Cosmetic/Aesthetic Service Centers and MedSpas Need to Educate You!

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If you walk into a MedSpa or Aesthetic Service Center to request a procedure and they don’t take the time to educate you on the procedure and what it does and how it works, then proceed with caution. Not all, but many centers are all too quick to take your money, even if they believe a product or procedure isn’t the best for you. Also, it’s good to know how a product or service is impacting your body, so you can truly understand long-term effects, including potentially frustrating side effects.

At DermaTouch RN, we pride ourselves in taking the time to listen to and educate our patients. Our Founder, Renee Moschitto, feels very strongly about taking this type of approach. In a recent Q&A, she shared the following when asked why she believes educating patients is important:

“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.”

As you can see with Renee’s example and explanation, patient education is important. Even if you think you don’t want to know what a product does “as long as it works,” bear in mind that each person is different and product efficacy and impact is different for each individual. Voice your questions and concerns openly to ensure you walk away with peace of mind. And if an establishment does not take the time to answer your questions, or if it does not provide answers you’re comfortable with, walk away. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Contact us today at DermaTouch RN, so we can take the time to answer any and all of your questions to support your skin care needs and concerns.

Celebrate Christmas in July at DermaTouch RN!

It might be hot outside, and we might not be seeing or feeling Christmas weather for another six months, but that doesn’t mean you need to wait six more months to treat yourself!

If you’ve considered cosmetic treatments or you need a touch-up from a previous service, it’s always a great time to stop in at DermaTouch RN. With our super low prices on everything from fillers to Botox to laser treatments, we can help you look and feel your best all year round. And even better, you’ll receive the professionalism of an experienced practitioner who will work with you to develop a personalized plan to address all of your skincare and cosmetic needs.

Reduce fat with SculpSure.

If you have fat you’ve been trying to get rid of in those hard-to-lose places, like on the tummy and sides (aka “love handles”), SculpSure is for you! SculpSure is a non-invasive, light-based body contouring treatment that helps to reduce fat cells by up to 24 percent. Once the cells are eliminated, they’re gone for good!

Turn back the hands of time with Laser Resurfacing, Fillers, and Botox.

We have some of the best pricing on Dermal Fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma, as well as Botox. Botox will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Fillers can help reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth, as well as fill in areas (like the nasolabial folds)  to help the face appear fuller and more youthful.

Feel good from the inside out with Bio-Identical Hormones.

Health starts from the inside out, which is why we offer Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Our hormone levels often decrease as we age, which can cause unwelcome side effects, such as fatigue and mood swings. Replacing those hormones with Bio-Identical hormones will help to reduce those unwanted side effects. We use BioTE hormones at DermaTouch RN, a brand name people have come to know and trust.

Get that glow with Chemical Peels.

Chemical peels are a more aggressive facial that helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce sun damage, reduce acne scarring, and helps the face look more youthful and supple in general. We use SkinMedica Peels and Vi Aesthetics Peels to serve our patients at DermaTouch RN.

Stop in or contact us today for a free consultation and find out what other services and treatments plans we offer, like tattoo removal and laser hair removal, and check out our extensive line of skin care from some of the best companies in the industry, such as SkinMedica and Obagi!

With our low prices, great monthly specials, and proven results, you can’t go wrong by addressing your skin care concerns and cosmetics needs at DermaTouch RN today.

Happy 4th of July from DermaTouch RN!

Home of the $8.25/unit New Client Botox Special!*

Happy Fourth of July from DermaTouch RN! We welcome you to celebrate with us for the rest of July by stopping in to check out our services and can’t-be-beat low prices.

DermaTouch RN has some of the most competitive prices throughout the US, as well as Texas!

Our services and products are priced at a fraction of the cost when compared to other cosmetic and aesthetic service providers, and our professional and knowledgeable staff is backed by proven results and positive reviews. If you need proof on our prices, check out our monthly specials, or call us today to price our dermal fillers (like Juvederm and Voluma), laser treatments, Ultherapy, and other services.

We have top-of-the-line treatments and products to help you feel and look your best. We even offer Botox at only $8.25/unit (minimum 50 units with cash payment) for new clients!

Our practice has been going strong for more than a decade.

