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The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa
Registration now open for Miami Beach

Saturday, April 5
Miami Beach Convention Center
Room D-235

Who should attend?

If you are an educator working for a manufacturer/distributor, a teacher at a school or wanting to improve your on-site staff training by understanding learning styles, then this event is for you!

Who should attend?
NETT will give you the edge, recharge your skills and give you the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Cost $125 NCEA members; $149 nonmembers


  • Two-day all inclusive admission to The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa.
  • 5 CEs Approved by the Commission on Accreditation.
  • CE Certificate and Digital Course Materials.
  • Complimentary NCEA Certified Records Verification ($175 value).
  • Certificate of Attendance from the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa.

  • Click "Read More" for more information about the convention and class offerings.
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    Google Glass being tested in dermatology consultations
    New York Daily News
    Emergency room doctors at Rhode Island Hospital are testing the use of Google Glass in teledermatology, in which skin images are captured by the gadget and transmitted in real time to an off-site dermatologist.
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    Pennsylvania dermatologist makes breakthrough in battle against hair loss
    Penn Current
    Xiaowei "George" Xu, an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine, says human hair is a "quite complex organ" composed of two different types of cells: epithelial cells, which make the hair shaft, and dermal papillae cells, which regulate the proliferation of epithelial cells and influence hair growth. Men with male-pattern baldness lose both cells, causing follicular miniaturization. A hair follicle gradually becomes smaller and smaller before it is altogether lost. Researchers have successfully isolated and characterized epithelial stem cells from a hair follicle, but have been unable to multiply them, a high hurdle in the battle against hair loss.
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    Study: Selfies are impacting facial plastic surgery requests
    Skin Inc.
    The rise of selfies is having a huge impact on the facial plastic surgery industry according to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The annual poll studies a select group of the organization’s 2,700 members to uncover the latest trends in facial plastic surgery.
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    NPD Group: Anti-aging gets increased attention on East Coast
    Skin Inc.
    The NPD Group reports sales of age-specialist prestige facial skin care products in New York, Boston and Philadelphia significantly outpaced the overall segment performance in 2013, each with double-digit growth compared to the segment's 5 percent sales increase for the year. NPD BeautyTrends U.S. Geo Level information indicates these three designated market areas are among the top 10 in the United States in terms of age-specialist facial skin care dollars and represent more than 20 percent of all sales.
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    Daddy do-overs: Plastic surgery on the rise for men
    The morning after the Academy Awards ceremony, a Twitter feed was buzzing with two burning questions: "What did John Travolta call Idina Menzel?" followed by, "What did he do to his face?" Travolta obviously has had work done. That's not surprising in this day and age and in a culture that values superlative, often unrealistic, displays of youth, athletic prowess, style and wealth. Still, as a culture, we tend to associate preening and vanity with women, or at least when guys talk with one another it seems as if women are the only ones concerned with appearances.
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    Vision loss reported after cosmetic facial injections
    JAMA Ophthalmol via Medscape
    Dr. Michelle V. Carle and colleagues from Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group in Los Angeles report three such cases of blindness or near-complete vision loss in an article published online March 6 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Each of these patients had central retinal artery occlusion shortly after receiving an injection of one of three different dermal fillers. The injections were in the forehead area, which is not an approved site for dermal fillers but is a common off-label use, the researchers write.
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    Nivolumab shows long-term efficacy in combating melanoma
    Dermatology Times
    Results of a new study suggest that a drug commonly prescribed to patients with cancer — including advanced melanoma — can halt the progress of the disease for up to two years. According to the study, nivolumab allows the patient's immune system T cells to attack cancer. The study examined the results of long-term use of the drug in a phase 1 clinical trial. Not only do the results show a fast onset of benefits, but also that the benefits can persist, in some cases even after patients stop taking nivolumab.
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    Injections of fillers for cosmetic treatment can open the door to bacteria
    University of Copenhagen via Medical News Today
    Many people have "fillers" injected into their facial tissue to give them "bee-stung lips" or to smooth out their wrinkles. Unfortunately, a lot of cosmetic treatment customers experience unpleasant side effects in the form of tender subcutaneous lumps that are difficult to treat and, which — in isolated cases — have led to lesions that simply will not heal. Research recently published by the University of Copenhagen now supports that, despite the highest levels of hygiene, this unwanted side effect is caused by bacterial infection.
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        Holistic approach can address signs of aging face (Dermatology Times)
    Guidelines aim to standardize, advance actinic keratoses treatments (Dermatology Times)
    Study: TPF 50 to prevent skin sun damage, nonmelanoma skin cancer (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology via News-Medical.Net)
    Never too old for technology: Anti-aging driving US beauty devices ( USA)
    Young nonmelanoma skin cancer survivors more likely to develop other future cancers (Skin Inc.)

