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Cynosure has launched a new 10-watt Smartlipo LaserBodySculpting Workstation. The firm states that this higher-power Smartlipo workstation, meant to be used for high-volume aesthetic laser practices, reduces the time it takes to perform laser-assisted liposuction to approximately half that required with the original Smartlipo 6-watt workstation. Cynosure reports that the Smartlipo workstation, introduced in January of this year, was cleared by the FDA for marketing in the last quarter of 2006 and has since gained broad consumer and physician acceptance.

The new workstation is available as a stand-alone unit or as an upgrade to the original Smartlipo workstation.

According to Cynosure, Smartlipo is a minimally invasive system that is designed as an alternative to traditional liposuction with less down time and fewer side effects, including less bleeding, swelling and bruising. Its proprietary pulsing format delivers laser energy that liquifies localized fat deposits, which is then aspirated. According to the company, the laser energy also coagulates the tissue, sculpting the body and tightening the skin.

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Med-Aesthetic Solutions offers consulting services, including business development, marketing, distribution strategies and outreach programs, to cosmetic surgeons who want to expand their surgical business to include medspa services.

"Our mission is to provide one-stop solutions at a variety of entry points. We assess the goals of our clients and tailor a profit improvement plan to meet their specific needs," says Allan Danto, president and chief operating officer of Med-Aesthetic Solutions.

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ClearCount Medical Solutions has announced that the FDA has cleared its SmartSponge System, which is based on radio frequency identification (RFID).

"This is the world's first RFID system that detects and counts surgical sponges and towels during surgical procedures," says David Palmer, president and CEO of ClearCount Medical Solutions. The SmartSponge System improves patient safety and efficacy by letting staff know when a sponge is missing, he adds.

The SmartSponge System uses the Tag-it HF-I portfolio of high-frequency products from Texas Instruments to automate the process of keeping track of surgical sponges during surgery. The sponges have small, passive RFID tags. This system is different from other systems in that it permits users to simultaneously count and differentiate between different types of sponges, claims the firm. The SmartSponge System also does not require a line of sight between the reader and tags. Therefore, the sponges don't have to be physically separated and the tags don't need to be oriented in a specific way to scan them. It also minimizes the handling of soiled sponges.

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