For more than 10 years, people come from all over the country to be treated by our practice for the customer service, professionalism, results, and prices that can’t be beaten. Contact us today to see how we can be of service to you. We’re here to help treat your skin care concerns and needs.

Have a fun and safe holiday from all of us at DermaTouch RN! We look forward to seeing you soon.

*minimum 50 units with cash payment

Did You Know Stress has a Major Impact on Your Skin?

Many don’t realize the following: when we’re developing in the womb, the brain and skin are actually created from the same cells. It’s no surprise, then, that there’s a very strong mind-skin connection after birth. This is one reason why our skin manifests signs of stress, like acne, hair loss, dark circles under the eyes, rashes, and more.

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) reported that 40% of respondents in a 2006 survey said they experienced persistent anxiety and stress in their life on a daily basis. In addition to the symptoms listed above, stress can make our skin look aged, dull, and fatigued. Fortunately, there are cosmetic and aesthetic treatments that can support our skin’s health to combat signs of stress and help it look its best.

Top-of-the-line Skin Care: The right skin care regimen can treat the symptoms of stress that show up on the skin, as well as prevent premature aging. We offer top-of-the-line products that offer proven results from companies like SkinMedica and Obagi at DermaTouch RN.

Laser Therapy: Laser therapy supports collagen stimulation and skin resurfacing. There’s no downtime and many see results after one session. Results vary based on the number of treatments, the area treated, and the individual.

Skin Pen II: The SkinPen II supports the body’s natural ability to produce collagen and elastin with little to no downtime. The result is healthier, more youthful looking skin.

Bio-Identical Hormones: As we age, our naturally occurring hormone levels often decrease, which can lead to fatigue, hair loss, and other unwanted symptoms that can contribute to stress. Stress can also impact our hormone levels. Treatment with bio-identical hormones can support the body by increasing hormone levels, and in turn, help heal the body from the inside out. DermaTouch RN is pleased to offer BioTE hormone replacement therapy for patients.

Chemical Peels and Facials: Chemical Peels and facials are great options to support the health of the skin. They can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, acne, age spots, and other skin imperfections, many of which can be a result of stress.

Do you need support in dealing with stress and the impact it has on your skin in Houston? Contact us today for your free consultation to see how we can support you!

7 Tips to Prevent and Repair Sun Damage in Houston, TX

Last week we shared how to identify skin cancer on your body by knowing your ABCs. Today, we’re going to share how to prevent sun cancer, so you hopefully don’t become a statistic!

We’re all born with baby skin that is soft and supple. After birth, depending on our biology and environmental factors we’re exposed to, our skin will age at different rates. The better you take care of your skin early on, the healthier your skin will remain as you age. The sun causes some 90% of skin again per the Skin Cancer Foundation.  The good news is, with the right measures, again caused by the sun can be prevented and treated.

How can I prevent sun damage?

  1. Be cautious of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm. The sun’s rays are considered the strongest during this timeframe of the day.
  2. Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF 30. In addition to an SPF of 30, The American Academy of Dermatology suggests also finding a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on it. You also want a sunscreen that is water-resistant. Reapply every 2 hours throughout the day and right after you swim or sweat.
  3. Wear protective clothing. Hats, long sleeves, and pants are all supportive in protecting your skin from the sun. They also sell sun protective clothing for those who spend long hours in the sun.
  4. Forgo the tanning bed. Some states have banned tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18 due to the harm they’re considered to cause. The ultraviolet rays emitted by tanning beds can damage your skin the same way the sun’s rays can when you don’t protect your skin.

How can I treat sun damage?

Continuing on with our list, if you’ve already gotten burnt or spent too much time in the sun and it shows on your skin, then you can take action to minimize the amount of damage caused.

  1. Purchase high-quality skin care products. Choose to wear a moisturizer with SPF in it to start, and then choose a regimen that is both preventative and reactive to help you minimize the appearance of aging. At DermaTouch RN, we offer top-of-the-line products from reputable companies like SkinMedica and Obagi to ensure our patients get the results they desire.
  2. Treat a burn right away. If you get a sunburn, then treat it right away with aloe vera gel (fresh from the plant is best) or a high-quality after-sun lotion.
  3. Seek out reputable cosmetic service facilities, like DermaTouch RN. Non-invasive cosmetic treatments, like laser light therapy and Skin Pen II treatments, can do wonders to repair photo-aging and sun damage of the skin. We offer a variety of laser therapies and the Skin Pen II treatment at DermaTouch RN.

