CosmetAssure offers an insurance program that provides coverage for certain medical complications that arise as a result of designated invasive aesthetic procedures. Coverage is available only for patients of participating board-certified plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), or are candidate members of the ASPS who have passed their written plastic surgery board exam. In addition to the program’s current benefit package, patients who undergo a covered procedure can now receive a maximum benefit of $750 to rule out deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). Patients who present with DVT symptoms may seek medical treatment in a nonhospital facility, such as a freestanding radiology center.
For additional information, contact CosmetAssure, 4525 Executive Park, Montgomery, AL 36116; (800) 362-1542; www.cosmetassure.com.
iMARS Software Systems introduces its 2007 Medical Practice Management and Marketing Software. It features a modular design physicians can use to customize their own databases. With Group Mail, physicians can create mailers, newsletters, and announcements, and send them via mass mail. The graphical user interface is easy to learn and implement. iMARS may be linked to a Web site to gather prospective patient information from visitors and automatically enter the information into the database. No programming knowledge is needed. A free 30-day trial is available.
For more information, contact iMARS Software Systems, 468 N Camden Dr, Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; (310) 860-5671; www.topsurgeon.com.
The ProWave laser by Cutera can be used to remove hair on light and dark skin, and its wavelengths can be adjusted to the skin type. ProWave offers fast treatments using a larger spot size and may be used on the back and legs. When the pulse of light is delivered, patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is required. Most areas require three to six treatments. The number of treatments required for long-term benefits depends on hair thickness, the area treated, and the hair-growth cycle. Patients return to normal activities right away, but short-term redness and local swelling may occur.
For more information, contact Cutera, 3240 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane, CA 94005; (888) 4-CUTERA; www.cutera.com.
Reliant Technologies presents advancements to its Fraxel SR1500 laser system. The FDA has issued clearance for treatment energies up to 70 mJ for deep-penetrating fractional resurfacing. The device creates superheated lesions in the tissue from 300 µm to 1,400 µm deep into the dermis. The laser features ergonomic roller tips and Intelligent Optical Tracking™, which allows users to provide effective and safe delivery without the need for a contrast agent. The laser may also be used for treatment of periorbital wrinkles, pigmented lesions, melasma, acne scars, and surgical scars.
For more information, contact Reliant Technologies, 464 Ellis St, Mountain View, CA 94043; (888) 4FRAXEL; www.reliant-tech.com.
The |958™ bra by Cosmetic Garments is a postsurgical bra that can be worn after breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, mammoplasty, mastectomy, or thoracic, oncological, or general surgery. The bra has a soft lace trim with adjustable Velcro® shoulder straps that can expand an extra 2 inches. The |958 is hand-crafted and constructed with cotton and Lycra® spandex. It is latex-free with a Velcro front closure. Other front-closure options include zipper and hook-and-eye. The bra is also available with built-in cups and drain pockets on each side to help during the recovery process.
For additional information, contact Cosmetic Garments, 1500 S Central Ave, Suite 126, Glendale, CA 91204; (877) 548-5500; www.cosmeticgarments.com.
ClearPoint Medical introduces a new line of compression wear, with three styles of phase 1 liposuction garments—abdominal briefs, and above- and below-knee girdles. The garments are fabricated with a soft, micropower mesh breathable fabric. They are available in black and beige in sizes XS to 3X.
For additional information, contact ClearPoint Medical Inc, 1320 SR 9, Champlain, NY 12919; (866) 694-7799; www.clearpointmd.com.
IS Marketing offers brochures, business cards, banners, ads, billboards, windows, light boxes, and pocket holder menus to help market your business. The materials may be customized with any logo or text. IS Marketing can create any design for any budget.
For more information, contact IS Marketing, Designers, Printers, & Advertisers, 2502 W Main St, Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 877-2389; www.ismarketingweb.com.
TattooStar R™ by MedSurge Advances delivers fast, effective, and cost-efficient removal of tattoos and undesirable skin pigmentation. Recently approved by the FDA, TattooStar R is a Q-switched ruby laser that provides a high level of beam homogeneity. The system is safe and offers protection of the skin compared to conventional ruby lasers. It also treats pigmented disorders and small lesions, because the skin pigment melanin strongly absorbs ruby laser radiation.
For additional information, contact MedSurge Advances, 14850 Quorum Dr, Suite 120, Dallas, TX 75254; (972) 720-0425; www.medsurgeadvances.com.
RSI MedPad™ by ResultSet provides a cost-effective alternative to complex data entry. It is not a traditional tablet PC, but a digital electronic pad that can store up to 150 pages, which makes the transition to a paperless practice easy. Digitally store patient consultations, consent forms, superbills, and medical histories. RSI MedPad allows physicians to use the forms they are currently using. With the RSI MedPad, physicians can write on ordinary paper using a special ink pen; and draw, write, and annotate without the use of a computer or scanner. When completed, they simply upload the documents from the RSI MedPad to the patient’s medical record using a USB interface.
For additional information, contact ResultSet Inc, 912 Northwest Hwy, Suite 111, Fox River Grove, IL 60021; (866) 269-3519; www.resultset.com.
Surgical Instrument Platform
Integrated Medical Systems International has developed the instrumentReady platform, which reviews instrument usage within a facility so that instruments are available when physicians are ready to operate. The platform offers different levels of readiness tailored to the patient’s needs and features the IMS Milestone® process, a proactive approach that measures and reviews progress toward a higher state of readiness. The instrumentReady platform increases the number of surgeries, maximizes instrument performance, and simplifies the staff’s tasks by not having to search for instruments.
For more information, contact Integrated Medical Systems International, 1823 27th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35209; (800) 783-9251; www.imsred.com.
