Celebrate YOU on International Women’s Day at DermaTouch RN

Today is International Women’s Day, a global holiday created to celebrate the cultural, political, economic, and social achievements of women. With that said, we wanted to take the time to honor our highly trained staff of women here at DermaTouch RN—without whom we would not have the thriving business we have today (10 years and going!)—in addition to all the women we serve on a daily basis. Let’s also not forget all the men in our lives that support our goals, achievements, and more.

As women, we want to look and feel our best, which is why DermaTouch RN has a wide variety of services and products to meet a number of skin care and cosmetic needs. We offer treatments like dermal fillers, such as Voluma and Juvederm, Botox, top-of-the-line skin care products, Bio-Identical hormones, and Laser therapy, which can treat anything from loose skin to skin tags to rosacea. We also understand that beauty starts from the inside out, and we will work with you to develop an approach for overall well-being in your life.

Take the time to celebrate you this week in honor of International Women’s Day and contact us for a consultation @ 281.895.9090. Consider bringing a friend to celebrate with, as well!

We put our patients first and will work with you to develop a plan of action to treat all of your skin care and cosmetic needs.

Our Goals are to Keep Our Patients Happy and Safe at DermaTouch RN

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It’s important that any MedSpa or Aesthetic Services provider put the patients’ and clients’ needs and welfare first, which is what we stand by at DermaTouch RN. Providing services that support our client’s overall health and cosmetic goals is why we’re in business, and without our patients and clients, we don’t have a business!

Some of our goals to support our clients, and consumers, in general, include:

  • Offering state-of-the-art treatments and services.
  • Focusing on the overall health and well-being of our patients.
  • Educating our staff, as well as our patients, on industry best practices, and more.
  • Giving back to our patients through specials, promotions, and discounts.

DermaTouch RN is a State-of-the-Art Aesthetic and Wellness Center that focuses on the overall well-being and health of each patient.

At DermaTouch RN, we’re not just about cosmetic services. We also offer holistic health solutions like nutritional consultations and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), as well as skin care and cosmetic support, to support the overall health and needs of our patients.

Our staff—made up of some of the top doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and aestheticians—is also backed by years of experience and training, so we know we’re bringing the best service and care, as well as the newest and most innovative technologies to our patients. Our staff is comprised of Allergan (the maker of treatments such as Juvederm and Botox) trainers, Advanced Botox injectors, and is nationally recognized as being one of the top 20 cosmetic providers it the country.

Education and training are important at DermaTouch RN.

Aside from ongoing education for our staff, we also believe it’s important to educate consumers on industry best practices, illegal and legal practices, and the specific needs of the aging body. By educating clients through our blog, website, consultations, in-office printouts, and more, we can ensure our patients’ safety and increased knowledge so they can make informed decisions.

Giving back to our clients is a must.

We grow, in part, because of our referrals. When you refer a new client to us, we offer a 10 percent referral reward—you’ll receive 10 percent of what your friends spend during their first visit. You can use the reward towards Skin Medica skin care products, any laser treatment, any chemical peel, skin pen treatments, or an Ultherapy treatment.

We support our clients in keeping up with their Brilliant Distinctions® by Allergan® coupons and points, as well, which means every time you spend money on Allergen products, such as Botox, Kybella, Latisse, and Juvederm, you receive points that equate to dollars off of future services.

In addition to the above discounts, we offer Monthly Specials to pass our savings onto the client.

To find out how we can educate you and support your overall health and wellness goals, contact us today. We’re here to help when you’re ready!

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.

DermaTouch RN = Reputable State-of-the-Art Aesthetic and Wellness Center

Unlike many MedSpas and Aesthetic service providers, DermaTouch RN, lead by industry expert and Founder, Renee Moschitto, puts its patients first. They take the time to understand the needs of their patients while carefully structuring a wellness plan to meet those needs. It’s not about pushing product, but about getting the client the results they desire as effectively and cost-efficiently as possible

DermaTouch RN is a State-of-the-Art Aesthetic and Wellness Center.

With the latest skin care treatments, technology, and ongoing education and training, DermaTouch RN has a wide-variety of services to meet anti-aging and skin care needs. DermaTouch’s team includes some of the top Aesthetic Injectors in Texas, an Advanced Botox Injector, and some serve as trainers for Allergan, the producer of Juvederm and Botox.

DermaTouch RN focuses on more than just cosmetic and aesthetic services.

It’s important to understand that outward beauty begins with overall health and well-being. Backed by a team that comes with decades of experience and education in medical science, chemistry, biology, and diet and nutrition, DermaTouch RN provides complete beauty solutions. They also offer holistic health solutions, nutritional consultations, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to support the overall health and aging needs of the body. Understanding the health and well-being of each patient on a case by case basis also lends to creating a cosmetic treatment plan that is safe and effective for that specific patient.

Cosmetic services to meet a variety of needs.

From injectable fillers like Juvederm products (Voluma, Volbella, Ultra, and Ultra Plus) and Restylane products, to skin resurfacing and light laser technology, to Ultherapy and hair and tattoo removal, DermaTouch RN provides an array of treatments to meet a variety of skincare needs.

A provider you can trust.

People travel from around the country to receive the services provided by DermaTouch RN. The staff’s product knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of the face ensure effective and safe procedures. With operations going strong for more than a decade, DermaTouch RN offers innovation, customer service, cost effectiveness with a reputation you can trust.

