New ASDS Survey: 9.5 Million Treatments Performed in 2014

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Rolling Meadows, Ill. (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Dermatologic surgeons performed nearly 9.5 million medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in 2014, according to survey results released today by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

With increases in skin cancer treatments and several cosmetic categories, 2014 totals were 21 percent higher than two years ago but remained steady overall compared to 2013 figures.

For the fourth year in a row, skin cancer treatments ranked as the most-performed procedure (3.08 million) by ASDS members – confirming both the growing incidence of the disease as well as member expertise of its treatment.

Dermatologic surgeons in 2014 also performed 6.4 million cosmetic treatments – ranging from injectable wrinkle-relaxers and soft-tissue fillers to laser/light/energy-based procedures and body sculpting.

“Sustained growth in a wide range of procedures performed by ASDS members provides evidence of the public’s recognition that we are the experts in the health, function and beauty of the skin,” said ASDS President George J. Hruza, MD, MBA. “ASDS members are trained in the best techniques and latest technologies to provide patients the top-notch care they deserve.”

Most popular cosmetic procedures

The top cosmetic treatments in 2014 were:

Laser/light/energy-based procedures: 2.06 million
Wrinkle-relaxing injections (such as Botox): 1.75 million
Soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvederm): 1.01 million

Laser hair removal continued to rate among the fastest-growing procedures, registering more than 632,000 in 2014 for a 27 percent jump from last year and 51 percent spike since 2012.

“Consumers interested in laser hair removal treatments have become increasingly aware that the safest, most effective way to achieve their desired outcome is by seeing a board-certified dermatologist,” Hruza said.

ASDS members are experts in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that are reflective of consumer concerns. Respondents to the 2015 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures indicated for the third year in a row that excess weight is their top cosmetic concern. Body sculpting treatments including cryolipolysis – commonly known as “fat-freezing” – have surged 53 percent since 2012 to 208,000 in 2014.

More than half of consumers also reported they are bothered by wrinkles around the eyes and on other areas of the face; skin texture and/or discoloration; and sagging skin. Those concerns are successfully addressed with wrinkle-relaxing injections, soft-tissue fillers, a variety of laser/light devices and chemical peels.

Skin cancer still tops list of procedures

As skin cancer rates continue to rise, dermatologic surgeons provide expert diagnosis and treatment while remaining committed to educating the public about prevention methods.

Of the 3.08 million skin cancer procedures performed by ASDS members in 2014, 207,000 were for melanoma, a 9 percent increase over 2013. Treatments for non-melanoma also increased slightly.

ASDS is at the forefront of researching the best treatments for skin cancer. Earlier this month, an ASDS Board-appointed expert group of dermatologic surgeons released the first-ever consensus recommendations for the treatment and management of basal cell carcinoma, the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer.

The ASDS panel agreed that surgical approaches typically provide the best outcomes, with Mohs Micrographic Surgery recommended as the “treatment of choice” – taking into consideration cure rates, recurrence rates, aesthetic and functional outcomes, and cost effectiveness.

“The comprehensive approach ASDS members take toward the management and prevention of skin cancer – from offering patients the most advanced treatment options to promoting sun-safe behavior and screenings – speaks to the collective resolve of our membership,” Hruza said. “A diagnosis of skin cancer can be a frightening time in people’s lives, but patients understand they can count on ASDS members to effectively guide them through the treatment process.”

About the Society’s Procedural Survey Statistics

Data were collected for the 2014 experience and generalized to represent all ASDS members. The survey was conducted Jan. 2 to Feb. 6, 2015, for data reported in 2014. The survey link was sent to 3,980 practicing members. Survey results are reported based on 826 physicians, or a 21 percent response rate.

About ASDS

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit

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Boopsie for Libraries Announces Tremendous Growth in 2014

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) January 20, 2015

Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, demonstrated a tremendous surge of momentum in 2014. Among other achievements, the company has grown its customer base by more than 30% over the previous year.

In addition to expanding its position as market leader among Public, Academic, and K-12 libraries, Boopsie now serves Corporate Libraries and Government & Military Libraries, having signed a global “Fortune 10” energy company; one of the largest cosmetics companies in the U.S.; and one of the most prestigious military-academic institutions in the world (Defense Language Institute). In addition to growing its customer base and expanding into new library industries, the company’s overall customer satisfaction is evidenced by an astoundingly high 96% renewal rate for its mobile Platform-as-a-Service.

“2014 was a great year for Boopsie,” said Tony Medrano, CEO of Boopsie. “Not only were we able to work with the library community to develop technologies that more efficiently deliver library services to users, we were also able to secure strategic partnerships that are helping us grow internationally and into new markets with a leveraged sales force. 2015 will be filled with even greater product, service, content and developments for libraries.”

