Medesthetics

MAY-JUN 2014

MedEsthetics—business education for medical practitioners—provides the latest noninvasive cosmetic procedures, treatment trends, product and equipment reviews, legal issues and medical aesthetics industry news.

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ihansen@creativeage.com • 603.354.3291 Mary Lee Amerian, MD Santa Monica Laser and Skin Care Center, Santa Monica, CA Saul R. Berger, MD Medical Director, New Age Aesthetics, Encino, CA Padraic Deighan, MBA, JD, PhD Vail, CO Michael H. Gold, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Founder, Gold Skin Care Center, Nashville, TN Bruce Katz, MD Clinical Professor Dermatology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine Director, Juva Skin & Laser Center, New York Lorrie Klein, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California-Irvine Medical School Founder, LK Dermatology & Laser Center Euro Day Spas, Laguna Niguel, CA Allan Share President, International Medical Spa Association, Minnetonka, MN David H. McDaniel, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School Director, The Institute of Anti-Aging Research, Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA Vic Narurkar, MD Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, UC Davis Medical School Chief of Dermatology, California Pacifi c Medical Center, San Francisco Ava Shamban, MD Laser Institute for Dermatology and European Skin Care, Santa Monica, CA Hema Sundaram, MD Director, Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Rockville, MD and Fairfax, VA Wm. Philip Werschler, MD Spokane Dermatology Clinic and Aesthetic Image Medical Spa, Spokane, WA EDITOR'S NOTE 8 MAY/JUNE 2014 | Med Esthetics Returning from the annual meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, both of which were held in March, I was struck—as I often am—by the astounding innovations in the fi eld of medical aesthetics. Each year, new topicals, devices and clinical techniques are unveiled that improve outcomes by offering better results with fewer risks for a growing patient base. But bringing new innovations to market is not easy. One needs only look at the plethora of new research coming out every month to realize that precious few discoveries make it into production and then practice. In 2011, in an effort to bridge the chasm between research and product development, a group of physicians joined forces to create Advancing Innovation in Der- matology (AID). Their goal is to bring clinical practitioners, entrepreneurs, academia and investors together to identify products that will substantially improve dermatologic health and to bring those products to market. AID hosts an annual Dermatology Summit, which takes place in January during the JP Morgan Health Conference, and is also a supporter of the Rutgers University Center for Dermal Research Innovations in Dermatological Science Meeting. "We felt that dermatology had a slower fl ow of products than other specialties and asked ourselves, can we do something about that?" says William Ju, MD, president of the AID. "So we began with the idea of building an ecosystem that would foster collaboration between academia, industry and fi nance." In addition to the annual summit, AID offers research grants and depends on the expertise of dermatologists in clinical practice to identify the most worthwhile projects. "Clinicians understand the problems with existing modalities best," says Dr. Ju. "We want teams that are led by physicians in clinical practice." Physicians who would like to learn more about AID and how they can get involved can visit advancing-derm.org. In this issue, you can learn about the latest innovations in laser tattoo removal ("Erasing the Past," page 42), including new picosecond lasers and how they compare to existing technologies for this hard-to-treat indication. The use of hydroquinone continues to raise eyebrows among some consumers, thus formulators have been working for years to fi nd effective alternatives to this proven skin lightener. In "Cycling off Hydroquinone" on page 36, we review the most effective and most promising non-HQ skin brightening ingredients. Key to offering safe and effective treatments to your patients is maintaining a well-trained and professional staff. In Legal Issues (page 30), columnist Padraic Deighan, JD, PhD, shares some of the common pitfalls of physician supervision. Every practice owner has to deal with an employee whose work is not up to par, at one time or another. On page 50 ("When Employees Go Bad"), business management expert Steven Stovall, PhD, offers tips of how to counsel problem employees and get them back on track. We look forward to sharing the latest noninvasive and minimally invasive cosmetic innovations in future issues of MedEsthetics and hope to see many of you at the upcoming industry meetings and events. Advancing Innovation Inga Hansen Executive Editor/Associate Publisher E d i t o r s N o t e M E D 5 - 6 1 4 . i n d d 8 Editors Note MED5-614.indd 8 4 / 1 6 / 1 4 4 : 3 4 P M 4/16/14 4:34 PM

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