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.

Peeling Back the Layers

Top indications and agents for superficial chemical peels
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020

Whether you are addressing acne and pigmentation concerns or simply seeking to brighten lackluster skin, superficial chemical peels have been proving their worth for hundreds of years. “Superficial chemical peels are very affordable, effective and the recovery time is quick, which is why they are so popular,” says John Kulesza, chemist and founder of Young Pharmaceuticals. On the following pages, physicians discuss how they’re using superficial chemical peels in their practices to address acne, unwanted pigmentation and photodamage.

Nutrition and Skin Health

Diet and Skin Health Guidelines

Nutritional counseling can help support positive outcomes for aesthetic patients, according to a recent paper published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (January 2020). In “The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy in Dermatology and Skin Aesthetics: A Review,” authors Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD, provide an evidence-based overview of nutritional recommendations for various cutaneous concerns.

The indications for medical nutritional therapy in dermatology with the strongest evidence include:

Smoothing the Dimples

What works and what’s coming in cellulite treatment technologies.
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020

The firm, tight skin that patients had as children, particularly in the thighs and buttocks area, can become a distant memory as soon as they reach their late teens or early 20s. What was once picture-perfectly round and smooth often begins to acquire a sizeable collection of dimples and divots. That’s why the medical aesthetics industry has been hard at work for decades trying to eradicate the phenomenon of cellulite that impacts about 90 percent of women.

Newsmakers: Mark Constantian, MD

Dr. Mark Constantian's new book chronicles the link between childhood trauma, shame and plastic surgery addiction.
Childhood trauma and plastic surgery

"In the early 1990s I saw three rhinoplasty patients within a few months who all had exemplary results, and they all were distraught afterwards,” says plastic surgeon Mark B. Constantian, MD. “One man tried to cut his nose off with a razor and ended up in the emergency room. One woman became a recluse in her home. Another woman gave up her job as a university professor. After surgery they either hated themselves or me, yet they were all positive that if I would only operate again, they would be OK.”

Lip Fillers

Achieving the correct proportions with HA filler-based lip enhancement.
MedEsthetics November/December 2019

Lips are one of the key features of the face and the main feature of the lower third. Since ancient times women have used different substances and techniques to make lips stand out, from face painting to lipstick, and lip enhancement continues to trend today.

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.

Practice Management: Better Communication

How to establish a culture of healthy communication and collaboration in your practice.
MedEsthetics November/December 2019

Patients of physicians with a high number of co-worker reports about unprofessional behavior are at a significantly increased risk of surgical and medical complications, according to a June 19, 2019 paper published in JAMA Surgery. The study authors recommend that healthcare organizations foster better communication and collaboration, as failing to do so could undermine their cultures of safety, threaten teamwork and increase patients’ risks for adverse outcomes.

Light Show

Patrick Bitter Jr., MD, creator of the FotoFacial, shines a light on new aesthetic breakthroughs
MedEsthetics October 2019

As the son of a dermatologist and his namesake, Patrick Bitter Jr., MD, might have appeared to have a set career path. As founder of Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology, with offices in Beverly Hills and Los Gatos, California, the board-certified dermatologist is widely known as an expert on treating skin with light.