvasive fat reduction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had cleared Allergan’s CoolSculpting to treat the submandibular area. In addition, the FDA clearance was expanded to include patients with a BMI of up to 46.2 when treating the submental and submandibular areas.

The efficacy of the CoolSculpting treatment in the area right below the jawline was proven in a 22-week clinical study, which demonstrated an average 33 percent reduction in fat layer thickness after two treatments. Additionally, patient satisfaction with the treatment averaged 85 percent across three studies

Rapidly Polymerizing Collagen For Revolumization

Woman receiving dermal filler injection

Dermal fillers have moved from collagen-based to hyaluronic acid and now a new product is bringing collagen back in the form of a scaffold designed to stimulate fibroblast proliferation. In the October issue of Aesthetic Surgery, Christopher Inglefield, BSc, MBBS, FRCS and colleagues published the results of their prospective, multicenter, open-label study of RPC (Rapidly Polymerizing Collagen) Pure-Collagen from EternoGen Aesthetics.

Matarasso and Pusic Take Helm at ASPS and PSF

ASPS and PSF Elect New Presidents

Alan Matarasso, MD, clinical professor of surgery at Northwell Health System/Hofstra University, Zuckerman School of Medicine and a private-practice plastic surgeon based in New York City, is the new president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Andrea Pusic, MD, chief of plastic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Joseph E. Murray Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, was elected president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), which supports the research and international activities of the ASPS.

Physician Interaction Best Predictor of Patient Satisfaction

Physician Greatest Indicator of Patient Satisfaction

Patient satisfaction following plastic surgery is most affected by surgeon-related factors, such as taking the time to answer questions and including patients in the decision-making process, according to the results of a patient survey published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. By comparison, practice-related issues, such as wait time and interactions with office staff, have a much weaker effect on patient satisfaction scores.

Page 1 Acquires Strategic Edge

Digital marketing agency Page 1 Solutions has acquired Strategic Edge Partners, a marketing agency providing online, print and on-site services to plastic surgeons, aesthetic and dermatology practices, medspas and industry suppliers. Dana Fox, president and CEO of Strategic Edge Partners, has joined Page 1 Solutions as vice president of practice development.