Do you have Submental Fullness (aka “Double Chin”)?

Submental fullness, also referred to as “Double Chin,” can be bothersome to those who see it every day when they look in the mirror. It can be caused by aging, genetics, or weight gain, and no matter how much you exercise, it still might not go away. Kybella is a treatment used by many healthcare professionals to help their clients and patients get rid of the submental fat that causes submental fullness.

If you’re bothered by excessive fat under the chin, you’re not alone.

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As Allergan—the producers of Kybella—puts it on the mykybella.com website,  “Maybe it’s something you’ve had your whole life, something that developed over the years, or something you noticed recently.” The site also shares that, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 67 percent of people surveyed are bothered by the fat beneath their chin, and are often “just as bothered by submental fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes.”

Is Kybella right for you?

Regardless of why you have it, if getting rid of your double chin is a top priority, then Kybella might be a good option for you. When injected into the fat under the chin, Kybella destroys unwanted fat cells. The destroyed cells are then naturally eliminated from the body, and they’re gone for good. Many see results after just one treatment, with an average of two to four treatments needed for desired results. The average number of injections per treatment ranges from 15 to 30. Results can last for years to come with a good treatment protocol.

Get 40% of off Kybella at DermaTouch RN in August!

For the month of August, DermaTouch RN is offering 40% off of Kybella, bringing it down to only $360 per vial compared to the normal $600 per vial. This is the perfect time to get rid of your the excess fat under your chin without going under the knife!

Contact us today for more information and to schedule a free consultation to determine if Kybella is right for you.

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.

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!

Try the SkinPen II Treatment for Younger Looking Skin at DermaTouch RN!

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Many of us are in the market for younger looking skin, and we want the results without a lot of risks or going under the knife. Fortunately, there are several cosmetic treatments available to improve the appearance of the skin and turn back the hands of time. At DermaTouch RN, we offer facials, laser therapy, fillers, Botox, and more for our patients. We also offer the SkinPen II treatment that has resulted in many happy clients walking in and out of our doors!

What is the SkinPen II, and how does it work?

The SkinPen II supports the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen and elastin, resulting in healthier looking skin after treatment with little to no downtime. The treatment works by using tiny needles to create microscopic channels in the skin that help to accelerate the skin’s repair process—allowing for the production of new collagen and elastin. This then helps to improve scarring, reduce sun damage, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and create an overall healthier complexion. It can be used on the arms, hands, neck, face, abdomen, décolleté, and back.

What can I expect during and after the procedure?

During treatment, a thin layer of serum is applied to the skin. The practitioner then uses a gentle motion to glide the pen over the repair area. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes, depending on the amount of skin damage and the size of the area being treated.

After treatment, some patients might experience slight redness and swelling, similar to a mild sunburn, for two to four days. Patients should avoid wearing make-up during this period of time.

When will I see results with the SkinPen II?

Once the redness and swelling go away, many patients see results immediately, with optimal results showing in three to six months after treatment. Results are dependent upon the severity of damage treated and the number of treatments applied. For optimal results, a series of three treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart is ideal. For more severe skin damage or deeper wrinkles, a series of six to eight sessions might be recommended.

Is the SkinPen II right for you?

One of the great things about the SkinPen II is that it works well for a variety of skin types. Contact us today to find out if a SkinPen II treatment regimen is right for you!

In the meantime, you can read more about the Skin Pen II on our SkinPen II web page

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$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!

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!

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.

 

 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.