RealSelf Debuts Hall of Fame to Honor Ratings and Education

RealSelf Hall of Fame Unveiled

RealSelf announces the debut of the RealSelf Hall of Fame, an honor recognizing more than 1,000 board-certified aesthetic doctors from 402 cities across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia for their high patient ratings and commitment to consumer education.

For 8 years, the annual RealSelf 100 and 500 awards recognized doctors with outstanding records of high patient ratings who have given back to the RealSelf community by providing credible, valuable insights in response to consumer questions about elective cosmetic treatments ranging from surgical procedures to minimally invasive technologies to cosmetic dentistry. For the first time ever, RealSelf celebrates the Hall of Fame, a culmination of 8 years of recognitions made through the RealSelf 100 and 500 awards program, according to RealSelf in a media release.

“Making the RealSelf Hall of Fame requires a commitment to helping patients make informed and confident choices,” says Dr Lara Devgan, RealSelf chief medical officer and board-certified plastic surgeon, in the release. “From answering consumer questions and sharing before and after photos to encouraging patients to leave open and honest reviews, the valuable insights this group provides help make it possible for RealSelf to bring transparency to the medical aesthetics industry.”

To be included in the RealSelf Hall of Fame, doctors must have received a RealSelf 100 or RealSelf 500 award in the past, the release explains. The awards program, which first launched in 2010, honors the top-rated and most engaged board-certified aesthetic doctors on RealSelf. Doctors are ranked in three categories: earning patient reviews, answering consumer questions, and sharing before and after treatment photos. In order to be recognized in any given year, doctors must maintain the distinction of Top Doctor or Top Contributor and uphold an average rating above four stars.

“The RealSelf Hall of Fame honors the achievements of board-certified aesthetic doctors who consistently put the consumer first,” states Tom Seery, founder and CEO of RealSelf. “It’s my pleasure to recognize this elite group of doctors for their significant contributions on RealSelf and their high standards in patient satisfaction.”

“As RealSelf grows and continues to evolve how we help consumers make smart and confident decisions, we are also evaluating how we recognize our medical community,” Seery adds. “We look forward to announcing new plans for RealSelf awards and recognitions in 2019.”

[Source(s): RealSelf, PR Newswire]

MedShift Partners with Merz North America

MedShift, located in Charlotte, NC, announces a 5-year-long strategic partnership with Raleigh, NC-based Merz North America.

The partnership between MedShift and Merz North America is powered by both companies’ equal and respective appreciation for cutting-edge product development innovation for physicians and the drive to improve health and quality of life for patients, according to a media release from MedShift.

“Following the successful rebrand of vConfidence, MedShift is excited to expand our portfolio with this partnership to offer more valuable and innovative solutions for today’s woman,” says MedShift’s CEO, Brian Phillips.

This partnership will bring more awareness to Cellfina, a state-of-the-art, FDA-cleared device that provides long-lasting reversal of cellulite. The device shows 5 years of sustained results with no recurring symptoms. As part of the partnership, MedShift will launch Effronté as a means by which to make the Cellfina technology more accessible to more women, the release continues.

“This partnership is going to do great things for both Merz North America and MedShift,” states MedShift Medical Director Dr Bill Kortesis, FACS, and board-certified plastic surgeon. “We’re looking forward to seeing what’s possible when we combine the Cellfina device with MedShift’s technology.”

This partnership is part of a continued investment by MedShift in women’s health. Since 2015, MedShift has invested over $10,000,000 in procedures to improve and enhance women’s lives.

“Our goal with this partnership and the Effronté brand is to make women feel more confident,” Phillips adds. “Because, when a woman feels like that, she’s unstoppable.”

[Source(s): MedShift, PR Newswire]

Modernizing Medicine Hosting MOMENTUM Conference Nov 16-18

Modernizing Medicine‘s annual users conference, MOMENTUM, will take place November 16 – 18, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 physicians and their staff, vendors and the team from Modernizing Medicine will come together to learn, connect, and innovate.

This year’s conference focuses on helping physicians and their teams take a holistic approach to building their businesses, including informative industry sessions, updates to Modernizing Medicine’s technology and services, and customer-led conversations to discuss today’s most pressing issues.

A variety of educational sessions focusing on the patient experience will be offered to help Modernizing Medicine’s customers with clinical, financial and operational endeavors. In addition, attendees will learn how practices can function more efficiently as a team and improve patient care, according to a media release from Modernizing Medicine.

