Q&A With Renee Moschitto, RN, BSN, and Founder of DermaTouch RN

Renee Moschitto is a well-educated, successful business owner. As an RN and BSN, she launched DermaTouch RN more than 10 years ago, and the establishment is still going strong—clients come from throughout the US to enter its doors.

We thought it would be interesting to ask Renee some questions about

Renee Moschitto, DermaTouch RN Founder

how she got started as an entrepreneur and what’s important to her about patient care at DermaTouch RN. Read on to find answers to some of the questions for which we were intrigued to hear the answers!

 

Q. Why did you start DermaTouch RN?

A. I knew I wasn’t going to work as a nurse in the hospital for rest of my life mainly because I knew I didn’t want to work in an intensive situation as I got older. I had had small businesses in the past, and I knew I was going to open some type of small business in the future but wasn’t sure what it would be when I first became a nurse.

I looked into different business options and met people along the way that influenced me. A couple I knew, the Turners, had just bought a company called Extreme Lashes, which intrigued me. I also met a few people already injecting cosmetic Botox (2002), and it was the beginning of the period when people outside of plastics and dermatology started injecting. I had friends injecting Botox, and they were doing well, also.

Eventually, my mother got sick, and it was a time for me to research and reflect as to what I’d be doing in the future. I went to a couple of courses, and after having worked at the university, I felt that there was a lot lacking in Botox and dermal filler training—it was not as thorough as  I thought it should be when I attended training for such services.

I decided to launch my own cosmetic services company—coming onto the Botox scene three to four years after it had become well-known. Part of my mission was to ensure that I educate my practitioners and patients each step of the way on the services and procedures we would offer. I’m thrilled to say that we’ve been going strong for more than 10 years now, with no signs of stopping.

Q. What are the top two to three concerns patients have when they come to DermaTouch RN?

A. First, I find that patients want to ensure that we are familiar with the services, such as dermal fillers, that we offer, which is very wise on their part. Cosmetically, wrinkles and lines around the eyes and mouth are some of the top concerns of patients, along with sagging of the nasolabial folds and the neck area.

Q. When it comes to anti-aging cosmetic and skin care to maintain a “youthful” appearance, what do you believe is most important to consider?

A. The condition of the skin will tell your age, so maintaining a youthful appearance starts with taking care of the skin and using sunscreen. The eye area is another area that tends to tell a person’s age—the laxity of skin around their eyes, tear troughs forming, lack of brightness, and how open or not the eyes tend to be.

Q. What do you believe you do differently than your competitors that sets you apart and keeps patients coming back for more?

A. We listen to our patients and what their concerns are first and foremost without trying to impose everything we can do for them on them all at once. We also thoroughly educate our patients about the two to three things that would support them in getting the solution they desire.

Q. What are you biggest concerns about the industry and how patients can be negatively impacted?

A. People who are not skilled at the cosmetic treatments they are put the patient at risk. This can range from the wrong product being used—including illegal products, like silicone under the eyes—to how each product is supposed to be used. Each product has a niche or specific area where it will do the best job, and many are not experienced or understand how the product they are using works.

As a side note, to understand products, it’s important for a practitioner to work with someone with experience—at least 6 months of an internship should be the minimum focus, with up to two years being used to build true competence. A practitioner who is serious about how he or she serves the patient will have a mentor or a specialist to whom to ask questions. There are so many facial types, and it takes time to learn how to work with each one. There are solutions for each patient that’s related to the skill level and knowledge base of the injector or provider. Lasers, Botox, Fillers, and even topical skin care all take time to understand how they each work and for what concerns they work best.

Q. What do you attribute your ability to be able to keep you doors open for more than 10 years with a successful track record? How are you able to keep your costs so low at DermaTouch RN?

A. Instead of how much we can make, I look at how efficient we can be and pass the savings on to the patients. Everything from how we use our needles to who we buy from for savings to constantly revisiting where we can buy the materials we need to work with. We are constantly looking at cost and what we’re making per hour. We are a big practice, so we receive savings from the companies we buy from, and we choose to keep the companies we work with to a minimum so we don’t spread the wealth to the point that we can’t pass the savings on to our patients. This is especially true for neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport, which is why we stick with only these two vs. adding the new products on the market to our list of offerings.

Q. In what ways do you educate your patients? Why do you believe this is important?

A. I want patients to understand what the product is actually doing to their skin and body. Take Botox, for example; we are changing the nerve endings, so the treatment amount often doesn’t stay the same from the very first time they have a treatment—the very first treatment is the strongest response. Also, how the dermal fillers function in our bodies is important to understand. Some hydrophilic products draw a lot of water to them, while others don’t, impacting the result for the patient.

