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What You Need To Know About Skin Resurfacing

skin resurfacingExposure to sun and wind, genetics, smoking, drinking, poor nutrition, and other factors can all act to make your face age before its time.  Blotches and brown spots can also appear over time or as a side effect of certain medications or during pregnancy.  Acne and scars can make your skin uneven.  All of these problems and more can be helped with skin resurfacing.

No matter what specific technique is used to resurface the skin, the procedure, in essence it is a matter of controlled injury with the intention of forming ‘good’ scar tissue.  There is a risk of ‘bad’ scar tissue forming instead.

The Consult

If you are considering skin resurfacing, the first step is to consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon (or for business owners looking to offer skin resurfacing, click here).  During the consultation appointment, you may be asked to point out in a mirror the areas of your face that you would like to have worked on.  This will give your doctor an idea of what you expect to achieve and whether your expectations are realistic.

Skin resurfacing may be able to help if you have any of a number of problems, including:

  • sun damage
  • wrinkles around the mouth that cause lipstick to bleed
  • wrinkles around the eyes, including crow’s feet
  • loose skin under the eyes
  • blotches or brown spots
  • precancerous moles or growths
  • scars from acne, chicken pox, or injury

You can have the procedure at nearly any age.  The specific technique will be determined by your unique situation and the experience of your doctor. Different techniques require different recovery times, and all can be used at varying depths.  Superficial treatments heal faster than deeper treatments, but may need to be repeated to give the same results.  Skin resurfacing can be done at the same time as other procedures.  The surgeon will examine your skin to evaluate the extent of damage and determine what specific technique will offer the desired results.

Your doctor will take a thorough medical history and ask about such things as allergies, prior medical treatments and surgeries, and any medications you are using, including medicated creams used topically.  To prevent a negative outcome, it is vital that you be open and honest.


There are three main techniques for skin resurfacing; chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing.  All three techniques work on the same basic principle.  The skin of the treated area is injured and as the area heals, new skin emerges.  The difference is in the exact nature of the injury.  The treatment is generally not covered by insurance except when precancerous lesions or certain types of scars are being treated.  Your surgeon can work with your insurance company to find out whether your treatment can be covered.

Chemical Peels

Peels involve applying a chemical solution to the area to be treated, whether that’s a small area or the entire face.  The surgeon will watch the skin for changes in its appearance.  There are different types of chemical peels of differing strengths and specific techniques of use.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA):  These peels, including glycolic acid, generally work on the top layers of the skin.  A single treatment can be enough to give you a younger, healthier glow, while repeated treatments can further improve your skin.  These peels are good for reducing brown spots and fine lines.

These peels are typically done in a plastic surgeon’s office without anesthesia or sedation.  You may feel a mild tingling or stinging as the chemical is applied.  Because there is no need for anesthesia, you will be able to drive yourself home.  In most cases, you will be able to wear makeup after the procedure.  Your surgeon will recommend an AHA product for you to use at home for maintenance.

Trichloracetic Acid (TCA):  TCA peels are most often used to reduce wrinkles and blemishes, and can also be used on the neck or other areas that may be sun damaged.  TCA is generally preferred for treating smaller areas because it lightens the skin less than some other peels, particularly those containing phenol.  It is also the preferred peel for darker skinned patients for the same reason.  Depending on the concentration and method of application, TCA can be used superficially or for a medium peel or even deeper, as needed.

Phenol:  Phenol is generally used for treating facial skin that is more seriously sun damaged and deeper wrinkles, especially those around the mouth.  Phenol can also be used to even out blotches and brown spots, and can also be used to treat precancerous skin lesions.

The drawback of phenol is that it tends to bleach the skin.  After treatment with phenol, you may need to wear makeup to even out your skin color.  Phenol cannot generally be used on other parts of the body, though some less concentrated products can be used more flexibly.


Think of using a small sander with fine-grain sandpaper to remove the top few layers of skin and this is essentially what dermabrasion involves.  The injury is similar to skinning your knee and is most often used for treating facial scars.  It can be used on any part of the face.  Dermabrasion can be used on patients with darker complexions and in most cases the treated area blends into surrounding skin so that any changes in pigment are not noticeable.

Dermabrasion requires some degree of anesthesia.  Small areas will typically be done under local anesthetic, but larger areas may require sedation.  The injury is treated similar to a burn.  Your surgeon will recommend follow-up care based on the depth of the treatment and your particular skin type.

Laser resurfacing

There are two different types of laser skin resurfacing.  The first type is similar to dermabrasion or a chemical peel and causes consistent injury across the treated area.  Many surgeons like this type of laser resurfacing to chemical peels or dermabrasion because it is easier to control the depth of treatment.

The second type is known as fractional resurfacing and involves using the laser to drill tiny holes into the skin.  The collagen under the skin then tightens between the holes, kind of like connecting the dots.  The benefit to this type of resurfacing is that there is less surface injury, but because the injury goes deeper, there is an increased risk of undesirable scarring.

Laser resurfacing, like other techniques, is good for reducing wrinkles, evening out blotches and age spots, and reducing the appearance of scarring from acne or injury.  Laser resurfacing can be used on small areas or the entire face.  The thickness and texture of your skin will determine whether laser resurfacing is right for you.  Laser resurfacing can be especially helpful in tightening the area below the eyes that can begin to sag as we age.

Depending on the area to be treated and the depth of treatment, laser resurfacing can be done under local anesthesia or may require sedation or general anesthesia.  Recovery depends on depth of treatment and technique.


