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ATnT Laser & Light Mar-Apr 2011: Laser Safety

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Laser & Light Technologies Department

Medical Spa Laser Safety


By Leslie J. Pollard, Contributing Editor & Advisor

Certainly there are many elements to the development, operation, and maintenance of a successful Medical Spa today. Most medical spa business owners and operators are aware of the importance of offering the right procedures, working with the right equipment, choosing the right location, offering services at the right price, hiring the right personnel, and utilizing the right marketing practices.

Beyond these core principles, owners are aware of the importance of treating clients and business associates fairly, hiring and keeping the right personnel, providing appropriate training, and making decisions that are fiscally responsible With proper planning and hard work, success with a well managed medical spa can be very rewarding for the owner, staff, and customers. However, a few unexpected obstacles that might be encountered along the way can quickly take the focus off the goal of the successful operation of a medical spa business.

Employee turnover, equipment malfunction, and economic factors are certainly considerations that can create chaos in the medical spa environment. However, one scenario that continues to play out routinely every year in every state is the challenge of surviving a state or federal safety audit process. Although most of these businesses survive the process, there is no doubt that survival can involve unexpected stress, use of valuable time and focus from the medical director, and the unexpected expense of seeking assistance to negotiate and meet all of the demands that will be immediately required for a successful outcome.

Unfortunately, what many medical spa owners and operators fail to understand or take seriously is the necessity of establishing a well documented laser and IPL safety program based on…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

About the Author
Leslie J. Pollard, BSMT, LEOT, CMLSO is certified through the Board of Laser Safety as a Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer, and graduate of the University of Texas with a BS Medical Technology and Associates in Laser Electro Optics Technology. Ms. Pollard has over 25 years of experience working with major health systems, hospitals, surgery centers, medical spas, physician offices, and mobile laser providers to provide educational and consultative services associated with medical/ surgical laser applications, federal and state laser safety training, and program development skills. Southwest Innovative Solutions, Inc. is owned and operated by Ms. Pollard and provides Medical Spa compliance application safety tool packages, on line and onsite training programs, as well as program compliance and development consultative services. SIS specializes in Medical Laser Applications and Safety.

ATnT Organics & Green Mar-Apr 2011: Organic Eating

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Organics & Green Department

Organic Eating


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

What does it really mean for food to carry the Certified Organic Label? Is there really a difference between certified organic products and “all natural” products? These are great questions.

As organic foods can be found almost everywhere now, it is important to understand what organic means and why it is so important to choose organic foods whenever possible. I think that most of us feel that eating organically is a new trend, but the interesting thing about eating organic food is that it is not a trend at all. It is simply going back to the way things used to be. Our grandparents and great grandparents ate organic food. Our ancestors ate organic food. Eating organically is the way it is SUPPOSED to be, not the other way around.


DEFINITION of Organic:
a) Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals
b) Simple, healthful, and close to nature

So when you see a certified organic label on food, you will know that it is as close as one can get to eating naturally from the earth. No fake chemicals. No synthetic insecticides. No additives. Nothing fake. This is a big deal.

We have taken for granted that the food we eat carries a lot of nutrition. But after all the chemical spraying, handling, additives, and preservatives that are added, it just makes sense that food is transformed from our nutrition into a foreign substance our bodies have to break down like a medicine. Ever wonder why it is difficult to find energy or lose weight at times? Maybe it is because we have become accustomed to…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

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 Organics & Green Mar-Apr 2011: Green Cleaning

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Organics & Green Department

Green Cleaning


By Emily Stocker, Contributing Editor & Advisor

Levels of pollutants in indoor air can be from two to more than 100 times higher than outdoors, according to the U.S. EPA. Indoor pollution is due in large part to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that evaporate, or “offgas,” from home decorating and cleaning products. According to a study published in New Scientist in 1999, in homes where aerosol sprays and air fresheners were used frequently, mothers experienced 25 percent more headaches and were 19 percent more likely to suffer from depression; and infants under six months of age had 30 percent more ear infections and 22 percent higher incidence of diarrhea. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in children and #2 in adults. There is a higher rate of children with learning disabilities than ever before.

While attempting to keep your medical spa and your patients safe from germs and bacteria, you may actually be putting them at risk. Many common cleaning products contain phenols, caustic poisonous compounds. These agents are used in everything from all-purpose cleaning products to toilet bowl cleaners.

The National Institute of Health states that phenol is toxic, and individuals who are hypersensitive to it could experience serious side effects or even death, even at low exposures. It is rapidly absorbed so it can easily cause toxicity through the entire body, as it affects the central nervous system, blood vessels, lungs, and kidneys. Symptoms of exposure to phenol include…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Emily Stocker

About the Author
Emily Stocker steps into the business of being green (and happy) with Em’s Organics, offering products like sea sponge soap made from USDA Organic ingredients and baby and children’s clothing and accessories.

And that’s just the beginning.

Visit Emily on the worldwide web:, which officially launched Earth Day last year.

Contact Emily via email at:

ATnT Plastic Surgery Mar-Apr 2011: Multiple Procedures

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Plastic Surgery Department

Multiple Procedures


By Vincent P. Marin, M.D., Contributing Editor & Advisor

Reading the news lately, it would be hard to miss reality starlet Heidi Montag and her “ten procedures in one day.” Under the care of now deceased Dr. Frank Ryan, Ms. Montag underwent a multitude of procedures ranging from a simple lip filler to an increase in her breast implants to an immense 700 cc.


