Practice Management


Fat Reduction with Cryolipolysis and HIFU

Fat Reduction Procedure

Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr. Vic Narukar gave a lecture focusing on high intensity focused ultrasound and cryolipolysis. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during his presentation.

Understanding how fat is deposited

Fat cells are reciprocals for excess lipids that aren’t needed for immediate energy consumption. There are differences in types of fat cells.  You either have visceral fat around your organs or you have subcutaneous fat that lies below your skin.  This second type of skin is the one that is being targeted by the energy based procedures that we’re talking about in this lecture. Continue Reading

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The Tech Behind Non-invasive Face Tightening


Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr Vic Ross spoke on the many different types of face skin tightening techniques. Patient perception and procedure efficacy are important factors. Being aware of the pros and cons will help you decide which treatments to use. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during his presentation.

Patients often come in looking for ways to tighten the skin on their face. Most want it done through non surgical methods. Doctors can surgically create the tightening effect that patients want, but what can doctors do with new technologies? There are new ultra sound, light and RF procedures that have been growing in effectiveness and popularity. Dr Ross helps us take a look at some of these treatments and their benefits and drawbacks. Continue Reading

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Best Practices For Diagnosing Cancer In Nails


Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr. Phoebe Rich presented on the topic of cancer surrounding fingernails and toenails. She described symptoms to look for, and procedures to catch the disease early. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during her presentation.

Looks can be deceiving

Dermatologists need an understanding of the underlying causes of nail symptoms in order to accurately treat conditions.  Patients may usually form these conditions from factors that are not a form of cancer cells.  Symptoms like inflammation, infections, drug side effects, and trauma are most common in nail issues, but not exclusively.  Consequently, knowing the signs of squamous or melanoma symptoms is important.  Dr. Rich explains some of these factors to help you discern cancerous symptoms from more regular forms of nail problems.    Continue Reading


Brachytherapy – The new era of radiotherapy

Dr. Werschler from Spokane Dermatology Clinic chats with a patient about Brachytherapy.

Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr. Rakesh Patel shared an engaging presentation on brachytherapy. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during his presentation.

Doctors need a broad set of tools to fight skin cancer:

Doctors diagnose skin cancer more than any other type. Over the last decade, scientist have developed innovative and less intrusive procedures. With skin cancer procedures growing at an estimated rate of 4-6 percent a year, doctors need as many tools in our toolkit as possible to treat out patients. Continue Reading


Re-thinking the way we treat actinic keratosis


Summary: At the A+D Symposia 2016, Doctor George Martin lectured on two novel and effective ways to treat actinic keratosis. This article presents a high level overview of Dr. Martin’s presentation.

Many people with an actinic keratosis will need field therapy beyond the usual liquid nitrogen treatment.  These field therapies are often longer term treatments, with side effects that are both painful and can take long periods of time to heal.  We have in America a lot of different field therapy treatment options for treating AK’s (actinic keratosis).
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Dermal Fillers: Understanding Potential Complications

Grow a new revenue stream with dermal fillers.

Summary:  At the AMD Symposia 2016, Dr. Cameron Chestnut gave an informative and engaging presentation on the complications that can accompany filler procedures.  This article represents an invaluable primer for anyone looking to move into elective dermal fillers at their practice.  

A growing number of doctors have been exploring the use of dermal fillers in their practice as a way to grow revenue.  While this expansion of services seems to flow naturally from the knowledge and experience you already have, there are some complications that can arise… Knowing what to do when (and how to avoid it altogether) is imperative.

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Bundle Aesthetic Tech for Increased Profits

Bundle your tech to increase profit for your aesthetic business.

Summary: At the A+MD Symposia 2016 Doctor Edward Zimmerman  gave an engaging lecture on how bundling technologies can lead to increased profit for your aesthetic business. This article presents a high level overview of  Dr. Zimmerman’s presentation.

Doctors can create successful aesthetic practices through a two pronged approach: Patient outcomes and efficiencies in delivery. Las Vegas Laser and Lipo, owned and operated by Doctor Zimmerman, is an “8000 square feet, nationally accredited, office space-surgical facility, which has one physician: myself.”  He can generate a profit from a practice like this because of a finely tuned plan. By bundling techniques, compartmentalized processes can be more efficient, and cost effective for the aesthetic health of your patients. In doing that, you get better outcomes, you save money, and ultimately increase your profit. Continue Reading


Psoriasis: Reaching for PASI 100

Psoriasis : Reaching for PASI 100

Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr. Andrew Blauvelt shared a very engaging presentation on psoriasis and why he believes dermatologists should shoot for 100% clearance – or PASI 100. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during his presentation.

Teaching science to practitioners in a way that’s “not so esoteric that your eyes glaze over” is a bit of a passion for Dr. Blauvelt. The objective is to help them understand the mechanism of action* in therapies, which will help them understand how it can tie into potential side effects a patient might experience, and ultimately help them find the right fit for their patients. In this case Dr. Blauvelt believes the right fit is doing what’s necessary to reach for 100% clearance of psoriasis for patients.
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Pre-Conference Hands-On Workshops at A+MD

Every year A+MD attendees rave about the Pre-Conference Hands-On Workshops. If you’re unfamiliar with these workshops, join Dr. Desmond Shipp on this recap from the A+MD 2016 Hands-On Workshops.

We’re thrilled to offer these workshops again in 2017 at the A+MD Symposia in Coeur d’Alene, ID. The hands-on workshops tend to sell out fast, so don’t forget to register early to ensure availability! You can learn more about these workshops and the rest of our conference by clicking here.