New Boopsie technologies and services shipped in 2014 include Boopsie Analytics™, which enable libraries to track downloads, unique users, queries and channel visits made in their library-branded apps from a centralized web-based dashboard. The company also launched marketing services for libraries that have increased their library-branded mobile app usage by as much as 300% for individual libraries as well as consortia and state-wide systems such as Washington State and the State of Virginia.

Boopsie partnered with a number of leading digital content providers in 2014 to bring a seamless, native mobile experience to users including ProQuest, EBSCO, Baker and Taylor, Recorded Books, Overdrive, and 3M Cloud Library. Boopsie also expanded into re-selling digital content, such as Comics Plus (a digital catalog of 10,000 comics and graphic novels) and CoverCake (an in-app discovery tool for books-as-seen-on-TV).

Innovative strategic technology partnerships such as Parity Computing, Inc., which provides powerful data mining, analytics, and decision-support systems for STM publishers and research institutes; Spritz, which offers proprietary advanced speed-reading technology; and LoYakk a next-generation mobile engagement platform for Fortune 500 companies that facilitates collaboration will help Boopsie serve libraries looking for a mobile strategy that will be relevant far into the future.

As part of its international expansion plans, in 2014 Boopsie partnered with iGroup, the largest reseller of digital services to academic libraries in the Asia-Pacific region, serving more than 2,000 academic institutions and libraries.

Furthermore, a number of industry experts joined the Boopsie Advisory Board in 2014 including Fareed Adib, Global Head of Android Partnerships at Google; Dr. David Clementz, former CIO of Chevron-Texaco; Dr. Michael Housman, Chief Analytics Officer from Evolv, Inc., and other technology industry leaders.

About Boopsie

Boopsie, Inc. is the industry-leading mobile platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider for over 4,000 library locations worldwide. Boopsie’s library-branded mobile apps are affordable, easy to deploy and maintain, and enable libraries of all types and sizes, including academic, corporate, public and special, to quickly acquire new users and increase circulation. Boopsie’s mobile apps are fully hosted and maintained by Boopsie’s U.S. based customer service organization and are designed for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Windows Mobile, Windows 8, Kindle Fire and even Blackberry platforms. Boopsie enables 24/7 remote library access via the user’s device of choice. Boopsie also sells subscription services including a “Books-as-Seen-on-TV” subscription, a digital catalog of comics and graphic novels and a speed-reading technology. Visit for more information about mobile apps for libraries.

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2014 Holiday Spending to Gro-ho-ho: IBISWorld’s Annual Release Has Been Updated

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 17, 2014

Rising consumer confidence and lower unemployment are likely to bring out the holiday spirit in economically conscious shoppers this snowy season. IBISWolrd projects that total revenue generated by holiday spending in December will increase 2.0% this year, totaling $ 70.9 billion, This is a sharp contrast to 2013, when a shortened holiday calendar, early Thanksgiving and October government shutdown dampened consumer confidence and spending.

However, before dashing through the snow for the best deals, lackluster sales over the Thanksgiving holiday suggested that retailers might be in for a slightly slower season than expected. Business efforts to push promotions and discounts earlier this year may backfire, as internet and mobile shopping reduces the need to rush out and find good offers early. More consumers will check prices online and shop for the best bargain, leaving retailers to compete with one another by lowering their prices. Overall, despite improving economic conditions, competitive pricing and savvy customers will keep sales from breaking records.


Gifts represent the single-largest expenditure during the holidays, generating 77.2% of total revenue. In 2014, IBISWorld forecasts this category to grow 1.8% to $ 54.8 billion. Although the economic climate has trended upward since the recession, consumers are likely to continue to hold back on extravagant gifting. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Andy Brennan, “purchases of gifts, including electronics, toys, clothing and personal care and cosmetic items, are expected to rise higher than their disappointing levels in 2013, but retailers should not expect dramatic increases.” Similar to last year, well-timed releases of new video games, consoles, tablets and smartphones will help drive growth for the electronic category, which is anticipated to increase by 2.1% from 2013 levels. Personal care and cosmetics are also expected to see an increase, as consumers take advantage of flexible online shopping options and promotions. Sales of cosmetics are forecast to increase by 3.3% to $ 5.7 billion this year. Toys and clothing are also anticipated to increase, by 2.4% and 2.3%, respectively. However, heavy discounting will stifle growth in these two categories, as consumers scour the internet for better deals. Meanwhile, jewelry sales and gift cards are forecast to demonstrate less-spectacular growth this year. Consequently, both categories are anticipated to increase by only 0.2% over 2014.


Revenue generated from food and alcohol purchases is expected to grow at a slightly faster rate than total holiday revenue this year, increasing 2.3% to $ 6.3 billion. “Food prices have outpaced the overall rate of consumer prices in 2014 due to rising farming and transportation costs and higher global demand,” says Brennan. However, the recent decline in the world price of crude oil will enable more long distance travel and allow consumers to spend the holidays with family and friends.

