Over the last several years, physicians have been applying energy for skin tightening and other aesthetic corrections; yet, most devices still lack real-time feedback features that intelligently react to how much of that energy is reaching intended tissue targets. One manufacturer has dramatically raised the technology bar, giving physicians automated, intelligent guidance leading to better outcomes.
Sponsored by Wontech
Cutaneous vascular disorders have been treated with a variety of medical methods, from sclerotherapy to energy-based devices like lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL), and even surgery. According to the extended theory of selective photothermolysis, long-pulsed lasers are preferred, with various wavelengths having been used to treat vascular lesions effectively and safely, including 577 nm, 585 nm, 595 nm, 532 nm, 755 nm, 1064 nm and others.
Sponsored by MTF Biologics
Every so often a new aesthetic innovation turns people’s heads. Such is the case with Renuva® from MTF Biologics, (Edison, N.J.), an off-the-shelf adipose matrix made from donated allograft tissue, which can be injected into soft tissue defects in any body area that fat is naturally occurring. It then acts as a scaffold to allow the body to grow new fat cells.
Sponsored by Quanta System
Mark B. Taylor, MD, a dermatologist based in Salt Lake City, Utah, started using the Discovery Pico device from Quanta System (Milan, Italy), because he liked its combination of picosecond, Q-switched and thermal pulses. Now, after two years of using this device, he is still confident that he made the right choice. “It has been a very reliable laser and the company has been in business a long time,” he stated.
Sponsored by Viscot Medical
In the operative field, surgeons frequently need to mark patients before and sometimes during surgery on surfaces that are moist or covered with blood, fat and other fluids. The tips of most standard markers will usually stop writing on wet surfaces because they get clogged with fluids, which halts the flow of ink.
Sponsored by Weave
What’s in a name? Well, when you’re talking about the Weave Integrated Communications platform from Weave (Lehi, Utah) – everything. As the name would lead you to believe, this platform weaves multiple communications and payment processes together under a single platform, eliminating costly single-purpose vendors and making life easier for physicians, staff members and patients.
The facial injectables’ renaissance: Modern treatments and expanded patient base revitalize the market
With a growing patient base spanning Millennials to Baby Boomers,combined with the introduction of novel products and cutting-edge techniques, facial injectable treatments remain in high demand.
In a society where undertaking beautifying enhancements no longer holds the stigma it once did, more people are claiming their right to a personalized aesthetic ideal. And as the market for cosmetic procedures grows exponentially, increasingly advanced nonsurgical technologies are providing safer treatments. While surgical liposuction is also growing in popularity, albeit more slowly, less invasive, energy-based body shaping is sharply on the rise.
Sponsored by Fotona
For long-term melasma results, the photomechanical, rather than photothermal, effects of laser energy are essential because thermal injury can exacerbate the condition. Furthermore, melasma requires a delicate balance of approaches to prevent flare-up.
Every year for the past 15 years, the Vegas Cosmetic Surgery (VCS) meeting, taking place June 5 – 8, 2019, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nev., brings together physicians from multiple disciplines with leading educators in the fields of facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery, dermatology and oculoplastic surgery.
Sponsored by Lasering
Considering the advent of technology in aesthetic plastic surgery over the past 30 years, none has been more significant than the carbon dioxide laser, introduced in 1990, for full field ablative facial resurfacing. While the downtime can be significant, patients tend to be quite satisfied because of the extended duration of benefit.
America is a melting pot of beauty ideals. Aesthetic physicians from major metropolitan hubs to rural areas report a spectrum of influences that affect consumers’ aesthetic aspirations and ultimately what they will do to enhance their looks. The bottom line: There is no single standard of beauty and many different trends. An individual’s perception of beauty might be driven by race, ethnicity, culture, gender, geography, environment, age, social media, celebrities and more.
Advanced patient communication skills - Part II: Salvaging a damaged patient relationship and identifying the red flag patient
While it can take months to bring a patient into your practice, it takes only seconds to lose them. And while you may shake your head at the loss or be left feeling confused about where it went wrong – more often than not the indicators were there. Here is a guide for identifying a flawed patient relationship – and possible solutions for a positive outcome.
When it comes to the challenges of running a medical practice, most physicians will agree that price shoppers are among the most frustrating. With these types of consumers, it is as though training and expertise account for nothing. Like all that really matters is, “how much is this going to cost me?!” However, physicians also need to realize that just because someone asks about price, it doesn’t necessarily make them a “price shopper.”
Even established, successful practices can have a hard time introducing and selling new products in today’s information-saturated world. Consumers are bombarded with services, discounts, offers and promotions for things they may or may not need everywhere they look. So, how do you get through to them? What will make them choose your product or service over the rest? What if you tried giving it away for free?
It’s one thing to have great skills as an aesthetic clinician, but practice management expertise is imperative to turning those skills into financial benefits. Understanding this critical need, The Aesthetic Show 2019, taking place July 11 – 14 at the Wynn Las Vegas, is making practice management a priority, offering a menu of course opportunities for attendees throughout the entire four-day event.
The use of neurotoxins, such as Botox Cosmetic from Allergan (Irvine, Calif.), has been around for decades and focused predominantly on the treatment of lines and wrinkles, as well as facial shaping. In recent years, however, the use of very small amounts of neurotoxin (known as “micro Botox,” “meso Botox” or “baby Botox”) has been used to address more superficial changes within the skin itself and has been shown to improve the skin’s tone and texture, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of pores.
Lara Devgan, MD, MPH, is a plastic surgeon with a busy New York City practice. But that is only one of the many hats she wears.