We tend to stay away from certain types of products that can cause problems for patients, as well. For example, I had a patient that had talked to someone about silicone under the eyes, which is not safe and can move, so I’m glad she came in, because I had the opportunity to educate her on these issues.

So educating patients on the sorts of results they can achieve is essential. Also making sure they understand there are no FDA approved products for under the eyes, so it’s essential to have a skilled practitioner handle such injections. We have a lot of success with certain HA products under the eyes.

Q. Anything else you’d like to add?

A. I like to avoid snake oil. In other words, I avoid anything that’s not scientifically proven and backed by results.

Is JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC Right for You?

With so many dermal filler options available, there can be a lot of question as to which one to use for the needs of the patient. The truth is, we often use a blend of fillers for a patient at DermaTouch RN, depending on the facial structure and concerns of the patient. We also stick to fillers backed by results and customer satisfaction, which is why we offer the full line of fillers by Allergan, including JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC, AND JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, and their newest fillers  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC and JUVÉDERM VOLLURE® XC

We recently shared a news story on why we love JUVEDERM VOLBELLA XC, and thought we’d share here in our blog, as well. Patients treated with VOLBELLA XC have the opportunity to walk away with fuller lips and softer lines around the mouth, making them very happy individuals!

What is JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC?

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is an FDA approved prescription for use in the perioral rhytids and lips. Of the subjects treated with VOLBELLA XC, two-thirds showed improvement in lip fullness and perioral lines through one year.

What makes JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC unique when compared to other dermal fillers?

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is unique when compared to Allergan’s other dermal fillers because it has been customized with a lower HA concentration, yet it still gives the long-lasting results patients and healthcare providers have come to experience and expect from Allergan’s JUVÉDERM®  collection of fillers.

VOLBELLA® XC is also formulated with Allergan’s proprietary filler technology, VYCROSS®, which blends different molecular weights of Hyaluronic acid to support the gel’s duration.

DermaTouch RN’s Founder, Renee Moschitto, shared the following about VOLBELLA:

“VOLBELLA® XC is a thinner product when compared to other fillers, so we don’t see the bumpiness that can sometimes occur with thicker fillers. It’s easier to work with to create a smooth appearance for the lips and around the mouth, as well as under the eyes. VOLBELLA is also great for those who are trying filler in the lip and mouth areas for the first time, because it adds volume, but not quite as much va-voom as thicker fillers can. And even though it’s a thinner product, making it easier to work with, it has still been shown to last for up to a year, similar to thicker fillers.”

Off-label, VOLBELLA can be used to increase volume in the under eye area, as well. However, there is not a dermal filler available that is FDA approved for use under the eyes, so it’s important to work with a trained practitioner with positive results and reviews if having filler injected under the eyes.

In a near-future blog, we’ll discuss JUVEDERM VOLLURE XC, Allergan’s newest filler, approved for use in the nasolabial fold area of the face.

At DermaTouch RN, the patient always comes first. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to determine the best dermal filler options for your cosmetic needs.

May Is Skin Cancer Prevention Month!

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects us from the environment, helps detox our system from harmful substances, and more. It is also an indicator of health. We’re all born with decent skin, and as we get older, different factors impact the aging of the skin—lifestyle, hormones, diet and nutrition, environmental toxins, and more. These factors are what bring many of our clients through the door at DermaTouch RN.

With May being Skin Cancer Prevention Month, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the impact the sun has on the aging of our skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that 90 percent of our skin aging is caused by the sun. The good news is, with the right steps, we can protect ourselves from sun damage and premature aging of the skin due to sun exposure.

How can you prevent and treat sun damage?

Avoidance. Wear sun protective clothing, hats and long sleeves to protect your face and body from the sun. Also, avoid the sun between the hours of 10AM and 3PM when the sun’s rays are most potent. Tanning beds are also a no-no when it comes to protecting the skin. At the same time, the sun supports Vitamin D production and activates several other bodily functions, so some sun is good for you.

Wear Sunscreen. Per The American Academy of Dermatology, wearing a sunscreen that’s “broad-spectrum” and water-resistant with at least an SPF 30 is essential to prevent sun damage. Apply sunscreen right after you sweat or swim, and reapply it at least every 2 hours. The American Academy of Dermatology also shares that one should apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes prior to exposure.

Cosmetic and skin care treatments. Laser treatments are a great option to remove photo-aging and sun damage. At DermaTouch RN, we offer a number of skin care and laser treatments to help you turn back the hands of time. We also offer high-quality skin care products to support healing the skin and to prevent premature aging of the skin. Also, if you get burnt, immediately treat the burn with an aloe vera plant or high-quality aloe vera gel or lotion.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation in honor of Skin Cancer Prevention Month. Let us help you remove and prevent skin care damage with the best options for your skin care needs and concerns.

