With the increasing popularity of medical spas, it is important that physicians use spa equipment and products that provide the best results for their patients. From practice-management software to skin-rejuvenation systems, the following products can help start, manage, and operate a successful medical spa.

Canfield Imaging Systems
RBX Technology by Canfield Imaging Systems detects, visualizes, and analyzes subsurface melanin and vascular skin conditions. RBX’s color-space processing separates red and brown skin components. Physicians may use the analysis to consult with their patients and plan treatments, such as laser therapy, photorejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and acne treatment. RBX Technology can be incorporated in VISIA Complexion Analysis, OMNIA Facial Imaging System, VISIA-CR for clinical research, and Mirror Imaging software.

For additional information, contact Canfield Imaging Systems, 253 Passaic Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004-2524; (800) 815-4330; www.canfieldsci.com

The RSI medical software system by ResultSet combines practice management and digital imaging in one easy-to-use software system. The software includes the following modules: electronic medical records, scheduling, billing, image archiving, aesthetic simulation, e-billing, and dictation. Designed specifically for medical spas, the RSI medical software system allows each module to be purchased separately or grouped together to fit any requirement or budget.

For more information, contact ResultSet Inc, 912 Northwest Hwy, Suite 111, Fox River Grove, IL 60021; (866) 269-3519; www.resultset.com

Mojo Interactive
LocateAMediSpa.com by Mojo Interactive is an online medical-spa patient-referral Web site that allows physicians with spa services to showcase their procedures to prospective patients. To build their practices, physicians can highlight their spa information on their own folio pages featured on the Web site, including: procedures performed, certifications and affiliations, a listing of payment options and insurance accepted, before-and-after photo galleries, and virtual office tours. The site provides back-end access for real-time updating, and access to Womensforum.com.com and its 9 million monthly visitors. LocateAMediSpa.com helps clients make informed decisions about their next spa visit and helps physicians generate leads from people who are serious about the spa experience and are seeking treatment from a quality provider. Because leads are delivered via e-mail, physicians can quickly respond and convert prospects to clients.

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

Kushka Cosmetics
Kushka™ Cosmetics offers Javani® Deep Hydrating Gel, a topical that infuses skin with micronized intact collagen™ that absorbs into the epidermis. The gel may be used in aesthetic treatments and postoperative recovery. It soothes irritation, reduces erythema, and provides an environment that stimulates epidermal renewal by returning moisture to the skin.

For more information, contact Kushka Cosmetics LLC, 3501 S Fourth St, Suite B, Leavenworth, KS 66048; (877) 797-3666; www.myjavani.com

Endermologie by LPG One is a connective-tissue treatment used on lymphedemas, scars, and burns in Europe and is marketed in the United States for cellulite treatment and skin treatments. Endermologie stimulates fat metabolism and eliminates fat accumulation in adipose tissue. The company announces that the FDA has cleared the noninvasive Roll-in® Endermologie to treat deep fat reserves when diet and exercise are not effective.

For more information, contact LPG One Inc, 801 Brickell Ave, Suite 850, Miami, FL 33131; (800) 222-3911; www.lpgone.com

ColorStrokes Mineral Makeup
ColorStrokes Mineral Makeup, a division of Brushes by Karen, is changing its current preservative system in its Mineral line. The new preservative system is caprylyl glycol and phenoxyethanol, a paraben- and formaldehyde-free system. According to the company, the system provides protection against bacteria, microbes, yeast, and molds. The Mineral line includes foundations, blush, shadows, and enhancers.

For more information, contact ColorStrokes Mineral Makeup, 216 E Second St, Mineola, NY 11501; (516) 739-7788; www.colorstrokes.com

ESBA Laboratories
TOPICAINE® by ESBA Laboratories is a topical anesthetic that contains 4% lidocaine  in a microemulsion gel form with skin-permeation enhancers and soothing agents. The gel is clear, nonoily, and inconspicuous when applied. A 5% concentration is available with labeling for anorectal use. The topical is available in three sizes, all packaged in child-resistant containers.

For more information, contact ESBA Laboratories Inc, 1001 Jupiter Park Dr, Suite 112, Jupiter, FL 33458; (800) 677-9299; www.topicaine.com

SmartlipoTM by Cynosure is a laser-assisted system that performs lipolysis or LaserBodySculptingSM, a procedure that disrupts fat cells and causes coagulation of the tissue to tighten skin. LaserBodySculpting uses a small cannula or tube containing a laser fiber, and is inserted into the skin and passed throughout the treatment area. The laser’s energy is applied directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and drain away. According to the company, treatments with Smartlipo result in less swelling and bleeding than traditional liposuction methods and can be performed in one 45-minute session.

For additional information, contact Cynosure, 5 Carlisle Rd, Westford, MA 01886; (800) 886-2966; www.cynosurelaser.com

Novalis Medical
Clareon by Novalis Medical is the only system with patented, FDA-approved krypton pulsed-light technology. The unit may be used to provide skin-rejuvenation and sun-damage treatments, permanent hair reduction, leg- and facial-vein reduction, and acne and rosacea treatments. Clareon is designed to accommodate future technologies: for example, a soon-to-be-available IR skin-tightening handpiece.

