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ATnT Organics & Green May – June 2011: Organic Eating Pt. II

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May - June 2011
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Organic Eating


By Craig Koniver, M.D.
Contributing Editor & Advisor

As a continuation of last issue’s article which looked at understanding the importance of healthy fat, this article provides information on fats to avoid, and which fats to embrace.

Back in the 1960s a group of physicians were studying the effect of red meat and the rates of colon cancer. Unfortunately, instead of interpreting the data scientifically, these doctors made the mistake of attributing higher rates of colon cancer to saturated fat intake. They reported their findings; and as a result, this had a significant impact on how the rest of the science community viewed saturated fat. Up until this time, food items such as butter, coconut oil, and animal fat were a large part of our diets. But this all changed and, unfortunately, changed for the worse. Along came soybean oil, corn oil, and canola oil — all polyUNsaturated fats. These were all deemed as “healthy,” and as a result they slowly but surely replaced all the saturated fats in our diets.

This continues through today where all of the “good fats,” many of which are saturated, are now labeled as “bad fats.” This includes butter, coconut oil, and animal fat. Those healthy items have been mislabeled as unhealthy and for many people are quarantined and restricted to a once-a-year allowance, if that. Our grocery stores are now laden with canola oil, margarine, and chemical substances we have been misled into thinking are healthy for us, when in fact, these substances are more closely related to…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Koniver

About Dr. Koniver
Craig Koniver, M.D., is a graduate of Brown University and Jefferson Medical College and has been a family practitioner for a decade. He opened Primary Plus Organic Medicine, LLC in Charleston, SC in 2006. When not working, Dr. Koniver enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and two children. For more information, visit Dr. Koniver on the web: See Dr. Koniver’s feature every issue in the Aesthetic Trend’s Organics & Green department directly relating to Organic Medicine topics.

ATnT Laser & Light May – June 2011: VelaShape

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May - June 2011
Laser & Light Technology Department



By Lori A. Brightman, M.D.,
Contributing Editor

Pregnancy is a beautiful event in life. However, it can take a toll on a woman’s physique with the natural changes that occur in body dimensions during pregnancy. It can be a struggle for some women to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy body.

Even with a healthy diet and exercise as well as a return to their pre-pregnancy weight, some women will still face stubborn post-partum “trouble spots.” Some women will seek quick fixes, turning to traditional, invasive body contouring options such as abdominoplasty and lipoplasty. In fact, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 350,000 tummy tucks, upper arm lifts, lower body lifts, and liposuction cases were performed in 2010.

While surgical correction undoubtedly produces optimal body reshaping results, it also requires significant recovery time and carries inherent risks. These issues, along with a busy mom’s active lifestyle and desire for her pre-baby body have lead to the development of many new non-invasive body contouring procedures with minimal downtime and low-risk profiles to help address their shapely concerns.


The premise of non-invasive body contouring, regardless of form of energy used (laser, light, or radiofrequency), is producing heat in the dermal and subcutaneous tissues with subsequent collagen denaturation and induction of neocollagenesis. It has been well studied that heating skin to approximately 65-75°C will lead to…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Brightman

About Dr. Brightman
Lori A. Brightman, M.D. of Laser Skin Surgery Center of New York, regularly lectures nationally and internationally. She publishes frequently on topics such as laser surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and advances in cutaneous oncology. A board certified Dermatologist, Dr. Brightman completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College, followed by graduate education in medical sciences as well as medical school training at Boston University Medical School where she received her doctorate of medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at Boston University / Tufts New England Medical Center and completed fellowship training at Boston University in skin oncology and Mohs micrographic surgery, laser and cosmetics at the Laser Skin Surgery Center of New York. Dr. Brightman contributes through lectures and skin cancer screenings for many community based programs as well as large companies.Visit her on the web:

ATnT Plastic Surgery May – June 2011: Regenerative Aesthetics

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May - June 2011
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Regenerative Aesthetics


By Todd K. Malan, M.D.
Contributing Editor & Advisor

The cosmetic surgery industry has evolved dramatically over the past few years. While the era of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has brought about incredible advances in liposuction, breast augmentation, facial rejuvenation and body contouring, perhaps the most promising advance is in the field of Regenerative Aesthetics.

“Regenerative Aesthetics” is the term used to describe a cosmetic procedure that utilizes a patient’s own adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells to create a more youthful and desirable appearance. Patients desiring larger or fuller breasts now have options beyond traditional implants. Areas of the body that have lost their elasticity, firmness, or shape due to age, pregnancy, significant weight gain/loss, or trauma can be restored without the use of foreign materials. And because the technology utilizes the patient’s own tissue and stem cells, the downtime and risks that are often associated with traditional cosmetic procedures are greatly diminished.

The idea behind Regenerative Aesthetics as we know it today was born in 1999 when a professor of surgery at UCLA questioned whether stem cells might exist in the fat he routinely removed from liposuction patients. After a few years of studying fat cells in the lab, his team published its discovery in 2001: stem cells do exist, in abundant numbers, within…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Malan

About Dr. Malan
Todd K. Malan, M.D. is the founder of the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, AZ, and creator of the BeautiFill X™ fat transfer breast augmentation procedure. He was the first physician in the United States to offer stem cell natural breast augmentation and has performed over 100 stem cell fat transfers to date. He trains physicians globally in advanced cosmetic procedures including the most progressive methods in water-assisted liposuction, fat transfer, and stem cell technology. Visit his website:

ATnT Laser & Light May – June 2011: Viora Reaction System

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Viora Reaction System


By Cindy L. Vandruff, MBA, Editor in Chief

Developing a product for the aesthetic industry has become a challenge for many manufacturers in this harsh economy. More, now than ever, physicians must weigh the pros and cons for each device they introduce to their patient base and integrate into their practice. There are not enough dollars to go around for practices to have a stock pile of systems as in years past. Choosing the right devices can be daunting for those physicians who are not as seasoned as others. And, frankly, the educated physician with years of device experience is starting to pare down the number of systems they have to perform several procedures.

The trend now is to find a device that can perform more than one procedure which fits the needs of more patients within their demographic area. It makes sense not only to the bottom line of your practice, but it also helps to increase revenue for your business in a much more efficient manner. Price matters, too, and so does the ability to treat multiple patients with varying skin conditions.

Presently cellulite is a hot topic for not only patients, but also practitioners. More patients are going into their dermatologist and plastic surgeon’s offices and asking for skin tightening and cellulite treatments. We have seen a proliferation in the market place with new systems being introduced for the past 5+ years that are marketed to the physician treating cellulite and replacing the face lift with skin tightening procedures.

