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Total FX UltraPulse Laser Expands Into New England Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 1, 2009

j0441048Laser skin resurfacing treatments are among the most effective ways to get rid of fine lines, acne scars and blemishes. Some of the most innovative laser skin resurfacing techniques include the Lumenis UltraPulse C02 fractional laser, a powerful laser that can correct many imperfections, boost collagen production and tighten the skin after just a single treatment. The UltraPulse laser is available in only a few markets in the United States, but has recently been unveiled at the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England.

The Total FX UltraPulse treatment has been featured on The Today Show, 20/20 and other television programs as an innovative skin rejuvenation solution.  It is among the most advanced lasers on the market, and can be used to treat facial scars, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and loose or sagging skin. In addition to treating the face, the UltraPulse laser can be administered to the neck and chest area for enhanced results.

The Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England is among the few aesthetic centers to acquire the UltraPulse Laser, and is adding the cosmetic treatment alongside its lineup of anti aging treatments such as injectable fillers, stretch mark reduction treatments, skin tightening procedures and Latisse eyelash enhancement.

According to Dr. Maria Atkins, owner and board certified physician at the Cosmetic Enhancement Center, “The UltraPulse TotalFX® treatment provides our clients with one of the latest advancements in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. The procedure and recovery time with this device has been so streamlined, that we like to tell our clients, if you give us five days, we’ll give you back five years.” (Source:

The UltraPulse laser is manufactured by Lumenis, the world’s largest medical laser company. This particular laser has received FDA clearance for more than 34 indications including the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and skin burns.

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Laser Gemology Services Introduced in Wisconsin

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 15, 2009

j0432730Laser treatments are among the most innovative and effective skin rejuvenation treatments available, and can help to address a number of skin conditions.

Popular laser skin rejuvenation procedures include fractional skin resurfacing and Erbium laser facials, but a new set of laser services designed with gemstones has recently hit the Wisconsin market.

Fox Valley Plastic Surgery in Wisconsin has unveiled a suite of laser services inspired by pearls, diamonds and colored gemstones. Dr. David Janssen and Dr. William Doubek of Fox Valley Plastic Surgery claim that the Laser Gemology suite includes treatments such as the Ruby BBL, the Emerald Profractional and the Diamond Profractional. Each of these treatments is designed to address certain skin conditions including rosacea, acne, and aging skin. The BBL treatments use pulsed light to heat the skin, while the Profractional laser heats up the deeper layers of skin tissues to stimulate collagen production and promote healthy skin regeneration.

Dr. Doubek points out that Laser Gemology treats a number of skin conditions including blood vessels, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. It may also help eliminate the need to undergo facial cosmetic surgery procedures.

One of the biggest benefits of laser gemology skin treatments is that they boast quick recovery times. The nonsurgical approach means most patients only need about five days of downtime for the more extensive procedures such as the Diamond Profractional, and no recovery time at all with procedures such as the Ruby BBL.

The Laser Gemology services are customized for each patient based on their skin type and the conditions, and the treatment begins with a VISIA skin analysis to determine where the problem areas are. These innovative laser systems have been deemed safe and effective for most skin types, and are a nonsurgical alternative to facelift surgery and other surgical procedures.

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Lumenis Introduces AcuPulse Fractional Laser

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 12, 2009

portrait of successDemand for non-surgical solutions that help to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles continues to be strong in the United States, as more men and women turn to surgery alternatives to maintain their youthful appearance.

Lumenis, a company that develops and sells laser, light-based and radio-frequency devices for aesthetic purposes, recently announced the launch of the AcuPulse Fractional C02 Laser System, giving patients more options in fractional skin resurfacing.

The AcuPulse system is designed to be more efficient and affordable than traditional pulsed lasers, and has been deemed superior to many non-surgical anti aging solutions. According to Mr. Robert Mann, General Manager of Lumenis Global Aesthetics and Dermatology, the AcuPulse system offers “unmatched fractional scanning excellence of the Lumenis portfolio to give physicians an excellent solution for their practice.”

AcuPulse will be available in select cosmetic surgery practices and medical spas in the oncoming months, and will have a worldwide presence in the oncoming years. The AcuPulse system is equipped with a SuperPulse technology that promises precision scanning and the lowest level of thermal damage to prevent scarring, bruising and discomfort.

Ablative fractional laser skin treatments are an emerging technology for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the appearance of large pores, and rejuvenating the face and neck areas. AcuPulse and other fractional resurfacing technologies can provide significant results for people who don’t want to undergo facelift surgery, and even though patients must undergo several days of downtime, the skin tissues look and feel healthier than before the treatment.