These sessions will include the following, the release continues:

  • Pre-conference: a new learning program that combines hands-on practical application with collaborative discussions, scenario-based exercises and instructions on how to leverage our specialty-specific, award-winning electronic health record (EHR) systems, EMA and gGastro, and practice management systems
  • Main conference: customer-led discussions, industry updates and more covering topics such as becoming a paperless office, avoiding practice and physician burnout, MIPS, revenue cycle management, analytics, employee engagement and leadership skills
  • Interactive Clinical Exchanges: at these specialty-specific roundtables participants can discuss best practices around topics such as Optimization of Results & Order Management, Group Tasking Workflows, Enhancements to Patient Engagement Through modmed Kiosk & the New PocketPatient App and more
  • DesignLab: the User Experience (UX) team will lead a fun and highly collaborative session where attendees can directly influence the design of Modernizing Medicine’s products
  • Networking: attendees can enjoy the Friday Welcome Reception and Saturday Client Appreciation Party
  • Support: users can schedule appointments with members of the Support team to facilitate individual learning
  • Exhibitors: attendees can meet with industry leaders who can offer compelling solutions and opportunities for their practice

“We have a wonderful lineup of speakers who will provide advice and aspirational leadership to our customers,” says Dr Michael Sherling, co-founder and chief medical and strategy officer at Modernizing Medicine, in the release.

“We continue to focus on our customers’ experiences by enhancing our technology and services to streamline practice workflows, and we gain invaluable knowledge of their needs at our annual users conference. Adapting to change can be a challenge, but by receiving the right support and guidance, working closely with our team and learning from each other’s experiences, we can give our providers the tools they need to flourish.”

[Source(s): Modernizing Medicine, Business Wire]

ISAPS Survey Suggests Global Rise In Cosmetic Surgery

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) today released the results of their annual Global Aesthetic Survey for procedures completed in 2017, which showed an overall increase of 5% in surgical cosmetic procedures within the past twelve months.

The top five countries – USA, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Italy – account for 38.4% of the world’s cosmetic procedures, followed by Germany, Colombia and Thailand.

ASAPS Announces New Premier Partnerships

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) today announced that Endo Pharmaceuticals, Evolus Inc and Sinclair Pharma are the newest additions to the Society’s roster of Premier Industry Partners.

ASAPS’ Premier Partnership program provides an opportunity for industry to go beyond the traditional sponsorship model. The premier, year-round industry program is designed to generate maximum visibility and collaboration for participating companies.

In addition, the strategic program provides networking, hospitality and advertising opportunities. Partnering with The Aesthetic Society provides Premier Partners dynamic access to a specialized market of aesthetic plastic surgeons.

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Bitar Plastic Surgery Launches Plastic Surgery Fellowship

Bitar Cosmetic Surgery, a full-service plastic surgery practice in the Washington DC area, announces the launch of a plastic surgery fellowship that has been endorsed by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

The advanced aesthetic fellowship is designed to provide a board eligible plastic surgeon with additional clinical and surgical training, research, and mentorship in cosmetic surgery.

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Galderma’s ASPIRE Loyalty Program Reaches 1 Million Members

Galderma Laboratories LP announces that its ASPIRE Galderma Rewards program has reached the one million member milestone.

ASPIRE Galderma Rewards is a loyalty program for consumers and aesthetic providers who use Galderma aesthetic injectable treatments, such as Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) for Injection, the Restylane family of fillers and Sculptra Aesthetic. To celebrate 1 million loyalists in less than 3.5 years, Galderma will announce the winner of a consumer sweepstakes for ASPIRE members this month, the company notes in a media release.

“As a company invested in growing the aesthetics market, we are thrilled to have a patient loyalty program with such an extensive reach in a short time,” says Alisa Lask, general manager & vice president of the US Aesthetic Business at Galderma. “Galderma plans to continue investing in the program by adding tools and resources to bring enhanced promotions, sharable social media content, and the ability for healthcare providers to leverage powerful big data analytics to drive growth in their practice.”

The ASPIRE Galderma Rewards program is designed to help aesthetic providers maintain and grow a loyal patient base, by allowing them to enrich the patient experience with rewards and incentives. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of ASPIRE Galderma Rewards patients have returned to the same aesthetic provider for repeat treatments. The program is unique in the aesthetics industry in that it is currently the only program to offer aesthetic providers with practice intelligence data to help them maximize practice growth. Enrollment in the ASPIRE Galderma Rewards program has continued to accelerate each year, and Galderma looks forward to continued growth, the release continues.

“Galderma has been an innovative leader in helping me expand the services and solutions I can offer to my patients,” states Dr Justin Harper, founder of Juvly Aesthetics with 11 locations in New York City, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and a top five user of the ASPIRE platform. “Having access to this strong client loyalty program allows my entire team to engage more with our clients, build loyalty, and provide industry-leading savings on their treatments.”

[Source(s): Galderma, PR Newswire]

Women Desire to Be Depicted Realistically In Beauty Product Ads, Per AARP Survey

Manufacturers of beauty products whose advertisements do not depict women in realistic ways, or include women of a variety of ages, may lose customers, according to the results of a new nationwide survey released by AARP.

“Mirror/Mirror: AARP Survey of Women’s Reflections on Beauty, Age, and Media” surveyed 2,000 US women ages 21 to 72 on their perceptions of the way women are depicted in advertising and media, especially as related to age and aging, and how those depictions inform their self-image, lifestyle and purchasing decisions.