Thousands of patients have had skin resurfacing with no serious problems and are happy with the results, but it is important to consider the risks inherent in these procedures in order to make an informed decision.  You should discuss the risks and possible complications of any procedure with your doctor, but having a little information ahead of time means you can have some questions prepared ahead of time.

Skin resurfacing done by a board-certified plastic surgeon is generally safe, though there are risks of complications with any procedure.  Infection or scarring are rare, but can happen with any of these treatments.

Skin resurfacing can trigger outbreaks of certain skin conditions, including skin allergies and cold sores.  Even the most mild of chemical peels can result in minor skin irritation.  Small whiteheads can also develop.  In most cases, these will disappear with a mildly abrasive skin cleanser, but in some cases, they may require a follow up visit to the surgeon’s office.

Some patients experience raised or thickened scars that can be unpredictable.  Medication can treat this outcome in most patients, but in some cases the scarring can be permanent.  Phenol peels can bleach the skin, while other treatments can occasionally cause pigment changes or blotchiness.

After a resurfacing treatment, it is important to avoid sun exposure, at least until redness subsides.  After the skin has fully healed, it is a good idea to use sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect the skin.  If your eyes have been treated, quality sunglasses are a must.  You may also need to be careful about chlorinated water after certain resurfacing treatments.  In any case, it is vital that you follow all of the instructions given to you by your surgeon.

Preparing for skin resurfacing

Before your resurfacing procedure, your surgeon may give you a special cream, lotion, or gel to use on your skin for a few weeks.  Your surgeon may also give you a prescription for oral medication and give you other instructions.  The treatment will likely be done in your surgeon’s office, or may take place in a clinic or hospital.  Depending on the need for anesthesia, you may need someone to drive you home and help you for a day or two.

Before the treatment

In most cases, you will be given medication to keep you comfortable.  Depending on the method and depth of treatment, local anesthesia will be used either alone or with sedation.  In some cases, especially with deep treatments or those covering large areas, general anesthesia may be used.

After the treatment

After the procedure, petroleum jelly or ointment will be applied to the treated area and a bandage may be used.  Superficial peels may cause some mild irritation and redness.  Deeper peels, dermabrasion and laser treatments may also cause some degree of swelling.  Depending on the treatment and follow up care, a scab may form over the treated area.  Your surgeon will provide you with instruction on caring for and cleansing your skin.  If you are a man undergoing skin resurfacing, you will have to delay shaving for a time.  It is important to follow all instructions so that the skin will heal properly.

In the week to ten days after the procedure, new skin will begin to form and redness will subside, but your skin may still be pink for weeks or months.  Your surgeon will advise you as to when you can use makeup to disguise the still healing skin.

Because it can often take so long for the pinkness of new skin to subside, it may be months before you really like your new appearance.  Most individuals find the results worth the wait and, especially with deeper treatments, the results are fairly long-lasting.  Milder treatments may need to be repeated from time to time to maintain the results.

Your skin will continue aging, and wrinkles caused by certain facial muscle movements will reappear.  Avoiding sun exposure and taking special care of your skin can help to slow the process.  Some wrinkles may show up sooner than others, depending on the location and extent of treatment.  Still, improvements in the quality and texture of the skin that are obtained by resurfacing will keep you looking younger and healthier for years.

Resuming daily activities

Depending on the technique and extent of the resurfacing, and the type of anesthesia used, you should avoid straining or heavy lifting in the days following the procedure.  For superficial peels like glycolic acid or other AHAs, you can return to work the next day.  For procedures that penetrate more deeply, you will likely be off work for a week or two.

Following up with your plastic surgeon

You will need to go back to your plastic surgeon a few times for follow up care.  At these visits, the surgeon will evaluate your healing.  You will be advised to schedule other evaluations, including mammography, as needed for your age group.

Your relationship with your plastic surgeon continues beyond the procedure and follow up visits.  If you have any concerns about your recovery or need any other information later, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon.

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Why Should We Add Mesotherapy Treatment To Our Practice?

Why Should We Add Mesotherapy Treatment To Our Practice?

mesotherapyMesotherapy is a natural and completely safe alternative to traditional invasive skin firming surgeries that is perfect for dull and dehydrated skin — or any kind of skin that needs a bit of a boost. This transdermal therapy can be performed on the entire face as well as the chest, the neck, the hands and more.

In the case of the Mesolift process, a series of superficial needling is done to the top layer of the skin, allowing the products to get down to the dermal layer where cellular interaction happens. Skin is nourished and rejuvenated from beneath the top layer, promoting collagen production, elastin strengthening and better metabolism.

Mesotherapy is a rejuvenating treatment that replaces hyaluronic acid for deep hydration, toning and cell regeneration. The right minerals, vitamins and amino acids are delivered below the skin for an anti-ageing impact. When done properly, treatment can tone and tighten, reduce fine lines and eliminate free-radical damage, leading to firmer, more radiant and more youthful skin that glows with youth and vigor. When combined with superficial glycolic skin peeling, the delivery of Mesotherapy is enhanced. That happens because the peel removes dead skin cells and opens pores so the Mesotherapy product can penetrate better. Usually, a series of treatments every week for 6 weeks is done to achieve the best possible results. After that, monthly treatments are done for maintenance (see how to offer mesotherapy in your business).

Which areas of the body can benefit from Mesotherapy?

Usage isn’t limited. It can help with cellulite, the reduction of body fat, weight loss, body sculpting, face rejuvenation, elimination of eye fat pads and more.