1. Mini brow lift
2. BOTOX® in forehead and frown area
3. Nose job revision
4. Fat injections in cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips
5. Chin reduction
6. Neck liposuction
7. Ears pinned back
8. Breast augmentation revision
9. Liposuction on waist, hips, and outer thighs
10. Buttock augmentation

This had most of the tabloids and entertainment magazines in an uproar with weekly after weekly railing against her and Dr. Ryan’s mutual decision to proceed with her second return to the operating room in under two years. “Before we start, let me make one thing clear – safety of the patient must be the main priority with any surgery.” With that assumption, let’s delve into this more deeply.

Facial rejuvenation surgery regularly combines multiple procedures, as the distinct areas of the face tend to age in unison. If we use the same formula as…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Marin

About Dr. Marin
Vincent P. Marin, M.D., is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who practices in Del Mar, CA, and specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, breast, and body.

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ATnT Plastic Surgery Mar-Apr 2011: Hair Restoration

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Plastic Surgery Department

Hair Restoration Surgery


By Robert T. Leonard, Jr., D.O., F.A.A.C.S.,
Contributing Editor & Advisor

This year marks my twenty-fifth year in the field of hair restoration surgery. During these years, like in no other time in history, my specialty evolved as far as surgical technique and medical therapeutics for those seeking our services. I shall chronicle these revolutionary improvements in this article.

Male pattern baldness affects more than fifty million men in the United States and female pattern hair loss more than thirty million women. Each of these conditions is progressive, so it is extremely important to include stabilization of continued hair loss if you are going to surgically correct the problem. Long gone are those plugs. However, especially in patients over 45 or 50 years of age, this archaic technique often is in the forefront of one’s mind as to what hair transplantation is today - WRONG!

Unlike most surgical procedures during the last 25 years, the actual technique of hair restoration surgery has changed dramatically. As has been similar to the tremendous miniaturization of computers from room-sized machines to tiny handheld ones today, the same occurred in hair transplantation surgery.

In 1959 Dr. Norman Orentreich proved the theory of donor dominance; thus, proving longevity of transplanted hairs, transplanted hairs will maintain their genetic integrity to grow where they are moved. These large hair-bearing “plugs,” ranging from 4 to 6mm in diameter, were transplanted into round holes in areas of the scalp that were thin or bald—and they grew! Initially, these round grafts were harvested individually, with normal tissue left between them. The resulting surgical defects in the donor area would then heal by secondary intention. A big problem with this…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Leonard

About Dr. Leonard
With more than 25 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and as a past president of ISHRS, Dr. Robert Leonard serves as New England’s foremost authority on hair restoration, providing an honest, realistic medical evaluation of each individual patient’s hair loss problem.

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ATnT Practice Management Mar-Apr 2011: Profiting from Wellness

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Practice Management Department

Profiting from Wellness


By Nancy Griffin, Contributing Editor

“Wellness” is a global trend impacting all sectors of healthcare and beauty. Five years ago, Cindy Vandruff, Editor in Chief of Aesthetic Trends & Technologies, predicted: “Wellness is clearly the forefront of the new evolution in medical aesthetic treatments.” Today that statement is truer than ever. Wellness represents a market of nearly $2 trillion globally (Source Spas and the Global Wellness Market Synergies and Opportunities ©Copyright Global Spa Summit 2010 vii SRI International). Drivers of the growing wellness industry include an increasingly older, unhealthy population and a failing conventional medical system. There is a growing body of medical evidence about the proven benefits of wellness modalities such as massage, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and relaxation methods such as meditation.

As tempting as it is to jump on the wellness bandwagon, there are many practical considerations. “Many medical spas think that wellness is the next logical step for their business,” says Carol Phillips, Principal of BeauteeSmarts. “Every medical spa offers the same thing—lasers, chemical peels, fillers. They want to break out of the pack but have difficulty profiting from wellness.”

Contento consulted the experts on this important topic and examined the path to profit from conception to implementation. Before embarking on a wellness venture, here are the areas you need to consider.

The place to start when considering the addition of any new program and service is with your client. Certain segments of the population are pre-disposed to take control of their own health. Are your current clients/patients telling you they want services that have therapeutic value and promote healthy aging? Have they expressed that they want to feel and look well long after leaving the spa? If the majority of your clientele are…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Nancy Griffin

About the Author
Nancy Griffin has been a recognized health and wellness marketing expert for more than 15 years. Prior to founding and Spaexec, she completed graduate studies at Cornell University Hotel School. Her newest venture, Contento Marketing, helps spas and medical spas take advantage of new media.

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ATnT Anti-Aging March-April 2011: Staying Youthful

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
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:

ATnT Dermatology March-April 2011: Mineral Makeup

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Dermatology Department

Mineral Makeup


By Donya Fahmy, Dropwise Essentials

When it comes to choosing makeup, let’s face it, there are so many brands out there and each offers a dizzying array of products, it is hard to know what to choose that will help put one’s best face forward without compromising her skin’s health or her health in general. If she is like most women, she has probably spent a lot of time and money over the years trying out different brands and colors to arrive at a combination of products that work for every day purposes as well as a few choice items for those special occasions, too.

With so many options to choose from but no clear sense of how one product or brand compares with another, she may have simply opted for the higher priced premium brands believing they offer the best possible quality. Or maybe she chose a particular brand because it was all the rage according to the fashion magazines, and it seemed like that was what everyone was using!

Whether it is products from Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Revlon, or MAC, if she is an eco-conscious consumer then she knows that a lot of these established and popular name brands make products that contain a lot of dyes and synthetic ingredients that have never been tested…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article


About the Author
Donya Fahmy 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 In Practice March-April 2011: Fee for Service

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March-April 2011
In Practice Department

Fee for Service in this Economy

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

George Gmytrasiewicz is the Practice Administrator at Obstetrical and Gynecological Specialties, PC, a division of Women’s Health Professionals, LLP in Smithtown, Long Island. Obstetrical and Gynecological Specialties, PC has been in business for over 35 years. Early in 2010 the managing partners of the practice became ready to add some elective cash paying services to their menu of patient offerings and shortly thereafter launched Cosmetic Specialties, LLC.

