Spas have reached a new level with the innovation of the medical spa, where plastic surgeons use the latest technology to treat the visible signs of aging in a tranquil setting. Here are the latest in products such as examination lights, wrinkle and acne treatments, and microdermabrasion systems that are sure to boost the profits of your medical-spa practice.

DermaMed International

DermaMed International offers the Quadra Q4 Platinum pulsed-light system, which removes benign pigmented vascular lesions, reduces hair, and helps treat acne. Quadra Q4 Platinum uses low voltage, allowing its spectral output to remain within the visible re­gion of the electromagnetic spectrum and eliminating hot infrared light and the need for a cooling gel.

Quadra Q4 Platinum features a square-pulse design that ensures that the spec­tral output remains constant throughout the entire pulse. Lower fluencies can be used to achieve the same clinical results as standard systems, minimizing discomfort.

For additional information, contact DermaMed International Inc, 394 Parkmount Rd, Lenni, PA 19052; (888) 789-6342;

Altair Instruments

With the DiamondTome™ wand, the NewApeel system by Altair Instruments exfoliates with no messy crystals and minimum patient downtime. By polishing the top skin layer with diamond chips, then vacuuming the dead skin, NewApeel reduces early aging lines, age spots, sun damage, and acne scars. NewApeel requires just one filter per treatment.

For further information, contact Altair Instruments, 321 Aviador St, Suite 113, Camarillo, CA 93010; (805) 388-8503;


ProCyte offers the Fraxa­min™ One Perfect Face Healing System™, which facilitates quick recovery following fractional photothermolysis or other similar gentle resurfacing treatments. The kit in­cludes postprocedure products that provide a complete skin-care regimen, ensuring an optimally well-hydrated postprocedure healing environment rich in nutrients. Fraxamin Healing System with GHK Copper Peptide Complex® may be used for postprocedure recovery.

For additional information, contact ProCyte Corp, 8511 154th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052-3557; (888) 966-1010;

Jan Marini Skin Research

Jan Marini Skin Research offers Trans­formation skin products to reverse the visible signs of aging by rebuilding the appearance of aging and photo-damaged skin.

Transformation cream retains mois­ture, leaving the skin with a visibly silky and smoother-feeling surface. Trans­­formation serum absorbs almost instantly and allows even the oiliest skin to become balanced and hydrated without feeling heavy or greasy. Transformation eye cream forms a protective barrier over delicate under-eye skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

For additional information, contact Jan Marini Skin Research Inc, 6951 Via del Oro, San Jose, CA 95119; (800) 347-2223;


Thermacool by Thermage employs an advanced form of noninvasive radiofrequency (RF) technology to tighten skin and renew facial contours. Thermacool delivers capacitive RF energy deep into the skin, causing immediate tightening of existing collagen while protecting the skin’s surface with cooling. It also initiates natural production of new collagen fibers to firm skin and smooth wrinkles over time.

For additional information, contact Thermage, 4058 Point Eden Way, Hayward, CA 94545; (510) 782-2286;

Edge Systems

HydraFacial MD™ by Edge Systems is a four-modality unit that performs Hydra­Facial treatments, crystal-free microdermabrasion, red- and blue-LED therapy treatments, and lymphatic massage therapy with one system.

HydraFacial MD is a comfortable, noninvasive, nonirritating, and hydrating skin-resurfacing procedure that exfoliates dead skin cells and extracts impurities with a vacuum-based skin-abrasion tip, while simultaneously bathing the healthy underlying skin with active serums that cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate to provide residual antioxidant protection.

For additionall information, contact Edge Systems Corp, 2277 Redondo Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755; (800) 603-4996;

Genesis Biosystems

Genesis Biosystems introduces dual-mode crystal and crystal-free microdermabrasion technology. All M1™, M2™, and M2-T™ microdermabrasion systems with Plug-n-Peel™ come standard with a new Derma Genesis® ergonomic dual-mode handpiece that uses disposable crystal and crystal-free tip caps. The operator can switch between aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate crystal and crystal-free procedures easily and aseptically from one patient to another.

Face and body peels are customized—from very light surface peels and polishing to the deepest tissue abrasion for scar revision to aggressive medical peels.

For additional information, contact Genesis Biosystems Inc, 405 State Hwy 121 Bypass, Suite D120, Lewisville, TX 75067; (888) 577-7335;

Altair Instruments

Altair Instruments Inc offers the DiamondTome™ system, which features a vacuum that gently lifts the skin against a diamond-tipped wand, re­moving abraded skin. The long-lasting, easy-to-grip wands are available in various grits for a wide latitude of treatments, including exfoliation and acne scar reduction. The Dia­mond­Tome delivers effective reliable results with little or no patient downtime.

For additional information, contact Altair Instruments Inc, 321 Aviador St, Suite 113, Camarillo, CA 93010; (805) 388-8503;

ESBA Laboratories

Topicaine® topical anesthetic by ESBA Laboratories is now available in child-resistant tubes. Topicaine is made with shea butter, aloe, jojoba oil, and alpha-bisabolol to help heal wounds. The translucent, nonoily gel contains 5% lidocaine in a microemulsion drug-delivery system with skin-permeation enhancers and soothing agents, and it is available without a prescription.

