Isis Cosmetic Medical Centers of Tampa abruptly closed its doors earlier this month, much to the surprise - and disappointment - of area clients.
The center was one of three chain cosmetic surgery centers that offered some of today's most sought-after procedures including SmartLipo, VASER Liposelection, Botox and Juvederm.
Services at these centers are performed by a Board Certified Surgeon, and clients receive a customized consultation when they want to improve their appearance.
The Isis Cosmetic center in Tampa closed without notification to patients and employees, leaving many patients with an open schedule after appointments had already been booked - and paid for.
Tampa Bay News immediately reported that customers and reporters who tried to call the office were left without any answering services and no pick-ups. Experts warned that customers who had already paid for cosmetic procedures upfront could do very little if the company went out of business.
The Tampa location opened in January 2007, and was the first to offer the SmartLipo procedure. Joseph Zolton, the founder of Isis Cosmetic, is reportedly preparing a program for patients who had already paid for their surgery; however, patients may need to head to Miami or St. Petersburg to get their treatment.
IsisCosmetic.com is where patients can learn about different tretaments avaialble, and set up a consultation with a doctor and 'Dedicated Personal Care Coordinator'. The site still lists the Tampa Clinic location at 2815 West Virginia Avenue, but patients who call the toll-free number will be redirected to the main office.
Zolton explains that the unforseen clsoing 'is completely unacceptable' and that he 'can't imagine the despair, anger and anxiety that these patients are feeling' (Source: studio10.tv).
Patients in Tampa still have a number of cosmetic surgery centers to choose from outside of Isis Cosmetic. The attraction of going to this medical center over a private doctor may have come down to cost and convenience. These centers offer flat-fee Botox treatments for $300, and also offer the CareCredit and ChaseHealthAdvance patient financing programs for those who want to make monthly payments for surgery.