Meet DermaTouch RN’s Front Office Supervisor, Anne Torres

DermaTouch RN has been going strong for more than a decade. Nationally recognized, the team at DermaTouch RN is known for their professional, customer service, and ability to meet their patient’s needs. Led by Founder, Renee Moschitto, Front Officer Supervisor, Anne Torres, is part of that team.

Anne has been with DermaTouch RN since 2011. She brings over 15 years of experience in the medical field to the establishment and is in the process of obtaining her degree as a Registered Nurse. She is “very happy to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of ladies, and her goal is to see each client walk out the door happy and confident.” It’s staff members like Anne that support the positive reputation and reviews that DermaTouch RN has developed over the years.

To find out more about Anne and the rest of DermaTouch RN’s staff, visit our ABOUT page. To find out more about DermaTouch RN and its services, visit the DermaTouch RN HOME page. You can also check out our last few blogs: “Meet Dina Forsyth, RN, BSN at DermaTouch RN,Meet Lori Walkoviak, RN, MSN, FNP-C at DermaTouch RN,” andMeet Aesthetician Casey Stroud with DermaTouch RN,” and “Meet DermaTouch RN’s Practice Director – Dana Mendoza.”

Contact us today or call 281.895.9090 to find out how we can support your cosmetic and skin care needs!

FDA-Approved Label vs. Off-Label: What Does It Mean?

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If you’ve done research online for certain MedSpa or cosmetic procedures, you might have stumbled across the term “off-label.” In the US, prescription drugs require an FDA approval to be prescribed to patients, but these drugs are often prescribed for uses outside of the FDA approval guidelines for that drug—that’s where the term “off-label” comes from. Per WebMD, “Off-label” means the medication is being used in a manner not specified in the FDA’s approved packaging label, or insert.”

Why does the FDA allow off-label use?

After the FDA approves a drug—which is an extensive process where the FDA evaluates the safety, effectiveness, and indication for a drug—healthcare providers can generally prescribe the drug for an “off-label” use if they come to the determination that it is medically appropriate for a particular patient. A practitioner might choose to take such an approach if all other prescriptions have failed or if the patient would benefit from the off-label use, as is the case with many cosmetic and aesthetic procedures.

What cosmetic treatments are considered FDA approved vs. “off-label?”

Botox is FDA approved for the crows feet and glabella area (the area between the eyes) to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, Botox is often used in the forehead, nose, lip, jaw, chin, and underarm areas, as well, meaning these are “off-label” uses for the prescription.

Likewise, some fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma, and Restylane, are FDA approved for use in the nasal labial folds, lips, and cheeks, but are also used in the chin, bridge of the nose, and under the eyes.

What do I need to consider if a practitioner uses “off-label” practices?

Many MedSpas and clinics offering cosmetic services will apply treatments and prescriptions for both their FDA-approved and “off-label” uses. Doing so serves the client by offering the benefits of a prescription, such as Botox or fillers, to fully meet the patient’s goals. What you want to be sure of is that you’re working with a reputable provider that knows what they’re doing and has conducted several of the procedures you’ve been prescribed. Read more about selecting a reputable provider by reviewing “What to Look for in a Reputable MedSpa and Cosmetic Services Establishments.”

DermaTouch RN just celebrated their 10 year anniversary and plan to be around for several more decades to come. Contact us today to determine the best approach to meet all of your skin care and cosmetic needs and to better understand “off-label” utilization!

A Lift for Fall

Why Now is the Perfect Time for Skin Rejuvenation

As sun kissed skin of summer fades in the forgiving light of fall, now is the ideal time to begin some pre-holiday prep with skin rejuvenating treatments.

Fall treatments perfect time for Holiday party perfection.

Fall treatments perfect time for Holiday party perfection.

Skin rejuvenation today encompasses a host of different types of treatments – from “SkinPen®” to Ultherapy Uplifting Ultrasound.  The most popular, though, this time of year is skin enhancing laser resurfacing.