It’s true that a little bit of sun is good for you, as the sun helps to activate certain cellular functions of the body, including the production of Vitamin D. At the same time, be wise and use caution as to not get burned. Doing so can help to prevent sun cancer and premature aging of the skin.

Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to determine which services and products will best support healing YOUR skin!

Know Your ABCs to Identify Skin Cancer

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With summer officially here and many of us already taking advantage of “fun in the sun,” we wanted to take a moment to remind you to be safe when it comes to your skin and the sun. Per the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more than 5 million non-melanoma skin cancer cases in the United States alone. Of that 5 million, 3 million people are treated. That’s a lot of people impacted by skin cancer! Fortunately, skin cancer is one of the most treatable and curable forms of cancer, and the earlier it’s caught, the better.

The ABCs of Skin Cancer

To help you identify skin cancer on your body, it’s important to do regular scans at least once a month. If you need, have someone you trust to look over your back, since it’s not as easy to access or see alone. As you scan your body, you want to look for any moles—flat or raised—that look suspicious or have changed in any way. Consider the following during your exam:

(A) Asymmetry – One side of the mole looks different than the other side.

(B) Border – The border of the mole is irregular in shape.

(C) Color – The color of the mole is not the same throughout.

(D) Diameter – The mole’s diameter is larger than 6mm.

(E) Evolving Size – The mole has changed color, size, or shape.

If any of the above is true for any of the moles on your body, make an appointment with your physician. Again, the sooner skin cancer is caught, the easier it is to cure, so don’t hesitate if you have any concerns at all.

Non-invasive cosmetic treatments can help repair sun damage.

At DermaTouch RN, we have a variety of treatments that can help repair sun damage, which can help prevent skin cancer in the future. For example, skin resurfacing with laser treatments is a great way to repair the skin, as well as induce collagen production to help the skin look healthier overall. The Skin Pen II treatment also supports repairing the skin from sun damage. We also have great skin care products to prevent and treat sun damage, as well.

It’s important to us that we pull together as a community to educate about skin care, including skin cancer and how to protect the skin from it. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can have an honest discussion about the health of your skin and ways we can support you in treating sun damage or any of your skin care concerns.

In our next couple of blogs, we’ll share more about how to prevent sun damage and skin cancer, as well as taking care of your skin during the summer months, in general. Stay tuned!

Purchase Skin Care Products from a Reputable MedSpa or Physician – Not Amazon or eBay

In today’s world, we’re often attempting to save money. And sites like eBay and Amazon have supported us in this attempt. It’s the savvy shopper that always turns to sites like Amazon and eBay to see if they can find items—anything from clothes, supplements, cosmetics, books and much more—for less than retail or what they might pay for them elsewhere.

Regardless of what you’re purchasing, you want to be sure to check out reviews for the companies you’re purchasing from. When purchasing on eBay and Amazon, they often have verified suppliers that are backed by sites like Amazon and eBay to give you some peace of mind. Even so, anytime you’re purchasing cosmetic or skin care products, always use caution!

Many cosmetic companies only sell to establishments with a Physician on board.

When you’re purchasing cosmetic products from companies such as SkinMedica and Obaji, purchase them from a reputable clinic or MedSpa, like DermaTouch RN, with a physician to on board. If there isn’t a physician on board, then the establishment is likely selling the products illegally, because such companies only sell to very specific establishments.

This is in part why it’s very easy for organizations to illegally sell products online—people don’t think to verify the establishment or if the seller is sticking to the Company’s standards for the products they’re selling. Check out our blog, “Beware of Cosmetic and Skin Care Product Fraud” for more information.

Safety is a priority.

When you purchase products online, there is no telling what you’re getting, especially when purchasing from sellers outside of the United States. You’re risking your health, safety, and not getting the results promised. Oftentimes, you’re simply wasting your money, because the products are diluted or not what they say they are.

Purchase from DermaTouch RN, a provider you can trust.