The survey suggests a disconnect between the images used in beauty product ads and women’s desire for realistic, authentic depictions, according to a media release from AARP.

Among the survey’s key findings:

  • 61% of women surveyed said they do not feel represented by images of women in media;
  • 58% of women surveyed said they agreed with the statement, “I am more likely to purchase products from brands that use women who look like me in their advertising”;
  • 75% of women surveyed said they like ads that contain women of a variety of ages and wish they saw more realistic representations of women.

“The results of this survey confirm something we’ve suspected all along: women want to see themselves reflected in advertising and other types of media in authentic ways, and they’re more likely to buy products from advertisers who use images of women who are a variety of ages,” says AARP Senior Vice President and Editorial Director Myrna Blyth.

Researchers expected they might see some discrepancies between age groups surveyed but, instead, generally found consensus, according to the AARP release.

“People often think there are differences across generations but, as we found in this survey, women are united across age groups in finding inauthentic representations of women in ads off-putting and they express a willingness to support brands that don’t do that,” comments AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer Debra Whitman.

The new AARP survey is explored in greater detail in an issue of Allure magazine, which the publisher has dubbed “The End of Anti-Aging” issue. Late last year, Allure announced it would no longer use the term “anti-aging” in its editorial coverage at the time. “Whether we know it or not, [the term ‘anti-aging’ is] subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle,” Allure editor Michelle Lee wrote of the magazine’s decision. “Growing older is a wonderful thing because it means that we get a chance, every day, to live a full, happy life.”

[Source(s): AARP, PR Newswire]

Ten Clinical and Cosmetic Research Grants Announced at ASDS Annual Meeting

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the largest specialty organization representing dermatologic surgeons, has announced the distribution of $100,000 to eight research projects through its Cutting Edge Research Grant Program and over $47,000 to two projects through the Fredric S. Brandt, MD, Innovations in Aesthetics Fellowship Fund.

The Cutting Edge Research Grant Program was introduced in 1999 with the goal of uniting education and innovation to encourage clinical research and the transfer of new technologies into the surgical practice setting. It also supports Board-directed research including topics surrounding Mohs surgery for skin cancer and patient satisfaction.

In its fourth year, the Brandt Fellowship Fund – supported by the Allergan Foundation – continues the legacy of cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt by promoting and supporting the career development of junior cosmetic dermatologic surgeons focused on cosmetic treatments and patient care. Recipients must be enrolled in an ASDS-accredited Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Training Program. This year, there is a focus on multisite cosmetic research project proposals.

“Through these programs, the recipients are now able to pursue these important topics facing dermatologic surgery which in turn will supplement their expertise,” says ASDS President Murad Alam, MD, MBA, in the release. “ASDS members are THE skin experts because of their dedication to trailblazing towards these findings, which ultimately better their patients’ experiences.”

The 2018 Cutting Edge Research Grant recipients and their research projects are:

  • Dennis Kim, MD: Implementation of a melanoma risk stratification tool for targeted cancer screening.*
  • Jeffrey Scott, MD: “Valuation and Willingness to Pay for Complex Mohs Reconstruction*
  • Bilal Fawaz, MD: The Effect of a Reconstruction Handout on Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life in Dermatologic Surgery”*
  • Megan Shelton, MD: “CAPABLE: A scoring system utilizing patient reported measures to evaluate patient experience following Mohs surgery”*
  • Aaron Mangold, MD: “Prognostic Value of Inositol Polyphosphate 5-Phosphatase A Expression in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma”
  • Adam Sutton, MD: “Integration of Patient Reported Outcomes and Skin Cancer Treatment”*
  • Mariam Totonchy, MD: “Defining Perineural Invasion in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma”
  • Abigail Waldman, MD: “Efficacy and Safety of a Nanofat-seeded Biological Scaffold in Healing Lower Limb Surgical Defects”

*Indicates Board-directed research topic

The 2018 Brandt Fellowship Fund recipients and their research projects are:

  • Mitalee Christman, MD: “The Efficacy of Laser and Oral Tranexamic Acid in Melasma Patients: A Prospective Split Face Study”
  • Jennifer Sawaya, MD: “A Randomized, Double-blind, Split-face Controlled Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy of Combination Microneedling and Non-ablative Fractional Laser”

For more information, visit ASDS.

[Source(s): American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, PRWeb]

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Names Alan Matarasso, MD, as New President

Alan Matarasso, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Northwell Health System/Hofstra University, Zuckerman School of Medicine and a private practice plastic surgeon based in New York City, was named president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Matarasso took office at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the Society’s annual scientific meeting, in Chicago and will serve for one year.

“I am honored to lead the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons,” Matarasso notes, in a media release. “As President, I will ensure that ASPS continues to advocate for patient safety and provide members with practice support, educational opportunities and resources to ensure we advance and improve the quality of care for plastic surgery patients.”

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