The fall and winter months are ideal for this type of procedure, as patients are encouraged to refrain from sun exposure both before and after treatments.  The new skin exposed following treatment is particularly vulnerable to the sun’s harsh rays – something that is less concerning heading into fall and winter, when sun intensity and outdoor activity are reduced.

And procedures performed now will ensure beautiful skin in time for holiday parties!

Laser resurfacing treatments target:

  • Sun spots and damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Photo-aging
  • Solar lentigines (pigmented flat or slightly raised lesions that, unlike freckles [ephilis], do not fade in the winter months)
  • Facial telangiectasia (condition causing dilation of the capillaries, which appears as small red or purple clusters)
  • Vascular and pigment irregularities

The most popular areas for skin resurfacing include the face, neck and chest. This type of skin rejuvenation can dramatically enhance the youthful appearance, brightness and texture of the skin – while encouraging the new development of collagen.

Christie Brinkley, the 62-year-old ageless beauty and lifelong model, revealed in a recent interview that while BOTOX® and dermal fillers are a part of her beauty routine, she believes that laser treatments are “miraculous” (New Beauty magazine, Fall-Winter 2016).

The two primary categories into which laser treatments fall include ablative (removes thin layers of skin, prompts collagen growth) and non-ablative (subtly stimulates collagen growth).

Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Ablative skin resurfacing directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light over the skin, vaporizing skin cells damaged at the surface level and precisely removing skin layer by layer.  The intense heat from the laser causes the right amount of controlled damage to the target area, stimulating the underlying skin and prompting collagen formation.  New smother, tighter skin then forms.

This procedure requires a topical anesthetic, which is applied 30 to 90 minutes prior to treatment.  More intense treatments may also include a mild sedative.  Patients wear protective eye shields during the procedure and receive an anesthetic ointment following the procedure to reduce discomfort.

Non-ablative Skin Resurfacing

The fractional lasers used in non-ablative skin resurfacing use lower energy levels than ablative lasers. During the procedure, a laser head delivering heat into the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones is passed over the treatment area in a series of horizontal and vertical overlapping passes.  Patients may experience a slight prickling or burning sensation during the process.  The heat from the laser promotes collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines, though the results are less dramatic as ablative skin resurfacing and multiple treatments may be required.

Recovery

Aftercare instructions will vary depending on the type of resurfacing procedure you undergo, though protecting the treated skin from the sun is underscored for all.

Recovery for a non-ablative skin resurfacing treatment will be more rapid than an ablative skin resurfacing procedure, which may require two to four weeks to peel and begin to heal.

The best type of laser treatment and number of treatments required will be decided following a thorough consultation with an experienced professional and assessment of the target area(s) as well as overall patient health.  Ablative treatments, in particular, should be administered by a registered nurse experienced with such laser treatments and technology.

The laser systems selected for use at DermaTouchRN include Lyra-i™ Laser System, Aura-i™ Laser System and the Sciton Laser.

About DermaTouch RN

 DermaTouch RN is one of Houston’s premier MedSpas providing the latest treatments and technologies in the cosmetic and aesthetic medicine industry.  An Allergan ACE Trainer at Allergan Pharmaceuticals and experienced SculpSure professional, Renee Moschitto RN BSN is the founder of DermaTouch RN and one of the Top Injectors and laser treatment administrators in Texas.  She and her MedSpa team of qualified aesthetic professionals offer the latest laser resurfacing treatments available. They have treated multiple generations within families and are sought by patients both throughout and outside of Texas.  Learn more at www.dermatouchrn.com.

 

Unlike Other MedSpas, DermaTouch RN Passes the Savings on to The Client!

If you look at the prices at many MedSpas and Aesthetic service providers, they are definitely not for those on a budget. For many, cosmetic procedures are considered luxury services that very few can afford. But that’s not the case with DermaTouch RN.