For more information about our services, products, and team, visit www.dermatouchrn.com.

 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 Body Contouring Conversation Heats Up! (Part 2)

We recently introduced two of the newest nonsurgical body contouring procedures available for getting swimsuit ready and year round svelte; Cynosure’s SculpSure® and CoolSculpting®. Proving effective in permanently eliminating excess fat cells (adipose fat) in stubborn areas for both men and women, these procedures are much less invasive than surgery and provide lasting results.

Head to head comparison between SculpSure® and CoolSculpting®.

Head to head comparison between SculpSure and CoolSculpting.

 

In Part 2 of this discussion, we focus on the primary differences between the two technologies and how they stand up to one another, including the amount of time on the market with FDA-clearance and the fat eliminating technology used – heat versus cold.

Among the first body contouring procedures to receive FDA-clearance and scientifically report positive patient outcomes, SculpSure uses light-based technology, a whole new approach to non-invasive lipolysis (heat) using a hyperthermic laser.

CoolSculpting technology entails the delivery of “controlled cooling” to the fat cells underneath the skin using Cryolipolysis (cold).  Check out the “Head to Head” video comparing the two treatments. View Head to Head Video

In Part 3 of our Body Contouring discussion, we’ll further examine these technologies.

About DermaTouch RN

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 in Texas.  She and her team now offer SculpSure body contouring therapy to qualifying candidates.  Learn more at www.dermatouchrn.com .

Check out the Monthly Specials on SculpSure and other anti-aging and wellness therapies.

References

  1. Average reduction in fat volume following single treatment as measured by MRI; Clinical and Histological Evaluations of a 1060nm Laser Device for Non-Invasive Fat Reduction, John W. Decorato, M.D., FACS. Rafael Sierra, Ph.D., Bo Chen, Ph.D., Westford, MA, 2014.
    2. Katz B, Doherty S. A multicenter study of the safety and efficacy of a non-invasive 1060 nm diode laser for fat reduction of the flanks. Paper presented at: 2015 Annual American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Conference; April 22-26; Kissimmee, FL.
    3. Average patient discomfort rating of 3.7 on a scale of 1-10; Bass L, Doherty S. Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Of The Abdomen With A 1060nm Diode Laser.Paper presented at: 2015 Annual American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Conference; April 22-26; Kissimmee, FL.

Top Five Cosmetic Procedures to Lift and Brighten Your Holiday Season

As the holidays approach and party plans start to take shape, both men and women are scheduling cosmetic procedures to ensure everyone looks their holiday best.  Gift certificates are also proving popular stocking stuffers.

Among the top five pre-holiday procedures individuals seek include:

Simple cosmetic procedures can transform for the holidays.

Simple cosmetic procedures can transform your holidays.

 

Injectables and Fillers

While among the most popular cosmetic procedures year-round, injectables such as Botox and DySport and fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Sculptra and the latest in injectable treatments, Kybella, top the list in requested cosmetic procedures in preparation for the holidays.  These simple procedures take little time to perform in the office and produce immediate results – eliminating furroughed brow and forehead lines, reducing the appearance of crows feet, smile and lip lines, as well as lifting brows and subtly plumping lips.

Skin Rejuvenation

Enhanced skin rejuvenation laser therapy helps shed the visible wear of the past year, reinvigorating sun-damaged skin and reducing visibility of age spots, lentigines and facial telangiectasia. Patients with photo-damage and photo-aging often benefit from this type of procedure.

Skin Rejuvenation Laser Therapy Specifically Addresses:

  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Photo-aging
  • Lentigines and facial telangiectasia
  • Vascular and pigment irregularities

“Painting” the entire face with the laser, patients typically see clearing of sun damage, wrinkle improvement as collagen forms and overall younger looking skin.  Optimal benefit may require three to eight treatments.

Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal procedures are very popular in preparation for skin baring holiday styles. Utilizing the latest in laser hair removal technology, registered nurses safely remove hair by heating the area at the base of the hair shaft, permanently preventing hair regrowth.

The laser procedure targets the pigment in the hair follicle, which works on either black or brown hair, and must be performed during a specific phase in the hair’s growth cycle (active or anagen phase).  Multiple treatments are required and vary with each individual and by body site.

Skin Tightening with SkinTyte

Skin tightening treatments are among the fastest growing laser procedures in the aesthetic industry. Using infrared energy, SkinTyte is safe for all skin types and can treat any area of the body (face, neck, arms, abdomen, knees), giving skin a firmer and more youthful appearance. There is no need for topical anesthetic, no down time, and no excessive redness. This is truly a lunchtime procedure!

Laser Vein Therapy 

A beautiful pair of legs can greatly enhance a holiday dress.  With a revolutionary new laser vein therapy treatment,  spider veins and other distracting veins are quickly and safely eliminated.  Vein removal treatment, including Sclerotherapy and Alscera, effectively eliminates broken capillaries up to 4 mm in diameter on the face and legs as well. Utilizing advanced technology redness and bruising associated with traditional treatments are minimized. This laser vein therapy technology also allows treatment for people of any ethnic origin and skin type, including tanned skin.

Check out weekly and monthly DermaTouch RN specials and schedule an appointment before your next holiday party!