How does this treatment reduce cellulite?

Lumps or dimples in the skin called cellulite impact perhaps 90 percent of woman, no matter their age or weight. It is usually most noticeable on the legs, butt, hips and midsection. It is caused by connective tissue bands holding down areas of skin and trapping fat while the fat bulges outward in other places. Cellulite can result in a texture like an orange peel, but Mesotherapy can treat all four stages of cellulite.

In most cases, medicines are delivered without needles using the Ultrapeel Transderm System. This blend of drugs interacts with cells and encourages the release of the fat inside so that it can be burned as fuel for the body. The treatment improves blood flow and lymph drainage in the targeted area and removes tissues bands while melting the fat. The result is improvement in the undesirable appearance and loss of inches in the treated area. Since cellulite recurs, however, as many as 10 to 15 sessions may be required for the best results.

Are results similar to liposuction?

Mesotherapy is not a complete replacement for the invasive liposuction procedure, but it can be effective for both men and women who have fat areas where it isn’t desirable. For small areas, Mesotherapy is a great alternative and can be a great solution for people who are not good candidates for liposuction.

Injections of fat-burning Mesotherapy can reduce fat at the hips, thighs and waist as well as love handles on the back, on the abdomen and around the arms or in the double-chin location. At the same time, clients are urged to undertake a better diet, exercise more and take nutritional supplements for better overall health and the greatest possible benefit.

What does the term “body sculpting” mean?

Mesotherapy injections can provide body sculpting — also called cosmetic contouring — for the abdomen, face and neck as well as around bra lines, on the legs and thighs and even to the hands. The process involves delivering vitamins and amino acids to the particular areas of the body to tighten skin that sags and remove areas of fat, making the areas look more youthful and athletic without having to take any time away from work. Inches of visible results are usually noticeable within 4 weeks. The process should be used along with a healthier lifestyle, and repeat treatments may be necessary.

Is Mesotherapy used for facial rejuvenation?

The Mesotherapy process called Mesolift is a smart approach to treating age-related sagging and wrinkles on the neck and face. It can also slow down the progression of wrinkling over time and help improve ashen complexion. Mesotherapy can aid in reducing fat from below the chin, getting rid of free-radical skin damage and tightening sagginess. Even the eyelids can show signs of improvement without the long recovery period and unnatural appearance that comes along with many types of cosmetic surgery.

Does Mesotherapy work for eye fat pads?

Yes, Mesotherapy has shown to be successful in reducing puffy or fatty areas under the eyes that lead to a tired look. In many cases, Mesotherapy can delay the need for lower eyelid blepharoplasty — or fat pad surgery — and perhaps make the surgery unnecessary. That means the patient can avoid the potential complications that come from cosmetic surgery.

How is Mesotherapy done?

The standard needle technique must be performed by a licensed doctor with the right training. Using a small needle like the ones used for Botox injections, the doctor injects a special formula into the mesoderm. The penetration is very shallow. The strength of the formula and the number of injections is determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients usually need a treatment every 10 to 14 days. Doses are small and at one-inch intervals in the area be treated. In some cases, a number of small injections are made at the same site. Because as many as 100 needle pricks can be required per treatment, there is a great deal of anxiety in some patients.

In needle-free Mesotherapy, a system called the Ultrapeel Transderm Ionto System is used. It is non-invasive but also highly effective and more comfortable for some patients that the standard procedure. This system has receive FDA clearance for transdermal delivery of Mesotherapy without needle or injections.

The Ultrapeel Transderm Ionto System works by exfoliating the stratum corneum using microdermabrasion so that dermoelectroporation technology can cause the ionic drug to go into the skin under low-energy electrical pulses. This system provides a non-invasive option and can help reduce skin trauma and pain from needles. This means that people with an aversion to needles can benefit from this type of Mesotherapy.

The length of each treatment varies based on what the client is having done, but there is usually no downtime afterwards. Some with sensitive skin may notice discomfort similar to a scratching sensation at the beginning of the treatment that then disappears. Vibration minimizes the impact of the electrical pulses and makes for a very pleasant experience overall.

Are there side effects from Mesotherapy?

When Mesotherapy is done using needles for injecting the medication, most patients experience a little discomfort. Some feel local pain, a bit of burning for a period of hours and perhaps some short-lived bruising. There may be itching and soreness for a few days. As with any kind of product injection, there is a possibility of allergic reaction in some patients.

The introduction of non-needle technology for Mesotherapy has resulted in an elimination of most side effects from the standard needle therapy approach.

How many treatments must a patient have before results are seen?

That depends on many factors, including your body and how much of it is treated. Some patients get good results after a single session while others must have 3 to 5 sessions before results are visible.

Patients sometimes report that their clothing fits better and that they appear thinner. While losing weight is not a goal of Mesotherapy, loss of inches in possible. Some patients need 5 to 15 treatments or more for maximum benefit.

Along with the treatment, dietary, lifestyle and nutritional changes are advised, including nutritional supplements. Aging is a continuous and dynamic process, but Mesotherapy can help guard against some of ravages of age. Maintenance treatments may be needed for the neck, face, arms and hands 2 to 4 times per year.

Can a patient immediately return to work after treatment?

In most cases, yes. The procedure itself takes only 30 minutes per session, and there is little prep time or recovery time required. Patients will not be required to wear any heavy bandages or girdles as they are with some procedure types.

How often can a patient have treatments?

The procedure can usually be done once in every 10 to 14 day period.

