Deal or No Deal?

Daily deal coupons are helping many people afford a nip here or a tuck there, but many a plastic surgeon is finding that they are giving a lot more than they get when they peddle their services and wares on Groupon, LivingSocial, Gilt City, or any other popular group discount websites. Enter ZendyPlace, a new site that gives control back to doctors on both price points and volume. If Groupon and the like are fire sales, ZendyPlace is more of an auction. The California-based start-up matches certified cosmetic providers with local patients who suggest a price that fits within their budget for cosmetic procedures. The provider then has final say on whether the offer is a deal or a deal breaker.

According to ZendyPlace medical advisor Jeffrey Pollard, MD, “Offering deals with these parameters has been able to satisfy both consumers’ expectations and providers’ needs. The key is to balance interests so that providers can efficiently fill vacant appointment slots in their schedules on an ‘as needed’ basis without selling too many procedures at a loss and without making it known to the greater community that they are deeply discounting their prices.” Learn more at




Up In Arms

There was a 4,473% spike in the number of people opting for upper arm lifts from 2000 to 2012, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There were 338 upper arm lifts performed in 2000, compared with 15,457 such surgeries in 2012!

Acne News Update

Do certain foods really cause breakouts?

It’s an age-old question, and new research now suggests that there Spotlight2-milkmay be a link between diet and acne. Researchers reviewed the literature on this connection from 1960 and 2012, and found that high glycemic load diets and dairy products may influence or aggravate acne. The findings suggest there may be a role for medical nutrition therapy

“The medical community should not dismiss the possibility of diet therapy as an adjunct treatment for acne. At this time, the best approach is to address each acne patient individually, carefully considering the possibility of dietary counseling,” conclude researchers who were led by Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, of the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development of New York University in New York City.

Get It While Supplies Last

Galderma’s Tri-Luma® Cream is back. The melasma treatment is available in pharmacies once more. Supplies dried up after a full recall in late August 2010 due to manufacturing deficits.

Triluma contains fluocinolone acetonide, hydroquinone, and tretinoin. It is available by prescription for moderate-to-severe melasma of the face, and can be used for up to 8 weeks only. Side effects may include redness, peeling, burning, dryness, and itching where it is applied.