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DermaTouch RN is a leader in cosmetic and aesthetic services. People come from around the United States for treatments at their clinic. This is in part due to the fact that they always put the patient first. In addition, DermaTouch RN has some of the most competitive pricing options available. Why? Becuase they buy in bulk to get a better deal on pricing, and instead of pocketing the money like many MedSpas do, they choose to pass the savings on to their clients.

For example, DermaTouch RN offers the one and only $8.00 a unit New Client Botox Special (min 50 units), and the prices for Botox for existing clients remain low at only $8.25 – $9.25 per unit depending on the number of units purchased and payment type. You can read more about Botox pricing on their Home and Monthly Specials pages.

Brilliant Distinctions Program by Allergan

Another way for DermaTouch RN clients to save money is by signing up for Brilliant Distinctions® by Allergan®. It’s free to join, and every time you spend money on an Allergan product, you receive points that equate to dollars off of future services. Botox, Kybella, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Voluma, and Latisse are all Allergan products used at DermaTouch RN.

Monthly Specials

If you look at DermaTouch RN’s regular pricing, you’ll see that the prices are already discounted compared to other businesses offering similar services. On top of their already low regular pricing, DermaTouch RN offers monthly specials that provide an even greater price break. Check out their Monthly Specials page for this month’s great offers!

DermaTouch RN just celebrated its 10 year anniversary! If you’re looking for a reputable, stable, and professional establishment for your cosmetic and aesthetic services, then look no further than DermaTouch RN. You’ll receive the treatment you desire with competitive pricing and optimal results.

Call us today to schedule a consultation at 281.895.9090.

 

Legal vs. Illegal Practices – Do You Know Who is Injecting You?

When you enter a MedSpa or cosmetic service provider’s office, you expect to receive treatment from a professional, licensed individual who knows what he or she is doing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. With the increase in “17032306 - legal vs illegal illustration design over a blackboardspa” parties, medispas, and other establishments boasting to offer cosmetic services such as Botox and fillers, it’s important to do your homework to ensure you’re working with an establishment that’s legally performing the services you seek. DermaTouch RN just celebrated its ten year anniversary, which is in part due to our ethical and legal practices as well as our focus on putting the patient’s needs and safety first.

Did you know that all injectables require a prescription?

When we speak of injectibles, we mean fillers such as Juvederm products (Voluma, Ultra, Ultra Plus), Restylane, Kybella, Sculptra, Radiesse, Botox, and Dysport. These all require a prescription before being injected. Further, certain chemical peels require a prescription.

Who can legally inject with a prescription?

Per our recent blog post, “Who Can Legally Inject Based on Texas Medical Board Rule 197.13?” we shared that, “Per the Texas RULE §193.17, a midlevel practitioner, in addition to a physician, can inject with a written order. A midlevel practitioner is defined as “a physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.”

Who should NOT be injecting you?

Licensed Estheticians of any sort are not permitted to inject or use any product or procedure that comes in contact with or penetrates the dermis layer of the skin. In other words, it is illegal for an esthetician to be injecting you, even if delegated by a doctor. Unfortunately, this type of practice happens more often than it should.  Also, an esthetician is not authorized to use lasers for hair removal, teeth whitening, or skin resurfacing.

Medical assistants who are injecting offer another area of concern. “Medical assistant” has no true legal significance in Texas. There are no required training, licensing, or certifications. When direct care is provided by a medical assistant, the patient must be notified of such. Medical assistants are not permitted to write prescriptions and in most cases are prohibited from doing cosmetic laser treatments, fillers, or Botox injections without a prescription. Doctors may be subject to disciplinary action for professional misconduct if they allow a medical assistant to do such things.

How can we ensure legal vs. illegal practices?

Always do your research before having any type of cosmetic treatment performed. Ask for licenses and credentials. If you find that an esthetician or individual is performing injections or services he or she should not be, please contact the Texas Medical Board at 512-305-7030 or 1-800-248-4062 or http://www.tmb.state.tx.us. We want to keep our community and patients safe, first and foremost, and the only way to stop such illegal action from happening is to report it.