What restrictions will the patient have afterwards?

The restrictions depend on the area that’s being treated and the condition for which the patient is treated, but they generally include:

  • avoiding vigorous exercise for about 48 hours
  • avoiding hot showers for 6 to 8 hours
  • avoiding the use of makeup and other skincare products for 4 hours
  • wearing of loose clothes near the treated area in the immediate moments following the injections.

Will the fat return to a treated area?

Mesotherapy gets rid of the fat inside a fat cell without destroying the cell so that the skin can regain a natural appearance. If the patient should gain weight after a treatment, fat will return to the area that has been treated. The failure rate of Mesotherapy, however, is about 8 percent, which is very low. When used in conjunction with diet and exercise, Mesotherapy has the best possible long-term results.

Who can have Mesotherapy?

Most healthy men and women are candidates for Mesoterapy. It is not recommended for pregnant women, insulin-dependant diabetics or those with heart disease, a history of stroke or ischemia, cancer, skin lesions, allergy to any components of Mesotherapy or those who take blood thinners.

Is Mesotherapy the same thing as liposuction?

No. Mesotherapy doesn’t involve surgery. It is the non-surgical removal of fat from fat cells. By contrast, liposuction involves the surgical removal of the fat cells themselves. While liposuction involves anesthesia, Mesotherapy requires no anesthesia and has a very short recovery time.

With that said, it is important to note that Mesotherapy does not replace liposuction. Mesotherapy works for removing small areas of unwanted fat, getting rid of cellulite and rejuvenating skin. It is best suited for people who are not obese but instead have only a few problem areas of fat. It is also a smart choice for those who fear surgical procedures and are therefore hesitant to undergo liposuction.

With Mesotherapy, the downside is that results are gradual. Liposuction can offer immediate results. Mesotherapy can smooth and even out fat spots that persists following liposuction as well, preventing the need for additional liposuction.

In short, the procedures are not competitive and are instead complementary. Mesotherapy is also an intelligent first choice for those considering liposuction for relatively minor situations. Minor to medium body sculpting can be achieved through Mesotherapy on the stomach, arms, thighs, hips, chin and other areas. In more extreme cases where the patient isn’t averse to surgery, liposuction may work better.

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Why Online Botox Training Is a Better Option Than In-Person Training In San Diego

Why Online Botox Training Is a Better Option Than In-Person Training In San Diego

botox education symbolThere are 36 or more colleges in San Diego and many more training centers and individual instructors, so why would it be necessary to turn to an online Botox training course when there are so many educational opportunities right here in town?

UC-San Diego, San Diego State and Point Loma Nazarene University as well as their colleague universities keep more than 150,000 people busy and fill up more than 18,000 dorm rooms. But if you’re already busy, concerned with costs or want to be able to relearn and review what you’re being taught, it makes sense to forget the universities and training centers and bring online Botox training into your practice, your home or wherever you want it to be.


Online Training Is Better Than In-Person Training

Did you know that nearly half of all institutions of higher learning — including many here in San Diego — offer some kind of online learning? It’s no wonder that traditional colleges and universities are learning what smaller training centers and trainers in the business world have known for a long time: online training is actually superior to in-person training in many ways. That includes the following:

You feel more connected. When you’re in a lecture hall full of people, it’s easy to feel disconnected. But online trainers like Dr. Howard Katz, lead trainer at Dentox and provider of the nation’s most respected online Botox training course, are experts at connecting with the camera and therefore connecting with individual students no matter where they are. Think of how much more effective television newscasts and their personable anchors are than other ways of getting the news.

You can watch your class again and again. When you train in person, the class is gone in a flash. But training online means cameras capture the event, and Dentox provides unlimited access to the recording of your class so you can watch it again and again — even months or years later. A single class can educate you until you understand perfectly.

Assessment happens without peer pressure. In the case of the Dentox Botox training class, assessment is made based on photos and other materials that you provide directly to the instructor. You don’t have to stand up in front of the class and do anything. And you may be able to learn your injection techniques on real people, depending on several factors.

The instructor is always there for you. Dr. Katz is accessible to his past students by email. How many college professors make the promise of future availability? But keeping in touch by email with online students just makes sense.


Dentox Is Better Than Any Competitor

Online training also allows you to learn from world-renown experts that may not be coming to your area in the near future. That’s the case with the online Botox training course from Dentox. Dr. Howard Katz is an internationally known expert in cosmetic and therapeutic Botox whose name is actually on the Botox patent application. How much better qualified could your trainer be?

After a brief seminar and proof of learning, you can bring in more income for your practice to enhance its bottom line. And you can put yourself in demand in the marketplace. But your training won’t be as effective or as impressive if you choose inferior instruction.

When you choose Dentox and Dr. Katz to help you learn the Botox skills you need to add to your practice offerings or your resume, you’re clearly choosing the very best. And there’s no other San Diego Botox training choice that makes more sense when you want dependable, easy-to-follow training that stays with you and serves you well as you move into the future.


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Varicose Veins Look And Feel Bad, But They Can Be Corrected

varicose veins vs healthy veinsA vascular surgeon who is certified to do EVLT — that is, Endovenous Laser Ablation — and Radiofrequency VNUS Closure can successfully treat spider veins and varicose veins to improve comfort and make your legs feel better.

Are you aware that only a vascular surgeon had the proper training and experience to diagnose and then treat your vein problems? The diagnosis is based on a thorough and exacting look at your arterial and venous systems as well as consideration of your family and medical history, the medications you take and perhaps other exams as well (if you are not  a vascular surgeon, see how you can offer these aesthetic treatments).