Viora (Jersey City, NJ) has a solution that is good for the practice and the patient. In September 2009, this up and coming manufacturer received FDA clearance for…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!


About Viora
Viora is a market-leading manufacturer of advanced radiofrequency, light-based systems and Diamond Tip microdermabrasion for the global aesthetic and medical markets. Viora offers a wide range of applications including body contouring, cellulite reduction, as well as phototherapy and antiaging treatments. Viora’s products are developed by veteran engineers and medical specialists in the industry.

Contact: 201.332.4100 |

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ATnT In Practice May – June 2011: The Well Engineered Marketing Plan

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The Well Engineered
Marketing Plan

By Christine Lapointe, Contributing Editor &
Advisor, & Laura Jackson, Aesthetics 360°

Marketing any practice and their services is always a challenge to a consultant. There are many dynamics involved when working with the administrative team regardless of size and scope of the workplace. Sometimes there is no dedicated person to own the marketing responsibility within the organization, but often there is an absence of a well defined plan or budget for marketing. Challenging to consultants as well is the approach when carving out a marketing plan.

There is a fine line when interfacing with the team as the consultant. By being the expert we are tasked with getting the practice on an objective line of thinking. Many times the key decision makers insert their personal beliefs into the marketing plan rather than using a systematic approach based on measureable results, market research, and professional guidance. Our largest obstacle as consultants lies in the ongoing misconception that marketing is advertising.

Because of this mistaken belief the practice’s ability to build business is already flawed. Our role as consultants is to objectively assess the practice, create a plan, and guide the office and team through successful implementation. “Marketing is the process of performing market research, selling products and/or services to customers, and promoting them via advertising to further enhance…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Christine Lapointe

Laura Jackson

About the Authors
Aesthetics 360° was founded and is owned and operated by Christine Lapointe and Laura Jackson. Together, they bring their clients over 40 years of Business Development and Sales and Marketing Experience from the elective surgery industry nationally and internationally.

Their mission is to provide a comprehensive range of services vital to the support of Technology Leaders and Physician-owned practices on their journey to success. Aesthetics 360° provides the systems and hands-on guidance necessary for practices to effectively measure results and target key areas for revenue growth from initial contact with a potential patient through long-term patient retention. Aesthetics 360° is the solution for technology leaders and practices that are committed to making business better. Contact them at 877.849.8216 or visit their website on the worldwide web:

ATnT jobFIT May – June 2011: Why Smart Employees Underperform

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May - June 2011
jobFIT Department

Why Smart Employees


By Jan Watson, J.P. Watson Group,
Contributing Editor & Advisor

We’ve all been there. After an extensive and thorough search for an employee, one candidate stands out. This candidate has the right experience, solid qualifications, a relevant work history, and he gave an impressive performance during the interview process.

The candidate said the right things, expressed some great ideas, and generally presented very well; and you hired him. Three months later, you begin to question your decision. Your new hire’s team appears disgruntled, morale is low, and output and productivity are well behind the figures from the previous quarter.

After speaking with a few key team members and investigating further, you realize there’s a disconnect or mismatch. While he looked impressive on paper and presented well during oneon- one interviews, your new hire’s approach and behavior on the job are simply inconsistent with the values and expectations of your organization. Your new hire is not a good cultural fit, and one or more of the following hazards may be the cause…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Jan Watson

About the Author
Jan P. Watson has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience and has gained national recognition as a public speaker, published author and consultant. Serving in various positions that encompass physician education and corporate business development, Jan has worked for medical device start-up companies, as well as industry leaders, such as AMO and Alcon Laboratories. For more information on this topic, please contact Ms. Watson at: Visit the J.P. Watson Group website:

ATnT Anti-Aging May – June 2011: Spring Clean for the Body

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May - June 2011
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Spring Cleaning for the Body


By Donya Fahmy, Dropwise

As the first signs of spring’s arrival begin to peer through the darkness of winter and the dull freeze begins to thaw, one’s thoughts often turn to springcleaning. It is our way of mimicking the ritual of cleansing and renewal that takes place in nature as the seasons change. With the return of sunshine and longer days, the bloom of wildflowers dotting the landscape all around us, so comes the desire to start anew.

While cleaning house and getting rid of the clutter we have accumulated over the winter months seems almost second nature to most of us, how many of us routinely ponder the importance or necessity of a little internal spring-cleaning?

Our ancestors engaged in cleansing rituals at least twice a year–usually in the spring and in the fall. They probably were not
fully aware of their bodies’ need to eliminate old cells and the toxins generated by their bodies’ normal ongoing metabolic processes in order to build healthy new tissue. And yet instinctively, they would ingest the herbs and plant foods that provided them with the detoxification necessary to promote natural healing.

We have come a long way since those days and are now faced with an unfortunate fact of modern life–routine exposure to a significant amount of additional toxins. Even if you do not work directly with chemicals or live next to a chemical or industrial plant or an obvious source of pollution, you still have dozens of environmental toxins–pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, and byproducts from plastics–circulating in your bloodstream and stored up in your fat cells. In fact, research indicates that the average American is exposed to a staggering 100,000 chemicals, 25% of which are hazardous to human health.

With all that toxic exposure on top of the internal toxins generated through metabolic waste, it is not hard to see how over time, the organ systems of the body responsible for processing…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Donya Fahmy

About the Author
Donya Fahmy is a bi-monthlycontributing editor for Aesthetic Trends Magazine and is a green business owner and the creator of Dropwise Essentials’ spa quality aromatherapy body products that help you safely relieve stress, increase vitality, improve confidence, or simply manage your emotional state any time or place without popping a pill. For more valuable information visit: and subscribe to the Dropwise Health & Beauty News Ezine or blog feed.

ATnT Aesthetician May – June 2011


Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
May - June 2011
Aesthetician Department

Anti-Aging in 2011


By Elaine Greenberg, Contributing Editor

Up-to-date skin care regimens address aging skin issues from a new, more knowledgeable position. We now have a more effective approach to skin care since we have learned a great deal about how and why skin ages.


1. The aging process involves the loss of collagen and elastin. We lose the foundation for full and firm skin.
2. The rate of skin cell turnover slows. The skin’s surface is now covered by a layer of dead skin cells and we lose the radiance of youth.
3. The natural production of anti-oxidants decreases, adding to the visible effects of aging.

Picture a baby’s skin. Instead, here is what we see as we age:
• fine lines and wrinkles
• loose, saggy skin
• a dull complexion
• brown/age spots

You don’t like this. I don’t like this. And our clients don’t like this.

Aesthetics, speaking philosophically, concerns the nature of beauty. An aesthetician is an anti-aging expert trained to use treatments for beauty and health.

