Tina, MS, PA-C, and her supervising physician didn’t set out to establish a medical aesthetics practice. But they started doing medical cosmetics about a year ago, and it has been a huge hit with patients.
This skin and laser treatment office offers a complete selection of medical cosmetic services, such as Botox and Restylane injections, HydraFacial treatments, laser facials and microdermabrasion.
“We just started doing this a year ago because our patients were asking for it,” they say. “It’s grown more than I ever imagined. It has become its own entity. We’re almost a medical day spa within a doctor’s office.”
The nurse, who previously practiced in dermatology and surgery, handles a range of the treatments offered at the clinic. She says the skills she learned as a dermatology PA and a surgery PA helped her adjust to medical aesthetics. She also learned techniques and treatments by attending conferences and observing physicians.
“I don’t want it to seem like it was easy, but it was a definite match for me,” she says. In previous jobs she was basically doing regular skin care and biopsies, and she has always been good with her hands. But, there is a difference between giving a flu shot and injecting Botox.
They looked to provide medical aesthetic services that their patients needed and asked for. Patient care comes first. If patients want a medical aesthetic procedure, it is available and the role of the office is to educate patients and provide the service.
Medical aesthetics is becoming very popular among health care providers. More than 90 million consumers in the United States have used products or procedures to reduce signs of aging, and noninvasive cosmetic surgery products generate more than $1.2 billion in annual sales.
“Everybody wants to do it,” she says. “Even primary care providers want to do it. I think there are enough patients out there for everyone.”