The following varicose vein procedures may be recommended:

Endovenous Ablation of the Saphenous Vein (EVLT) and VNUS Closure

While you’re under a local anesthetic and perhaps conscious sedation, either a Dornier Medilite 1470 Laser, a similar device or a radiofrequency device like the VNUS Closure device is sent through a very small catheter through the skin and into the impacted leg. Under the very strictest of conditions, just the right amount of energy is delivered and the catheter is then taken out of the vein. The device released energy that heats, then collapses and seals off the vein, stopping blood flow. Healthy veins take over blood flow, and any symptoms you are experiencing gradually and noticeably improve over the coming days and weeks.

In most cases, patients can walk from the office with only the need for compression stockings. It’s possible to pick up normal activities the following day, and frequent walking is actually encouraged. For about a week, strenuous exercise is to be avoided.

When you choose the right doctor, you’re choosing someone who uses the safest lasers available and other advanced techniques that reduce the amount of post-operative discomfort and bruising for the quickest and best possible recovery.

Injection Sclerotherapy Guided By Ultrasound

Sclerotherapy is an extremely effective procedure for localized treatment of big varicose veins and perforator veins that can lead to leg ulcers. With the guidance of ultrasound and using needles of an exceptionally fine gauge, a solution is injected into a problem vein. The solution pushes the blood out of the way and causes irritation to the wall of the vein, causing the vein to collapse and close off. Without any incisions or scars, the vein is closed.

The best doctors use only FDA-approved solutions like Asclera and Sotradecol. They often do not use a normal saline solution because this can lead to burning and undesirable scarring.

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

The latest advancement in the field is ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, a great option for large, long veins. What’s new about this technique is that a liquid sclerosant solution is mixed with air to form a foam in a syringe. Once the vein is identified with ultrasound, the foam is injected into it using the ultrasound for additional guidance. The foam pushes away the blood from the vein walls and allows the full power of the foam to come directly in contact with the vein wall. This causes irritation that leads to the vein collapsing. The walls scar down, closing the vein off.

Ambulatory Phlebotomy / Microphlebectomy

While you’re under local anesthesia, small incisions are made to take out both small and large varicose veins that are located near the skin’s surface. This procedure is often used along with ablation therapy and is effective for treating varicose veins in the foot. After it’s done, you must wear a compression stocking for 1 to 2 weeks. It’s possible to go to work the next the day and return to normal activities. Plenty of walking is encouraged.

Vein Stripping and Ligation

Considered a major surgery, this procedure involves the tying off and removal of large varicose veins. It is performed under a local anesthetic. You must wear a compression stocking after the procedure is performed, but walking around is encourage.

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Understanding The Facts About Dermal Filler Therapy

Understanding The Facts About Dermal Filler Therapy

Dermal filler injectionWhen you understand the facts about dermal filler therapy, you’re better prepared to decide if adding dermal fillers is right for your practice.

How Accepted Is Dermal Filler Therapy?

Even more widely accepted by North American patients than cosmetic dentistry, dermal filler therapy is something both women and men are having done with increasing frequency. Ask around, and you’ll find just about everyone has heard of dermal filler therapy. Ask your patients too. You’ll soon find that both Botox and dermal filler therapy are widely known and accepted.

What Can Dermal Fillers Do For Patients?

Put simply, a dermal filler is a material that’s injected beneath the skin into areas like the nasolabial folds, the marionette lines, the oral commissures and other places on the face to plump them up and smooth away wrinkles. Lip augmentation is another of the many uses for dermal fillers. In the past, these services were performed only by dermatologists and plastic surgeons — or people in their offices. In many cases, the services are performed in these offices by nurses or medical estheticians who work from these offices rather than the doctors themselves.

Very generally speaking, Botox is often used on the top half of the face to relax muscles while dermal fillers are used lower on the face to fill depressions, but this isn’t always how it works. Dermal fillers are often used to frame the face, putting them squarely within the realm of cosmetic dentistry and what a dentist should be doing for his or her patients. These fillers are usually injected directly into specific places using extraoral injections in areas where dentists are used to making injections inside the mouth for anesthesia purposes.

What has proven intriguing to some involved in dermal filler training is that dermatologists, nurses and plastic surgeons are often not squeamish at all about giving extraoral injections but are concerned more about injecting inside the mouth. Dentists, of course, often have opposite concerns and aren’t so sure about working outside the mouth.

How Long Can Dermal Fillers Last?

That depends on the dermal fillers used and the skill of the person doing the injection, but results usually last at least six months. Some results are permanent. There are some fillers intended to be temporary while others are designed for permanence. In many cases, health care professionals don’t like to do permanent fillers at least on new patients because this can lead to bad outcomes and liability issues. Temporary fillers rarely last more than 18 months, so risk is limited.

Bovine and human collagen have been the most popular types of dermal fillers in the past, but allergy testing is necessary with these products and they are losing popularity. Hyaluronic acid products like Juvederm and Restylane are the most popular today and widely considered the best available. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally and that the body loses with aging, and fillers made from it add volume to the face and look exceedingly natural. Fillers of this type last from 6 to 12 months or perhaps a bit longer and can are popular for lip augmentation. These product names are also ones that clients may recognize.