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    Study: TPF50 outperforms other sunscreens
    Dermatology Times
    A new study suggests that triple protection factor broad-spectrum sunscreen 50 is more effective than traditional sunscreens in preventing sun damage to the skin and nonmelanoma skin cancer. Similar to more traditional sunscreens, TPF50 is applied topically and contains a physical SPF 50 sunscreen.
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    New indication for Xolair approved by European Commission for treatment in chronic spontaneous urticaria patients
    Medical News Today
    Novartis has announced that the European Commission has approved the use of Xolair as an add-on therapy for the treatment of chronic spontaneous urticaria in adult and adolescent — 12 years and above — patients, who do not respond to the current mainstay of therapy, H1 antihistamines.
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    Teledermatology improves patient triage
    Dermatology Times
    The future of hospital dermatologic consultations may lie in teledermatology. According to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, using teledermatology for inpatient hospital consultations, in addition to an in-person dermatologist, can improve patient triage and efficiency.

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    How the baby boomer generation is changing the nature of aging
    Marketing Magazine
    Baby boomers are misbehaving. In generations past, licentious behavior may have gone out of the window the minute you picked up your pension, but thanks to advances in health, passing 60 can symbolize a new lease of life rather than a death knell — especially if you have the cash to enjoy yourself.

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    Dermatologic surgeons performed more medical, cosmetic procedures in 2013
    There were nearly 22 percent more medically necessary and cosmetic procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons in 2013 compared with 2012, according to survey results from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

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    Dermatologist provides skin infection prevention tips for athletes
    Infection Control Today
    Although many athletes understand the importance of keeping their muscles and bones healthy, it's also important for them to take care of their skin. Sports equipment, especially protective helmets and pads, creates a warm, moist and dark environment for the germs that can cause skin infections to grow. To help prevent skin infections, Benabio recommends that coaches, athletes and athletic trainers follow these tips.
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    Mobile teledermatology shows potential for HIV patients
    Mobile teledermatology showed significant potential in improving access to care for HIV-positive patients in a resource-limited setting, according to recent study results. "While several studies have evaluated diagnostic agreement, relatively few have investigated the reliability and validity of mobile teledermatology compared with the gold standard of face-to-face evaluation by a dermatologist," researchers wrote in JAMA Dermatology.
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     Member Benefit

    15% Discount for Online Courses

    As an SDSS member, the American Health Care Academy is offering a 15% discount for Adult, Child & Infant CPR/AED, and First Aid online courses.

    To receive this discount, click here and enter "SDSS15" at checkout under "Coupon Code," then click "Apply."

    Please note: To meet the CPR/AED/First Aid requirements on the NCEA Certified Candidate's Application and Recertification Candidate's Application, candidates are required to attend an in-person class once every five years. Be sure to check and see if your State Regulatory Board requirements accept online CPR/AED/First Aid courses prior to taking advantage of this offer.

    For more information on becoming NCEA Certified or the Recertification Application process go to

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     Continuing Education
    COA-Approved Webinar

    Meeting Expectations Of Your Practice As Well As Your Patients

    Presented by Pamela Matheny, MBA/HCM, CMPE, MoPM, CPC

    About the webinar:
    How does the skincare specialist balance the competing needs of patients, employer and other staff in today's busy medical practice and in challenging economic times? Sometimes, meeting the needs of everyone involved can be frustrating and may affect patient satisfaction. This presentation will provide information about keeping balance in competing needs and protecting your value.

    At the conclusion of this presentation the skin care specialist will be able to:
    1) Understand the need to balance competing needs.
    2) Develop and encourage engagement of all staff.
    3) Define leadership responsibility for role modeling desirable behaviors.
    4) Identify how social exchange theory influences provider/patient/employee/leader interactions.

    Webinar cost: $19.95 member; $24.95 nonmember. To order this webinar as a member, click here. To order this webinar as a nonmember, click here.

    Important! Once purchased, the webinar link will only be valid for 24 hours.

    View other COA-Approved Continuing Education

    The NCEA Commission on Accreditation has approved these webinars. For more information on the Commission on Accreditation go to NCEA Certified website.

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    Susanne S. Warfield, President/CEO of Paramedical Consultants, Inc. ( Official Publication of the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists. Warfield has more than 32 years' experience, is a leading expert on business, legal and liability issues that affect physician and esthetician relationships. She has authored more than 450 articles and 15 books for the consumer, medical and skin care sectors. She is the recipient of the prestigious Crystal Award for Life Achievement by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa.More



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