Decorations and cards

Total spending on decorations is projected to rise 4.3% this year to $ 6.5 billion. Seasonal winter decorations, including wreaths, ornaments, nativity sets and nutcrackers, account for nearly two-thirds of total annual decorations spending. Although the number of consumers celebrating holidays during this time of year has declined slightly over the past five years, the average amount spent per person has increased steadily as consumers have opted to decorate earlier. Selling seasonal decorations is now a big business, as the holiday season has become increasingly commercialized. Spending on greeting cards, on the other hand, is anticipated to decline in 2014.

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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World’s Fastest Single-Serve Liquid Pouch Filler on Display at Pack Expo 2014

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) October 17, 2014

Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.), a leading North American provider of single-serve flexible packaging solutions, will showcase the Sanko ZERO 1 high-speed liquid and paste packaging machine at Pack Expo 2014, November 2-5, South Hall, Booth 4107, Chicago, IL. Capable of running at speeds over 2300 packages per minute, the ZERO 1 delivers over twice the output rate of traditional form-fill-seal pouch filling systems without leakers.

Ideal for a variety of single-use liquid and paste products such as food condiments and salad dressings, this high-performance liquid filling machine features incredible flexibility. Unlike other liquid filling machines, the ZERO 1 allows fast and easy change over to accommodate different package sizes. Changing package length, filling volume, perforation and cut position can be made through simple operator commands on the LCD touch panel display.

As the exclusive representative for Sanko Machinery in North America, T.H.E.M. is now offering the ZERO 1 to a broader base of North American consumer packaged goods companies. “The ZERO 1 is not only a high performance machine, but also very economical,” noted Neil Kozarsky, CEO and President of T.H.E.M. “It offers our core food and beverage customers a significant increase in output rates, with the added advantage of flexibility, along with measurable savings attributed to less waste of packaging material. It’s an ideal solution for non-food market segments too.”

The Zero 1 is a welcome solution for liquid products that are prone to generate bubbles during the form-fill-seal process – such as oil and vinegar – employing a proprietary process in the sealing rolls. This unique solution augments the sealing function by providing repeatable and robust seals, enhancing both machine performance and product quality. Because there are minimal fluctuations of sealing temperature, the ZERO 1 is able to maintain seal integrity at high speeds.

In addition to the touch-screen operator interface, standard features of the Zero 1 include the ability to run registered film, a splice detector, an end of film sensor, a broken film sensor, an I-Notch device, air expelling guide rollers, automatic film tracking, safety interlocks, and a double roller sealing system. Among the machine’s available options are: CIP, a perforation cutter, saw tooth end cut pattern, a divider of packages by preset number, a film path enclosure, four-side sealing, a system to accumulate packages by preset number, intricate top seal patterns, and clearance adjusting knobs for vertical and second horizontal sealers. Another key option offered by Sanko on the Zero 1 is a web splice feature that eliminates the need to stop production when changing rolls.

T.H.E.M. will also showcase several additional packaging innovations at Pack Expo 2014, including the Snapsil® easy-open container, the Zipbox® resealable box, single use pouches, and flexible stick packs, the technology for which T.H.E.M. is best known. .

Snapsil Semi-Rigid Single-Serve Package

The Snapsil semi-rigid container, developed by Australian-based Snapsil Corporation and used for single-serve consumer products, features a patented audible “snap-opening” function that allows consumers to open the package with one hand.

ZipBox – The Resealable Box

Developed in conjunction with global technology and commercialization partner Zip-Pak, a Division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), ZipBox combines the stability of a carton with the convenience of a resealable flexible package, eliminating the need for a separate inner liner. This unique package meets the emerging need for better cube utilization, shipping and energy efficiencies, and enhanced consumer convenience.

Liquid & Dry Pouch and Stick Packaging

T.H.E.M. will showcase its complete range of single use pouch and stick packaging solutions along with representatives from Sanko Machinery Co., the largest manufacturer of stick packaging machinery in the world.

T.H.E.M.’s NJ-based facility provides contract manufacturing and packaging services for a number of global consumer brands and retailers in the form of flexible stick packs, pouches and other single-use flexible packaging formats. In addition to food and beverage products, the company supports nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and energy supplements.

The company’s form-fill-sealing operations accommodate both liquid and dry products, and are designed to take customers from initial trial run, to scale-up, to full commercial production, in addition to supporting product line extensions and limited edition offerings. T.H.E.M.’s facility is FDA-registered, Kosher and USDA Organic certified, and also certified to package dietary supplements. Recently the plant obtained Safety Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification. In addition to contract packaging, the company also provides R&D and engineering services, as well as flexible packaging machinery.

