From laser treatments and hair removal to cosmetic and anti-aging procedures, medical spas address patients’ aesthetic needs in a warm and relaxing environment. Here is a peek at some of the latest medical-spa products.
The Flawless Skin Duo from PCA Skin® Clinical Care Products delivers a combination of lightening and brightening agents to the skin. pHaze 13 Pigment Gel is a blend of hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, and alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate and bleach the skin and inhibit hyperpigmentation. Lactic and citric acids slough away dead cells to improve the penetration of the bleaching agents and enhance their action. The gel is available in a hydroquinone-free formula for sensitive or allergic skin.
pHaze 23 A&C Synergy Serum delivers skin-brightening agents with a combination of tyrosinase inhibitors. It also contains retinol, which stimulates cell turnover to promote tyrosinase-suppressor penetration, and l-ascorbic acid to strengthen the barrier function and protect the skin from future sun damage.
For additional information, contact PCA Advanced Skin Care Systems, 8501 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85253; (877) PCA-SKIN; www.pcaskin.com.
GlyMed Plus Physician Elite Hydrolaq 410 with 4% hydroquinone and 10% lactic acid addresses pigment problems at their origin while protecting and strengthening the skin’s resistance to further damage. Hydrolaq 410 is a preventive and reparative pigmentary solution intended as a skin-conditioning therapy for preprocedural patients. It is also a specific treatment for pigmented skin to promote the gradual fading of melasma solar lentigines, actinic keratoses, freckles, age spots, and injury-induced discolorations.
For additional information, contact Advanced Aesthetics, 235 N Main, Spanish Fork, UT 84660; (800) 676-9667; www.glymedplus.com.
Super C-Plus Serum by Physicians Complex is a silicone-based polymer system that delivers antioxidant ingredients to the skin. It forms a breathable, nonclogging seal and reduces transepidermal water loss. It contains 30% vitamin C, 5% vitamin E, superoxide dismutase, vitamin A, lutein, and lupin.
For additional information, contact Cosmed Inc, 3883 Rogers Bridge Rd, Suite 303-B, Atlanta, GA 30097; (800) 826-4480; [email protected].
For patients who want to reduce wrinkles and achieve healthy-looking skin without downtime, Ultra Firming Skin Care by CosMedical Technologies rejuvenates the skin’s appearance around the eyes, face, neck, and chest without severe irritation. Each formulation contains peptides and antioxidants that boost the skin’s immune system, diminishing the signs of aging.
For more information, contact CosMedical Technologies Inc, 4700 SW 51st St, Suite 212, Davie, FL 33314; (800) 275-3627; www.cosmedicaltechnologies.com.
Mattioli Engineering’s needle-free mesotherapy-injection system contains the Transderm Ionto device that uses proprietary Dermoelectroporation technology and Ultrapeel II, a line of microdermabraders. Dermoelectroporation technology allows transdermal delivery of high-molecular-weight ionic drug solutions as an al-ternative to needle injection. Ultrapeel II introduces the concept of high-precision exfoliation using new digital controls. The result is a reproducible abrasion rate and a lower consumption of crystals.
For additional information, contact Mattioli Engineering, 8300 Greensboro Dr, Suite 800, McLean, VA 22102; (877) 628-8364; www.matteng.com.
The Invotec International mask for cooling and comforting eyes is easy to use, flexible, and lightweight. The moist, pliable, and conforming mask cools by skin contact and evaporation. It may be used after blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing, rhinoplasty, and dermabrasion. Three forms are available: an eye mask and 100- x 100- x 3.3-mm and 260- x 120- x 3.3-mm therapy sheets.
For additional information, contact Invotec International Inc, 6833 Phillips Industrial Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256; (800) 998-8580; www.invotec.net.
Connie Elder International
FaceT is a multipeptide anti-aging serum by Connie Elder International. The serum, part of the SMARTcare skin care line, uses the six different FaceT peptides to defend against the effects of aging and sun damage, although it is not a substitute for sunscreen. FaceT decreases wrinkle depth and volume, improves roughness of the skin, stimulates collagen development, increases elastin, repairs the matrix and epidermis, and smoothes lines in wrinkle-prone areas.
For additional information, contact Connie Elder International LLC, PO Box 290219, Nashville, TN 37229-0219; (866) 547-6269; www.connieelder.com.
Aesthetic Technologies introduces Duette, a device that combines crystal microdermabrasion and the patented DiamondTome crystal-free skin-resurfacing system. Duette allows the physician to switch between using crystals and DiamondTome wands, not only from one patient to the next, but also while treating the same patient.
The system features a proprietary handpiece, which increases operator control and minimizes fatigue; self-contained waste canisters; triple HEPA filtration for a clean treatment environment; and a dehumidification system for clog-free operation. DiamondTome offers multiple diamond-tipped treatment wands in varying coarsenesses to address conditions from simple exfoliation to superficial scar reduction on both the face and body.
For additional information, contact Aesthetic Technologies, 14828 W Sixth Ave, Unit B9, Golden, CO 80401; (800) 262-4412; www. parisianpeel.com.
Charme Skincare Systems
The Charme Electrolyzed Water System is a portable, handheld unit that uses water to disinfect, cleanse, and hydrate the skin. Electrolysis produces low-pH (acidic) water—that has been shown to benefit psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, dry skin, and sunburn—and delivers it in a fine spray mist. The process was first used on more than 23,000 Japanese patients as part of a regimen to treat extreme eczema, with beneficial results.
For additional information, contact Mikuni American Corp, 8910 Mikuni Ave, Northridge, CA 91324; (888) 505-7975; www.charmerenew.com.
