Education and Research

The Beeson Cosmetic Surgery includes a section dedicated to both clinical and basic science research into aging and rejuvenation. Beeson Cosmetic Surgery has grants and relationships with some of the world's most prestigious pharmaceutical and medical technology corporations. Beeson Cosmetic Surgery also provides advanced education programs to instruct other surgeons in the latest techniques for rejuvenation surgery. Physicians from throughout the United States routinely visit the Institute, which houses the latest medical communication technology.

WE ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLING PATIENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING STUDIES:


EVALUATION OF SKIN CARE LOTION TO REMOVE FACIAL WRINKLING AND REJUVENATE FACIAL SKIN


WHAT YOU GET:
  • Skin evaluation and physician exam
  • Computerized skin analysis
  • Free skin products for evaluation
  • Serial TCA Facial Rejuvenation Peels at completion of study
  • Personalized skin rejuvenation program recommendations at completion of study
WHAT YOU DO:
  • Four appointments for evaluation- initial evaluation and then three monthly evaluations
  • Apply skin rejuvenation lotions to face morning and night and maintain dairy
  • Photographs and clinical information used for clinical study

  • EVALUATION OF TOPICAL LOTION TO ELIMINATE NAIL INFECTIONS


    WHAT YOU GET:
    • Physician exam
    • Free Treatment Products
    • Follow up evaluations
    WHAT YOU DO:
    • Four appointments for evaluation- initial evaluation and then three monthly evaluations
    • Apply lotion to face nail 4-6 times daily and maintain dairy
    • Photographs and clinical information used for clinical study

    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS STUDY OR FUTURE CLINICAL STUDIES AT BEESON COSMETIC SURGERY PLEASE CALL 846-0846 AND ASK FOR THE CLINCAL STUDIES REPRESENTATIVE OR REGISTER BY COMPLETING OUR "PRODUCT EVALUATION - CLINICAL STUDIES REGISTRATION FORM".


    Product Evaluations

    Product Evaluations are performed on new products as well as product improvements prior to their being released to the general public from Ad Lunam Labs. These evaluations are conducted to obtain input from selected individuals regarding a wide variety of product attributes ranging from packaging to ease of product application, and ultimate results.

    If you would like to participate in our product evaluation process and/or in some of our clinical trials, please complete our "PRODUCT EVALUTION - CLINICAL STUDIES REGISTRATION FORM". We will keep your personal health information confidential. When we have products or studies that call for someone with your skin type and skin "history", we will contact you by e-mail.

    Evaluations usually involve your at-home evaluation of a product and completion of a short on-line questionnaire. In some cases, the evaluation process might include a brief telephone interview by one of our Researchers. Product evaluations differ from Clinical Trials, but are nevertheless overseen by the Medical Director of Ad Lunam Labs.

    As part of our "research and development team", we will periodically contact you to solicit your opinions and periodically provide you with updates on health, beauty, and anti-aging topics that we believe may interest you.

    Clinical Trials

    Clinical Trials are more extensive evaluations and are an important aspect of product development. These studies are conducted through Beeson Cosmetic Surgery offices and frequently involve evaluations in our clinic . These studies are overseen by our Investigational Review Board and are much more extensive and involved than are Product Evaluations. For more information on Clinical Trials see the section on "an introduction to clinical trials".

    What is a Clinical Trial?

    A clinical trial is a research study that involves human volunteers to investigate medicines and new treatment options. Clinical trials are the most effective method in discovering successful treatments for medical conditions. Participation in a research study is always voluntary. In most clinical trials the treatment, office visits, and tests are at no cost to the participant.. A doctor or the study coordinator at the doctor's office will share information on participating in clinical trials during your first visit.

    Why participate in a Clinical Trial?

    Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. There are many reasons people take part in research studies. In many cases, it gives participants access to a medicine/treatment that is not currently available. If this is the case, it is always important to keep in mind that the study is being performed to determine the safety and efficacy of the treatment, which means that there is some information that is unknown about this treatment and it is considered experimental. Your participation in a study may benefit you directly by providing you with a more effective treatment, and the information collected as a result of your participation may be eventually be used to help to other people with the same condition. Many research participants get satisfaction from knowing that they are part of an effort that may reduce the suffering of others.

    What happens during a Clinical Trial?

    The clinical trial process depends on the type of trial being conducted. Before a general medical history is taken, potential participants often sign an Informed Consent Form (ICF) that explains the purpose of the study, conditions that may include/exclude a participant, the procedures involved, risks and/or benefits, alternatives, and the financial compensation (if applicable). This form is designed to provide patients with all of the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding their participation in a specific trial. After reading through the ICF, patients may elect to sign or not sign the document. Patients are encouraged to ask the doctor or the person administering the consent form any questions that may arise. The ICF is not a contract and participation is always voluntary. The participant can withdraw from the trial at any time.

    The staff will check the health of the participant, give specific instructions for participating in the trial, and monitor the participant carefully throughout the trial period. Always remember, a clinical trial is most successful when the protocol is carefully followed.

    What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

    An Institutional Review Board or IRB approves the clinical trials. This is an independent committee made up of doctors, members of the general public, and others responsible for ensuring that a trial does not represent an unreasonable risk to patients. Trials may also reviewed by the FDA.

    What should people consider before participating in a trial?

    People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it, the care expected while in a trial, and the cost of the trial. The following questions might be helpful for the participant to discuss with the health care team. Some of the answers to these questions are found in the informed consent document.

    Can a participant leave a clinical trial after it has begun?

    YES. A volunteer can discontinue participation at any point during the study. When withdrawing from the study, it is extremely important to alert the research, and provide the reasons for leaving the study.

    What is a protocol?

    A protocol is the study plan on which all clinical trials are based. The protocol is carefully designed to protect the health of the participants as well as answer specific research questions. A protocol describes people who may participate in the trial, the schedule of tests, procedures, medications, and dosages, and the length of the study. While in a clinical trial, participants following a protocol are seen regularly by the research staff to monitor their health and to determine the safety and efficacy of their treatment.

    What is a placebo?

    A placebo is an inactive form of the treatment being studied that has no value. In research, experimental treatments are often compared with placebos to investigate the experimental treatment's effectiveness. In some studies, the participants in the control group (the control group is the group that is given either a standard treatment for the illness or a placebo) will receive a placebo instead of an active drug or experimental treatment. If a placebo is being used in the study, this will be explained in the consent form. If you are unsure, always ask the research staff.