Calcium hydroxylapatite is another naturally occurring body substance that is popular in the dermal filler Radiesse. This product is very viscous and thick and last longer than hyaluronic acid products because the material is slower to break down. When it does break down, the body sometimes replaces it with collagen, maintaining the wrinkle-free appearance for a longer period of time.

Choosing the right dermal filler material for the right purpose is very important. Practitioners must know which material is best in a wide variety of circumstances. This is obviously the result of good dermal filler training.

What Your Patients Want

Many people who come to your practice already use Botox therapy and dermal filler therapy. These treatments are quite popular and are becoming more so. Patients who have already had previous treatments by others don’t need any education from you. They’ll simply come to your office and ask you to get started. They know what to expect and will likely be pleased to be able to get the services from someone they trust and someone who can offer anesthesia and other comforts they may not have had in the past.

You’ll find that liability issues and wrong treatment concerns are very limited since results are usually temporary. An area treated with a dermal filler will return to normal within 12 months or less, so there’s little risk of long-term bad outcomes.

Training Is Essential

To perform this treatment up to the highest possible standard, dermal filler training is essential. You need to get training from someone who has trained many dentists and other medical pros in facial injectable therapy including Botox and dermal fillers. This will allow you to become competent in how these materials work, get better acquainted with the operation of facial muscles and learn about risks and benefits of offering this treatment to your patients. You also need hands-on experience in placing the materials and limiting complications. With a bit of practice, you can become an expert. Since many state dental boards allow these injections by dentists, you can make this a part of your practice right away.

When you get the education you need and perform within the guidelines set up by your state, you can legally and ethically perform valuable Botox and dermal filler procedures for your patients, increasing your value to your patients and enhancing your practice financially.

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Profitable Aesthetics – Microdermabrasion

Profitable Aesthetics – Microdermabrasion

Woman Under Going Microdermabrasion TreatmentA few years ago, the only people that would have the wonderful microdermabrasion treatment would be the rich and the fabulous – people that were already famous, and already had a huge amount of help to look wonderful. Thankfully, the last few years have proved that any treatment that they can have, we can have, and now microdermabrasion is a treatment can be had by absolutely anyone. It is one of those incredibly unique treatments because it is very scientifically advanced, but does not require any surgery or anaesthetic. Could it be too good to be true? We don’t think so, and you should read on to find more about it:

What is microdermabrasion anyway?

Put very simply, having a microdermabrasion treatment is a little bit like having an instant facelift, only without any of the cost or hassle. It is in the same field as Botox and chemical peels, but without any of the pain or chemicals that they include. Believe it or not, treatments such as microdermabrasion are becoming more and more popular with men just as much as women.

Microdermabrasion is when the rough skin cells that are on your face are buffed away from the top layer of your skin. After all, the very top layer on the skin on your face is the layer that comes into contact with the sun, the wind, all of the nasty chemicals that are thrown at us during each day to day – and that is the layer that can very quickly get clogged up. By removing that layer, you can lose all of those damaged skin cells that are proving to be so unhappy on your face, and reveal instead all of the new skin that is just waiting underneath to be unmasked. That new skin will be healthier, have a more natural glow, and will instantly make you look and feel so much better.

How does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion does not make any sense whatsoever unless you have a basic understanding of how your skin is made. It is important to know that your skin consists of two completely different layers, and they have completely different jobs. The epidermis is the layer that is on the outside, and which has to weather all of the things that a normal life throws at it. The epidermis is actually mainly made up of dead skin cells, which many people can find quite shocking. The dermis is the layer underneath, and is where all of those alive and happy skin cells are. However, going even deeper, the epidermis has one very top layer which is the layer of skin that we put moisturiser and sun cream in, and that is called the stratum corneum.

When you have a microdermabrasion treatment, it is the stratum corneum that is affected by it. That means that you do not have to worry about the deep layers of your skin being damaged, because it will only be the very outside layer. That means that the full technical name of the microdermabrasion should actually be micro-epi-dermabrasion . . . but we think that is slightly too much of a mouthful!

What can microdermabrasion do for me?

The effects of microdermabrasion are brilliant, and they can be achieved in a very small amount of time and effort. By removing that layer of skin on the stratum corneum, the body gets confused and thinks that it is under attack. That means that it sends lots of nice lovely nutrients and fresh skin cells and collagen to your face, leaving you with a face full of healthy, totally happy skin.

But what is even better is that your skin will not only feel better, and look better – but it will actually be better! As the stratum corneum has been removed, that allows your skin to breathe well for the first time in a long time, and more oxygen means that your skin will stay healthier for longer. The new cells that are exposed will be very soft and smooth, giving your skin a chance to stay healthy. Any sun damage or fine lines will have been removed, and now when you put moisturiese or sun cream on, they will go much deeper into your skin, protecting you and nourishing you for longer. Their active ingredients will actually reach the skin that needs them.

There must be side effects to microdermabrasion, right?

Right: but those side effects will only last a very small amount of time. For the first hour after you have had the microdermabrasion treatment, your skin on your face will look and feel slightly sore and red. You may have a little bit of swelling. How long that swelling and redness lasts is entirely up to how your body copes with it, but the vast majority of people will see a huge improvement within a couple of hours.

The main effects of microdermabrasion are all positive, and if you continue to have regular microdermabrasion treatments, the positives only increase. Studies have shown that if you have repeated microdermabrasion treatments throughout the year, your skin will actually start to grow back without those blemishes that you were hoping to remove!

So what do people use to have a microdermabrasion treatment?

