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Are Botox and Dysport Vegan? What About Juvederm?
As the popularity of a vegan lifestyle grows, and the popularity of minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments grows, it can only lead to one thing: more questions from your patients about vegan-friendly cosmetic injections. You may be an expert at restoring youth and beauty, but these lifestyle questions can be difficult to address, even for seasoned cosmetic injectors. Sooner or later, one of your patients will ask if their favorite injectable is vegan-friendly, so learn what makes a product vegan and If Juvederm, Restylane, Botox, and other injections fit this category. What makes a product vegan-friendly? Two main factors determine if a product is vegan: its ingredients and its testing. 1. Ingredients For a product to be vegan, it must contain no animal products but also no ingredients derived from animals. When it comes to food, for example, it must not contain meat but also no eggs, dairy, or other products obtained from animals, even if that animal is still alive. V [Read more]
Are Single-Doctor Practices Going Extinct? Advantages and Disadvantages of Going Solo.
Not that long ago, in the mid-1980s, more than half the doctors in the U.S. worked independently, and less than five percent were in large physician groups. Now healthcare has undergone a dramatic shift, with only 36 percent of physicians working in a solo practice in 2017. 20 percent of physicians now work in groups of 25 or more and 65% of doctors are based in a hospital. If trends continue, by just 2019, an estimated 75 percent of all new physicians will be employed in a hospital. This is driven in part by the newest generation of doctors, who are 2.5 times less likely than their older counterparts to be in solo practice, and the lack of replacements for retiring solo physicians. Many existing doctors are also enticed out of private practice with buyout offers from hospitals and other healthcare providers. With the number of U.S. solo medical practices declining rapidly, it is time to examine the trend, and see what the advantages might be for a new doctor deciding to go it [Read more]
Is Teledermatology Effective? More Evidence Points to Yes.
With businesses increasingly embracing online services, it was almost inevitable that medicine would follow. Although teledermatology has become more popular, some still have their doubts about how well doctors can diagnose a patient based on a picture or video. Now, a new study confirms that even a cell phone picture can be effective in helping doctors diagnose skin conditions. Teledermatology involves a virtual patient visit, with a dermatologist or family doctor speaking to a patient through video chat or simply viewing pictures of a skin condition. This and other types of telemedicine can help reach patients who live in remote areas, who do not have a specialist in their region, or who have mobility issues and cannot visit their doctor in person. The service can also make a doctor’s visit quicker and easier, allowing a patient to consult their doctor on the go. The Pediatric Teledermatology Study Patrick McMahon, MD, and a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [Read more]
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]
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