Aesthetics 360° was contacted by George Gmytrasiewicz to assist with an assessment of the practice’s current state and to formulate a plan of action to successfully introduce these “in-demand” aesthetic procedures and services. At this time Cosmetic Specialties had decided to offer laser hair removal, acne treatments, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, spray tanning, and facials. Most recently they have added to their services a weight loss program.

Order of Treatments by Popularity

1. Laser Hair Removal
2. Skin Tightening
3. Skin Rejuvenation
4. Cosmetic Products
5. Tanning

Aesthetics 360° circled back to speak to Mr. Gmytrasiewicz in December 2010 and found, not only was the new business flourishing, it was exceeding the profit expectations for year one. We felt this to be an ideal business to highlight and share success stories so that other practices who may be on the fence about expansion would have some objective data to help them move forward in…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Christine Lapointe
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Laura Jackson
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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 Anti-Aging March-April 2011: Botexting

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Anti-Aging Department



By Mark Olson, Smile Reminder

For cosmetic and plastic surgery practices, dermatology practices, and medical spas, staying relevant in the new economy is essential. In challenging economic times, practices must seek out new ways to increase revenue while keeping up with patient demand for convenience and quick communication. One way in which practices are overcoming this hurdle is keeping up-to-date on the latest practice management technologies.

Services such as Smile Reminder, the leading patient messaging software, have become an integral component in assisting medical professionals to better communicate with their patients, while also increasing bottom lines and ensuring practices and spas remain current. Now used by medical spas, plastic surgeons and dermatologists offering BOTOX® and other cosmetic procedures which require upkeep, Smile Reminder allows practices to communicate directly with their patients via automated text messaging or email, sending them personalized reminders about their upcoming BOTOX® appointments.

A billion dollar industry in itself, BOTOX® has become one of the most requested cosmetic procedures in the world. However, despite the popularity of the injectable, many practices and spas offering BOTOX® are not thriving as they could or should. This is because of the common lack of attention to what we call “recare” appointments and because of the difficulty that comes with manually keeping track of which patient is due for an appointment and when many offices simply overlook the immense impact recare appointments can have on revenue.

Additionally, many practices and spas are not able to commit the time and money it takes to call each patient for a reminder. Smile Reminder allows practices to communicate directly with their patients via automated text messaging or email, sending them personalized…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

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About Smile Reminder
Smile Reminder is driven to provide practices with messaging solutions that increase revenue, reduce cost, and increase overall patient loyalty. Their patent-pending solution utilizes the latest in messaging technology. Being the first to incorporate text-to-cell phone messaging capability into a communication system, Smile Reminder is the clear leader in providing communication solutions that are compatible with today’s mobile society. Smile Reminder was founded in 2000 and is privately held.

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ATnT Anti-Aging March-April 2011: LashDip

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Anti-Aging Department

The secret to lush, full, dark, long lashes


By Cindy L. Vandruff, MBA, Editor in Chief

Lush, full, dark, long lashes are the hottest trend on the beauty scene, and LashDip™ is the most effective, hassle-free way to achieve the look. LashDip was recently chosen as the hottest treatment on the beauty scene on the “Today Show.”

LashDip is a water and sweat resistant formula that adds curl, volume, and length to either natural lashes or extensions, while also separating and sculpting the lashes for a thick, beautiful look without any mascara up to six weeks. It is the most recent revolution in lashes and works differently than anything on the market.

The semi-permanent mascara created by makeup artist Jessica Harley and hairstylist Gina Mondragon in Chicago over a two-year period and continues to earn rave reviews from the women who wear it and on the nation’s leading media outlets including: The Today Show, NBC LX TV- New York, WABC New York, Allure Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Post, OK! Weekly, and more.

The LashDip application is a three-step process. First, the lashes are cleaned with a sodiumand-aloe soap. Then a LashDip trained cosmetologist or makeup artist applies the LashDip formula to darken and shape the lashes. Finally, it is dried and…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

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LashDip is an innovative cosmetic application that is primed to modernize the mascara industry.

To see more before and after photos:

888.740.LASH (5274)

Syneron Named to MDB Capital Group’s “Best & Brightest” List

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Syneron Named to MDB Capital Group’s “Best & Brightest” List

Highlights Syneron’s Commitment to Science and Market Leadership

YOKNEAM, ISRAEL — Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ: ELOS), the leading global aesthetic device company, announced today that it has been included in MDB Capital Group’s “Best & Brightest” list of 150 innovative leaders for 2011.

MDB’s Best & Brightest list is drawn from the universe of public companies with at least one U.S. patent and a market capitalization under $500 million. Companies included in the Best & Brightest list are ranked in the 90th percentile for technology leadership from more than 1,500 companies with U.S. patents granted.

Lou Scafuri, Chief Executive Officer of Syneron, commented, “Syneron’s inclusion on MDB’s Best & Brightest list is a testament to the strength of our innovative portfolio and pipeline of aesthetic devices and products for the professional and home-use markets. It also demonstrates our commitment to superior science and excellent clinical results, both of which create trust in our products. Looking forward, we will continue to have a strong focus on developing and acquiring best-in-class, category-creating technologies for aesthetic applications.”

Syneron is celebrating 10 years of successful aesthetic treatments with its proprietary elos technology. elos is the first and only technology that simultaneously harnesses the power of both bi-polar radio frequency (RF) and optical energy (either laser or light). The Company also employs other proprietary technologies and patented systems for aesthetic procedures in the professional and home-use markets. Syneron recently unveiled new cutting-edge aesthetic products at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The newly-launched products include ePrime™ Energy-Based Dermal Volumizer™, CO2RE versatile Fractional CO2 Resurfacing System and elure™ Advanced Skin Lightening Technology™. In addition, the Company featured the revolutionary eMatrix® complete Sublative Rejuvenation® system at the AAD.

