Aestheia Imaging Launches Hologram-based Before and After Marketing Tool

Aestheia Imaging is rolling out XTHEIA, an interactive hologram display with a virtual consult assistant for medical office waiting rooms.

The Dallas-based hologram content management and advertising subscription company will offer holographic before and afters in true 3D. The technology debuted at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in New Orleans.

“We are dedicated to providing novel and groundbreaking product innovation for the entire aesthetic community,” says President Mike McDonald in a news release. “The company today offers a fully automated and comprehensive holographic playlist for physician waiting rooms tethered to a cloud-based solution developed by the management team.”

“We are changing the way medical companies and physicians communicate with their customers and patients. The Alexa of aesthetics is now in the room,” adds CEO Austin JM Podowski. “The team has also designed a customer facing iPad Pro application that allows a physician to remote control the device offering an in-app camera for patient photos.”

Aestheia Imaging is finalizing a third-round capital raise and will begin placement of their technology throughout physician offices in North America in July 2019. The technology will also be on display in direct-to-consumer retail kiosks throughout the United States later this year.

Images of Homemade Sunscreens Shared on Pinterest May Do More Harm than Good

Nearly all—95 percent—of pins for homemade sunscreen found on Pinterest positively portrayed the effectiveness of the sunscreen and most—68 percent—recommended recipes for homemade sunscreens that offered insufficient UV protection, according to a new study in Health Communication journal.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) claims were made in a third of pins with a range of SPF 2 to SPF 50, yet ingredients recommended in homemade sunscreen pins offer minimal scientifically proven broad-spectrum protection from UV radiation. Nonetheless, these are widely shared and promoted as safe alternatives to commercial sunscreens, says study author Julie Merten, PhD an associate professor of public health in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida.

“Images will be widely shared because they have a pretty picture or a catchy headline, however, the information can be completely misleading,” says Dr. Merten in a news release. “Just because you make it yourself or something is labeled as natural, organic, non-toxic or has fewer ingredients, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safer.”

In fact, the recipes reviewed in the study had varying SPF claims, ranging from 2 to 50 but unfortunately, the claims can’t be confirmed or tested when you make your own sunscreen. Some of the ingredients do offer some inherent protections but not to the level of commercially available sunscreens, she notes.

“When it comes to protecting your skin, use a commercially available, FDA-approved sunscreen,” she says. “Resist the urge to DIY when it comes to sunscreen. Readers can use the internet for recipes for food; not for products intended to protect them.”

As a result of this study, Dr. Merten suggests the public should seek sources like healthcare organizations and government agency websites such as the Centers for Disease Control to verify ideas from social media.

ISHRS Takes on Black Market Hair Restoration Clinics; Hopes Photos of Bad Results Will Warn Patients

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is launching a new public awareness campaign to help patients recognize “black market pirate” hair restoration clinics and misleading advertising claims.

Social media engagement will be the cornerstone of the new physician-led campaign, with physicians and patients sharing stories of this growing problem.

The ISHRS has also established detailed information on its website under the header “Beware of the Hair Transplant Black Market” to help patients find relevant information when considering a hair transplant, including how to evaluate a surgeon’s credentials and patient photos illustrating the dangers and problems that occur when clinics do not have the patients best interest.

“We hope patients will use the new ISHRS resources to educate themselves about the risks of undergoing a hair restoration procedure on the black market and to make sure they understand the local laws and regulations when considering a hair transplant in another country,” says ISHRS President Arthur Tykocinski, MD in a news release. “Forewarned is forearmed could not be truer when it comes to avoiding being a victim of unscrupulous hair transplant clinics. This problem is also happening in every country, where greedy entrepreneurs and clinic owners choose a business turnkey model where a hair transplant practice emerges almost instantly and the patient is mainly assisted by unlicensed professionals and the physician, if present, has no experience or is minimally involved into the procedure at all.”

A recent member survey gauging ISHRS members’ familiarity or experience treating patients who have suffered a botched hair restoration surgery found that 77.5 percent of survey respondents saw at least six or more cases per year, and that number is climbing drastically. Specific problems members reported encountering include scarring, unnatural hairlines, poor hair growth, wrong hair direction, depleted donor area in the scalp leaving a bald appearance, infections and inaccurate graft counts. Some patients think they are getting 4000-6000 grafts when in reality they may only get half.

When members were asked to rank on a scale of one to ten (10 being the worst) how big of a problem the issue of black market clinics or unlicensed personnel performing hair restoration surgery in other countries is, 63.27 percent of ISHRS members acknowledged the severity of the problem and responded with either an 8 (23.47 percent), 9 (13.27 percent) or 10 (26.53 percent).

“Many of the illegal clinics have sophisticated websites ranking high with Google paid ads to attract the consumer into a clinic that appears on the surface very professional, “ says Ricardo Mejia, MD, chair of the ISHRS Committee on Issues Pertaining to the Unlicensed Practice of Medicine, in a news release.

“The marketing tactics are deceptive as it appears like a team of professional doctors with excellent testimonials. However, the reality is your surgery may be done by someone with no medical training. Patients are the ones that suffer when they realize too late who did the surgery and end up with botched complications and scars and hairlines that are not normal and disfiguring.”