Therefore, providing advice for an anti-aging skin care regime is a fundamental responsibility. The optimal regimen should address all the areas of skin aging about which the client is concerned.

A professional aesthetician will be sure that the client is educated about the correct use of suitable products, including
application as well as precautions.

Progress is monitored, and changes are made as indicated. We have all seen the lack of desired results when people self-diagnose and treat themselves with what is heavily… READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Elaine Greenberg

About the Author
Elaine Greenberg is a bi-monthly contributing editor for Aesthetic Trends Magazine. She invites you to learn more about anti-aging skin care on her blog, . She also owns Ageless Remedies South Park medical spa. Visit her med spa on the web: She also owns Ageless Remedies South Park medical spa. Visit her med spa on the web:

ATnT Dermatology May – June 2011: Evolution of Medical Retail

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Evolution of Medical Retail


By Jennifer Barnes, Contributing Editor

Many cosmetic practices rely on the steady stream of income that results from selling medical skin care products.

Early adopters of dispensing may have once felt ostracized by colleagues for selling products directly to patients.

However, these early adopters saw the potential in medical retailing as an integral part of the practice. Combining products with procedures not only ensured what products patients used at home, it guaranteed a better therapeutic outcome. This is a benefit that is unique to dispensing skin care products in the medical setting. Admittedly, many cosmetic physicians leave the “selling” to their staff. But promoting the product is just one part of retailing. Staff training, inventory control, merchandising, and marketing the products also contribute to the overall success.

Medical retailing is evolving into a consumer-retailing atmosphere. Creating an accessible retail environment is as important to the medical practice as it is to the chain cosmetics, spa, and department stores. After years of purchasing skin care from the makeup counter or salon, savvy consumer/patients are trained to…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW!

Petr Klima

About the Contributor
Petr Klima has a B.A. in International Marketing, and an M.B.A. in Business Management. He is the senior practice consultant for MicroPharmacy Corporation. With over 12 years of experience on 3 continents, Mr. Klima has developed retail spaces for salons, spas, high-end stores, and medical offices. He manages the Medical Retailing team with primary focus on dermatology, plastic surgery, and cosmetic surgery practices. MicroPharmacy® and Medi- Store® are registered trademarks of MicroPharmacy Corporation.

ARTAS System Receives FDA Clearance for Groundbreaking Technology Treating Hair Loss

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ARTAS System Receives FDA Clearance for Groundbreaking Technology Treating Hair Loss

Restoration Robotics, Inc. a privately-held medical device company, announced that its revolutionary technology, the ARTAS™ System, has received 510K clearance from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for harvesting hair follicles from the scalp in men diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) with black or brown straight hair. The ARTAS System was developed in close collaboration with several leading hair restoration physicians to enhance the quality of follicular unit harvesting for the benefit of physicians and their patients.

“We are thrilled to receive FDA clearance and look forward to rolling out the ARTAS System to leading hair restoration physicians,” said Jim McCollum, Chief Executive Officer, Restoration Robotics. “Hair loss is a very real issue for millions of men in the United States. We’re pleased to offer a powerful new technology for patients who are interested in a safe new way to enhance their quality of life.”

ARTAS is a physician-controlled, state-of-the-art, interactive, computer-assisted system that enables harvesting of hair follicles during hair restoration procedures. It combines several features including an image-guided robotic arm, special imaging
technologies, small dermal punches, and a computer interface. The ARTAS System is capable of identifying and harvesting individual follicular units to implement the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique.

Restoration Robotics

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SOLO Flashlight: A Great Instrument for the Cosmetic Physician

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SOLO Flashlight: A Great Instrument for the Cosmetic Physician

The Solo flashlight is proof positive that it takes just the right combination of functionality, portability, and style to create an everyday carry essential. Its highly efficient, dual-output LED and precision micro-textured reflector work together to produce a smooth, versatile beam at two useful levels. Solo’s durable aerospace aluminum body weighs just over two ounces and is as sleek and compact as your favorite pen—fits just as nicely in a pocket, purse, or pack, too.

And, with its sleek, ergonomic lines and attractive colors, it is every bit as elegant and stylish as a fine writing instrument. And it will turn just as many heads. Even has a sturdy pocket clip for secure retention, to make sure Solo stays put wherever you decide to carry it. Because carry it you will. With all Solo has going for it, leaving home without it just won’t feel right.

• Two-stage, state-of-the-art LED generates two useful light levels
• Micro-textured reflector creates a smooth, powerful beam
• Durable power-regulated LED maximizes output and runtime; never needs replacing
• High-strength aluminum body with sturdy pocket clip for secure retention
• Ergonomic “clickie” tailcap switch allows for easy switching between two output levels
• Powered by two AAA alkaline batteries; included
• Sealed with O-rings; waterproof to one meter for 30 minutes.

Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

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FDA Panel Recommends Lip Indication for Medicis’ RESTYLANE®


FDA Panel Recommends Lip Indication for Medicis’ RESTYLANE®

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Medicis (NYSE:MRX) Announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) General and Plastic Surgery Devices Advisory Panel (the Panel) has recommended with a 6-0 vote (1 abstaining) that FDA expand the approved use of RESTYLANE® Injectable Gel, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler, to include lip augmentation. RESTYLANE is currently approved to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds).

“We are pleased with the Panel’s recommendation to expand the RESTYLANE label to include lip augmentation,” said Jonah Shacknai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medicis. “RESTYLANE was the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved by FDA for use in the United States, and has played an instrumental role in the expansion and transformation of the U.S. dermal filler market since its launch in January 2004. We believe the Panel’s recommendation for label expansion reflects confidence in the robust clinical data provided by Medicis. If FDA follows the Panel’s recommendation, RESTYLANE could become the first and only hyaluronic acid dermal filler in the U.S. indicated for use in the lips.”

RESTYLANE is the most-studied aesthetic dermal filler in the world, and has been used in over 10 million treatments worldwide.1 Launched in the U.S. in January 2004 after approval by FDA on December 12, 2003, RESTYLANE was the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved in the U.S. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally present in the body. The hyaluronic acid in RESTYLANE closely resembles the body’s natural hyaluronic acid and is produced from a nonanimal source, making it free from animal protein, a quality which prevents disease transmission. Allergy pretesting is not necessary.

RESTYLANE has a unique gel particle structure designed for injection in the mid-to-deep dermis for structural support and lift, helping a patient look younger by smoothing away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. RESTYLANE’s water-loving nature attracts and binds water molecules to help maintain volume.

RESTYLANE was shown to have an overall duration of effectiveness lasting up to 18 months from baseline following one repeat treatment at 4.5 or 9 months. RESTYLANE is injected into the tissue and will, in time, be resorbed by the body as the treatment results gradually wear off.

