MedEsthetics May/June 2017 Cover Profile
Compassion, trust and a thirst for knowledge are the guiding principles at Vanek Plastic Surgery.

PLASTIC SURGEON Paul Vanek, MD, FACS, was drawn to the field of medicine at a young age. When he was 8 years old his father suffered a traumatic brain injury, which gave Dr. Vanek a unique perspective on the care that physicians provide. “The doctors who took care of my father and comforted my mother really had that ability to make people feel better, even though it was a very out of control situation...


MedEsthetics May/June 2017 Cover Profile

PLASTIC SURGEON Paul Vanek, MD, FACS, was drawn to the field of medicine at a young...

MedEsthetics May/June Details

After the age of 40, many women’s hands lose volume resulting in prominence of the...

Michael Southall on sunscreen's rejuvenating effects.

Daily sunscreen use is one the most powerful tools available to protect against the...

How to bring out the best in your employees.

As the physician-owner of an aesthetics practice, no matter how effective your...


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...
Hair Loss Camouflage Products Improve Self-Esteem

Physicians can support their hair loss patients by sharing information on the different products now available to camouflage thinning hair, according to a recent study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. For “Effect of camouflaging agents on psychologic well-being: A cross-sectional survey of hair loss patients,” researchers Christina M. Ring, et al, of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, posted a 12-question survey on various online hair loss forums and blog sites. A total of 359 individuals responded; 348 reported hair loss and 281 (78%) had seen a physician about their hair loss.

Seventy-nine percent of respondents (283) reported using camouflaging agents. The most popular of which included hair-building fibers (59%), followed by hairpieces and wigs (51%), and 43% reported using topical concealing agents daily. Those who completed the survey said that the use of these products improved their appearance (216) and self-esteem (173).

When asked open-ended questions about their topical concealer experiences and preferences, the respondents noted that topical concealers work well for minimal-to-moderate hair loss, but a hairpiece is preferred...

California Advances Bill To Limit Drugmaker Payments to Physicians

On May 18, 2017, the California State Senate approved SB 790 (Health care providers: gifts and benefits), a bill that prohibits manufacturers of prescribed products from offering or providing gifts to healthcare providers. The bill defines a gift as “anything of value provided for free to a healthcare provider, or a payment, food, entertainment, travel, subscription, advance, service, or anything else of value provided to a healthcare provider, unless it is a specified allowable expenditure or the healthcare provider reimburses the cost at fair market value.”

Under the proposed legislation, manufacturers can continue to provide funding for conferences and scientific symposia, and pay compensation to clinical trial investigators. But when it comes to hosting dinner events, manufacturer spending for healthcare providers must not exceed $250 per person, per year. The bill also restricts spending on travel, entertainment, and speaking and consultation fees.

The bill’s author, Senator McGuire, released a statement following passage in the Senate. “I’ll be the first to say that the vast majority of physicians and medical professionals put the needs of their patients first. There’s a reason why doctors answer the call...

Avram Elected President of ASLMS

Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD, was elected president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) on April 7, 2017. He is the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Center, faculty director for Laser and Cosmetic Training in the department of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

“I am honored to serve the society of over 4,000 scientists, engineers, allied health professionals, physicians, and members of industry who continue to define and expand the field,” said Dr. Avram. “It is a true honor and privilege to safeguard and promote the Society in every way possible, as ASLMS is the most important and innovative society for the development of the field.”

Other newly elected board positions include:

  • Board Representative, Biomedical Engineering: Guillermo Aguilar, PhD
  • Board Representative, Industrial Marketing: Craig Drill
  • Board Representative, Nursing/Allied Health Representative: Rebecca Sprague, RN, NP-C

Image: Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD

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 »