For additional information, contact ESBA Laboratories Inc, 1001 Jupiter Park Dr, Suite 112, Jupiter, FL 33458; (800) 677-9299;

Physicians Complex

Physicians Complex® Bruise Cream improves the appearance of postoperative bruising. It contains arnica and emu oils, and it may be used with all aesthetic surgery procedures, including liposuction, body contouring, sclerotherapy, collagen, and botulinum toxin Type A injections.

For more information, contact Cos­med Inc, 3883 Rogers Bridge Rd, Suite 302-B Duluth, GA 30097; (800) 826-4480.

PCI Publishing

PCI Publishing offers Legal & Liability Issues of a Medical Spa. The book, by Susanne S. Warfield, a leader in medical aesthetics, and Paula Cohen, is a culmination of Cohen’s extensive research on issues that need to be addressed before opening a medical spa and Warfield’s assessment of the legal and liability issues of concern to aestheticians in medical practices and medical spas. It is available online in hard-copy or e-book formats.

For additional information, contact PCI Publishing, 484 Spring Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450; (201) 670-4100;


Looking for an easy solution to makeup burdens? Permark offers permanent makeup to ease the application process. The permanent cosmetic starter kit contains two shades for lips, one for eyebrows, and one for eyeliner; plus needles and mixing containers.

For additional information, contact PMT/Permark Inc, 1500 Park Rd, Canhassen, MN 55317; (800) 737-6275;

Invotec International

Invotec International introduces a fiber-optic headlight with an integral fiber-optic cable that is lightweight and unobtrusive. The headband is adjustable for a perfect, comfortable fit. The headlight features a detachable cable, complete size adjustments, and a focusable beam. It can be used with halogen or xenon light sources, and it swivels and focuses for pinpoint accuracy.

For more information, contact Invotec International Inc, 6833 Phillips Industrial Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256; (800) 998-8580;

Universal Companies

Universal Companies introduces All-Purpose Spa Washer, a unique sterilization system that can be safely used to clean nonfabric sandals, rubber mixing bowls, stainless-steel bowls, glassware, or any other implement that can be sanitized. The unit is efficient, using only 2.6 gallons of water per load, and it can be purchased with one or two drawers and in a variety of colors. Its eight wash cycles provide su­perior performance. The drying cycle does not use heat.

Features include a flow-through detergent dispenser, precise wash temperatures, a rinse agent dispenser, concealed wash-cycle controls, quiet operation, digital time display, and end-of-cycle tones.

For more information, contact Universal Companies Inc, 18260 Oak Park Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210; (800) 558-5571;


The Facial Toning System by Myotonology is a nonsurgical alternative to a facelift. By increasing skin circulation and metabolism, improving skin tone, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and increasing  skin hydration and nourishment, Myotonology treatments are said to make the face look healthy, toned, and refreshed and bring back a youthful glow. Results usually occur within a few treatments.

For more information, contact Myotonology Inc, 1187 Coast Village Rd, Suite 247, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (877) 969-2811;


Sybaritic offers three new Derma­Life spa systems: the DermaLife Spa-Jet, the DermaLife Spa-Feng Shui, and the Derma­Life Spa-Delta. The Spa-Jet features hydromassage therapy, a hydromist, an underbody wa­ter massage, 10 preset programs for different spa experiences, a LED chromotherapy system, and a stereo-ready waterproof speaker system. Vitamins and minerals can be added to the hydromist.

 The Spa-Feng Shui is designed to allow control of treatments such as airflow, chromotherapy, steam, infrared, and vibration. For serious heat treatments, Spa-Delta offers Hydrofusion™ and features a manual aromatherapy system and an ergonomic, contoured bed.

For additional information, contact Sybaritic, 9220 James Ave, Bloomington, MN 55431; (800) 445-8418; fax: (952) 888-8887;

La Roche-Posay

For 21-day wrinkle and acne treatments for home use, turn to LaRoche-Posay. The Bio­medic intensive wrinkle treatment reduces deep wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, and increases firmness. The Bio­medic intensive acne treatment reduces acne and controls oil and inflammatory breakouts.

For additional information, contact La Roche-Posay, 112 Madison Ave, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (888) LRP-LABO;


Dermesse™ by Lycoscience, a division of Dermacia Inc, is a prescription-strength hydroquinone and tretinoin therapy. The Dermesse line includes skin-care products that work at the cellular level to correct skin conditions and improve skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and tighten the skin, increase natural hydration and circulation, and reduce areas of excess discoloration and hyperpigmentation.

For more information, contact Lycoscience, 660 Newport Center Dr, Suite 900, Newport Beach, CA 92660; (888) 800-4627;

Aesthetic Centers of Excellence

Aesthetic Centers of Ex­cellence (ACE), helps physicians with the cost-efficient start-up and ongoing management of profitable medical spas in their existing practices. ACE offers plastic surgeons prenegotiated, discounted pricing on medical-spa equipment and products.

For additional information, contact Aesthetic Centers of Excellence; 734 Franklin Ave, Suite 524, Garden City, NY 11530; (866) MEDI-1SPA.

Aesthetic Technologies

Aesthetic Technologies offers Parisian Peel®, a microdermabrasion instrument that features an ergonomic handpiece, triple HEPA filtration, sealed and filtered disposable waste canisters, a crystal dehumidification system, and compressor capability, all backed by an on-site service warranty.

For additional information, contact Aesthetic Technologies, 14828 W Sixth Ave, Golden, CO 80401; (800) 262-4412;