Get a Sharper Neckline without Surgery!

Copyright: <a href='https://www.123rf.com/profile_dolgachov'>dolgachov / 123RF Stock Photo</a>One of the top concerns of the individuals who walk through our doors is the appearance of their neckline. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options one can turn to without going under the knife!

Consider Botox to relax the muscles of the neck.

For many people, relaxing the Masseter Muscle and Platysmal Bands can make a huge difference in the appearance of their neckline. The Masseter Muscle is the muscle that helps you chew. For many, it can be very obvious and protruding. By injecting a few units of Botox into the muscle, it can help to relax it, giving the neckline a smoother appearance. At the same time, the Botox will not inhibit an individual’s ability to chew.

The Platysmal Bands are the bands in the neck that protrude when you clench your teeth. Some individuals have very defined Platysmal Bands, while others don’t. For those that do, many turn to Botox to relax these bands for a sharper neckline.

Kybella is a great solution to melt away fat under the chin.

Kybella is a prescription approved by the FDA to treat moderate to severe submental fat, or “double chin,” that works like deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid naturally occurs in the body to absorb fat. A series of Kybella injections are used to destroy unwanted fat cells under the chin, leaving a smoother appearance.

Ultherapy works to lift and tighten the chin area.

Ultherapy is an ultrasound therapy used to stimulate the deep dermal layer of the skin through small thermal bursts. These bursts stimulate the skin to support the production of collagen, which with time, can tighten and lift the skin. Ultherapy also allows for image capture, so a patient can truly see the difference in the deep layer of their skin over time.

With all of these treatments options, it gives us the ability to develop a plan specific to each individual to target the true concerns of the neckline. One patient might only need Botox, where another might need a combination of any of the above. Results vary based on the patient’s needs and the type and amount of treatment used.

At DermaTouch RN, we take the time to listening to our patients without pushing treatments on them that aren’t necessary. The patient always comes first. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to determine the best treatment options for your neckline or any of your cosmetic or skin concerns.

 

Botox and Facial Rejuvenation – It’s for Men, Too!

When we hear the terms cosmetic services, facial rejuvenation, and skin care, we often think of women and women’s services. However, more and more men are turning to DermaTouch RN in Houston for cosmetic services to support facial rejuvenation and skin care, as they tend to care as much about their skin and appearance as much as women do (even if they don’t like to show it)!

Botox for men can treat moderate to severe lines on the face.

Botox is one option to help turn back the hands of time for men. Botox treats moderate to severe lines on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the brows. The muscles will relax and the lines will appear smoother within a week and last for up to six months. Results vary based on the individual needs and desired outcome, the areas treated, and the number of units used.

Dermal fillers and chemical peels are also great options for men.

Other cosmetic treatments for men include dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma, chemical peels, and skin care products. At DermaTouch RN, we offer skin care products from top-of-the-line brands, such as SkinMedica and Obagi Medical Products, Inc, as well as chemical peels from SkinMedica and VI Aesthetics. These products and services are backed by science and proven results.

Father’s Day is a great time to treat the men in your life.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to treat that special father in your life with services from DermaTouch RN. Or, if you’re the father in the picture, take the time out to treat yourself to our products and services. You’ll be glad you did!

At DermaTouch RN, we’re backed by more than 10 years of experience and positive reviews. Contact us today for a free consultation for yourself or the special father in your life!

$200 Worth of Product Giveaways at DermaTouch RN!

Who doesn’t love to get free products?! At DermaTouch RN, we believe in rewarding our loyal clients with product discounts, including free products as part of our Product Giveaway program!

Two Ways to Get $200 in Free Skin Care Products at DermaTouch RN!

  1. When you spend $2000 at one visit, you get to choose $200 in free skin care products.
  2. If you spend $5000 in a year, we give you $200 in free skin care products at Christmas time.

So, you have two ways to earn free products!

In addition to our product giveaways, we also have a referral program, monthly specials, rewards programs, free product offers, and more!

What skin care products would you like to have?

As part of the Product Giveaway, we offer products from top-of-the-line companies, such as Obaji and SkinMedica. You can’t go wrong with either of these companies based on their scientific research, ingredients, and proven results.

Let us support you with your skin care and cosmetic needs at DermaTouch RN.

We’re here to help at DermaTouch RN, and we understand the client comes first. Contact us today for your Free Consultation to address your cosmetic and skin care concerns.  You’ll be well on your way to receiving your $200 in FREE skin care products in the near future!

