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Embrace Esthetic Physicians for Greater Financial Rewards, Part I

By: Rocio Yaffar
Posted: September 24, 2010
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Home care is also essential in maintaining the results of both skin care and medical procedures. According to Serentill, laser treatments for acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation thrive on post-treatment home care, and vary depending on the skin condition. “Post-treatments for laser can involve the application of topical aromatherapy oils to assist in the healing process to aid redness or inflammation of the skin,” she says. Serentill applies a mineral facial to post-laser rosacea patients to help with the healing process. The main ingredient she uses in the mask is ginkgo, followed by a moisturizing cream. 

According to Serentill, acne patients receive a specialized treatment when laser therapy is involved, and it depends on the acne severity and grade level. As an esthetician, she usually treats grade levels I, II and sometimes III. She says that having a physician on board facilitates the esthetician’s treatment process of the acne patient because the physician is involved in the laser acne treatment during week one, and the esthetician treats the acne during week two. “I apply a foaming cleanser with a sulfur organic treatment to regulate sebaceous oversecretion. The treatment includes minerals, such as zinc and magnesium with sulfur to control sebum secretions, as well as any bacteria developing on the skin.”

A distributor’s point of view

Rob Trow, who operates Mashpee, Massachusetts-based DermaConcepts as the eastern U.S. distributor of Environ Skin Care and also owns Rocasuba/RapidLash—an eyelash and brow enhancement company—has much to say on the matter of medical and spa partnerships.

“There is no question that pre- and post-professional skin care treatments in-office coupled with at-home regimens enhance the results of any cosmetic medical procedure. These will also help prepare patients’ skin and help them psychologically. Preparation of the area to be treated will enhance and sustain results. Each practice should develop a series of in-office procedures coupled with at-home protocols targeted to each cosmetic procedure they offer,” he explains.

Trow believes that many successful medical practices include the cost of products and treatments in the overall pricing as an entire package while others sell them as retail and on a custom basis, or adopt a combination of the two. “Treatments can be dramatically more effective if products are based on vitamins A and C, antioxidants, peptides and growth factors in order to increase cell renewal, circulation, help prevent pigmentation changes and allow for optimum healing.”