Laser Attraction
Early experience with dermatologic laser treatments set Edward Glassberg, MD, on the path to becoming cofounder of the 13,000-square-foot Laser Skin Care Center.

As a teenager, Edward Glassberg, MD, struggled with severe acne and was treated by a dermatologist for several years. The experience led him to consider a career in medicine. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Science degree, he was accepted into the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine.

“I considered going...


Laser Attraction

As a teenager, Edward Glassberg, MD, struggled with severe acne and was treated by a...

Fillers for midface rejuvenation

The middle third of the face extends from the infraorbital rim to the upper lip and...

Identify and eliminate slow-selling procedures and products

As any good gardener knows, in order to have a healthy tree that bears plentiful,...

The pros and cons of private label skin care.

Retail skincare products offer several benefits to aesthetic patients and practices....


Noninvasive fat reduction for arms

The CoolAdvantage Petite applicator from Zeltiq is designed to deliver...

Broad spectrum sun protection

Eau Thermale Avène Hydrating Sunscreen Balm SPF 50+ provides broad spectrum...

Hydrating oil for dry skin

Pharmagel Nourish Oil blends 12 natural oils with vitamins C and E to...

Hyaluronic acid-based skin care

The Hyla3D HA Activating Complex from Jan Marini Skin Research is formulated...


Facebook Ad Leads
By Angela (Miller) Hamilton, Facebook Marketing Expert at ReachLocal With more than 1.71 billion active users on Facebook, social media advertising is an important way for medspas and medical practices to reach local consumers online. Most facilties have a company page and perhaps purchase a few...
Addressing Employee Tardiness
By Paul Edwards, CEO of CEDR HR Solutions There’s nothing more maddening than knowing your patients are due to arrive at your door at any moment, but because one or more of your employees STILL hasn’t shown up for work, you won’t be able to take the patients back right away. Despite the many...
Laser Tunable Silver Particles Improve Outcomes for Acne and Removal of Blonde and Red Hair

Two presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) in April highlighted the potential of tunable silver particles (SNA-001, Sienna Biopharmaceuticals) to improve outcomes in laser treatments for acne and hair removal.

Brian D. Zelickson, MD, presented, “Treatment of Moderate to Severe Acne with SNA-001 Mediated Selective Photothermolysis: A Prospective Controlled Feasibility Study.” The split-back study included 10 subjects (6 male, 4 female) with moderate to severe acne. Each received four weekly treatments with an 810nm laser alone (control) and SNA-001 plus 810nm laser (treatment). The average improvement in acne lesions after four treatments was 45.5% on control side and 62.8% on the treatment side. The silver particles significantly reduced total and inflammatory lesions at 12 weeks post treatments.

Dr. Zelickson noted that patients who received higher laser energy had the best results.

Mitchel Goldman, MD, presented “SNA-001 Mediated Selective Photothermolysis for Permanent Reduction of Light Pigmented Hair: A Randomized Evaluator-Blinded Feasability Study.” Ten patients were randomized to undergo treatment with an 810nm laser alone (control) or...

White Wine and Liquor Consumption May Increase Risk of Rosacea

New research published online on April 20, 2017 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that increased consumption of alcohol, particularly white wine and liquor, is associated with a higher risk of rosacea in women.

To examine rosacea’s connection to alcohol use in women, the authors—led by Wen-Qing Li, an assistant professor of dermatology at Brown University—reviewed data collected from 82,737 women over 14 years (1991-2005) via the Nurses’ Health Study II. There were 4,945 cases on rosacea.

They found that patients who drank alcohol had an elevated risk of developing rosacea, and that risk increased as their alcohol consumption increased. In examining the risk associated with specific types of alcohol, the researchers found that white wine and liquor were significantly associated with a higher rosacea risk.

Although more research is necessary to determine why alcohol consumption may increase the risk of rosacea, the authors believe that alcohol’s weakening of the immune system and widening of the blood vessels could contribute to the redness and flushing that occur when one develops the condition. The authors say further research is also needed to shed more light on...

Efficacy of Er:YAG laser vs. Bipolar RF Plus Infrared in the Treatment of Acne Scars

Erbium YAG (Er:YAG) lasers lead to increased expression of collagen. and may be more effective in treating acne scars than combination bi-polar radiofrequency with infrared diode laser (BRDL), according to a new study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (April 2017).

Authors Seonguk Min, MD, PhD, et al, performed a split-face study that included 24 subjects. Each patients received two treatments spaced four weeks apart. One half for the face was treated with a fractional Er:YAG laser and the other with BRDL. The patients were assessed at baseline, 1, 3 and 7 days after each treatment, and four weeks after the final treatment session. The researchers also took skin biopsy specimens at baseline, 1, 3, 7 and 28 days after one session of treatment to investigate the molecular profile of acute skin changes.

The Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) showed a 2.1 (50%) improvement in scars treated with the fractional Er:YAG laser and 1.2 (25%) improvement on the BRDL-treated side. The Er:YAG laser induced later and higher peak expression of TGFβs and collagenases, whereas BRDL induced earlier and lower expression of TGFβ and collagenases. Immunohistochemistry revealed higher expression of TIMP, which...

Biologic Therapy Dupixent (Dupilumab) Approved For Atopic Dermatitis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dupixent (dupilumab) Injection from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Sanofi for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD).

Dupixent is a human monoclonal antibody that is designed to specifically inhibit overactive signaling of two key proteins, IL-4 and IL-13, which are believed to be major drivers of the persistent underlying inflammation in AD. It comes in a pre-filled syringe and can be self-administered as a subcutaneous injection every other week after an initial loading dose and can be used... more »

AAD Commends FDA for Indoor Tanning Restrictions

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for proposing new regulations governing indoor tanning, including an age restriction for minors under the age of 18 as well as a risk-acknowledgement form that all adults must sign before using indoor tanning devices.

According to the AAD, statistics show that millions of people tan indoors annually and the risk of developing melanoma increases by 59% for individuals exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning—the risk increases with each use. If the FDA’s proposed rule becomes final,... more »

ASDS Honored With 14 MarCom Awards

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) were recognized with 14 awards—including three Platinums—in the 2015 MarCom Awards.

The MarCom Awards competition is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, selecting winners “whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.” The 2015 competition received about 6,500 entries representing more than a dozen countries.

The Platinum Award—MarCom’s top honor—was presented to ASDS in three categories: Currents... more »