The latest plastic surgery products and services

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;

Payment Program

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 more information, contact Skincare Technology Inc, 119 W Hubbard St, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60610; (888) 807-SKIN;

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 additional information, contact Integrated Medical Systems International, 1823 27th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35209; (800) 783-9251;

Practice Software

Appointment Reminder, by Transmedia Advertising, powered by CourtesyCall, reduces no-shows and increases revenue. By interfacing with a practice’s electronic medical records, the Appointment Reminder automatically calls patients in the evening and redials up to five times if it receives a busy signal or no answer. The system addresses patients by name, gives them the option to confirm or reschedule appointments, and includes customized instructions for new patients. It also provides timely reports that allow staff to fill vacancies and optimize the physician’s schedule.

For more information, contact Transmedia Advertising Inc, 4550 Arkwright Rd, Macon, GA 31210; (800) 832-4653;

Scar Formula

Mederma® Skin Care for Scars™ by Merz Pharmaceuticals features an irritant-free fragrance that is safe for use on all skin types. The formula’s light, fresh scent dissipates quickly once applied. Mederma softens, smoothens, and reduces the appearance of old and new scars caused by burns, injuries, surgery, acne, and stretch marks. The formula is available in 20-gram and 50-gram tubes. The 20-gram tube is suitable for scars up to 3 inches long. The 50-gram tube is suitable for larger scars that are 8 to 10 inches long.

For additional information, contact Merz Pharmaceuticals, PO Box 18806, Greensboro, NC 27419; (888) 925-8989;

Postsurgical Bra

BioElectronics Corp introduces its ActiBra™ for the relief of edema and postoperative discomfort. The ActiBra is made of a soft, breathable fabric and serves as a fixation method for the two large ActiPatch devices that come with the bra. The patient simply activates the ActiPatch devices and inserts them into the bra cups. Once activated, the ActiPatch devices deliver a continuous low-level current to energize damaged cells in the surgical region, helping relieve discomfort.

For more information, contact BioElectronics Corp, 4539 Metropolitan Ct, Frederick, MD 21704; (866) 757-ACTI;

Educational Tool has partnered with UnderstandPlastic to offer Plastic Surgery in 3D, an online interactive educational tool that potential patients may use when researching physicians and plastic surgery procedures. Plastic Surgery in 3D features more than 100 interactive male and female plastic surgery animations in English and Spanish. The tool is endorsed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It directs the user through an animation of a specific plastic surgery procedure of their choosing, with a voiceover and written text explaining the surgery in detail, including post-operative care. The description also includes the cost for the procedure, based on the national average.

For additional information, contact Mojo Interactive, 1060 Woodcock Rd, Orlando, FL 32803; (877) 665-6798;

Office Management Software

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;

Insurance Program

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;

Injectable Filler

Juvederm™ injectable gel, a dermal-filler advance from Allergan, is a family of “next-generation” smooth-consistency gels. The proprietary Hylacross™ technology that produces Juvederm provides a high concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA) and a high percentage of cross-linked HA, with persistence up to 6 months or longer. Juvederm is a smooth gel that flows easily into the skin, offering a natural look and feel for the patient.

For more information, contact Allergan Inc, 2525 Dupont Dr, Irvine, CA 92612; (714) 246-4500;

Skin Cleanser

Niadyne introduces NIA 24™ Gentle Cleansing Cream for removing surface impurities, dirt, and makeup. The cream features niacin, which has been clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation, help even out skin tone and texture, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin firmness. Evening primrose and olive oil deliver moisture, leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. Sodium hyaluronate, a key ingredient in the formulation, absorbs up to 200 times its own weight in water and functions as a humectant, delivering moisture to the upper layers of the skin. NIA 24 also contains Pro-Niacin™, a patented molecule that travels deep into the skin to nourish and protect it from the dangers of the sun and the environment. Pro-Niacin also visibly improves skin tone and texture, and reduces hyperpigmentation.

For additional information, contact Niadyne Inc, 2530 Meridian Pkwy, Suite 200, Research Triangle Park, NC 27713; (866) NIADYNE;

Postoperative Serum

Silico-Lipid Serum by Medicalia International is a formula that contains silicones, phospholipids (vitamins A, E, and F) and bois oil. The serum may be incorporated into a postoperative home-care regimen to protect and soothe the skin. The serum’s nongreasy texture leaves a noncomedogenic film that speeds up the healing process.

For more information, contact Medicalia International, 300 Fentress Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114; (866) 314-1975; [removed][/removed].

Antioxidant Serum

Polyphenol Plus by Robert A. Guida, MD, is an antioxidant serum composed of green tea with 90% polyphenol isolates. The serum is fortified with caffeine, which enhances antioxidant benefits and protects the skin from free-radical damage. The formula also contains the humectant hyaluronic acid, which delivers enhanced miniaturization to improve texture, tone, and the overall appearance of skin. The fast-absorbing, water-soluble serum detoxifies the skin, resulting in decreased water retention in the tissues.

For more information, contact Robert A. Guida, MD, 8 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021; (866) 883-3223;

Corrective Skin Care

Caniglia Skin Care is a product line that reverses the signs of aging through antioxidant-rich medical-grade products including cleansers, facial toners, corrective serums, eye creams, and moisturizers that are safe on all skin types. The product line includes ReNew, an age-defying citrus-scented moisturizer that contains epidermis growth factor for stimulating the skin at a cellular level while repairing, strengthening, and improving facial tissue. The product also contains Matrixyl 3000, which firms the skin and creates a smooth and youthful appearance.

For more information, contact Caniglia Facial Plastic Surgery, 7102 E Acoma Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85254; (480) 483-6200;

Skin Ointment

Catrix® 10 Ointment by Catrix Skincare is a clinically tested postprocedural application that helps relieve discomfort and restores skin to its naturally healthy condition following laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. Catrix 10 promotes the development of epithelial cells and expedites the healing process. It reduces redness, soothes itchiness, reduces erythema, controls oozing and crusting, and limits tautness. The nonirritating, nonsteroidal formula is also an effective therapy for wounds, surgical incisions, and skin problems caused by incontinence, abrasions, burns, and psoriasis.

For more information, contact Lescarden Inc, 420 Lexington Ave, Suite 212, New York, NY 10170; (212) 687-1050;

Skin-Repair Cream

Olivado Natural Nutrition offers Skin Repair Crème, which contains high concentrations of avocado oil that penetrates deep into the skin to counteract dryness. Skin Repair Crème contains vitamin E and features a mild fragrance. The cream may be used by individuals who wash their hands frequently. The cream may also be used to moisturize cuticles, elbows, and feet or as an after-shave for the face and legs.

For more information, contact Olivado USA, 1835 E Hallandale Beach Blvd, Suite 630, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009; (954) 454-5218;

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