The complete RESTYLANE family of products currently approved for use in the U.S. by FDA includes RESTYLANE, RESTYLANE-L®, PERLANE® and PERLANE-L®. These products can be used individually to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Ask your healthcare professional which is right for you.

Important Safety Considerations for the RESTYLANE Family of Products
Products in the RESTYLANE family should not be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to certain microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with previous bad allergies to drugs that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by people with bleeding disorders. Injections should not be made anywhere except the skin or just under the skin. RESTYLANE-L injectable gel and PERLANE-L injectable gel should not be used by people with a known allergy to lidocaine.

Use of products in the RESTYLANE family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. Use of the products in these instances could delay healing or make your skin problems worse. After your treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, and tenderness. This will normally last less than seven days. In rare circumstances, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur. If you have had facial cold sores before, an injection can cause another outbreak. To avoid bruising and bleeding, you should not use the products if you have recently used drugs that thin your blood or prevent clotting. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18 years, you should not use products in the RESTYLANE family.

Patients should be limited to 6.0 mL per treatment. The safety or effectiveness of products in the RESTYLANE family for the treatment of anatomic regions other than nasolabial folds have not been established in controlled clinical studies.

The RESTYLANE family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete product and safety information is available at

About Medicis
Medicis is the leading independent specialty pharmaceutical company in the United States focusing primarily on the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions. The Company is dedicated to helping patients attain a healthy and youthful appearance and self-image. Medicis has leading branded prescription products in a number of therapeutic and aesthetic categories. The Company’s products have earned wide acceptance by both physicians and patients due to their clinical effectiveness, high quality and cosmetic elegance.

The Company’s products include the brands DYSPORT® (abobotulinumtoxinA) 300 Units for Injection, PERLANE® Injectable Gel, PERLANE-L® Injectable Gel with 0.3% Lidocaine, RESTYLANE® Injectable Gel, RESTYLANE-L® Injectable Gel with 0.3% Lidocaine, DYNACIN® (minocycline HCl Tablets, USP), LOPROX® (ciclopirox) Gel 0.77% and Shampoo 1%, SOLODYN® (minocycline HCl, USP) Extended Release Tablets, VANOS® (fluocinonide) Cream 0.1%, ZIANA® (clindamycin phosphate 1.2% and tretinoin 0.025%) Gel, AMMONUL® (sodium phenylacetate and sodium benzoate) Injection 10%/10%, BUPHENYL® (sodium phenylbutyrate) Tablets and Powder, the LIPOSONIX™ system2 and the over-the-counter brand ESOTERICA®.


Source: Medicis

Teen Girls, Young Women and the Dangers of Indoor Tanning

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Teen Girls, Young Women and the Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Despite repeated warnings from dermatologists on the health dangers of tanning, results of a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) confirmed that a large percentage of Caucasian teen girls and young women admitted using tanning beds or intentionally tanning outdoors in the past year.

Thirty-two percent of respondents had used a tanning bed in the past year; and of those respondents, one-fourth (25 percent) used a tanning bed at least weekly on average. An overwhelming majority (81 percent) of all respondents reported that they had tanned outdoors either frequently or occasionally in the past year.

“Our survey underscores the importance of educating young women about the very real risks of tanning, as melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – is increasing faster in females 15 to 29 years old than in males of the same age group,” said Dermatologist Ronald L. Moy, M.D., FAAD, President of the Academy. “In fact, most young women with melanoma are developing it on their torso, which may be the result of high-risk tanning behaviors such as indoor tanning. In my practice, I have had patients – young women with a history using tanning beds – who have died from melanoma.”

Despite claims by the tanning industry to the contrary, indoor tanning is so dangerous that the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel have declared ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial light sources – such as tanning beds and sun lamps – as a known carcinogen. Studies show indoor tanning increases a person’s risk of melanoma by 75 percent.

Monday, May 2, was Melanoma Monday® and the official launch of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month® as designated by the Academy.

American Academy of Dermatology

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DECLÉOR Introduces Resurfacing Gel-Peel


DECLÉOR Introduces Resurfacing Gel-Peel

DECLÉOR is introducing a powerful and effective resurfacing gel-peel that exfoliates the skin without mechanical friction while also providing anti-aging benefits. The entire new anti-aging collection will be available in July at

The gel-peel features unique ingredients like Maca extract, a plant native to Peru that is known for its stimulating properties and essential oils of iris to encourage cell renewal.

DECLÉOR’s Anti-Aging Collection consists of Smoothing Roll’On, Resurfacing Gel-Peeling Wrinkle Lift Radiance, and Dark Spot Corrector Concentrate Face & Hands.

Through its unique experience and know-how, DECLÉOR’s group of researchers combines “science and nature” to develop ever more effective cosmetic formulae. Every innovation produced undergoes a process of dual scientific and clinical expertise to guarantee 100% tolerance and measure its effectiveness.

More than thirty years of research have resulted in the creation of a DECLÉOR aroma library. Constantly enhanced by the research work conducted on new botanical species, this unique aroma library is a source of permanent innovation. Today, no fewer than 40 essential oils are used in more than 150 formulations. Because they are so powerful, the transformation of essential oils to obtain a 100% natural cosmetic formula is extremely delicate, requiring all the technical mastery that our Laboratories have at their disposal.

When combined, Essential Oils work in synergy to naturally create new properties. This discovery lies at the heart of our AROMESSENCE™ products and is also the basis for all of the creams, balms, and lotions in our various ranges.



Goldfaden Introduces Alpine Rose Stem Cell Cream


Goldfaden Introduces Alpine Rose Stem Cell Cream

Goldfaden, the skin care collection known for its natural approach and signature Organic Red Tea based formulations, introduces a unique new protective product for spring enhanced with stem cells from a rare Swiss Alpine Rose. The Alpine Rose Stem Cell Cream is a powerful and unique anti-aging protective cream that was carefully developed to shield skin from harmful environmental stressors, reduce aging signs (wrinkles, redness, loss of radiance), and improve the reproductive function that skin cells have.

The Alpine Rose grows at very high altitudes, which has resulted in its leaves adapting to extreme cold, dryness, and UV rays so that it can resist the harsh effects of these drastic environmental conditions. The skin protects our body from the environment; and to perform this barrier function efficiently, the epidermis is constantly renewed and repaired by the epidermal stem cells.

Environmental changes and aging impair the skin barrier leading to drier, more fragile skin and accelerated aging. Goldfaden’s new breakthrough Alpine Rose Stem Cell cream works on multiple levels to preserve the activity of epidermal stem cells and protect them from environmental stress. Coupled with repairing peptides and Goldfaden’s potent Red Tea antioxidant, this cream is the perfect solution for protection and repairs to the skin.