At DermaTouch RN, when you purchase our products, you can trust that you’re getting the high-quality skin care and cosmetics with the positive results you desire and expect. We carry reputable lines like SkinMedica, Clarisonic, Obagi, and La Bella Donna Makeup that leave our patients happy and satisfied.

Safety should always come first. Contact us at 281.895.9090 for more information about fraudulent products that might put you at risk. While you’re at it, schedule a free consultation to test our product lines to see what ones you might just fall in love with!

 

 

 

Celebrate Men’s Health Month at DermaTouch RN!

June is Men’s Health Month, a month “anchored by a Congressional health education program” and  “celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities,” per the organization’s website.

Why Men’s Health Month?

Per the Men’s Health Month website, “The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care provider, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.”

Of course, men’s health should be a focus all-year-through, not just in June, though bringing awareness to it for an entire month is a positive thing to do given our busy lives these days. At DermaTouch RN, we support events that truly support health and well-being, and Men’s Health Month does that.

Celebrate Men’s Health Month with DermaTouch RN.

Many believe MedSpas and aesthetic services are for women only, though we see more and more men walk through our doors every week. Men care about their appearance as much as women do in many cases, and when men feel good about how they look, it shows.

At DermaTouch RN, we’re also about feeling good from the inside out, so we take a whole person and body approach to what we do. If you feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside. DermaTouch RN is here to support you in assessing what you need for overall health and well-being, including aesthetic and cosmetic services to address skin care concerns. We offer Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma, as well as fat reduction treatments and services to treat skin conditions such as rosacea, skin tags, and more for men and women alike.

We also offer bio-identical hormones for overall well-being. As we age, our natural hormone levels often decrease, causing fatigue, mood swings, and other undesirable symptoms; for men, we offer Biote testosterone pellets to support healthy testosterone levels to help avoid those undesirable symptoms.

In the month of June, we’re also celebrating Father’s Day with a Botox special.  Those who bring the special man in their life to DermaTouch RN for Botox will receive 30 units of Botox at $9.00 a unit for him or herself and his or her special man. Plus, each individual will receive 10 free units of Botox!

Celebrate Men’s Health Month with us! Stop in or contact us today to set up a free consultation for yourself or the important men in your life to assess your and/or their health and skin care concerns and possible treatment options. Enjoy our Botox special while you’re at it!

Botox vs. Dysport – What’s the Difference?

You’re likely familiar with Botox, which has been on the market for cosmetic use since 2002. A few years later in 2009, Dysport was also FDA approved for cosmetic use, being the first competitor on the market for Botox. There is now an additional competitor to Botox and Dysport—Xeomin—that came on the market in the past few years, though at DermaTouch RN, we stick with Botox and Dysport because it allows us to pass more savings on to the client when we purchase more of a particular product from suppliers.

We have some clients who love and stick with Botox, and some who enjoy the effects of Dysport better. Everyone’s different and can respond differently to different treatments.

Botox and Dysport are very similar.

Both Botox and Dysport are Neurotoxins — Botulinum Type A—that is used to relax muscles that cause crows feet and frown lines on the forehead. They’ve both been in use for years and have similar effects when used on patients.

How do Dysport and Botox differ?

Dysport is a smaller molecule, requiring more of it to get a similar result to Botox. Dysport also costs less, though due to the requirement of more units, the cost saving compared to Botox is minimal.

Dysport has a slightly quicker effect that can be seen when compared to Botox (in theory, 2-5 days vs 4-6 days for Botox). Dysport also spreads to a wider area, or diffuses more, which can be a good thing in certain areas of the forehead, and not such a good thing in others areas. Each client is different as to how they respond to the treatment.

The skill of the injector is more important than the product used!

Whether you’re using  Dysport or Botox, what’s most important is finding a skilled injector who understands face structure and how each product functions in the body.  At DermaTouch RN, we have injected literally 1000s of vials of Dysport and Botox combined and are confident in the results our practitioners provide.

We believe educating our patients is a priority. For more information on Botox and Dysport, refer to our Botox Q&A and Dysport Q&A.

Stop in or contact us today to set up your free consultation today to determine if Botox or Dysport is right for you!

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.