About MDB Capital Group LLC
MDB Capital is an institutional research and investment banking firm that focuses exclusively on companies that possess market changing, disruptive intellectual property. For more information, visit

About Syneron Medical Ltd.
Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ: ELOS) is the leading global aesthetic device company with a comprehensive product portfolio and a global distribution footprint. The Company’s technology enables physicians to provide advanced solutions for a broad range of medical-aesthetic applications including body contouring, hair removal, wrinkle reduction, rejuvenation of the skin’s appearance through the treatment of superficial benign vascular and pigmented lesions, and the treatment of acne, leg veins and cellulite. The Company sells its products under two distinct brands, Syneron and Candela. Founded in 2000, the corporate, R&D, and manufacturing headquarters for Syneron Medical Ltd. are located in Israel. Syneron also has R&D and manufacturing operations in the US. The company markets and services and supports its products in 86 countries. It has offices in North America, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK, Australia, China, Japan, and Hong Kong and distributors worldwide. Additional information can be found at

Source: Syneron

The Montage of Laguna Beach New “Studio Garden”

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The Montage in Laguna Beach, CA just broke ground on the construction of their new “Studio Garden.” Their ongoing commitment to sustainability. The garden will be a working, functional, custom garden designed to grow and cultivate organic seasonal herbs, fruits, and vegetables to be used throughout the property. The Studio Garden will be completed in the spring.

The Montage Resort & Spa is known for its extraordinary spa experience for the most seasoned spa goer. The property has several dining facilities filled with gourmet foods and healthy choices prepared by award-winning chefs.

About Spa Montage
Montage celebrates pursuit of life in balance: at the heart of each of our resorts and hotels you will find a distinctive Spa Montage designed to inspire personal wellness solutions. Each of the luxurious spa resorts and hotels reflects its singular destination with a unique ambiance and signature holistic services. The industry’s most rigorously trained therapists and estheticians address your specific needs through a series of highly customized transformative experiences. Spa Montage continually pioneers inventive therapies and classes so that you will enjoy the anti-aging, cleansing, detoxifying, energizing or relaxing results that you uniquely require. Let Spa Montage help you enhance mind, body and spirit connections on your own personal wellness journey.

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Medical Societies Announce Coalition for Patient Safety in Cosmetic Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery


Medical Societies Announce Coalition for Patient Safety in Cosmetic Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery

New York, NY – Four nationally known medical societies announced today the formation of the Physicians Aesthetic Coalition, created to promote patient safety in cosmetic medicine and aesthetic surgery through public and physician education initiatives. The Coalition is a cooperative, multispecialty effort of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the American Society Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

“All of the organizations have active and successful patient safety initiatives. However, we feel that a unified voice representing more than 8,000 board certified physicians will further advance our goals of informing the public of patient safety issues and continuing patient safety educational efforts to all members” said Jonathan Sykes, MD, President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS). “We look forward to working with our colleagues across specialties to increase patient safety for anyone considering cosmetic medicine or aesthetic surgery procedures.”

“Along with the increasing popularity of aesthetic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic treatments an increasing and disturbing number of non-qualified clinicians and unproven treatments are being promoted to the public. This is a significant patient safety issue”said Felmont F. Eaves, III, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). “Through the Coalition, we can address these issues on a stronger platform than we could individually, using credible medical evidence to help patients make informed decisions.”

“One of the Coalition’s founding principles is to develop educational forums for the public and media, transparent and free of commercial bias” said Jeffery S. Dover, MD, President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). “Over the next several months we will be announcing new resources to help differentiate fact from fiction.”

“Nothing is more important to us, both as a medical society and as individual physicians, than keeping our patients safe” said Jeffrey A. Nerad, MD, President of the American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). “We are hopeful that this new Coalition will help us in achieving this end.”

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and are fully trained in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures; international active members are certified by equivalentboards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements. Website:

The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons with more than 2,700 members – whose cosmetic and reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. The AAFPRS fellows and members are board certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in any area by visiting the AAFPRS web site,

The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) was founded in 1969 to establish a qualified body of surgeons who have training and experience in this highly specialized field. The purpose of ASOPRS is to advance education, research and the quality of clinical practice in the fields of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery specializing in the eyelids, orbits, lacrimal system and face. The Society has over 580 national and international members. Website:

About ASDS
With 5,400 members, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing board-certified dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin. ASDS members not only lead the field of specialists in the treatment of skin cancer, but also are the premier specialty group trained to treat skin and soft tissue in both medically necessary and cosmetic surgical and non-surgical methods. Visit their website:

Source: ASAPS

LashDip: The Secret to Lush, Full, Dark, Long Lashes is the Hottest Trend

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LashDip: The Secret to Lush, Full, Dark, Long Lashes is the Hottest Trend on the Beauty Scene

New York, NY – LashDip, the first revolutionary, semi-permanent professional lash coat performed exclusively in the finest spas and salons announces clinical survey findings completed by IF Marketing in Chicago, IL and Anushka Spa, Salon, Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach, FL.

The LashDip Management Team requisitioned two independent research surveys at two centers with a total of forty women — twenty women per center — who volunteered to have the treatment completed and who wore LashDip for six weeks. Throughout the six week process, the individual women were monitored and interviewed about their LashDip experience to ensure the treatment’s safety and efficacy.

The marketing and treatment program included a Pre-Application Survey, an Initial Reaction Survey, a Post-Refresh Treatment Survey and a Final Survey, each designed to measure the impact, safety and efficacy of the product and client satisfaction.