Key Ingredients are Alpine Rose Leaf Extract, Acetyl Dipeptide-3 & Tetrapeptide-22, 100% Hyaluronic Acid, and Organic Red Tea. The cream will retail for $75 and will be available at select boutique druggists and beauty emporiums in the skin care and natural markets.


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Contento Marketing Adds GliSODin Skin Nutrients to Client Roster

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Spa & Wellness Marketer to Develop Content and Social Media Programs for Leading Nutracosmetic Line

Contento Marketing Group announced today the addition of GliSODin Skin Nutrients to their client roster. The nutracosmetic company manufactures exclusive formulas for anti-aging, skin brightening, detox, weight loss and pre/post surgery. Contento will be working with the GliSODin Skin Nutrients team to develop a content marketing and lead generation strategy to secure the company’s position as the leading supplement solution for the spa and medical industries.

“We are so pleased to be working with GliSODin Skin Nutrients,” says Nancy Griffin, principal of Contento Marketing. I’m impressed with their excellent training, marketing tools, and sell-through in resort spas, day spas and medical practices. The best part is the products produce amazing results! I’ve done a couple rounds of the detox formula, and the anti-aging supplements have been part of my daily routine for 6 months. I have more energy, my skin looks hydrated and I have less fine lines and wrinkles.”

GliSODin’s Skin’s star ingredient is “superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme”—extracted from cantaloupe. GliSODin Skin Nutrients’ parent company ISOCELL is one of the top laboratories in anti-aging research. French-based ISOCELL owns the patent on GliSODin® the first orally-effective Vegetarian form of SOD. “Beauty from the inside out is a trend right now,” says Griffin. “These products fill a much-needed niche, and are truly unique in the marketplace.”

Contento’s first initiative is to build on the success of GliSODin Skin’s products in medical practices and spas. “Doctors are successfully packaging the Pre/Post surgical kit into Fraxel , CO2 treatments and plastic surgery,” says Corina Crysler, Executive Director of GliSODin North America. “Surgeons report that patients heal up to 50% faster, with less bruising, pain and swelling. Our Detox/Slimming formulas are paired with laser lipo procedures such as UltraShape, Accent and VelaShape, as well as traditional spa treatments like massages, facials and body wraps.”

“We are confident that we can help GliSODin engage their customer base and prospects through superior content. The goal is to become a vital resource for spa and medical professionals,” says Griffin. “Retailing GliSODin just makes sense–What spa or medical practice wouldn’t want to increase profits without a large investment in equipment or staff?” Look for GliSODin Skin Nutrients new blog featuring content from the company’s team of nutritional experts.

About Contento Marketing
Contento Marketing specializes in integrated communications for wellness and spa marketing. The company was founded in 2010 by journalist, marketer and entrepreneur Nancy Griffin. A recognized leader in the spa and wellness industry for almost two decades, she founded spa industry’s largest online community and SpaExec, boutique regional trade events for the luxury resort market. “Today, good content is the cornerstone of any marketing strategy,” says Griffin. “Our goal is to implement creative communications programs that engage our clients’ target audience and support their business objectives.”

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Growing Demand for China’s Plastic Surgery Industry

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Growing Demand for China’s Plastic Surgery Industry

Even in a blue-striped hospital bathrobe, her face wiped clean of makeup and marked with purple lines by her surgeon, the young woman who called herself Devil embodied an image of beauty widely admired in China: large, luminous eyes, a delicate nose and softly sculpted cheekbones.

But her jaw line? Too square for her liking. So the 22-year-old television reporter recently traveled from a coastal province to a private hospital in downtown Beijing to have it reshaped — for about $6,000. Her boyfriend, a 29-year-old businessman wearing designer eyeglasses, picked up the bill.

“I am not nervous at all,” said Devil (the English first name she chose for herself, and the only one she would reveal) as she awaited surgery at Evercare Aikang hospital in downtown Beijing. “I will look more sophisticated and exquisite.”

The breathtaking pace of transformation for upwardly mobile Chinese — from bicycles to cars, village to city, housebound holidays to ski vacations — now extends to faces. In just a decade, cosmetic and plastic surgery has become the fourth most popular way to spend discretionary income in China, according to Ma Xiaowei, China’s vice health minister. Only houses, cars and travel rank higher, he said.

No official figures exist, but the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimated in 2009 that China ranked third, behind the United States and Brazil, with more than two million operations annually. And the number of operations is doubling every year, Mr. Ma said at a conference organized by the Health Ministry in November.

“We must recognize that plastic and cosmetic surgery has now become a common service, aimed at the masses,” he said.

Face-lifts and wrinkle-removal treatments are in vogue, just as in the West. But at Evercare, which runs a chain of cosmetic-surgery hospitals in China, two-fifths of patients are in their 20s, said Li Bin, the general manager and one of the founders.

Nationally, the most requested surgeries have nothing to do with age: The No. 1 operation is designed to make eyes appear larger by adding a crease in the eyelid, forming what is called a double eyelid, said Zhao Zhenmin, secretary general of the government-run Chinese Association of Plastics and Aesthetics.

The second most popular operation raises the bridge of the nose to make it more prominent — the opposite of the typical nose job in the West. Third is the reshaping of the jaw to make it narrower and longer, he said.

The youthful patients include job applicants hoping to enhance their prospects in the work force, teenagers who received cosmetic surgery as a high school graduation present and even middle school students, most of whom want eye jobs, surgeons say.

China’s regulatory system, by all accounts, has not kept up. At the conference in Beijing in November, Mr. Ma, the vice health minister, said the situation “can even be called neglect.”

Out of 11 clinics and hospitals offering cosmetic or plastic surgery that were inspected late last year, he said, fewer than half met national standards. Employees lacked professional credentials, he said; equipment and materials were subpar. Beauty parlors are flagrant violators, illegally administering Botox injections and performing eyelid surgery.

Mr. Ma likened the industry to a medical “disaster zone,” with frequent accidents. His point was underscored when a 24-year-old former contestant on the Chinese reality show “Super Girl” died after her windpipe filled with blood during an operation to reshape her jaw in Hubei Province.

Health officials demanded an inquiry. But Mr. Zhao, who also serves as the vice director of Beijing’s government-run Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, said it was impossible to gather evidence because the body was quickly cremated — a common practice in China when hospitals privately settle malpractice claims.

“Personally speaking, I think this is pretty despicable,” he said. “We need to get to the bottom of such cases in order to protect people in the future.”