Skincare Technology introduces the smart card payment program for Revitalight and HandSpa treatments. The HandSpa smart cards may be purchased for a minimum of 20 sessions per card at $5 per session and sold by the medical spa for as much as $30 per session. With Revitalight, the spa charges $1 per minute with a minimum of 200 minutes per card. Medical spas buy time, which is loaded onto the card and inserted into the smart card reader that is attached to the side of the equipment. The company is offering free spa equipment with the purchase of a prepaid smart card.
For additional information, contact Skincare Technology Inc, 119 W Hubbard St, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60610; (888) 807-SKIN; www. revitalight.com.
Waldmann Lighting introduces the Halux® 50 examination light through its Derungs line of medical lighting. The Halux 50 features a high intensity of 73,000 lux (6,800 foot-candles) at 16 inches and 60,000 lux (5,600 foot-candles) at 18 inches. The light features a 50-watt IR-coated halogen–xenon bulb, which provides a 3,000-hour bulb life and 3,400 K color temperature. The bulb produces an 8-inch light beam, which provides comfort to physicians and patients. An optional color-correction filter is available to achieve color temperatures greater than 4,000 K. The fully rotational light head features double-wall construction to ensure that the housing surface temperature remains cool to the touch. The light’s articulated arm provides a 38-inch easy-reach to the patient, and provides ergonomic knobs for “stay-put” adjustment.
The luminaire includes a portable stand that can be moved to different locations within a hospital or clinic. Mounting options, including a telescopic ceiling mount, wall mount, rail mount, or table clamp, are also available. A separate extension arm, which adds 15 inches of extended reach to the light, is available with the wall- or rail-mount options.
For additional information, contact Waldmann Lighting Co, 9 W Century Dr, Wheeling, IL 60090; (800) 634-0007; www.waldmannlighting.com.
Cynosure introduces the 1320-nm- wavelength Nd:YAG laser for its Affirm™ workstation for antiaging applications, including skin rejuvenation, wrinkle removal, discoloration correction, and tissue tightening. The laser light is emitted through a proprietary disposable microlens array and incorporates three energy sources. It delivers a deep-heating component for tissue tightening as a result of tissue coagulation. The Affirm couples Cynosure’s Combined Apex Pulse™ (CAP) and Multiplex™ technology into one device. The CAP technology is a high-density disposable lens array that redistributes laser energy in a combination of high- and low-level heat to stimulate and remodel collagen production throughout the treatment area. The system uses the patent-pending Multiplex technology to allow rapid sequential emission of light at two wavelengths—1320 nm and 1440 nm—from the same optical fiber, with a short delay between fixed pulses.
For more information, contact Cynosure Inc, 5 Carlisle Rd, Westford, MA 01886; (800) 886-2966; www.cynosure.com.
Light BioScience® offers GentleWaves® Elite, a compact unit that stimulates collagen formation while suppressing collagen-degrading enzymes. With its portable design and easy-to-use handpiece, GentleWaves Elite is the first LED device to be approved by the FDA for wrinkle reduction. The GentleWaves patented LED Photomodulation nonthermal, pulsing technology permits aestheticians to alter collagen formation without heat and without causing injury to cells. The Elite can treat skin on any area of the body—a patient’s entire face, neck, and chest may be treated in less than 5 minutes. The laser also reduces redness and skin irritation after photofacials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.
For more information, contact Light Bioscience LLC, 933 First Colonial Rd, Suite 204, Virginia Beach, VA 23454; (888) 647-6219; www.lightbioscience.com.
Spa Products Catalog
The 2007 Spa Resource Book by Universal Companies is now available. The free book features spa products and equipment, including education and training programs and marketing and merchandising tools. The book contains 400 pages filled with more than 5,000 products. The restructured table of contents makes it easier to find products and services.
For additional information, contact Universal Companies, 18260 Oak Park Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210; (800) 558-5571; www.universalcompanies.com.
The StarLux® 500 Laser and Pulsed Light System by Palomar Medical Technologies offers a variety of aesthetic treatments, including fractional nonablative skin resurfacing, permanent hair reduction, fractional skin tightening through soft-tissue coagulation, photofacials for pigmented and vascular lesions, and leg-vein treatment. The system has built-in cooling and 70% more power than previously available.
For more information, contact Palomar Medical Technologies Inc, 82 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803; (800) PALOMAR; www.palomarmedical.com.
Refund Request Program
Because giving a patient a refund may have dangerous legal ramifications for surgeons, the DISAPPEAR program by Medical Justice addresses requests for refunds by patients who are unhappy with their surgical results. The program helps defuse a potentially delicate situation and preserves the physician–patient relationship. The DISAPPEAR program is available free of charge to Medical Justice plan members.
For additional information, contact Medical Justice, PO Box 49669, Greensboro, NC 27419; (877) MED-JUST; www.medicaljustice.com.
BioForm Medical’s Radiesse® aesthetic dermal filler has been approved by the FDA for the long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Radiesse also received a second FDA approval for the long-lasting correction of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with human immunodeficiency virus. Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel. It fills and stimulates the body to produce new collagen for immediate results that last 1 year or more.
For additional information, contact BioForm Medical Inc, 1875 S Grant St, Suite 110, San Mateo, CA 94103; (866) 862-1211; www.bioformmedical.com.
With its patented DiamondTome™ Wand, the NewApeel exfoliation system by Altair Instruments provides quick results with no messy crystals and minimal patient downtime. By polishing the top skin layer with diamond chips, then removing the dead skin with a vacuum, NewApeel reduces wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, and acne scarring. It requires one 50-cent filter per treatment.
For more information, contact Altair Instruments, 330 N Wood Rd, Suite J, Camarillo, CA 93010; (805) 388-8503; www.newapeel.com.