2011 Statistics Confirm that Botox ® Training Helps Physicians Capture Industry's 5% Growth

The IAPAM offers physicians aesthetic training, the leading botox ® training, hCG training, and associated aesthetic medicine education (including training on lasers for skin rejuvenation and hair removal, medical microdermabrasion and medical grade chemical peels). The IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium offers the most comprehensive medical spa training, including: hands on, live demonstration and didactic instruction in all 5 of the top non-invasive procedures and offers unparalleled business support to physicians as they build successful aesthetic medical practices and capture the reported 5% growth in the minimally-invasive market in 2011.

Las Vegas, Nevada (February 18, 2012) -- “With these economic times, more people are turning to the more inexpensive non-invasive procedures rather than surgical cosmetic procedures. They may not get the long term benefits of a face lift, but with a combination treatment of Botox ® and dermal fillers, then can get a great result at a fraction of the price,” says Jeff Russell, Executive Director of the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (http://www.iapam.com). As evidenced in 2011 statistical reports, patients agree. In the recent report from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally-invasive procedures increased for the second year in a row by 5 percent in 2011, with nearly 13.8 million procedures being performed, and “minimally-invasive procedures increased 6 percent, with nearly 12.2 million procedures in 2011.”

As in 2010, in 2011, the top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

Botulinum toxin type A (5.7 million procedures, up 5 percent)
Soft tissue fillers (1.9 million procedures, up 7 percent)
Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, down 3 percent)
Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 15 percent)
Microdermabrasion (900,000 procedures, up 9 percent)

We are seeing notable increases in surgical procedures, such as facelifts, that reflect the demands of an aging boomer population,” said Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth, President of the ASPS. “However, the overall growth in cosmetic procedures is being primarily driven by a substantial rise in minimally-invasive procedures.”

Jeff Russell concurs with the findings of the aforementioned report. “We are hearing from our members that minimally invasive procedures like botox ® and other cosmetic injectables, medically supervised hCG weight loss (http://www.hcgtraining.com) as well as laser training, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are in tremendous demand by patients, and we are seeing a correlating increase in the demand for our training. Registration for our cornerstone training program, the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox ® Training (http://www.aestheticmedicinesymposium.com), has steadily increased in the last 6 months. Physicians are realizing they not only need to offer botox ® treatments to their patients, but also laser hair removal, IPL skin rejuvenation, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. Organizations, like the IAPAM, educate physicians on how to package these treatments for the most appealing and profitable outcomes.”

In line with these findings, the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium provides a forum for physicians to immerse themselves in training on these top 5 minimally invasive procedures. Leading the faculty is a team of renowned cosmetic dermatologists who cover aesthetic patient consultations, facial anatomy & musculature, product preparation, pain management, procedural protocols, post treatment issues and continuing practice support. Unlike other programs, the Botox ® Training is done in a clean, multi-million dollar medical facility, not a hotel room chair. Physicians who have completed the IAPAM’s hCG Training, Aesthetic Medicine Symposium and/or Aesthetic Practice Business Start-Up training have a competitive advantage.

For more information on the IAPAM’s upcoming Aesthetic Medicine Symposium and/or hCG Training, please see http://www.iapam.com or contact the IAPAM at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 704.

Botox is a trademark of Allergan, Inc.

About the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), dentists (DDSs/DMDs) doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The IAPAM offers aesthetic medicine and hCG medical weight management programs, including: Botox ® training, medical aesthetic training, laser training, physician hCG training, and aesthetic practice business training. Additional information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website (http://www.iapam.com) or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108 ext. 704

BusinessVibes hosts Webinar for IT Professionals

BusinessVibes hosted a webinar for its members in the Information Technology industry on Wednesday, February 8th. The webinar archive is available on BusinessVibes.

London, UK, February 18, 2012 -- BusinessVibes, the B2B networking platform, hosted a webinar for its members in the Information Technology industry on Wednesday, February 8th. The webinar archive is available on BusinessVibes.

The first speaker was Dr. Srisakdi Charmonman - Founding President of Thailand Internet Association, which is the largest IT professional entity of Thailand. He discussed problems and challenges of mentioned industry in his country.

The second speaker was Mr. Rudi Rusdiah - Chairman of Association of Community Internet Centre in Indonesia. Mr Rusdiah discussed problems and challenges of IT industry in Indonesia. In his presentation he presented problem of cloud computing in information technology industry.

Attendees were able to submit questions to the speakers over a live chat, and also communicate with each other about business opportunities. Mission of BusinessVibes is to make it simple for businesses to find international buyers, suppliers, joint venture partners and more. There are over 500,000 members worldwide, interacting via profiles, messaging, and participation in live and virtual events.

BusinessVibes also works with event planners, providing a platform for promotion, registration, and payment for industry conferences, trade shows, and webinars. The event management features complement the online connections possible on the service, by encouraging members to interact in person or in real time.

More webinars are planned for 2012. BusinessVibes has also hosted webinars covering the Gems & Jewellery, the Renewable Energy and Rubber&Plastics industries, and it plans to cover other ones in the upcoming months.

If you are interested in participating in our webinars or if you want to learn more, visit http://www.businessvibes.com.

Media Contact:
Marta Munia
Marketing Executive - Europe
Businessvibes Network International Inc
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
Tel: +44 20 7291 0883
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Three New England based Franchise Leaders discuss the Future of Franchising

The State and Future of Franchising - A panel discussion featuring three New England-based franchise leaders-March 13 in Waltham, MA.