For more information, contact Novalis Medical LLC, 6202 Benjamin Rd, Suite 112, Tampa, FL 33634; (866) 627-4475; www.novalismedical.com

Beautiful Forever Medical Spa Business Consulting Firm
Beautiful Forever Medical Spa Business Consulting Firm has a Medical Spa Success System that teaches practitioners how to successfully operate a medical spa. The system is available as a manual or CD-ROM. The manual includes more than 400 pages and contains information on concept creation and branding, selecting a market niche, choosing a location, creating a menu, developing marketing tactics, dealing with legal and insurance issues, and operating efficiently. The CD-ROM is customizable and includes an employee handbook, an operating manual, marketing- and business-plan templates, treatment protocols, project time lines, and job descriptions.

For more information, contact Beautiful Forever Medical Spa Business Consulting Firm, 560 Sylvan Ave, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; (877) SPA-MEDI; www.medicalspasuccess.com

Altair Instruments
With its patented DiamondTome™ Wand, the NewApeel exfoliation system by Altair Instruments provides quick results with no messy crystals and minimum patient downtime. By polishing the top skin layer with diamond chips, then vacuuming the dead skin, 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

Rejuvalife Vitality Institute
Cell Rejuvenation Serum by Rejuvalife Vitality Institute combines the antioxidant vitamin C with the collagen-producing human growth factor TGF-beta-1. The serum reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and improves overall skin texture.

For more information, contact Rejuvalife Vitality Institute, 9400 Brighton Way, Suite 405, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; (877) REJUVMD; www.rejuvalife.md

NexTech Systems
Practice 2007 is a software program by NexTech Systems that enhances practice management, marketing, and electronic medical records for plastic and reconstructive surgery practices and medical spas. Practice 2007 also offers Web site integration, paper and electronic billing, patient financial transactions, scheduling, mass mail merging with Microsoft Word®, mass e-mailing, links to photoimaging, Palm PDA®, Pocket PC®, assimilation with wireless Tablet PCs®, and bar-code scanning. NexEMR software reduces the use of paper files and helps document and analyze clinical services, outcomes, and prescription histories. The program comes packaged with customizable consult notes for every procedure.

For additional information, contact NexTech Systems Inc, 5654 Marquesas Circle, Sarasota, FL 34233; (800) 490-0821; www.nextech.com

Simple Solutions® sunscreen with sun-protection factor 45 may be used on children’s skin and on all skin types. Using a PABA-free advanced formula, the sunblock provides UVA and UVB protection. Simple Solutions includes “safety-coated,” micronized titanium dioxide that does not degrade when exposed to the sun’s rays, but remains on top of the skin and acts as a protectant.

For more information, contact ProCyte, 8511 154th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052; (888) 966-1010; www.procyte.com

IS Marketing
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

Jane Iredale
Jane Iredale’s Pom Mist facial spritz contains pomegranate, white tea, and seaweed extracts that protect the skin. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin, pomegranate extract protects against skin cancer. They assessed the effect of skin application of pomegranate extract on induced skin tumors and found that the skin pretreated with pomegranate extract showed substantially reduced tumor incidence.

For more information, contact Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Ltd, 28 Church St, Great Barrington, MA 01230; (800) 762-1132; www.janeiredale.com

Active FX by Lumenis is a fractional CO2 laser that performs wrinkle treatments with minimal patient downtime. The laser improves skin tone and texture, and tightens lax skin in a single treatment. During the 30-minute Active FX treatment, only a portion of the skin’s surface is treated, leaving “bridges” of untouched skin.

For additional information, contact Lumenis Inc, 2400 Condensa St, Santa Clara, CA 95051; (877) LUMENIS; www.lumenis.com

Edge Systems
HydraFacial™ Wave by Edge Systems performs noninvasive, hydrating, skin-resurfacing HydraFacial treatments and optional diamond crystal-free microdermabrasion. The treatments are effective on all skin types and conditions. HydraFacial Wave exfoliates dead skin cells and extracts impurities with a vacuum-based skin-abrasion tip, while delivering active serums that cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and provide residual antioxidant protection. The system may also be used to perform extractions with no bruising.

For more information, contact Edge Systems Corp, 2277 Redondo Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755; (800) 603-4996; www.hydrafacial.com

Profect Medical Technologies
Profect Medical Technologies offers the Profect™ Full Body Photography System, which takes detailed, reproducible photographs of the full body, torso, or lower body. By combining a professional lighting array, camera positioning, and a patient-positioning system, Profect produces head-to-toe images, allowing the physician to market body-contouring procedures and examine conditions such as cellulite and leg veins. The Profect Ultra-II software uses a simple and intuitive interface to document, annotate, store, and present photographs. Preset camera and patient positions, and a live image overlay, facilitates consistency between before-and-after photos. Physicians can compare photographs, track different treatments, and provide patients with photographic evaluation and treatment logs.

For more information, contact Profect Medical Technologies, 4 Saddle Ridge Rd, Pound Ridge, NY 10576; (800) 774-7630; www.profectmedical.com