Key findings reflected many satisfied LashDip wearers with results that gave the treatment high accolades, including:

• 100% of women surveyed reported an increase in self-confidence
• 100% of women surveyed reported that they felt comfortable wearing less makeup with LashDip
• 100% of contact lens wearers felt more confident wearing LashDip than mascara
• 100% of lash extension wearers loved the added volume and extra mileage they got out of their lash extensions
• 93.8% of women surveyed reported that that their lashes appeared more voluminous
• There was a 45% increase reported among women who felt “highly attractive” upon waking up in the morning

Seventy percent of women surveyed reported that they never or seldomly leave home without mascara. LashDip was specially designed for this woman and perfected over a two-year period. The treatment was extensively verified throughout the process for wearability, safety and efficacy. As presented in the findings by IF Marketing and Anushka Spa, LashDip is a safe and effective solution for women who want to wake up with defined, noticeable, voluminous lashes. The treatment lasts up to six weeks and allows women to swim, shower and sweat in their mascara. LashDip adds volume, length, lift, curve and separation – like traditional mascara – but won’t smudge or wash off for weeks.

Time Savings
Women in the Anushka Spa survey were asked if they thought LashDip saved them time during their daily routine. One hundred percent agreed that LashDip was a time-saver. Forty percent of women surveyed by IF Marketing reported that they invest more than five minutes removing their eye makeup every day; that is more than thirty-five minutes per week or over two hours per month, just to remove their eye makeup. LashDip was created for anyone who wears mascara, including:

• Mothers with young children
• Executives
• Women who travel frequently
• Anyone who wants to amplify the look, or extend the wear of traditional lash extensions
• Vacationers seeking maximum convenience
• Women who don’t want to spend the time on makeup application
• Women with short, sparse lashes
• Women who want to look glamorous 24/7
• Women who struggle with applying their own mascara

No Long Term Impact
One hundred percent of survey participants felt there was no lash damage after removal of LashDip, and detailed that their lashes were in better condition due to the fact that they were not constantly applying and removing mascara. LashDip gives women attention grabbing, semi-permanent coated lashes which effortlessly empowers the wearer to do all the activities she enjoys without the same concern she had when wearing mascara such as smudging, smearing, running or wearing off.
According to the comprehensive survey of women from a varied demographic range, LashDip increases the appearance of volume and length. Most women prefer LashDip to their usual mascara brands. Amongst the most frequently noticed differences are the longevity, appearance of volume and length, deep color, and texture achieved with LashDip.

Priced at approximately $200 per treatment, LashDip works well as a lash treatment or as the ideal complement to lash growth enhancers and lash extensions. LashDip is exclusively applied by salon professionals who have completed the extensive two-day LashDip training course and are certified by LashDip, Inc. Application performed by a trained professional generally takes just under an hour – click here to see the application process:

About LashDip
LashDip is an innovative cosmetic application that is primed to modernize the mascara industry. To learn more, visit or find us on Twitter @LASHDIPPED or @LashDip. To see before and after photos:


Source: Anushka Spa

Europe Makes Cross-Border ‘Health Tourism’ Easier

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Photo courtesy of AFP - EU commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli (L) and Member of the European Parliament Francoise Grossetête

Europe Makes Cross-Border ‘Health Tourism’ Easier

STRASBOURG (AFP) – European travelers short of prescription drugs, or on waiting-lists for surgery at home, will be reimbursed for care anywhere in the EU by late 2013, under a law approved by parliament Wednesday.

The ground-breaking European parliament law, adopted after years of talks, sets out patients’ rights to medical care in any of the 27 member states, while spelling out rules for reimbursement and requirements for prior authorisation.

“This is a big day for European health, a great victory for patients’ rights,” said Health Commissioner John Dalli.

The law, which after formal approval by the EU’s 27 leaders at a summit gives members 30 months to transcribe it into national legislation, will enable patients to be reimbursed at home for care received in a foreign country.

People seeking more than 24-hour hospital care across a border will need to get prior agreement from national health services. But the legislation sets out refusal rules to ensure requests are not thrown out lightly.

A patient with a heart condition for example might not be granted a request on the grounds that travel was dangerous for his health. Or a request for surgery could be turned down if the clinic had a reputation for hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

“Some rare diseases aren’t even recognised in some countries, let alone treated” said Dalli. “And small countries often can’t offer the same medical services as bigger nations.”

Patients will be able to seek non-hospital treatment or care without prior authorisation.

Dalli said the legislation would not prompt Europeans to travel for care as sick people prefer to seek treatment in their own countries.

The demand for cross-border healthcare affects only around one percent of public spending on health, he said.

Under the new law, member states are to set up information centres offerng patients data on treatment, providers and levels of reimbursement across the bloc.

Source: Yahoo News

Paula Simpson of GliSODin Featured on Good Morning America, Health

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Paula Simpson, Executive Director of ISOCELL, the Makers of GliSODin Featured on Good Morning America, Health

Ways to Detoxify your Body for Optimum Health…Beauty Nutritionist, Paula Simpson, discusses traditional and conventional ways to detoxify for health. From internal cleanses, to salt therapy or charcoal to purify water.


Understanding more about SOD:

Acting as the body’s major antioxidant defense, Glisodin® is one of the most dynamic and versatile nutraceuticals.

By increasing the body’s production of SOD, Glutathion-peroxidation and Catalase, it has the capability of stimulating the body’s defense against free radicals and positively influences the immune system.

Through extensive research, Glisodin ® has been clinically tested in hospitals with positive results.

GliSODin®, the first orally effective superoxide dismutase, is the revolutionary, 100% vegetarian, result of this research.

Oxygen is the most important element for life in the animal kingdom particularly for humans. During its utilization by the human body, oxygen gives birth to very reactive forms called “free radicals”. Free radicals are destroyed by the natural defense systems named “antioxidants”.

