Like Winning the Lottery

Self-described workaholic Michael Niccole, MD, thrives on making patients happy and picking up new skills, even after 35 years in practice

In his three-plus decades in private practice, Michael Niccole, MD, has seen his share of economic upturns and downturns. “There are things that we know go up during economic crises and isolation: drug use, alcohol use and smoking,” he says. “But you know what goes up after a downturn? Plastic surgery. People want to look good, because they need to feel better.”

Legal Issues: Mitigating Losses

Legal guidance to help practices mitigate coronavirus-related losses and return safely to work.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted virtually every American industry. In many instances, state and local shutdown orders have required businesses to close, and even “essential” businesses have encountered difficulties based on workplace safety concerns, failures in supply chains, and reductions in demand resulting from changed customer behaviors and spending habits.

Newsmakers: Telemedicine

Digital platforms are helping aesthetic practices weather coronavirus-related shutdowns—and are likely to see increased use long after the emergency ends.

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting office closures across the country have ushered in broader use of telemedicine in the medical aesthetic arena. Physicians are using a variety of video-based platforms to perform follow-up care and virtual consultations and maintain contact with existing patients.

Take a Bow

Stanley Okoro, MD, heads thriving practices in the United States and Nigeria, but never forgets the importance of giving back.
MedEsthetics April 2020

“Thank you for calling. How may we enhance your looks so you can enjoy your life?” This invitation greets patients when they call the offices of plastic surgeon Stanley Okoro, MD, also known as “The Bow Tie Doctor” due to his penchant for stylish bow ties that accent his suits and reflect his vibrant, ebullient nature. Dr. Okoro is the founder of Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, Georgia, founded in 2010, and Abuja Plastic Surgery in Nigeria, which currently has two locations and opened in 2012.

Collagen Induction

Radiofrequency-based microneedling devices are gaining legions of fans thanks to a strong safety profile and new advances in energy delivery and adjustability.
RF Microneedling for Aging-Related Skin Changes

When Thermage came to market in 2002, it introduced a new technology to help correct the signs of skin aging: radiofrequency (RF)-based energy. Nearly 20 years later, RF-based devices have become ubiquitous in medspas and aesthetic practices where they are used to tighten lax skin, reduce fat and smooth acne scars. While noninvasive devices have received mixed reviews over the years, primarily related to inconsistent outcomes, RF-based microneedling devices have proved more universally popular with practitioners.

Newsmakers: Transcription Factor Ybx1

Researchers have identified the transcription factor that may hold the key to reversing age-related cellular changes.
Calorie Restricted Diets and Aging

Several studies have shown that calorie-restricted diets increase life span. But how? In an effort to understand the mechanisms by which caloric restriction prolongs life, a team of researchers from the United States and China built single-cell and single-nucleus transcriptomic atlases across various tissues of aging rats.

Newsmakers: HairMetrix

Canfield is introducing an innovative, AI-driven hair analysis and consultation system for aesthetic practitioners.
Canfield Hair Analysis System

Hair loss and thinning hair affect the majority of men and women as they age. In the past few years, demand for hair restoration procedures has grown as new, more effective treatments come to market. To help practitioners and patients track progress, Canfield Scientific—maker of the Visia Skin Analysis system—has developed HairMetrix, an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven, noninvasive consultation tool.

Dual Degrees

Is pursuing an additional advanced degree right for you?
MedEsthetics March 2020

For Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga, MD, MBA, the turning point came 10 years after medical school. While working at a university hospital, he saw that patients had to wait up to six months for an appointment. He had long wanted to open his own practice, and believed it could help improve access, but leaving his job in academia seemed risky. When he won a career development award from a local foundation, he made his move.

Do Your Thing

Brooke Jackson, MD, combines her love of dermatology and patient care with a family-first life focus.
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2019

For dermatologist Brooke Jackson, MD, a love of learning and science began at an early age. Her father, Marvin Jackson, MD, was the chair of the pathology department at Howard University, and her mother was a public school teacher in Washington, DC. “I grew up in the halls of Howard University Medical School and fondly remember looking at preserved human body parts in the cases that lined the walls of the hallway,” says Dr. Jackson, who is the owner and medical director of Skin Wellness Dermatology Associates in Durham, North Carolina. “My father was always present and supportive.

Practice Management: Internal Marketing

Strategies to increase loyalty and motivate patient referrals.
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020

In business lexicon, internal marketing is the promotion of an organization’s objectives and services to its employees with the goal of improving customer service and creating brand ambassadors. In the service industry, it also refers to the practice of promoting your services to existing (versus prospective) clients to increase loyalty and motivate referrals. Combining both of these efforts is key to practice growth.