1. We finished recruitment for the Aquamid study and the product seems to be really outstanding. Aquamid injects easily and the results are very natural and smooth. It seems to be less prone to lumping than most temporary fillers, much less a permanent one like this. Everyone who received Aquamid has been quite happy with it. No one can tell the difference, aesthetically, from Restylane.
My apologies to the people who didn't make it into the study. The inclusion criteria were quite strict and you had to have deep smile lines in order to be included. It was, however, great to see the extraordinary response of people wanting to participate. I am constantly researching other emerging products and as soon as another study starts, these will be the people I contact first.
2. Last week was the first of what I hope to be a regular joint lecture series at the UCLA division of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Jaco Festejekian and I spoke together about surgical and non surgical approaches to aesthetic enhancement. Turnout was really great, and the sponsors of the lecture (Allergan, Medicis, Artes medical) really helped us give the people that came a nice experience with refreshments, prizes, etc.
more in a bit.....