Waltham, MA (February 18, 2012) -- “The State and Future of Franchising”, a panel discussion featuring three New England-based franchise leaders, sponsored by the New England Franchise Association (NEFA) will be held at the Embassy Suites, 550 Winter Street, Waltham on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

The industry leaders include Sharon Diminico, Founder & CEO, The Learning Express; Scott Colabuono, CEO, Fantastic Sams; and Steve Rafsky, CEO, Padgett Business Services. Murray Vetstein of Source4 and a member of the Board of Directors of NEFA will moderate the discussion.

Pre-luncheon networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon session beginning at noon. The panel discussion runs from 1 – 2 p.m. The entire business community is urged to attend. Membership in the NEFA is NOT required. Reservations are required. Registration Fee is $60 per person and includes dinner. NEFA Members receive $10.00 off.

Franchising is going through a great deal of transition,” noted Vetstein. He added, “From major shifts in lending practices to a vast number of new franchise concepts to shifting consumer buying patterns, the franchise community is working overtime to get a pulse of the next big trend. This panel discussion will reveal insights from leaders who are on the front lines of these changes.”

About NEFA

The New England Franchise Association (NEFA) is the trade organization for franchisors and franchisees in the region, with over 150 members. The mission of NEFA is to bring franchise executives, franchisees and vendors together to share ideas for success.

Franchising more than ever before, has an unprecedented opportunity to make a major positive impact on the future New England economy. A 2001-05 study conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the International Franchise Association (IFA) found that in New England over 875,000 jobs are a result of franchising, the total output is over 100 Billion dollars a year, and there are over 35,000 franchise establishments in the six New England States.

To reserve your seats, please visit the New England Franchise Association via the organization's website http://www.NEFranchise.org or E-Mail info@NEFranchise.org.

Media Contact:
Gail Duncan
Wilco Area Times
120 Nolan Dr.
Georgetown, TX 78633

IHOP 2012 National Pancake Day to Benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children

Feb. 28: enjoy free pancakes and help Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Tampa, FL, February 18, 2012 -- On Feb. 28, The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) will celebrate National Pancake Day by offering guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes*. With every short stack of pancakes served, diners will be invited to make a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The IHOP restaurants that have chosen Shriners Hospitals for Children as the beneficiary of this event are primarily located in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

Texas Governor Rick Perry and first lady Anita Perry expressed their support of National Pancake Day and the efforts of Shriners International, the fraternity that founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. “I commend everyone involved in making this event a reality. I know you will all enjoy your free IHOP pancakes, and I hope you will also all give generously to assist the Shriners in helping even more children,” wrote Gov. Perry.

The restaurant chain has set an ambitious goal of raising $2.7 million in this one-day event, which will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to raising funds, the campaign will raise awareness of Shriners Hospitals for Children, a 22-hospital health care system - founded by the Shriners International fraternity - that provides children with the best available pediatric specialty care regardless of the ability to pay for services. Nearly 1 million children have benefited from the unique approach to health care offered by Shriners Hospitals for Children, and gone on to live happy, fulfilled lives.

We appreciate the efforts of IHOP to bring people together for an enjoyable meal and time together on behalf of Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “The opportunity to spread awareness and raise funds provided by IHOP for our incredible health care system is greatly appreciated, and we are hoping for tremendous success and support from the communities involved.”

Everyone loves pancakes - and children - celebrate them both on National Pancake Day by visiting your local IHOP restaurant and donating to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

For a list of participating IHOP restaurants or to learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, visit http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law

*Limit one free short stack per guest. Valid for dine-in orders only. Not valid with any other offer, special, coupon or discount. Valid at participating restaurants only, while supplies last.

Media Contacts:
Fabiana Lowe
Shriners Hospitals for Children

Gail Duncan
Wilco Area Times
120 Nolan Dr.
Georgetown, TX 78633

Artist Russell Rowland Now Light Space & Time's Featured Artist

Artist Russell Rowland is now the gallery's featured artist and he will be showcased on their website for the next 30 days.

Jupiter, Florida - February 18, 2012 -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that artist Russell Rowland is now the gallery's featured artist and he will be showcased on their website for the next 30 days.

Russell Rowland is a freelance art photographer based in the New York City area. Russ began his creative career as a successful executive in the public relations field, where he specialized in providing PR services to consumer and high-tech companies. After a flourishing career in marketing, Russ reinvented himself and embarked on a career as a professional photographer. Russ always had a love for images, as a little boy he would spend hours looking through his parent’s art books mesmerized by paintings of all kinds.

Russell states about his photography "I constantly slip and refer to photographs of as paintings, which isn't surprising because I see myself less as a photographer and more as an image maker. I believe that distinction frees me to put the end image before any concerns about capturing or staying within the bounds of "reality." The only exception is when I am shooting documentary or journalistic subjects like theater productions or Occupy Wall Street.”

As his website states about Russ's work "I photograph the things that I cannot paint or put into words." He is one of the Founding Members of the Melting Shot Photo Collective. This creative group was formed by 5 dedicated photographers who live, work and play in different places around the globe.

Take some time to look at Russell Rowland's bright, imaginative and thought provoking portfolio at http://www.rrsnapshop.com.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists.

The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com

John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
Tel: 888-490-3530