To find out more about DermaTouch RN and how we approach ethics and cosmetic procedures, visit www.dermatouchrn.com. We’re here to help you create a cosmetic and aesthetic procedure approach to support your skin care needs and goals.

What to Look for In Reputable MedSpa and Cosmetic Service Establishments

Are you in the market for aesthetic services? Or maybe you’re looking to switch MedSpa establishments in the Houston area? Further, maybe you’re simply doing your research to find out what’s available in the way of a30658860 - hand writing trust with blue marker on transparent wipe board.nti-aging and skin care treatments as a first-time MedSpa patient.

Whatever your reason, it’s important to do your research and identify reputable providers in your area that you can trust. You don’t want to be a statistic or end up with an unpleasant result or experience. When conducting your research, you want to avoid any MedSpa or aesthetic service provider that:

  • Has a long history of customer dissatisfaction.
  • Doesn’t take the time to listen to you and understand your needs.
  • Doesn’t meet state requirements and regulations.
  • Makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason.
  • Doesn’t take the time to educate you on the different products and services available to support your needs and goals.
  • Is quick to push products and services on you.

Now that we have some of the characteristics that you want to avoid in a MedSpa, let’s focus on what you do want to watch for:

Experience and Credentials. You want to work with a MedSpa that has a staff backed by years of aesthetic experience and education. Ask how long the provider has been offering services, as well as how long the practitioner has been providing the services you’ve requested or have been offered. You want to work with someone who has at least a couple years of experience and several successful procedures under his or her belt! Also, just because someone has the title of Doctor doesn’t mean he or she will be better equipped to provide cosmetic services. In many instances, nurses have more experience in administering fillers, Botox, and other cosmetic procedures, so again, ask to see how many successful procedures or years of experience the individual has before making a decision.

Positive Reputation. Do an online search and identify providers backed by positive reviews. With that said, don’t let a few negative reviews steer you away if the facility has plenty of positive reviews. Some people do, unfortunately, like to post negative reviews without good reason at times, so use good judgment when doing your research.

Innovation. It’s great to work with a MedSpa or Aesthetic Services provider who stays on top of current trends and technology. There’re lots of new and exciting advancements constantly being made when it comes to skin care and cosmetic treatments. Innovation might even mean bringing you a more cost-effective version of a current service, instead of simply offering the name brand of a product or service that can cost a lot more. For example, dermal skin resurfacing, using a dermal pen, is offered under a few different name brands, and providers might choose the less expensive brand to pass the savings on to their patients.

Cost Effectiveness. Cosmetic services aren’t inexpensive, by many people’s standards, but many MedSpas do offer discounts, specials, and pass vendor discounts on to their patients. Just because one facility charges more for a product or service doesn’t mean they’re more qualified or better than another provider, either. Do your homework to find a reputable provider that fits within your budget.

Customer Service You Can Trust. Find an establishment that makes you feel good every time you visit! From the staff to the environment, you want to work with a team a team you know you can trust. This is your appearance and health that we’re talking about, after all!

At DermaTouch RN, our team of reputable providers takes the time to listen to our patients to ensure they understand the procedures and options available to them, while also offering top-of-the-line and innovative products and services. We also care about our patients and have some of the most reasonable rates available for cosmetic procedures. People travel from around the country to work with our staff of dependable and qualified practitioners.

Not all MedSpas are created equal, so do your homework and take your time before deciding which MedSpa is right for you. Regardless of who you choose to work with, you want to feel confident and comfortable that you’re getting the best service and quality of care available to you.

For more information about DermaTouch RN’s team, visit our ABOUT page. For more information about our products and services, visit our SERVICES page. Good luck!

Choose Wisely – Don’t Lose Money If Your Aesthetic Service Provider Goes out of Business!

Over the past couple of years, many MedSpas and cosmetic and aesthetic service businesses have closed their doors

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How can you choose a solid establishment you can trust?