GliSODin® is the fruit of a double innovation
• Identification of a vegetable source of SOD, which is for safety reasons, an edible plant. The objective was reached by selecting a variety of melon (Cucumus melo not genetically modified) that is naturally rich in SOD. • Developing a galenic formulation capable of protecting the SOD from the gastric degradation. This was possible thanks to the conception of a wheat protein matrix that protects the SOD activity allowing it to be assimilated by the intestinal cells.

Utilization Guide
GliSODin® can be taken either in short-term intervals or for long-term daily supplementation.
GliSODin® is not to be used by pregnant women or children under 12 years of age.
Due to the presence of wheat proteins, this product should not be used by people allergic to gluten.

About ISOCELL Laboratories
ISOCELL is one of the top laboratories in aging research particularly in the domain of oxidative stress.
ISOCELL has several international patents (Europe, USA, Japan) for aging research for innovative products that support the immune system and protect the body against external aggressions and aging at the cellular level.


Source: Isocell

Saks Fifth Avenue Partners with neuveauBROW

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Saks Fifth Avenue Partners with neuveauBrow Active Eyebrow Technology to Provide Complimentary Eyebrow Consutlations


New York, New York - Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with neuveauBrow active eyebrow technology, the newest product from Skin Research Laboratories to host a special brow consultation event, held Thursday, January 13 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM at Saks Fifth Avenue’s NY flagship.

Brow expert, Heidi Evora-Santiago provided complimentary brow consultations and eyebrow touchups, while instructing customers on how to find the perfect eyebrow shape to flatter their facial features. Heidi also discuss the benefits of neuveauBrow, the revolutionary new product for achieving fuller, healthier-looking brows.

neveauBrow, formulated by the creators of award-winning neuLash active eyelash technology, launched exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue during the summer of 2010.

Renowned brow specialist, founder and operating partner of Damali NYC, Heidi Evora-Santiago brings more than 15-years experience as a beauty professional. Highly sought after by celebrities, socialites and fashionistas, Heidi began her career with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and was later trained by “celebrity eyebrow king” Damone Roberts. She is New York State Certified to perform eyebrow waxing and sculpting. Heidi’s celebrity clients have included, Estelle, Katherine Heigl, Keysha Cole, Eva Longoria, Evangeline Lilly, Anne Rice and Lil Kim. Her work can be seen on campaign ads for Polo, Showtime’s “Californication”, Sprite, Jim Bean and Prudential Insurance. She has provided makeup services on TV for “What Not to Wear” and for celebrities and guests of “The Today Show” and “Larry King Live.” Fashion credits include fashion shows for BCBG, B.Michaels and Vivianne Westwood.

neuveauBrow promotes and restores fuller, healthier-looking eyebrows in as little as four weeks with its scientifically advanced exclusive formula, containing peptides, proteins, vitamins and moisturizers that nourish and condition. For women with sparse, thinning or weak brows, neuveauBrow can help create the fuller, healthier-looking eyebrows they desire.

A 6ml tube of neuveauBrow retails for $100 and lasts for one to two months with suggested use.

About Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 47 full-line stores in 23 states, 5 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 57 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store.

About Skin Research Laboratories
With more than 35 years of experience, Richard Carieri and Skin Research Laboratories are renowned for providing innovative products which produce remarkable results. The research and development team consists of chemists, medical and scientific advisors that provide technical expertise for the company’s personal care products. neuveauBrow features a unique synergistic combination of multiple functional ingredients that make eyebrows appear fuller, thicker and healthier.


Source: Skin Research Laboratories

Non-Surgical Facial Procedures Spike Dramatically in 2010


Non-Surgical Facial Procedures Spike Dramatically in 2010

Annual Survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Finds More Patients Opting for Non-Surgical Procedures to Delay Surgery

ALEXANDRIA, VA–(Marketwire) - New survey results released today by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) showed three-fourths of the procedures performed by the Academy’s surgeons in 2010 were non-surgical procedures, highlighting a trend that more people are choosing non-surgical procedures to delay more invasive surgical procedures. The survey results also showed that the number of procedures performed annually has risen 45 percent over the last two years, with a 16 percent increase in non-surgical procedures. The results were released at the AAFPRS Rejuvenation of the Aging Face Meeting. The meeting is being held January 19-23, at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA.

A majority of surgical procedures, including facelift, revision surgery, rhinoplasty, forehead lift, chin augmentation, lip augmentation, and scar revision, increased in cost from 2009, which may be one reason why people opted for less invasive surgeries. In addition, surgeons reported performing fewer lip augmentations, hair transplants and collagen/cosmoderm/cosmoplast procedures in 2010.

“Non-surgical procedures are an excellent option for some people, with the added benefits of lower costs and shorter recovery time; two things that are consistently important to those considering facial plastic surgery,” said Jonathan M. Sykes, M.D., President of the AAFPRS. “We have been seeing a trend over the past few years that people who want to look and feel younger and rejuvenated are turning to non-surgical, less invasive procedures to obtain the refreshed look they want.”

The most common non-surgical procedures last year were Botox and hyaluronic acid injections. Surgery is still popular, with the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2010 being rhinoplasty, facelift, and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

Procedures Vary By Age/Gender
Women, who made up 83 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2010, continued to be the most likely candidates for all plastic surgery other than hair transplants, though the procedures varied greatly by age. Women under age 35 opted for less invasive procedures. The most common non-surgical procedures for women under age 35 were Botox injections (65 percent, up from 58 percent in 2009), hyaluronic acid injections (51 percent), microdermabrasion (23 percent), and chemical peels (22 percent).

Facelifts, blepharoplasty, ablative skin resurfacing and rhinoplasty were the most common surgical procedures performed on women overall, while Botox, hyaluronic acid injections, and microdermabrasion were the most common non-surgical procedures in women overall.

