Mary P Lupo, MD – P.O.W.E.R.ful Women
Director of Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology
Q: How would you describe your company?
We take care of conditions of the skin hair and nails, but I have an emphasis on non-surgical rejuvenation and body contouring. Natural results to make you look like the best version of you! Our mission is to provide each patient with, innovative, effective and ethical skin care to make you look and feel your best.
Q: When did you launch?
We launched in 1984, right out of residency
Q: How were you inspired to start your business?
No other practice in New Orleans, at that time, had an emphasis on aesthetics. I started a resident clinic as chief resident at Tulane performing skin resurfacing and dermal fillers and found it very gratifying both scientifically and artistically.
Q: What were the biggest obstacles and how were they overcome?
At that time, aesthetics in dermatology were not mainstream across the US. I had no role models, so I had to forge my own path. I just felt intuitively that there would be a market for non-surgical skin treatments.
Q: What local resources have you used?
I donate my time to teach residents locally and nationally because every time I teach, I learn something myself.
Q: What is your big focus right now?
Two things: 1. Doing research for new products. I was a principal investigator for Juvederm, Botox, Jeuveau, Kybella, Volbella and many other product for acne and rosacea as well as aesthetics for FDA approval. 2. Teaching through a CME company that I and another doctor started. Cosmetic Boot Camp is a course for doctors to learn or improve their aesthetic offerings to patients
Q: What is the best advice you ever received?
My chair, Dr Larry Millikan, in 1983, when I wanted to start a resident training curriculum for myself and fellow residents, told me: If you want to get something done, do it yourself.
Q: What success have you had in the last year?
Being a principal investigator for 2 new “botox” products. One, Jeuveau, got approval in February, and the other, tentatively called Daxi, will be FDA approved in the next few months. Being part of future innovations always energizes me. In addition, our Cosmetic Boot Camp meeting this year broke all records (it was our 15th) in industry support and doctor attendance.
Q: What has been the biggest benefit of being a POWER member?
Meeting new women in different fields but all with a passion for what they do and what impact they can have in their professions and their community.
Q: What does POWER mean to you?
Showing that hard work from strong and talented women can be an example to other young women and men to know the impact women can make in the world.