The AcuPulse system is the only laser on the market made with the SuperPulse and Continous Wave (CW) technology, and is designed with the legendary scanning heritage of the Lumenis C02 product line. It has proven to be one of the most effective laser treatments for correcting wrinkles and lines, and may be used safely as a spot treatment on the face and neck area.

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Alex TriVantage Laser Receives Registration Approval for Brazil

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 4, 2009

The Alex TriVantage multi-wavelength, q-switched laser system produced by Candela Corporation has recently received registration approval from the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to market the product throughout the country of Brazil.  Doctors in Brazil previously only had two choices for laser treatments involving the removal of pigmented lesions, tattoos, and for treating certain types of skin conditions. The Alex TriVantage system offers doctors a more technologically-advanced system that may provide better results in the long-term, and is still safe for patients of color.

Finding the right laser for ethnic skin is an ongoing challenge for many medical professionals and anti-aging specialists. Most of the laser and light energy treatments that provide exceptional results for Caucasian skin types can do more harm than good on ethnic skin. If the wrong type of laser is used on darker skin types, the result can be hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, excessive skin irritation and severe burns.

The Alex TriVantage laser is one of the few laser systems on the market that is suitable for darker skin types. It produces three output wavelengths – 755 nm, 532 nm, and 1064 nm – so that it can be used on different types of lesions, scars and patches of pigment without causing any side effects. The Alex TriVantage system can also be used for fractional skin resurfacing treatments, fine line and wrinkle removal, and other skin rejuvenation treatments.

The Candela Corporation reports that this versatile laser can be used to remove benign pigmented lesions, freckles, sun spots, nevus of Ota/Ito, scars, certain types of birthmarks and tattoos of all colors. The system includes several different types of handpieces for easy administration, and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.More information and studies about the Candela laser system can be found on website that also features clinical bulletins and procedure videos.

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Healing Gel Helps Reduce Redness After Laser Skin Resurfacing

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 3, 2009

CB005062If you’ve been considering laser skin resurfacing treatments in order to get rid of wrinkles, reduce fine lines and eliminate age spots, you may have been put off by some of the side effects. Laser skin resurfacing is a relatively aggressive skin treatment that works by completely peeling away the top layer of skin using a high-powered laser energy device. The most common side effects of this procedure are redness and irritation because the skin is fairly damaged immediately after the procedure and the healing process can be slow. Some medical aestheticians and doctors will use a cooling fan over the skin to reduce side effects, but the skin will remain swollen and red for several hours and days, regardless.

Now, a gel called Control Tactics has been developed by the company Prescribed Solutions. This gel is infused with essential vitamins, additives and compounds that promote healing, and is applied to the skin both before and after the laser skin treatment. The skin becomes slightly desensitized from the compounds within minutes of application, which means the entire laser skin resurfacing treatment will also be more comfortable for the patient.

The gel can be applied to the skin twice per day for up to four days prior to the laser treatment, and the several times for approximately three days after the treatment.  Test results with the gel showed that patients experienced fewer complications after their treatment when using the gel, and only some experienced extensive swelling, redness and discomfort that is commonly associated with the procedure.

The Control Tactics gel is currently available through many medical spas and anti-aging clinics. It does not contain any steroids, and can be used on sensitive skin types and ethnic skin. No side effects have been reported to date, but some dermatologists are hesitant to use it until further testing is complete.

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Fraxel C02 Laser Launched in Canada

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 26, 2008

(Before and After Photos of Fraxel C02 Laser Treatments via

Already a popular laser skin resurfacing treatment in the United States, the Fraxel C02 Laser has recently received approval from the Health Canada Clearance, allowing plastic surgeons, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons the ability to offer fractional laser treatments at their Canadian offices. Before the system was approved, many Canadian consumers were forced to travel to the United States or overseas to receive the treatment.

Fractional laser resurfacing can be a fairly aggressive treatment for patients who want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve the quality of the skin and smooth out rough or patchy skin that is a result of sun damage.

According to Mark Lupin, MD and director of Cosmedica in Victoria, Canada “The Fraxel re:pair system addresses the full range of photodamage – wrinkles, lines, pigment, and vascular irregularities, all in a single treatment.” (Source:

Fraxel continues to be a popular choice for many people looking for an effective, long-term solution for improving the skin. It can help correct severely damaged skin, reduce wrinkles and also boost collagen production so that skin grows back healthier and stronger over time.  50% of patients who share their results on sites such as report that Fraxel laser skin resurfacing is ‘worth it’, and the average cost of treatment is approximately $2,600.  Most people need to undergo a series of 3-6 treatments in order to see results, and the skin begins to change within the first month.

More information about Fraxel skin resurfacing can be found here.

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