As we are progressing through Spring, and into the Summer months, I wanted to write some thoughts to both our established patients and all of our new ones on some of the rejuvenating products and procedures we offer. I began injecting Botox and dermal fillers in 2008, following the first training that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons offered for Registered Nurses. Since that time, there has been a great interest and increase in the number of people that have turned to these procedures as a way to both smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and increase volume in the face. An often unaddressed area of aging is the loss of both bone mass and the fat that makes us looks young. Botox helps soften those lines by stopping those overactive muscles in both crow’s feet, the frown lines between the eyebrows, forehead wrinkle lines, and the small vertical lines around the lips.
As a Registered Nurse who has worked in the field of Plastic Surgery for many years, I think there are some important points for anyone considering these procedures. How many years of experience does the injector have? Does the injector talk with you about your goals? How often do they treat patients, and do they get a comprehensive medical history on each of their patients? Are they available for a follow up visit to see if further treatment is needed as a touch-up? Although these procedures are considered minimally invasive, sterile technique and understanding of facial anatomy are critical in giving each patient a youthful and natural appearance. I look forward to meeting with each of our patients and answering any questions about both Botox and our dermal fillers.
By Debra Ruster, RN