By Dr. Jay Lucas, MD | Knoxville, Tenn.

What is micro-needling?

Micro-needling is a non-surgical technique that is applied to the skin after being prepped with a lidocaine gel to create numbness. The process utilizes a power handpiece to create tiny channels into the dermis of the skin, which initiates the body’s natural healing process to create collagen and elastin. The end result is to improve skin texture with reduction of the crepey appearance and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as diminishing the hyperpigmentation of skin. This form of collagen induction is created by a mechanical force delivered to the dermis to allow improvement in acne pock marks and can weld stretch marks together by creating collagen bridging.

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Can you really flush your brain of toxins? Can IV administration of NAD, a co-enzyme of Niacin, really help reduce drug cravings during withdrawal?  Basically, are the claims of Brain Restoration Therapy advocates too good to be true?

MicroPen TR (Eclipse Aesthetics), may provide a viable alternative to laser tattoo removal, according to one expert speaker at this year’s annual American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) meeting in New Orleans, LA.

TEPR is a non-surgical and low-cost technique that removes all types and colors of pigment in a small number of sessions, says Gustavo H. Leibaschoff, M.D., president of the International Consultants in Aesthetic Medicine.

Stand firm in the face of gravity.

Few things are as inevitable as gravity's toll on your skin. One day, all of a sudden, reality stares you square in the face. You might initially think it's because you did not sleep well the previous night, but eventually you admit that an afternoon nap is not going to solve this issue. It’s a bona fide eyebrow droop!

Non-surgical methods to treat laxity of the face and neck are among the most sought-after solutions in aesthetic medicine. Many technologies to tighten the skin have been introduced in the past, and a variety claim to achieve skin tightening. Yet none have been shown to be consistent and reproducible, and many patients leave dissatisfied. Enter Ultherapy: a novel technology and a quantum leap from other non-surgical, energy-based devices used to tighten and lift the skin. This technology combines ultrasound imaging with acoustic energy to visualize tissue under the skin followed by the precise delivery of energy to the desired depth.

The war for non-invasive body contouring treatments for fighting lax skin, cellulite and fat reduction has been heating up over the past several years and today Syneron Medical is raising the bar with the introduction of their new VelaShape III platform.

The VelaShape platform enjoys a huge installation base worldwide as one of the most common body contouring devices on the market. Patients searching American Health and Beauty however, seem to prefer Venus Freeze, Exilis and CoolSculpting. It will be interesting to see if this new version of the device and protocols will create a spark in the demand for this old powerhouse brand.