In the article, “The Era of Glamour: Trends in Esthetic Medicine,” from the September 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine, author Sharon McQuillan, MD, mentions a variety of new medical esthetic products and equipment. Following is a list of the specific products McQuillan references in the article.
In the “Injectables on the horizon” section, McQuillan mentions a variety of up-and-coming hyaluronic acid fillers. Medicis has three products in the Restylane family under trial in an attempt to gain market share: Restylane Touch, a small particle-size gel filler; Restylane Lipp, specifically designed for lip enhancement; and Restylane SubQ, a large particle-size gel used for facial fat loss replacement. There are a number of hyaluronians formulated with lidocaine currently under trial. These include Prevelle Plus (Mentor Corporation). Anika Therapeutics' Elevess was very recently approved by the FDA. Other longer-lasting hylauronians under consideration include Belotero from Merz Pharma; and Puragen, Puragen Plus and Prevelle from Mentor Corporation.
In the section titled “Focus on resurfacing,” ablative fractional resurfacing products mentioned by the author include Lumenis ActiveFx, a fractional CO2 laser; Reliant Technologies’ Fraxel re:pair fractional CO2 laser; Sciton Profractional erbium laser; and Alma Pixel erbium laser.
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Current nonablative fractional resurfacing technologies include Reliant Technologies’ Fraxel, Palomar’s Lux1540 and Cynosure’s Affirm.
In the “Body Contouring” section, examples of laser lipolysis devices include the Cynosure Smartlipo and the Sciton ProLipo.
Note: treatments that a licensed esthetician may perform in a medical spa space vary by state. Please consult with your state board before adopting or performing any unfamiliar treatment.