The shortcomings of China’s medical system are hardly limited to cosmetic and plastic surgery. But the industry now generates an estimated $2.3 billion in revenue, and the government has begun to take note. Officials say new regulations will probably be issued this year.

One implicit goal is to halt the flow of Chinese patients to better-established hospitals in South Korea. Mr. Ma estimates that Chinese make up 30 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in Seoul.

For now, many beauty salons, like one downtown Beijing branch of a major chain, are capitalizing on the lack of oversight. One recent afternoon, a 62-year-old woman in a white coat who described herself as an internist said she could summon a doctor who could give a visitor double eyelids in 20 minutes about $180, a fraction of the standard hospital fee.

“Immediately you will look different,” she said.

“Strictly speaking, this thing is not allowed,” she added. “But why do we have it? Because many people want to look good and find the price of the procedure too high and they can’t afford it.” Of two dozen Beijing beauty salons contacted by phone, 15 said they offered either double-eyelid surgery or Botox injections or both, along with manicures, pedicures and facials.

At the other end of the spectrum is Evercare’s Aikang hospital, with a grand piano in the lobby, an underground tunnel for patients who want privacy and surgeons like Dr. Wang Jiguang, who has performed thousands of operations. Patients younger than 19 are told to return when they are old enough to make a decision about a permanent change to their looks.

Mr. Li of Evercare, a 46-year-old former government journalist, said the typical procedure cost between about $1,500 and $3,000. Having renovated one part of their face, many patients find the lure of more work irresistible. Between 30 to 40 percent return, he said. Chen Xiaomeng, a petite 25-year-old, said her double-eyelid surgery two months ago made her look less sleepy — an effect she once tried to achieve by using thin strips of clear tape, available at 7-Elevens throughout Beijing. Now she is considering a nose job. She made no effort to hide her operation from her colleagues at a Beijing advertising and entertainment agency or from her friends, five of whom have undergone the same procedure.

“Cosmetic surgery is now accepted in practically every household,” she said cheerily as she picked at her lunch. “It is not a big deal any more.”

Not everyone is so open. Down the hall from Devil’s V.I.P. suite, a Chinese military officer had secretly arranged an operation that cost about $9,000 to reshape her 23-year-old daughter’s jaw. First the officer told her husband that their daughter was traveling with friends. Then she called him from the hospital and asked him to deliver chicken soup to help the daughter’s sore throat. The father found the girl in bed with a heavily bandaged jaw and a swollen face, barely able to speak.

“She looked very pretty before, but now Chinese want to be perfect,” said the mother, who refused to give her name. “If she had my jaw,” she added, “I wouldn’t have allowed her to have this operation.”

After a classmate had her jaw reshaped, the mother said, her daughter pleaded for the operation until finally she gave in.

A 23-year-old bank employee from Harbin in northeastern China said she deliberated for a week before she underwent a $15,000 operation to reshape her cheekbones and jaw line. Her other thought, she said, had been to open a Starbucks with her savings.

“It was a snap decision,” she said, seated on her hospital bed, her face swathed in bandages. “I was curious to see what I would look like.”

Her family had no idea. Asked how she would explain her new face to them, she paused before replying, “I am right now trying to figure that out.”

Source: New York Times

Lumenis Launches New AcuPulse with MultiMode™ Technology

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Lumenis Launches New AcuPulse with MultiMode™ Technology at American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)

Lumenis launched the new AcuPulse CO2 laser with MultiMode™ technology, at the 31st Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) on March 30, 2011.

Santa Clara, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) Lumenis Ltd., the world’s largest medical laser company developing, manufacturing and distributing a broad range of high-end medical lasers and sophisticated energy delivery equipment for surgical, ophthalmic and aesthetic applications, launched the new AcuPulse CO2 laser with MultiMode™ technology, at the 31st Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) on March 30, 2011.

With the new, patent-pending MultiMode technology, AcuPulse now offers the ability to perform both deep and superficial fractional cosmetic treatments using a single handpiece and with a simple, touch-point selection, thereby reducing treatment set-up and procedure time. The first generation AcuPulse, released in September of 2009, was designed for hospitals, clinics and physicians looking to offer a wide range of cosmetic laser procedures while maintaining the ability to upgrade to full surgical capabilities.

“The new AcuPulse with MultiMode allows me to be much more efficient in the delivery of both deep and superficial fractional laser treatments, enabling me to quickly deliver both modalities using the same hand piece,” said Michael H. Gold, MD, Medical Director, Gold Skin Care Center. “Initial results show a high level of patient satisfaction and efficacy for the treatment of photodamage, dyschromias and scars.”

AcuPulse is unique in its ability to support a wide range of aesthetic and surgical specialties, delivering fast treatments with very precise and consistent tissue effects, while an easy-to-use navigation system significantly reduces procedure and inter-department set-up time. MultiMode will be a standard feature on all AcuPulse lasers, while all previously installed AcuPulse systems will receive a complimentary upgrade to enable MultiMode capabilities.

“Lumenis has a long history of innovation,” said Dov Ofer, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to offer yet another technological advancement bringing high levels of patient satisfaction and treatment efficacy, as well as great value to our hospital, clinic and physician partners.”

“With the ability to treat more than 100 FDA-cleared indications, touch screen navigation, and patient-personalized settings, AcuPulse continues to deliver a value-conscious platform that supports Aesthetics, Otolaryngology, Gynecology, Neurosurgery and General Surgery,” said Robert Mann, General Manager Global Aesthetics and Dermatology at Lumenis.

About Lumenis
Lumenis, the world’s largest medical laser company, is a global developer, manufacturer and distributor of laser and light-based devices for surgical, ophthalmic and aesthetic applications, with more than 800 employees worldwide. Lumenis has 270 registered patents, over 260 FDA clearances, an installed base of over 30,000 systems and a presence in over 100 countries. Lumenis endeavors to bring the finest state of the art technology products to the market, fulfilling the highest standards of excellence, quality and reliability, delivering premium value and service to its customers. The name Lumenis is derived from the Latin words meaning “Light of Life” highlighting the light, which is the basis of our technologies, used to enhance life.


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NaturalFill® Natural Breast Enhancement™


NaturalFill® Natural Breast Enhancement™

A Permanent and Natural Alternative to Breast Implants Using Your Body’s Own Fat

(Orlando, FL) Roger Bassin, M.D. cosmetic surgeon and Medical Director of the Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery, has pioneered a revolutionary new procedure, NaturalFill® Natural Breast Enhancement™, which employs the latest technologic advances in fat harvesting and fat transfer to provide women the option of enlarging their breasts using their own fat. NaturalFill may also be used to smooth out breast irregularities, fill in loose areas at the ’superior pole’ of the breast (most commonly seen with post-pregnancy), improve dimpling and visible edges around implants and enhance overall breast contours.

NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement combines the body-contouring power of the advanced AQUALIPO® liposuction process, with gentle fat harvesting and fat transfer to achieve outstanding, long lasting results, with less medical risk and no patient downtime.

NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement utilizes AQUALIPO a revolutionary new minimally invasive liposuction technique that uses the natural power of Water Jet Assisted Liposuction™ to wash away fat, while gently sculpting and contouring the body. Intact fat cells are gently flushed from the body in targeted areas (saddlebags, love handles, lower abdomen, buttocks and thighs) and then immediately injected into selected areas of the breast.

Until now, the recovery of fat from liposuction patients has been a laborious process, involving centrifuges and prolonged time to ‘process’ the fat before use for injection. A process which in the past would have taken hours can now be done in a single office visit, saving the patient additional appointments and money. And since there is no need for general anesthesia, downtime is minimized.

There are several advantages to NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement. Saline or silicone implants which are considered the standard for cosmetic breast augmentation and reconstruction show complication rates to be as high as 25% with a re-operation rate of 100% at 10 years. Additionally, implants can obscure 15-50% of normal breast tissue on screening mammography making early detection or follow-up of cancer difficult.

Fatty tissue does not exhibit reactive inflammation, rejection, or autoimmune disease. NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement results in excellent cosmetic result including a natural feel to the breasts that is reproducible and 85% of the fat that is transferred remains. This is up from 30-50% from previous techniques. Unlike implants this procedure will not interfere with future mammograms. The procedure, performed in conjunction with liposuction allows artistic body re-contouring to complement breast augmentation for a new total-body look.

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Roger Bassin, M.D.


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March 2011 Special Report – Energist Portrait PSR

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March 2011
Special Report

Portrait PSR Technology


By Christopher B. Zachary, M.D.

The impact of the economic crash in 2008 was felt by many of us, both personally and professionally. Some of what happened was predictable, most was unforeseen. One unexpected turn of events in the aesthetic market was the loss of a new treatment technology, namely the use of plasma energy (Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration, PSR).

PSR characteristically treats many aspects of chronic sun damage and various other skin conditions, including superficial and deep wrinkles, dyschromia, actinic keratoses, some benign skin lesions, and acne scarring, while improving skin tone, texture, and elasticity. PSR had achieved significant success in the market with its distinctive mechanism for treating skin architecture to achieve cosmetic improvement using a completely different technology from the traditional laser, light, and RF technologies. Unfortunately, the company that introduced PSR hit the perfect economic storm and had to pull out of the market after three years, even though several hundred systems were sold to physicians in the U.S. and 30 other countries and after treating an estimated 40,000 patients.

However, PSR has recently been reintroduced by Energist Group and Energist North America. This is positive news for those who purchased this system, as the plasma technology offers additional treatment options for patients. As a new technology, PSR actually delivered effective cosmetic outcomes that were claimed, as they were based on an extensive series of preclinical and IRB-controlled studies by reputable physicians across several aesthetic specialties. Furthermore, now there are proven long-term patient results out over five years.

A Unique Energy Source for Treating the Skin PSR delivers millisecond pulses of nitrogen (gas) plasma to the skin’s surface that initiates a somewhat unique regeneration response in the skin’s architecture.2 Gas plasma is different…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

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About Dr. Zachary
Dr. Christopher B. Zachary, M.D. is a Dermatologist specializing in cutaneous oncology and reconstruction, cosmetic, and laser surgery. Dr. Zachary is a professor and chair, Department of Dermatology, at the University of California- Irvine. Dr. Zachary is frequently featured as an invited speaker at national and international symposia and is often sought out by the media (eg NY Times, CNN, Today Show) for his candid comments. His ability to critique has drawn some ire, but so far his humor and English accent have saved him from his detractors. His interest in lasers has led to considerable industry supported research in optimal systems for cutaneous laser surgery. He has been the program director for the Mohs College and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Annual Conferences. He is a past president of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons.

He is an educational innovator, having founded both and co-founded He has written and edited his share of papers and books. Dr. Zachary was born in Yorkshire, England, and educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicester, United Kingdom. Following his medical school education at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London, he subsequently trained in internal medicine and dermatology. During his time at the Institute of Dermatology, Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, he gained an interest in dermatologic surgery. His formal surgical education was received at the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1986 to set up the first Mohs and laser surgery unit in London.

In 1988 he was recruited to the Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as Director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center where he spent the next 9 years. In 1997 he sold his boat and lakeside cabin, and moved West to UCSF where he spent 8 splendid years with his friend and colleague Roy Grekin, M.D. as clinical professor and co-director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center, UCSF, San Francisco, California. In 2005, he accepted the position as professor and chair, Department of Dermatology at the University of California-Irvine where he currently resides. This and his family are his main current projects.

Beauty Giants Help During The Japan Crisis

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Beauty Giants Help During The Japan Crisis

Japan has always been on the fore front of all things beauty and many of the larger corporate giants that are involved in beautification are giving a helping hand to those tsunami victims in Japan.

With the recent events in Japan victims will need a certain amount of help from everyone including the community that makes beauty possible.

According to Stylist:
“And so some of beauty’s biggest names have stepped forward in the aftermath of the earthquake devastation, looking to help the battered country rebuild with the aid of remarkably generous donations — some of which reach into the millions.”

L’Oréal: The beauty giant — which owns brands as diverse as The Body Shop, Lancôme, Kiehl’s and its namesake drugstore label – will donate $1.3 million to the Japanese Red Cross, in addition to encouraging L’Oréal U.S. employees to personally contribute to American Red Cross relief efforts via an automatic payroll deduction.

Creed: A luxury fragrance dynasty that has continuously passed from father to son since 1760, Creed will donate a portion of all online sales to the American Red Cross. While the percentage is yet to be determined, a brand spokesperson expects it to match or be near Creed’s 10 percent donation to Haiti earthquake relief.

This is just a sampling of the beauty companies looking to help our fellow friends over in Japan by either donating proceeds or a portion of proceeds to help the victims of the tsunami. The beauty industry has the power to create some substantial funds to help our fallen friends and many have taken the first step to do so.

If you are interested in donating visit the American Red Cross and make your donation today.


Source: Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D.

ATnT Wellness March-April 2011: Weight Loss

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March-April 2011
Wellness Department

New Approaches in Weight Loss


By Paula Simpson, B.Sc., R.N.C.P., Contributing Editor & Advisor

Obesity, negative body image, and quality of life are inextricably linked. Compared with normal-weight individuals, obese persons overestimate or distort body size more, are more dissatisfied and preoccupied with physical appearance. Body image dissatisfaction (BID) has been described as the most consistent psychosocial consequence of obesity. This type of patient is often one who seeks treatments and advice within the medical aesthetic practice.