Women between the ages of 35 and 60 most commonly underwent brow lifts, facelifts, blepharoplasty, Botox, chemical peels, and filler injections, which all showed at least a five percent increase from 2009. Filler injections and chemical peels increased 12 and 26 percent, respectively, since last year.

Rhinoplasty was the most common surgical procedure performed on women between the ages of 22 and 34, with 84 percent of all rhinoplasties, versus 23 or less percent of other procedures, being performed in this age group, up nine percent from 2009.

Men also saw their share of surgical and non-surgical procedures last year, with Botox, hyaluronic acid injections, rhinoplasty and hair transplants being the most common procedures performed.

Ethnicity Also Plays a Role
Two out of five surgeons have also reported an increase in their Asian American, Caucasian, and Hispanic patients in 2010. Among the four different popular cosmetic surgeries, African Americans and Hispanics were most likely to have received rhinoplasty (78% and 62% respectively). Asian Americans were most likely to have received blepharoplasty (47 percent) or rhinoplasty (44 percent), while Caucasians were more likely to get rhinoplasty (42 percent, up from 26 percent in 2009), followed by facelifts (36 percent).

Patients Are More Educated
Physicians agree that patients are more educated about plastic surgery than in recent years, despite patients receiving most of their plastic surgery information from friends. Surgeons also reported that patients are split in their concern over the results and cost when making the decision to undergo facial plastic surgery.

Find the Right Surgeon
The AAFPRS reminds patients and professionals that when considering a facial procedure to first seek surgeons who are qualified, trained and experienced in performing those procedures and ensure that patients trust their face to a facial plastic surgeon. The AAFPRS web site offers a searchable member directory, which can help you find an AAFPRS facial plastic surgeon near you. For more information, visit

About the Survey
The data for this study was collected directly by AAFPRS on the web between December 21, 2010 and January 8, 2011 using, a web site for conducting self-designed web surveys. The survey was emailed to only AAFPRS members who are American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) certified. ICR, headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, analyzed key findings using data obtained from the SurveyMonkey site. One hundred and fifteen surgeons responded to the survey. The number of respondents this year is consistent with the number from previous years.

The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons with more than 2,700 members — whose cosmetic and reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. The AAFPRS fellows and members are board certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in any area by visiting the AAFPRS website.


Source: Market Wire

AAD Annual Gold Triangle Awards in New Orleans Febuary 2011

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American Academy of Dermatology’s 14th Annual Gold Triangle Awards Recognize Achievement in Raising Awareness of Dermatology

SCHAUMBURG, ILL — The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) will present the 2011 Gold Triangle Awards during its 69th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The Academy will honor a prestigious list of 37 winners, chosen from 107 total entries, for excellence in furthering understanding of dermatologic issues and encouraging healthy behavior in the care of skin, hair and nails.

“Our Gold Triangle Award winners are to be commended for their efforts to increase awareness of dermatologic conditions and encourage healthy behaviors in the care of skin, hair and nails,” said dermatologist William D. James, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. “By educating people about problems involving their skin, hair and nails, and encouraging them to seek the expert care of a dermatologist, these programs and initiatives have the potential to improve the quality of life for many individuals.”

The list of 2011 Gold Triangle Award recipients can be accessed on the Academy’s website at

The Call for Entries for the 2012 Gold Triangle Awards will be available in August 2011.

The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 16,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.

American Academy of Dermatology
888.462.DERM (3376)

Source: AAD

Lumixyl Special Report – February 2011

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
Special Report - February 2011
Lumixyl Skin Brightening System

News for Dermatologists


By Felipe Jimenez, Ph.D., Envy Medical

Let’s face it. Hydroquinone has been the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation for decades. In fact, hydroquinone continues to be the number one prescribed skin lightening agent globally. In years past, patients were given a prescription for hydroquinone (HQ) that they would fill at their neighborhood drugstore. Today, there is a growing number of dermatologists and other aesthetically oriented physicians who now dispense hydroquinone-based products directly to their patients. Once an afterthought, this practice model has become a core part of the patient offerings for physicians across the country. So why consider dispensing non-hydroquinone products to your patients?

There are several compelling instances where prescribing a non-hydroquinone skin brightener to your patients may be appropriate or even necessary. The Lumixyl Topical Brightening System incorporates new peptide technologies developed by Stanford University dermatology researchers for just such occasions. The following instances are just a few of the more common examples of when prescribing a non-hydroquinone regimen such as the Lumixyl Topical Brightening System is recommended:

Avoiding Chronic HQ Use
In most cases, it is recommended that patients stop using hydroquinone after using it continuously for 4 – 6 months. It simply is not meant to be an ongoing daily skin care agent. However, it is well known that discontinuing the use of a tyrosinase inhibitor, like hydroquinone, or other skinlightening agents may cause hyperpigmented spots to resurface. This is why it is recommended that patients begin using a non-hydroquinone maintenance regimen in order to preserve their even complexion. This is a perfect opportunity to…READ ON - Download Full Article NOW

For additional information on bringing the Lumixyl Topical Brightening System into your practice with a limited introductory offer, please visit or call 1-888-848-3633.



About ENVY Medical
Envy Medical’s mission is to offer highly effective non-invasive skin rejuvenation therapies for patients suffering from either dermatologic or aesthetic conditions. The company’s lead products include SilkPeel®, a breakthrough system that combines precision non-invasive exfoliation with Dermalinfusion™, deep delivery of a diverse set of skin-specific solutions, all designed to improve and revitalize the skin. In fact Envy Medical (through it’s predecessor company, emed) is the inventor of Dermalinfusion, and holds a series of interlocking patents covering the technology.

