MedEsthetics April 2018
Protect your providers and patients from the biological and respiratory dangers lurking in laser plume.

Surgical lasers have improved efficiency and allow for more targeted, less traumatic treatments. But they have also introduced a new danger to providers and patients: laser plumes. Tissue-vaporizing devices emit plume: smoke, vapor and debris that contain harmful compounds, including aerosolized biological materials.

“When you look at the content emitted during cautery, laser treatments or...


MedEsthetics April 2018

Surgical lasers have improved efficiency and allow for more targeted, less traumatic...

MedEsthetics April 2018

You might think your business has the greatest name in the world, but if you can’t...

Welcoming New Hires

You’ve wrapped up the interviews and extended an offer of employment to your top...

The Skin Microbiome

Nearly 10 years ago, the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome...


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...
Laser-Assisted Delivery of PLLA for Perioral Rhytides

Topical application of diluted poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) following fractional CO2 laser treatment significantly improves the depth and severity of perioral rhytides, according to a study presented by Omar Ibrahim, MD, during the 2018 American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (ASLMS) conference in Dallas last week.

Dr. Ibrahim treated 10 subjects with one pass of a fractional CO2 laser at 70mJ with a 135 micron spot size and density of 10%. Immediately after laser treatment, he applied a topical PLLA solution. The Visia Complexion Analysis system (Canfield Scientific) was used to measure depth and severity of the wrinkles pre- and post-treatment, and blinded evaluators rated subject photos at baseline, after the first treatment and three months after the second treatment.

The evaluators correctly identified the before-and-after images for all subjects. Visia analysis revealed 25 percent improvement after the first treatment and 52 percent improvement three months after the last treatment. Patients experienced five to seven days of redness following each treatment and there were no nodules.

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Tina Alster, MD, Launches The A Method

Dermatologist and laser expert Tina Alster, MD, has developed a new line of topical skincare products under the brand “The A Method.” The line includes both daily use skincare products and pre- and postprocedure products formulated to reduce inflammation, erythema and itching.

Cleanse Gentle Daily Cleanser is a creamy, hydrating cleanser rich in glycerin, hyaluronic acid and avocado oil. C Antioxidant Elixir 20% protects and brightens skin with lipid-soluble vitamin C. Protect SPF 30 is a 100% mineral sunscreen blended with antioxidants that offers broad-spectrum UV protection.

Formulated specifically for postprocedure skin, Soothe HC Arnica Recovery Balm features both arnica and 1% hydrocortisone to reduce swelling, discomfort and bruising following noninvasive cosmetic procedures, while Soothe Daily Arnica Balm combines arnica and coconut milk to minimize minor irritation and improve skin hydration.

The products are offered individually as well as in a three-product pre- and postprocedure kit that includes Cleanse, Soothe HC and Soothe. For more information, visit

Nanopulse Electrical Stimulation Shows Promise for Dermatologic Applications

A new non-thermal technology that targets cellular structures without affecting non-cellular dermal tissue may offer benefits for a range of dermatological concerns. A study on Pulse Biosciences’ Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) technology, entitled “A Dose-Response Study of a New Novel Non-Thermal Method of Selectively Modifying Cellular Structures in Skin with Low Energy Nanosecond Electrical Stimulation,” received the 2018 American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Best of Basic Science and Translational Research Award. Dermatopathologist and co-author of the winning paper David Mehregan, MD, noted that “Our dermatopathology lab analyzed over 200 biopsy samples from NPS-treated human skin and observed a pattern of unique cellular effects that spared the non-cellular dermis at most energy doses. These basic tissue findings demonstrate real promise for clinical studies of multiple future clinical applications.”

The company is currently investigating its technology in benign skin diseases, starting with seborrheic keratosis (SKs). In a clinical trial, presented by Thomas Rohrer, MD, at the 2018 ASLMS conference, application of NPS resulted in ‘clear’ or ‘nearly clear” outcomes in 82% of 174 treated lesions...

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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