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Embrace Esthetic Physicians for Greater Financial Rewards, Part II
By: Rocio Yaffar
Posted: October 26, 2010, from the November 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Regarding laser procedures and injectables, Patricia Serentill, esthetician and patient care coordinator at RDY Laser Cosmetics & Rejuvenation in Coral Gables, Florida, comments, “We use aromatherapy oils to calm, and relieve tension and patient anxiety for first-timers of laser treatments, and injectable and dermal fillers.” She dilutes base oil with lavender or chamomile, and then applies the combination during a hand massage on patients’ wrists so they can inhale the essence while the physician is preparing to conduct the procedure.
There is yet another benefit to using essential oils in a medical practice, says Galamaga: “Credible peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that when medical personnel are exposed to stress-control protocols, such as those supplied by essential oils, they are less likely to make mistakes, reducing the number of charting errors and malpractice claims.”1 Now that’s music to physicians’ ears. And because certain essential oils have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, they can help keep medical offices safe in more ways than one.
Galamaga encourages the proper use of essential oils by licensed practitioners. “If you have not extensively studied aromatherapy, or do not have someone who has done so with whom you can consult, do not indiscriminately offer essential oils to your clients. Even though they are natural, they need to be used with caution and in a manner that will have only beneficial results,” he warns. The aforementioned further highlights the need for a licensed professional who has studied the topic extensively to conduct aromatherapy on-site at a physician’s office. Because most individuals are not aware of what quality essential oils will do for a person’s mind, body or spirit, education is crucial for both client and staff. It is important to note that there are contraindications for using essential oils, such as pregnancy and certain health conditions.
Today’s wise spa professional knows how to combine expertise within the medical sphere. Conducting body treatments along with medical body contouring procedures is the latest profitable trend for spa professionals in medical esthetics.
For example, Serentill mentions that RDY Laser Cosmetics & Rejuvenation offers a noninvasive and no-downtime treatment for body contouring, which decreases the appearance of cellulite and aids in the circumference reduction of fat. She conducts a body-brushing treatment to remove dead skin cells, as well as to stimulate the lymphatic system in order to prepare the skin and tissues for the procedure. She also performs a full-body scrub with massage before the treatment begins and/or after the last session; eight sessions are advised.