Partnering in the Name of Innovation

T.H.E.M. is the exclusive North American representative of Sanko Machinery Co., Ltd. , and routinely partners with other leading packaging organizations to bring new and innovative single-use consumer packaging to the North American market. T.H.E.M. partners that will also be exhibiting at Pack Expo this year include:

Bemis Company, Inc.

Hartness International, Inc.

Multivac Group

Zip-Pak (an ITW Company)

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About T.H.E.M.

Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.) was founded in 1973 as one of the first providers of innovative packaging solutions in North America. The company is best known for commercializing Sanko Stick Packaging in the United States. Working in conjunction with select packaging and equipment manufacturers, T.H.E.M. offers a comprehensive array of packaging solutions designed to take brands from initial concept to full-scale national or global production. T.H.E.M. has a fully operational, on-site R&D center located at its Marlton, NJ headquarters, with pilot production, scale-up, and full-scale contract packaging capabilities.

For more information on T.H.E.M.’s flexible packaging machinery and contract manufacturing services, please visit:

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Visage nominated for the 2014 Dentistry Awards

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Glasgow (PRWEB UK) 14 October 2014

Glasgow-based cosmetic dental experts Visage have been nominated for three prestigious accolades at the 2014 Dentistry Awards in London including Best Team Scotland, Best Practice and brand new award Best Patient Care. The multi-award winning clinic announced the nomination on their blog saying, “We are always over the moon when another awarding body notices our work and puts us forward for an award – or, in the case of the 2014 Dentistry Awards, three awards!”

This timely recognition coincides with several articles over the summer from eminent journals as diverse as The Telegraph and Hello magazine, discussing how the state of our teeth directly affects our confidence to get on with our lives. In fact a recent survey (BUPA 2012) showed that a remarkable 63% of people believe having bad teeth can prevent a person from finding a partner. Over half of respondents believed that good teeth can help an individual get a better job, while almost 50% believed nice teeth help people make more friends. Researchers from Deakin University in the US also found that poor dental health increased the likelihood of a person being depressed.

None of this, of course, comes as any surprise to the nation’s dentists. The cosmetic dental industry has grown dramatically in recent years, with the value of cosmetic dentistry increasing by 34% between 2009 and 2013.

Award-nominees Visage believe that dental implants will become the treatment of choice for patients who have lost one, several or indeed all of their natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a bridge containing two or more teeth or a denture covering the entire upper or lower jaw. The technology involved has progressed at such a rate that implants are now easier to place and last much longer than in the past. On top of this, cosmetic dentistry is seen as a much more affordable and socially-acceptable solution to serious teeth problems. And, as the experts at Visage are keen to point out, treatment completion times have reduced dramatically, making it easier for patients to improve their looks without any major impact on their lives.

The results for the 2014 Dentistry Awards will be announced in December. In the meantime you can learn more about Visage’s previous nominations and awards at their online Awards Gallery.

Aesthetic Surgery Journal Ranked Most Influential Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal in 2014 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

The Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ), a peer-reviewed international journal focusing on scientific developments and clinical techniques in aesthetic surgery, was recently ranked the number one journal in aesthetic plastic surgery and second in plastic surgery overall, with an Impact Factor of 2.034 according to the 2014 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®. ASJ is the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

The Journal Citation Report rankings measure the Impact Factor, the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited. Since 1975, the Impact Factor has been relied upon as an indicator of professional journal relevance and importance.

“The Aesthetic Surgery Journal was first indexed with the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report in 2011. The impact factor growth over just a few short years reflects the expertise of our editorial team, the discerning selection of content published in 2011 and 2012 and the high quality of the research continuously being submitted by leaders in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery” said Foad Nahai, MD, editor-in-chief of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. “With ASJ becoming more influential in the aesthetic surgery field, our continued goal is to advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic plastic surgery through relevant, timely, and necessary medical research. ASJ offers readers extra value through its catalog of technique and highlight videos and its signature app, RADAR Resource.”

“The Aesthetic Surgery Journal provides physicians with trusted sources for information about new evidence-based medicine advances and techniques in cosmetic medicine and surgery as they become available,” said Associate Editor Jeffrey M. Kenkel, MD. “We will strive to continue to increase our Impact Factor by providing high-quality content and timely information that will adequately serve the needs of board-certified private practice and academic plastic surgeons worldwide.”

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About the Aesthetic Surgery Journal

The Aesthetic Society Journal is the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It is published eight times per year and contains scholarly articles on new advances and procedures pertaining to cosmetic medicine and the plastic surgery industry. ASJ was indexed with MEDLINE/PubMed in 2008 and with the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report (JCR; formerly ISI) in 2011. It is the official English-language journal of many major international societies of plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery representing South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It is also the official journal of The Rhinoplasty Society and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The Journal also includes Continuing Medical Education articles and exams.


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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of more than 2,600 plastic surgeons. Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict code of ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.


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