Things happen in business— lawsuits, malpractice suits, poor marketing, lack of customers, the downturn of the market—all of which can leave a business facing bankruptcy or dissolution. This leaves clients, patients, and employees at a loss. To avoid this type of situation, there are signs to watch for and be aware of when it comes to selecting a reputable establishment for your cosmetic and aesthetic services needs.

  • Make sure the practice has positive reviews. Though you want to overlook one or two bad reviews, as some people are simply negative, if you find an establishment with several bad reviews online, then keep looking for a different establishment.
  • Check out their prepay policies. If you prepay for services, find out what happens if the services aren’t rendered due to an issue on the provider’s part. Also, use your prepaid services as soon as possible to ensure you get what you paid for.
  • Ask how long they’ve been in business. If they’ve been around for more than five years, they’ve likely gotten over the tough hump and initial growing pains many new businesses face. Having more than a decade of success is even better.
  • Find out if they’ve ever operated under another name. You can ask directly, or do some online research to find this out. Often, if a business has had issues in the past, they’ll change their name to rebrand and remarket themselves to hide their past issues from consumers.
  • Check out the morale of the work environment and office. If you walk into an establishment and everyone seems unhappy or stressed, then it might be a sign that the establishment is having issues, and you might want to look elsewhere.

DermaTouch RN has been going strong for more than a decade!

DermaTouch RN is proud to say it’s been going strong for over a decade. With moral and sound business practices, as well as great customer service that puts the patient and client first, they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

DermaTouch RN can help finish the removal of your tattoos with the Picosure laser.

Dermaouch, RN is happy to help anyone who had a contract with Dr. Tatoff. If you were impacted by Dr. Tattoff’s closure, you can bring your contract in and we will work with you to create an affordable treatment plan to finish the removal of the tattoos with our state-of-the-art Picosure laser.

Again, bring your contract in from Dr. Tattoff’s former office so we can work with you to create an affordable treatment plan to finish the removal of the tattoos with our state-of-the-art Picosure laser. For more information about DermaTouchRN, lead by Founder Renee Moschitto, visit our HOME page.

 Who Legally Can Inject Based on The Texas Medical Board RULE §193.17?

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Not all MedSpa and Aesthetic Centers are created equal. In fact, you want to do your homework and have at least a basic understanding of who can perform certain cosmetic procedures in Houston under Texas law. With so many MedSpa and Cosmetic procedures being offered to supplement income for certain health and beauty establishments, you want to make sure you walk through the door of a reputable and safe establishment that knows what they’re doing, and you want to make sure they’re following the legal code of requirements.

So this might seem a bit boring to some, but please bear with us, as it’s important to at least know the basics when it comes to who can or cannot legally inject for cosmetic procedures before any practitioner puts her or his hands on you.

What is the Purpose of Texas Administrative Code RULE §193.17?

As outlined in Texas Medical Board RULE §193.17 – Nonsurgical Medical Cosmetic Procedures

“the purpose is to establish the duties and responsibilities of a physician who performs or who delegates the performance of a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure… These procedures can result in complications, and the performance of these procedures is the practice of medicine. This rule shall not be interpreted to allow individuals to perform procedures without a physician or midlevel practitioner being onsite, or a physician being available for emergency consultation or appointment in the event of an adverse outcome.”

Who Can Legally Inject for Cosmetic Procedures in Texas?

Per the Texas RULE §193.17, a midlevel practitioner, in addition to a physician, can inject with a written order. A midlevel practitioner is defined as “a physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.” Procedure is defined as “a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure, including but not limited to the injection of medication or substances for cosmetic purposes, the administration of colonic irrigations, and the use of prescription medical device for cosmetic purposes.”

In other words, nurses can inject with a written order. A doctor or midlevel practitioner must see the patient and then write an order that is good for a year to allow for future H&P (history and physical examinations)—a review of current prescriptive drugs and over the counter medications of the patient to assure continued safety of treatments rendered.

When is it illegal to inject in Texas? 