Check out Our Referral Program at DermaTouch RN Houston

Love saving money? Love helping out a friend? That’s what our referral program at DermaTouch RN is all about!

Without referrals, we wouldn’t be in business. Word of mouth is powerful business, and we want to show our appreciation to those who indeed spread the word! We’ve been in business for 10 years and going strong, and we couldn’t do it without you.

DermaTouch RN 10% Discount Referral Program Saves You Money!

Every time someone refers someone to DermaTouch RN, he or she gets 10% of whatever that person spent on his or her first visit. The 10% discount can be used towards any of our laser treatments, skin care products, or chemical peels! Our referral program is a great way to help a friend get the cosmetic and skin care he or she needs while getting a discount on the products or services you might need and love. Double Bonus!

In addition to our referral program, we also have monthly specials, rewards programs, free product offers, and more.

Bring a Friend in Today!

At DermaTouch RN, we’re here to help. Contact us today to make an appointment for you and your friend, or send your friend in today so you can get that 10% referral bonus sooner than later. And let your friend know that our Free Consultation will address his or her skin care and cosmetic needs to help them purchase the best treatment options!

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with DermaTouch RN!    

With National Women’s Health Week (May 14-20) just around the corner, we wanted to help women celebrate by focusing on our partnership to support overall health and well-being at DermaTouch RN! Per the Government Women’s Health website, “National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health.”

Overall well-being starts on the inside; that’s our perspective at DermaTouch RN, at least.  This is why we offer products that address external skin and cosmetic concerns, in addition to what’s required to maintain health from the inside out. We’ve outlined some of the ways we support overall well-being for women below.

BioTE Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Balanced Hormones

Hormones help to regulate much of our body’s systems, which in turn means that balanced hormones are essential for optimal health. As we age, naturally occurring hormones levels can drop, which often results in symptoms like weight gain, sleep concerns, mood swings, low energy, hair loss, and more. Fortunately, there is hormone replacement therapy for those who need it.

After extensive research, we offer BioTE Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy to our patients at DermaTouch RN. BioTE offers “the balance of nature and science with extraordinary benefits!”  We share more about why we love BioTE in “BioTE Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Overall Well-being.”

Skin Care Treatments that Offer Results

We offer a variety of skin care and cosmetic services to treat a number of skin conditions and concerns. Our treatments range anywhere from chemical peels and fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse, etc.) to Botox and laser resurfacing to skin needling and body contouring. We also offer tattoo removal, eyelash treatments, and treat several skin conditions like melasma, warts, rosacea, and Seborrheic Keratoses.

Premium Products for Skin Health

Skin health is dependent on a good skin care regimen. At DermaTouch RN, we offer products that are backed by proven results and address skin care concerns such as acne, premature aging, and sun damage. We are thrilled to offer top-of-the-line skin care products backed by science from companies such as SkinMedica and Obagi Medical Products, Inc. You can find out which products are our Founder’s favorite in “Renee’s Top 5 Skin Care Products at DermaTouch RN.”

Whether you’re looking to turn back the hands of time or simply want to feel better, we’re here to help. DermaTouch RN is backed by 10 years of success. Contact us today to celebrate National Women’s Health Week by scheduling your free consultation to address your health and skin care and cosmetic needs today!

Give Your Lashes a Boost with Latisse and Revitalash!

Are you tired of having thin lashes? Or are you looking for a cosmetic line to truly give your lashes a boost? Then Latisse and Revitalash might be of interest.

What is Latisse?

Latisse if the first FDA-approved treatment by Allergan to support the growth of eyelashes in people with inadequate or not enough lashes. It was first developed as a glaucoma drug called Lumigan in 2001. Eye doctors and patients noticed that it also helped eyelashes grow longer and lusher with time. It was approved for use on lashes in 2008.       

To see the amazing results of Latisse, check out the before and after photos in the Latisse Real Women Gallery.

What is Revitalash?

Revitalash is a cosmetic line created by Dr. Michael Brikenhoff in 2006. He wanted something that helped his wife “feel beautiful during her fight against breast cancer.” As a result, he created a unique eyelash conditioner, and with time, a full line of products was born.

It’s a privilege to offer these highly sought-after products at DermaTouch RN. They are backed by customer satisfaction with proven results, which is a must to meet our quality standards. It’s a great feeling to see women at our clinic feel great about their new and improved lashes after using Latisse and Revitalash.

DermaTouch RN is committed to supporting our customers with a variety of skin care and cosmetic needs, and we’d love the opportunity to support you. Contact us today for a free consultation to see if Latisse or Revitalash are right for you!