Salons or clinics that offer microdermabrasion treatments will use a special tool for the procedure that will ensure the process will not be too rough or intense for your skin. Out of the tool will stream tiny crystals that will gently move the dead cells away from your face. There will also be a small vacuum as part of the tool, and that will collect up the dead skins as they are removed. The vacuum will make a small amount of noise, and some people can find this a bit off-putting, but you should not let that put you off having this amazing treatment.

Microdermabrasion is a fantastic procedure that can totally revolutionise the way that a person can look and feel. Why not talk to your salon or dermatologist about how microdermabrasion can transform your life.

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September Course Recap – Botox® Training Courses

Students of our online aesthetic Botox® training classes are more demanding of us than ever before, and we like it that way. In some of our recent classes taught by our lead trainer and world-renown Botox® expert Dr. Howard Katz, we’re getting more questions and more interaction than ever before. This increased interest that students are taking boosts the learning process and makes sure that we’re always on our toes.

Fortunately, we’re up to the task, thanks to Dr. Katz. You see, he essentially wrote the book on how to use Botox® for both aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. There’s really no more impressive teacher of this subject matter in the world.

That’s because he has more than three and a half decades of experience in aesthetics education and treating patients in private practice . He’s taught the very best in some of the best places in the world, including Spain, Holland, Germany and even Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

He has also worked to obtain five medical patients of various types and is actually mentioned by name on the patent applications for all the injectable botulinum toxin products that are on today’s market. And the list of his achievements and accomplishments goes on. For example, he’s the president of the International Association of Dentofacial Esthetics. He’s involved with the Facial Pain Association. He’s a member of the Facial Pain Association… and so much more.

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Set Apart From The Rest

In large part because of our extraordinary leader, we rise above the competition in many ways, including these important ways:

  • We teach techniques that actually help students’ practices. Excellent Botox® skills are in demand by patients these days along with other cosmetic and aesthetic skills designed to make people look better than ever before. Our past students have been able to very literally save their struggling practices by offering aesthetic services as an add-on to the services they already providing, enhancing the profit from every patient and therefore the practice bottom line.
  • We use only the very latest products and procedures. When students learn from us, they learn the latest techniques and always use the real thing. Botox® training from Dentox provides just the level of high-quality learning that they expect from an industry leader like Dr. Katz. He doesn’t disappoint in this way or in any other.
  • All training is hands on. Some may not believe that hands-on training is possible from an online Botox® course, but it absolutely is. Using an innovative process we explain to students that involves models and photos, we can verify mastery of every technique before we issue the Botox® certification that they earn from us. We make sure everyone we certify genuinely knows what he or she is doing.


Never-Ending Learning

Months and even years after a student has trained with us, they’re still part of our aesthetics Botox® training family and their learning continues. We stay with them every step of the way as they use their skills.

  • First, we offer easy access to Dr. Katz. All that a past student has to do to access Dr. Katz and his vast knowledge is send an email with a specific problem. A response will come within 24 hours.
  • Second, those who live in or visit San Diego, California are always welcome to come in for a semi-private hands-on session with us.
  • Third, the recording of the training class a student attends is always available online so they can review it and refresh their knowledge. Since these videos are available at all hours, so is the Dr. Katz’s vast knowledge.

We believe students are asking more questions than ever because they’re more interested in enhancing their skills than even before. And we’re very pleased that’s the case. It’s a great way to rise to the highest level possible.

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August Recap – Botox® & Medical Esthetics Training Online

August Recap – Botox® & Medical Esthetics Training Online

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Dentox offers many medical esthetics training courses throughout the year, and most of our recent classes have experienced greater attendance than ever before. That simple fact indicates that more and more medical professionals are coming to understand the importance of offering Botox® to maintaining a thriving practice.

And it means that an increasing number of doctors, dentists and others understand that there’s no more sensible idea than to take their medical esthetic / Botox® class from Dr. Howard Katz, a recognized leader in the industry and the chief trainer at Dentox.


Botox® Training Beyond Compare

We have heard from many students who have considered the competition and chosen to train with us because their research has shown what we’ve always known: there’s no better choice in hands-on online Botox® courses. In fact, we’re the creator of hands-on classes taught entirely online.

Some of the things that make us different include these facts:

We help build practices. Medical professionals with good Botox® skills lead practices that are strong and growing. Medical esthetic procedures are a great way to bring new clients into a practice and boost the bottom line, increasing the likelihood that a new practice can flourish in those crucial first few years and that an aging practice can attract the new clients it desperately needs to succeed into the future. There’s a lot of profit in offering Botox®, and that profit has seriously enhanced the bottom line of many practices.

Dr. Katz is the most qualified instructor in the world. Our lead instructor is an innovator and inventor whose name is actually included on the patent application for Botox® and other popular botulinum toxin injectables including Dysport and Xeomin. It’s impossible to find a better or more qualified instructor — or one who cares more about seeing his students succeed.

We guarantee that we teach the latest techniques. Because we’re on the cutting edge, we can make sure your skills are the best of the best as well. Our medical esthetic Botox® training course uses real products and the latest techniques that are proven to provide the very best results for your patients and the lowest chance of complications that could negatively impact your business.


Students Are Part Of Our System Forever

Here’s something great for all those students who have recently completed our online Botox® training program: they remain part of system forever and are always supported in their endeavor by Dentox.

Each student who participates in one our medical esthetics classes has access to Dr. Katz whenever they need it. All they have to do is email him with a specific case question. Within 24 hours, they will get a complete and accurate response from him. Even long after their participation in the course is over, they can still get the comforting and supportive assistance of this world-renown expert any time.