Per the definitions above, only a physician or midlevel practitioner—a physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse—can inject for cosmetic procedures such as fillers, Botox, and any procedure that requires numbing injections, and so forth.

However, delivery of prescriptive drugs must be part of the individual’s scope of practice. Anyone who is injecting that falls below the level of a nurse is practicing illegally, even if employed by a physician. It’s tough for the medical board to police all of the physicians who utilize illegal practices unless they are turned in to the medical board by another organization or individual.

Who Do You Prefer for Your Filler or Botox Injections?

All things considered above, having a licensed, qualified physician or registered nurse backed by experience is the preference when it comes to conducting and overseeing cosmetic procedures; and don’t be fooled, in some establishments, the registered nurse has more skill and experience than the physician does when it comes to injections, so ask about experience.

DermaTouch RN has a highly trained staff backed by years of experience in cosmetic procedures, including Founder and Director of Nursing, Renee Moschitto, RN, BSN, and Medical Director, R. Scott Yarish, MD and Board Certified Medical Surgeon. DermaTouch RN’s treatment and care for the patient is unprecedented for MedSpas today, with national recognition from patients.

For more information about the DermaTouch RN team, visit their About page. For more information about Texas Medical Board RULE §193.17 visit SOS TEXAS CODE.

The Leadership of a MedSpa Matters – Introducing Renee Moschitto, RN, BSN

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Renee Moschitto, RN, BSN, & Founder of DermaTouch RN

If you’re in the market for MedSpa services, or you’re in the process of changing to a new MedSpa for better service and higher quality, you want to find a location that has a leader and staff members backed by education, credentials, positive reviews, and an unwavering reputation.

A MedSpa’s Attitude and Approach Trickles Down from The Top.

Look no further than Houston’s DermaTouch RN for all of your MedSpa needs and services. At the heart of DermaTouch RN is Founder and Director of Nursing, Renee Moschitto. Renee holds a  Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Texas A&M University where she remained on the Dean’s List and was selected to participate in special research studies. She also holds her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas and is a Registered Nurse with more than a decade of Aesthetic nursing experience. With her biology, nursing, and chemistry background, she chose to leave Memorial Hermann in 2006 to open DermaTouch RN with a focus to provide the latest aesthetic treatments and anti-aging products in a safe and professional environment.

People travel from throughout the country for services at DermaTouch RN. 

Since its creation over a decade ago, DermaTouch RN has grown to be one of the leading providers of aesthetic and cosmetic procedures in Houston. People travel from throughout the country to experience the care, value, and expertise that Renee and her team bring to the table. To name just a few of her accomplishments, Renee is among the top Aesthetic Injectors in Texas, an Advanced Botox Injector, develops educational seminars, and serves as a trainer for Allergan, the global pharmaceutical company which produces Botox® and injectable fillers like Juvederm.

Aesthetic Services Are an Extension of an Individual’s Health and Overall Wellness Plan.

Aside from her long list of credentials and awards, Renee takes the time to understand all of her products and the benefits and impacts on the patients. She then passes that education on to the consumer to help them make the best-informed decision for optimal results. A significant portion of a client’s visit is devoted to understanding their concerns and a discussion of the best procedures to safely and effectively achieve the results they seek. She works collaboratively with the physicians, nurses and support staff—a team that has been personally vetted by Renee—at her clinic to ensure the best possible results and highest quality of client care.

Treating multiple generations of the same family in some instances, she sees her practice as an extension of an individual’s health and overall wellness plan. She treats her patients with the same sensitivity they would expect to be treated within any other healthcare realm. Setting her apart as an example for responsible and innovative best practices in the Aesthetic Nursing profession, Renee headed up the formation of the Texas Association of Aesthetics Nurses Organization to ensure uniformity and quality of care, speaking once again to her focus and care for the patient.

For more information about Renee and her credentials, along with the rest of the DermaTouch RN team, refer to the DermaTouch RN ABOUT page. To find out more about DermaTouch RN and its services, visit the DermaTouch RN HOME page.