The company also owns exclusive rights to a class of novel peptides that show clinical efficacy in the topical treatment of dermatologic indications. Developed by Dr. Basil Hantash’s team of dermatological researchers out of Stanford University, this ground-breaking technology encompasses the only peptide class clinically shown to significantly brighten skin and address hyperpigmentation. The company has introduced its first product line, under the brand name Lumixyl™. Recent studies show that Lumixyl™, incorporating a peptide chain of ten amino acids, treats hyperpigmentation more efficaciously than hydroquinone - the most commonly prescribed medication for the treatment of Hyperpigmentation.

Practice Management Jan-Feb 2011: Marketing Your Medical Spa

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
January - February 2011
Practice Management Department

Marketing Your Medical Spa & Clinic


By Nancy Griffin, Contributing Editor

In today’s highly competitive business landscape, medical spas and clinics must be smart marketers to acquire and keep loyal clients.

Smart, affordable marketing strategies and tactics will allow you to accomplish your marketing goals without breaking the bank.

Here are Contento’s picks for the hottest trends in marketing:

Identifying personas instead of market segments to allow you to truly see through the eyes of your clients. Whereas market segments are defined as a group, personas are treated as individuals or “characters,” with actual personality attributes. Talk to your clients, vendors, and staff to brainstorm the characteristics of your types of clients and patients. Once you have defined your client personas, you can devise a custom marketing strategy for each one of your segments.

Sample personas:

First-time Fran: Medical Spa “virgin,” hesitant, needs support to “learn the ropes.”

Savvy Sally: Medical Spa veteran, knows the ropes, demanding, likes to develop a relationship with her
practitioner. Wants to be rewarded for her loyalty— expects to be catered to and wants results!

Commonsense Cathy: Repeat visitor but needs to learn everything about a new treatment or product before making a purchase. She is methodical and logical in all decisions. Wants an explanation of why a product works and what is in it.

Email is the most powerful weapon in your marketing arsenal. A consistent email outreach to your network clients and “permission-based” web visitors is a must for any medical spa or clinic. “Email marketing is by far my number one strategy as far as ROI goes! It costs me very little to maintain and send out but brings in HUGE return,” says Kanna Reilly, owner of Body Solutions LASER & SKIN in Scottsdale, AZ…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Nancy Griffin

About the Author
Nancy Griffin has been a recognized health and wellness marketing expert for more than 15 years. Prior to founding and Spaexec, she completed graduate studies at Cornell University Hotel School. Her newest venture, Contento Marketing, helps spas and medical spas take advantage of new media. Griffin can be reached at

Wellness Jan-Feb 2011: Reversed Aging

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
January - February 2011
Wellness Department

Can We Turn Back Time?


By Jeffrey H Spiegel, M.D., Contributing Editor & Advisor

Speaking about aging, Mark Twain noted that, “It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it.” That is, aging is inevitable. As far as we know, time moves in only one direction; and as the years pass, our bodies show the wear. My practice focuses on cosmetic facial surgery. With time, skin loses its elasticity, areas of fullness become hollow, and gravity takes its toll on a less resilient face, resulting in signs of aging. I fight these changes with injectable fillers that restore volume, muscle relaxing chemicals that reduce the stress on less elastic skin, lotions that attempt to restore moisture to drying skin, and surgical procedures that attempt to move sagging tissues to their original youthful position. Of course, not only does our appearance change, but so do our abilities. Youthful vigor is replaced by slower movement with less strength and energy.

The great question is “why?” Why should our bodies, with their incredible ability to heal, eventually stop maintaining themselves and begin to deteriorate? Perhaps “why” is a philosophical question that we can never answer, but “how” is now closer to our reach.

At the end of each chromosome within our cells is structure called a telomere. These telomeres are segments of DNA that are incompletely replicated each time the cell divides. After around 50 replications, the telomeres at the end of the chromosomes become so short that cell division ceases. This creates a phenomenon known as “senescence.” In other words, the telomere segment acts as a timer for aging. A longer telomere would allow for more cell divisions before senescence, and ideally we would like to be able to lengthen the telomere as we age to continue in a youthful state. The discovery of telomerase is…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

About the Author
Jeffrey H. Spiegel, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Boston Medical Center and holds academic appointments in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine.

For more information, visit Dr. Spiegel’s website and blog:

Cordelia Donovan, Inc. Announces Filming Documentary, Suck My Fat

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Cordelia Donovan, Inc. Announces Filming Documentary, Suck My Fat

New York, NY- Cordelia Donovan Studios and Color of Beauty Media Group is proud to announce the filming of documentary Suck My Fat, The Truth About Ladies And Liposuction. Suck My Fat is a feature length documentary on the liposuction industry. Liposuction is one of the top five cosmetic procedures around the world. The film will address what is true or false about liposuction and the mental and emotional effects that it has on women. The film will also explore the various types of liposuction and uncover which are the safest and most effective types. Women will be filmed going through different types of liposuction and the effects that it has on their lives. Furthermore, Suck My Fat will address how some of the same results can be achieved with diet and exercise.

Cordelia Donovan was motivated to produce Suck My Fat after after running a successful medical spa in New Jersey. Cordelia stated “ I saw a story that needed to be shared with the public that is currently not seen on TV. I wanted a film to address women and their needs about body image and liposuction. I wanted to make a film that would both educate and entertain the actual liposuction consumers- women age 35-50.”

The Suck My Fat film is in its early stages of filming. Recently, a travel grant has been provided by British Airways in its face to opportunity contest so Cordelia Donovan can film in Europe and China. Many top physicians both in the United States and abroad have expressed excitement and interest in the project. Many have already been interviewed. Cordelia Donovan Studios has already begun filming interviews with many of the best physicians. The film is expected to have its theatrical release in December 2011.

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