The Diamond-Tome skin-resurfacing system by Altair Instruments gently lifts the skin and removes abraded skin. The long-lasting, easy-to-grip wands provide grits for a wide range of treatments from exfoliation to acne-scar reduction. DiamondTome allows effective results with no messy, hazardous crystals and little or no patient downtime. Each session costs only about 50 cents.
For additional information, contact Altair Instruments Inc, 330 N Wood Rd, Suite J, Camarillo, CA 93010; (805) 388-8503; www.diamondtome.com.
LipiVage by Genesis Biosystems is a disposable, lightweight, handheld fat-harvest wash-and-transfer device that is gentle on cells, saves time, and helps ensure a lasting result. LipiVage harvests autologous fat cells at a low vacuum. The cells are collected in the harvester, a sterile filtration chamber that is enclosed within the device. Once inside, the fat is gently cleaned and concentrated by the low vacuum and filter. Unwanted fluids pass through the fat and filter, and into an attached waste canister. The system improves traditional fat harvesting by saving 30–60 minutes per case on average, minimizing the need for additional personnel.
For more information, contact Genesis Biosystems, 405 State Hwy, 121 Bypass, Suite D-120; Lewisville, TX 75067; (888) 577-7335; www.genesisbiosystems.com.
Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup introduces Lip Drink, a lip balm with SPF 15 protection. Lip Drink contains two sunscreen ingredients—parsol 1789 and octinoxate. The balm has a delicious citrus flavor and contains macadamia nut and avocado oils to moisturize the lips; vitamins A and E to nourish the lips; sunflower oil to regenerate dry, damaged lips; and jojoba oil to revitalize the lips.
For additional information, contact Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Ltd, 28 Church St, Great Barrington, MA 01230; (413) 644-9900; www.janeiredale.com.
ESBA Laboratories offers Topicaine® topical anesthetic, which contains 4% lidocaine in a microemulsion gel along with skin-permeation enhancers and soothing agents. The clear, nonoily gel is easy to clean up after use. A 5% concentration is available, with labeling indication for anorectal use. Three sizes are available, packaged in child-resistant containers. No prescription is required, and shipping is free for orders over $100.
For additional information, contact ESBA Laboratories Inc, 1001 Jupiter Park Dr, Suite 112, Jupiter FL 33458; (800) 677-9299; www.topicaine.com.
An antioxidant serum, Atzen® Integral DNA, by Universal Companies, is an anti-aging technology that hydrates the skin and stimulates cell production. The formula heals scars, sun damage, and stretch marks; relieves tired cells by activating intracellular regeneration; and evens out skin tone. The DNA polymer remains intact when it is extracted from the natural source—hence the name “integral.”
For more information, contact Universal Companies Inc, 18260 Oak Park Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210; (800) 558-5571; www.universalcompanies.com.
Dermesse by Dermacia is a prescription-strength hydroquinone and tretinoin skin-care therapy system that works at the cellular level to correct and improve skin conditions and 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. The regimen may be customized for the patient’s desired level of improvement, ingredient tolerance, and lifestyle.
For additional information, contact Dermacia, 660 Newport Center Dr, Suite 900, Newport Beach, CA 92660; (888) 800-4627; www. dermesse.com.
C E Ferulic by SkinCeuticals is a topical antioxidant that provides 8 times the skin’s natural photoaging protection. The antioxidant contains the original potent formulation of 15% pure l-ascorbic acid and 1% alpha-tocopherol. The addition of ferulic acid—a plant-based antioxidant—protects against UV-induced erythema, free-radical formation, and cellular damage that results in premature skin aging.
For additional information, contact SkinCeuticals LLC, 3402 Miller Rd, Garland, TX 75041; (800) 811-1660; www.skinceuticals.com.
Osada offers high-torque, low-speed surgical micromotor systems ideal for dermabrasion and hair transplants. The tabletop model XL-30W (900–30,000 rpm) comes with handpiece assembly and optional foot controls, and provides consistently smooth, vibration-free rotation. The autoclavable handpiece is ergonomically constructed, lightweight, and streamlined for control and precision. It accepts all standard-size diamond fraises, wire brushes, and scalp-transplant punches.
For additional information, contact Osada Inc, 8436 W Third St, Suite 695, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (323) 651-0711; www.osadausa.com.
Hydroptimale® THI3 by Sothys Paris uses three phases to reactivate the skin’s mechanisms for balancing moisture: regulation, equalization, and continuous hydration and protection. Flaking, roughness, uneven tone, loss of youthful glow, and premature aging are reduced with the THI3 system.
In phase I, water flow is regulated and maintained in the skin’s water reservoir with the Optimizer SC (stratum corneum). In phase II, plant osmolytes promote cellular osmosis—the water movement in and out of the cells. In phase III, the patented molecular patch provides continuous hydration to the skin cells.
For additional information, contact Sothys USA, 1500 NW 94th Ave, Miami, FL 33172; (800) 325-0503; www.sothys-usa.com.
NeoCeuticals HQ Skin Lightening Gel from NeoStrata is a professional-strength product that delivers pigment and age control by combining the moisturizing, anti-aging, and exfoliating benefits of 10% PHA with the skin-lightening benefits of hydroquinone. The gel reduces discolorations such as freckles, age and liver spots, and pigmentation changes that occur from pregnancy or oral-contraceptive use. The gel is fragrance- and oil-free, and is safe for all skin types.
For additional information, contact NeoStrata Company Inc, 307 College Rd E, Princeton, NJ 08540; (609) 520-0715; www.neostrata.com.