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Drug Imports: What You Don't Know Could Hurt Your Wallet
You have probably heard it before: drugs and medical devices from other countries are dangerous. That may make sense on the surface, but once you delve into where drugs are actually made, and who oversees these factories, you realize this is simply not true. When it comes to drug imports, not knowing these details could hit you right in the wallet as you continue to pay more for exactly the same (and just as safe) products than doctors in other countries. 1. Most American drugs and aesthetic devices are made overseas. Buy American: that is what the pharmaceutical companies tell you. When you pay more than $500 to buy Botox from your American suppliers, you are buying a genuine vial of American Botox. The problem is, your American Botox is not made in the U.S.A. at all. All vials of the botulinum toxin are made in one factory and one factory only, located in Ireland. This Irish manufacturing plant produces all the world's Botox, ready for delivery to more than seventy different countr [Read more]
Art of the Cross-Sell: 7 Tips for Cosmetic Doctors To Increase Practice Profitability
As a doctor, your specialty is caring for people, and marketing or sales are likely not subjects you studied extensively in school. Despite that, these business skills can help you get the most out of your medical practice, and the more you learn, the more you can do. One way you can increase per-patient profitability in your cosmetic clinic is with the cross-sell, helping you not only enhance your medical practice but also helping your patients discover products and services that can benefit them. When you do your cross-selling right, everybody wins. While an up-sell involves offering your patient an upgraded version of their treatment, a cross-sell involves offering your client a related product or service along with the treatment they have already booked. For example, offering to treat perioral wrinkles along with lip augmentation would be an up-sell. Offering a hydrating facial treatment after a cosmetic treatment or offering skincare products for your patient to take home would b [Read more]
How Do You Store Your Botox? You May Just be Doing it Wrong.
Botox and other botulinum toxins, or really all drugs, have storage conditions specified on their packaging. This is to ensure when you do use the product it is potent and safe, having the effect you expect. The problem is, things do not always go as planned. Maybe you mixed up a solution only to have a no-show patient. Maybe you stocked up a little too much for a volume discount. Maybe one of your busy nurses left a box on the counter or your refrigerator quit over the weekend. Maybe your courier left a box on your doorstep in a heat wave. In these situations, you may find yourself throwing away hundreds of dollars worth of botulinum toxin. What a huge waste! The good news is, research suggests the manufacturer's storage recommendations may be far too conservative. A few studies have looked into the effectiveness of different brands of botulinum toxins and found they are viable long past the times recommended by the manufacturers. Knowing this can save your clinic money, reducing pro [Read more]
U.S. Experiences Highest Plastic Surgery Demand in the World
Demand for plastic surgery is growing worldwide, with a 9% increase in procedures globally. Not surprisingly, the United States dominates, performing 17.9% of the total procedures, almost twice as many as second place Brazil. New statistics highlight where the U.S. stands in the world of plastic surgery and which procedures are gaining ground. The statistics come from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), who have tracked the total number of international procedures for the past few years. For their study, the organization surveyed 35,000 plastic surgeons spanning the globe, asking about surgical and non-surgical procedures they performed in 2016. The report provides insights not only into which countries are performing these procedures, but which procedures are trending higher worldwide. According to the report, there were 4,217,862 procedures in the U.S. in 2016, which are 17.9% of all procedures performed worldwide. Next in the rankings is Brazil, not sur [Read more]
Scientists Discover Psoriasis Mutations, Opening Door for New Treatments
Psoriasis is all too common, with an estimated 7.5 million Americans suffering from this skin condition, resulting in over three million office visits each year and an estimated cost of three billion dollars. This disease causes more than itchy, painful skin as embarrassing red patches form across the body, taking an emotional toll on the patient. The symptoms can come and go, so just as the patient thinks they can enjoy clear skin, another breakout appears. Those with psoriasis are prone to developing other bacterial or viral skin conditions, and may have asthma, psoriatic arthritis, or other diseases, and may be more likely to have type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more. There is no cure for psoriasis, and treatments are not ideal, often either treating the symptoms with moisturizers or cortisone creams, or using drugs to suppress the immune system, risking long-term effects. As common as psoriasis is, researchers still know relatively little about this chronic dermatolog [Read more]
Do Botox Injections Make it Hard to Understand Emotions? Researchers Weigh In.
Botulinum toxin injections, by their nature, can affect a patient's ability to express their emotions. When the injections temporarily paralyze muscles responsible for frown lines, for example, the patient no longer has those angry lines etched into their forehead every day. That can be a good thing when they want to stop looking permanently unhappy as they age. On the flipside, when that patient wants to actually express anger, they are less able to use those frown lines to show their emotions. While modern drugs and techniques can help relax the look of frown lines without giving a patient a completely frozen look, there is a definite effect. None of this is surprising, but when researchers in Italy decided to delve a little deeper, they found that these muscle-relaxing injections had a far greater effect on emotion: the injections actually affected the patient's ability to understand emotions in others. The Theory: Botulinum Toxins Affect Embodiment The study began with Jenny Baum [Read more]
Do Facelifts Really Make You Look Younger? Researchers Say Yes.
When you are in the business of making people look younger, there can be some doubts. With so many miracle creams promising the fountain of youth, it can be difficult to convince some people that facelifts really can help them look years younger without making it obvious they have had work done. Not only that, there are pictures of celebrities and others who have had facelifts or other cosmetic procedures, ending up looking overdone with an unnatural, plastic look or lips that are a little too large. With all these examples of plastic surgery gone wrong, some potential customers may doubt your ability to help them return to a more youthful appearance. Luckily, new research has demonstrated that a good facelift really does work, helping people look years younger. The study comes from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore and was published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Using before or after images of thirteen women who had undergone facelifts with optimal resu [Read more]
Juvederm Better Than Restylane For Nasolabial Folds - Study Finds
Study Finds Best Filler for Chinese Patients Experienced doctors know that patients need tailored treatment plans. The best way to get the most effective treatment is to discuss a patient’s expectations and goals for receiving any kind of facial rejuvenation, so that a personalized treatment plan can be administered based on the patient’s age, skin type, the severity of the issues being treated, and many more factors. But, what if there is more to determining the best treatment for your patients? Finding the right filler While there is a distinct and obvious difference between the kinds of wrinkles and lines that are most effectively treated certain fillers, there is also a difference in effectiveness even amongst dermal filler products. With such a large variety of products available to choose from, including popular brands such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra, to name a few, it can sometimes be a challenge to know which cosmetic injectable will be the right fit [Read more]
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