More recently, both invasive and noninvasive body contouring treatments have been increasingly used as a method to obtain quick results. However, many patients report the results may be more short-term and seek programs that will incorporate long-term results with an improved quality of life. Because of this demand, many medical aesthetic clinics are complimenting dietary and nutraceutical protocols to enhance the overall effects of body contouring treatments, while promoting an improved quality of life.

Obesity occurs through a long standing imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure, influenced by a complex biologic system that regulates appetite, endocrine function, and metabolism. Obesity is a well known risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other health problems, that when collectively combined, are defined as Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a growing and complex disorder combining obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance. It is a primary risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, two-thirds of Americans are now either…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Paula Simpson

About the Author
Paula Simpson, B.A.Sc. (Nutrition), R.N.C.P.
is the Executive Director of Isocell North America and holds a degree in Nutrition. She has over 15 years of experience in consulting, public relations, product formulation, and program development for the Nutraceutical and Medical Aesthetic Industry. Her role as a Scientific Evaluator and Regulatory Consultant for some of the top nutraceutical companies worldwide has solidified her reputation as a leader in research and development for innovative natural health products. Ms. Simpson can be contacted at Visit their website:

ATnT Featured Med Spa March-April 2011: Saudé

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Medical Spa Department

Saudé Medical Spa - Tijuana, Mexico

By Cindy L. Vandruff, MBA, Editor in Chief

Science, health, and beauty are combined to provide the patient with the perfect recipe for beautiful skin. This is the axiom of the Saudé Medical Spa, owned and operated by Dr. Antonio Cueva of Tijuana, Mexico. The word “Saude” is derived from the Portuguese meaning of “Health.”

While not only combining a medical and aesthetic environment, Saudé also incorporates the feel of a spa with a minimalistic style approach. The functionality of the reception area displays a professional setting, but also exudes the luxury of a high-end practice that is inviting and warm.

Aesthetic Trends has researched Mexico extensively to find that Dr. Cueva has an unmatched reputation as one of the most prestigious dermatologist of Mexico; and his new medical spa is known for its world-class health and aesthetic treatments and expertise, which is the first of its kind in the Republic. Patients come from all over Mexico, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Many travel internationally and plan their trip to include Saudé.

The solid foundation that Dr. Cueva brings to Saudé is quite remarkable. His father has been practicing dermatologic medicine in Mexico for over 40 years; and now with Dr. Cueva in practice for over 15 years, the legacy continues with the branding of Saudé and its impeccable offerings under one roof. Throughout the world Antonio Cueva, M.D. is known by his physician peers as a reputable and upstanding practitioner with cutting edge skills to include not only the specialty of dermatology, but also his extensive experience with laser medicine, hair restoration, and body treatments. The myriad of technology…READ ON - Click Here to Read Full Article

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ATnT Anti-Aging March-April 2011: Staying Youthful

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March-April 2011
Anti-Aging Department

Staying Youthful


By Gerald Imber, M.D.

While we cannot stop the aging process, there are many things we can do to protect and maintain our youthful, good looks for decades. Scientific information and years of clinical experience have shown that daily care can help retain the firmness, radiance, and beauty of the skin. Self help and small procedures, done earlier, can help maintain a youthful appearance longer.

Prevention and maintenance should be the industry standard to combat early signs of aging, and the best time to start prevention is before changes have begun. Young adults must learn to avoid accelerating aging and retard its progress for a lifetime of looking good.

There are many factors that are within our control, and prevention begins with looking at the effects our lifestyle has on the aging process. Changing small habits that do not require the soul of a zealot or the self-denial of a Buddhist monk can reduce the insults to your skin. It is important to simply make an effort to not make things worse. Doing things that result in older looking, sagging skin should be avoided. Smoking results in the loss of elasticity, sagging, and wrinkles. Gaining and losing weight repeatedly has a negative effect because skin that does not respond to weight loss by shrinking looks loose, empty, and haggard. Nutrition also plays a key factor in prevention. Good health may not always be reflected in one’s appearance, but overweight and out of shape is not attractive. It is important to avoid significant weight gain and to lose weight…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

About Dr. Imber
Gerald Imber, M.D., ( is prepared to help an entire generation of patients to look their best. He is one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons with decades of experience in plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation. He has authored numerous scientific papers and given lectures on prevention and correction of facial aging, written several books about the care and maintenance of a youthful appearance, including the revolutionary best-selling, anti-aging manual, The New Youth Corridor, and created a skin care line featured in magazines such as W and Harper’s Bazaar that deliverslarge doses of antioxidants for proven results:

ATnT Dermatology March-April 2011: Prevena

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Dermatology Department

Incision Management System


By Jeffrey J. Gibson, M.D.

The development of techniques such as laparoscopic and laser surgeries, as well as transcatheter treatments, has allowed physicians in many specialties to limit surgical incisions. When small to medium incisions are still necessary, innovations such as absorbable sutures and staples, which evenly distribute tension, have allowed physicians to close surgical wounds less invasively. These closure techniques have allowed for faster and more complete healing, which benefit physicians and patients.

Despite the advances in surgical technique and repair, there are still some conditions that require large incisions which have the potential for dehiscence and infection. For these situations, the the goal is to close the wound as safely and quickly as possible to prevent infection, limit patient discomfort, and reduce patient recovery time.

As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, in addition to closing wounds with limited ischemic techniques, I am also duly expected to deliver results that limit scarring and preserve the skin’s integrity as much as possible. While most surgeons agree that scarring should be minimized with low tension closures, this is especially important for patients who have elected to undergo a cosmetic procedure or for whom scarring is of particular concern. To this end, I actively research advancements in wound healing with the goal of keeping up with cutting-edge techniques that allow my patients to heal without complications.

One of the newest products I have been utilizing in surgery practice is the Prevena Incision Management System, a recent addition to the Negative Pressure Wound Therapy platform…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Gibson

About the Author
Jeffrey J. Gibson M.D., is a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, located in Miami, Florida. Dr. Gibson is particularly adept in breast reconstruction and wound closure. He completed a 2-year fellowship in angiogenic wound healing and currently has over 50 publications and abstracts on this subject. He is also president and CEO of a multi skin care anti-aging product line.

Prevena The Prevena™ Incision Management System covers and protects the incision from external infectious sources, while negative pressure removes fluid and infectious material from the surgical incision. Visit the KCI website for more information: