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Combination Therapy for Optimal Results

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By: Jennifer Linder, MD
Posted: June 24, 2010, from the July 2010 issue of

Abstract: Noninvasive aesthetic treatments can help practices offer patients solid benefits without always turning to surgery, so learning about the various offerings, as well as what treatments can be paired together and when, is a smart move for medical aesthetic professionals.

Patients consistently turn to their physicians and medical aesthetic professionals for the most effective products and treatment methods, and it is the professional’s responsibility to understand all of the options available. However, although individual treatments work well, it is often a combination of procedures and products that lead to the most dramatic patient outcomes.

One of the greatest benefits of the medical setting is the ability to offer patients a variety of products, procedures and technologies all at one location. Each treatment offers unique benefits, and when used in conjunction, they are capable of producing amazing results more rapidly than when used on their own. These types of results-oriented combination treatment plans ultimately lead to practice credibility, repeat business, patient referrals and an increased bottom line.

Topical daily care products

Visible aging, acne and hyperpigmentation are among the most common concerns in aesthetic medicine. While each of these conditions responds to different product pairings, certain ingredients are crucial to all daily care regimens, regardless of the skin condition being treated.

Sunscreen is the most important aspect of any regimen. A broad-spectrum sunscreen product must be applied each morning to prevent damage and maintain results. Choose an SPF of at least 15, and look for ingredients such as avobenzone, titanium dioxide, ecamsule or zinc oxide to ensure UVA and UVB protection. And always end in-office treatments with a sunscreen application to set a good example for patients.