As an additional benefit, those former students who are fortunate enough to live near or visit San Diego, California can come to a free hands-on class at our location in this area anytime.

And perhaps the best benefit of taking a class with Dentox is that the class is always available for review. Past students can always go online to watch a streaming copy of their specific class — like taking the whole course again as a refresher. What else could a student need to succeed?

Even better for some students is that we’re AGD accredited and can help them meet their continuing education needs.

We’re not really surprised at all that people are increasingly turning to medical esthetic classes like our Botox® training to boost their skills and their practices’ bottom lines — and we hope you’re not surprised that they’re turning to Dentox, the best in the online Botox® training business.


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July Recap – Botox Aesthetics Workshops Online

July Recap – Botox Aesthetics Workshops Online

We know that students have a choice in aesthetics workshops for continuing education credit and to enhance their practices. And we can see from the many positive comments and reviews we get from students that they really enjoy taking classes from Dr. Howard Katz and really benefit from the information he provides to them.

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Comments Abound

We would never betray students’ trust by quoting their exact comments here, but we can tell you some of the things they most often comment about based on what we’ve heard from the most recent batches of students. This feedback includes positive comments about:

The quality of the instructor. Our lead instructor Dr. Howard Katz is a leading innovator in the use of Botox and similar products for both therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. His name is on the Botox patent application, and he’s been involved in helping people and teaching students from more than 35 years. As the very best in his field, students often comment that turning to someone else would be like turning to an imitator or a Johnny-come-lately rather than the original source.

The fact that the training is available online. There’s no better way to learn in today’s world than to learn online. That’s because there’s no travel involved, yet modern technology means there’s still a high level of interaction. The instructor can answer questions about the materials just as if he was in the same room with each student, something that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago.

How we offer hands-on training. Those who haven’t yet experienced our aesthetic Botox workshops may not understand how an Internet class can be hands-on, but students like the innovative teaching methods we use involving models and photos to make sure that every concept is mastered before we issue a Botox training certificate.

The quality of the techniques we teach. Some students have others in their practices or among their friends who have been trained in cosmetic Botox by other instructors. When discussing their techniques, our students often find that they have superior understanding and better skills than their colleagues — even if their colleagues only trained a few months ago. That’s because we’re the innovators in many cases, and we have the best knowledge about the best protocols first.


A Simple Process

Perhaps we get the most positive comments from previous students about the ease of participating in one of our aesthetic Botox classes. We promote the process as a simple five-step way to get the training that doctors, dentists and other medical professionals need to get ahead, and students often comment how simple the process actually is.

The process involves the following steps:

1. Signing up for the Botox course. That’s quick and easy online.

2. Clicking on the link in the email when the time comes. Joining the class at the appropriate time is as easy as clicking an email link. That allows students to join the online class and see everything that happens up close via their smart phone, laptop or desktop computer.

3. Watching and participating in the class. Interaction is easy since there’s a chat box available and students can also ask questions by telephone during the class. Just as if the student was in the room with the instructor, we’re always watching for questions and ready with answers.

4. Proving mastery of the material. That’s where our innovation comes in. Using models, photos and practice on their own, students can master the material and then prove mastery to us.

5. Issuing of the certification. Students get their certificate by mail, then they’re ready to complete any additional steps required in their state or local area to start providing Botox and other related services to clients.

When students work with us, they have positive feelings about learning Botox and they so often share that positivity with us, making the processing rewarding for us as well.


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How to Choose a Continuing Education Course

botox training creditContinuing education is part of being a health care professional and you want to make the most of it.  Here are some things to consider when deciding on what to take.

Where are your friends and your current patients spending their disposable income?  Some people spend thousands of dollars every year on Botox and dermal fillers.  Your patients come to see you regularly anyway.  If they are getting these treatments, they are making a separate appointment somewhere else.  It would be much more convenient for them to get their treatments when they’re already in for their checkups anyway.

You have an existing client base, some of whom are getting or considering Botox or dermal fillers.  Marketing your new offering can be as simple as letting your patients know that you offer the treatments.  You can even survey your patients.  Let them know you are considering offering the new service and simply ask if they would be interested.

The investment is minimal.  You could spend thousands on a course and tens of thousands or more on new equipment.  Or you can spend $1600 for a live course or $700 for an online course, and nothing on new equipment.  Once you’ve completed the Dentox course, your only investment is a few vials of the product.  You can recoup your cost the very first time you perform the procedure.  Compare this to come investments in new services that can take years and hundreds of uses to recoup your cost.

Chances are your malpractice insurance requires you to take a qualifying course before you can offer the treatments.  Dr. Howard Katz, director of Dentox, holds 5 patents and is named on many more.  No professional has administered these treatments to more patients.  Dentox helped to develop the protocols for these treatments.  No other course is led by anyone more knowledgeable on the products or their use.

Whatever you choose for your continuing education credit, look at who is offering the course.  Some courses are taught by salespeople who want to sell equipment.  Others are taught by random people who don’t know much more about the topic than you do.  If you’re going to take a class, you want to learn from a real expert, even better if it is someone who is known around the world for their expertise and extensive experience.

Before investing thousands (or more) on a course, and tens of thousands (or more!) on expensive equipment, consider the course that will pay you back as soon as you get back to the office.  Consider Dentox.

Qualified medical professionals, would you like to learn how to use Botox in your practice,? Visit our Botox Training Course Page and learn from the inventor named on the patent applications for Botox!

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