I recently saw an article written in the aesthetic literature about a popular new trend…patients trying to save money on injectables are purchasing products online and injecting themselves!
PLEASE people…do NOT try this at home! This is a dangerous and frightening trend. As a physician practicing aesthetic medicine, I am shocked that a clinical medical procedure requiring years of training to master has been exploited like this. Even though many consumers want cosmetic treatments to be convenient, cheap and ”drive through”, this is not where to cut corners; it can have permanent damaging results.
Legitimate FDA approved injectable products are not sold to consumers. They are sold only to licensed physician practices for use in those facilities by the appropriate professional. Every physician decides how and where to practice based on each state’s individual laws but there are expected standards of safety and hygiene required for these procedures to be performed successfully and to avoid complications.
In my opinion, injectable fillers should not be done anywhere outside the medical clinic. My clinic is prepared for potential complications, has the products and equipment needed for them and emergency medications on hand.
I have done injectable filler looking into a mirror and it is not as easy as YouTube makes it seem. Videos are not inclusive of the potential problems that can develop. This is part of the ongoing medical training many of us engage in to perform these procedures safely.
Consider the following pitfalls: are you prepared to reverse the filler if there is a complication? Do you know how to distinguish between a real neuromodulator and a counterfeit one? Do you know what the potential complications are? Do you know what fillers belong at what depths of tissue? Are you prepared for an acute allergic reaction? How about the limited time you may have to correct an ishemic event or even blindness? Any worthwhile injector will be prepared for all of these issues and many more.
Let us experienced medical professionals do the job we were trained to do. This outrageous trend should not progress if the public is educated and declines to support such a dangerous method of treatment.
Valerie Schneider M.D.
The EBWC 2020 was just last week.
We had a booth last year and had such a good experience that were we so excited to be there again this year.
We provided some live services such as microneedling seen in the video above. For that we used our Rejuvapen and applied OmniBioceautical Innovations Growth Factor Serum.
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Every year I get together with my best friends from college for an extended girls weekend. We find a place to meet and everyone brings their stories and pictures to share from the prior year. This has turned out to be something we all look forward to greatly.
A few years ago, we met in Las Vegas. One night we saw a great show, had a leisurely dinner and while we were getting up to leave the restaurant, a group of young Aussie men who were celebrating one’s bachelor party started chatting us up. They wanted to include us in their ongoing festivities. My girlfriend said to them…don’t you know how old we are? The young man cheerily replied…yes, probably about 40 but it doesn’t matter.
Needless to say, for us “over 50 somethings” we were beyond thrilled! Maybe that means we are beating the aging process! We floated out of the restaurant. Actually, 40 likely seemed ancient to them as they could have easily been any of our sons!
We’ll never know what was really meant but for us more mature gals, it was an “ageless” moment we’ll never forget. We repeat the details and relive that particular trip every year! thanks guys!
Many conversations I have during my workday have guided me into the type of education I believe my patients need. First, it’s actually okay to be imperfect.
I am shocked by the amount of frozen, puffy overplumped faces we see out there and wonder how the creators of such unnatural features can see them as a beautiful aesthetic.
I have learned that not everyone has a good aesthetic eye. We live in a sea of human mannequins, all trying to achieve the same firm, smooth, plump, frozen, plastic appearance as the doll in the department store window or the latest housewives TV episode. How did we get here? Why have we as a society decided not to accept our inevitable aging process?
The aesthetic industry is not one of perfection but one of artistry. Creating a softer more youthful appearance with a multitude of tools. The ultimate result is art and function that is pleasing to the eye or provides pleasure through beauty. My belief is when we feel confident about our appearance then we go out into the world and do good things. So… it’s okay to have some laugh lines. After all, we earned them from smiling!
Valerie Schneider M.D.
We all make a common error in using skincare…inconsistency. It is impossible to determine what is working for us unless we give the new product enough time to do its job for our skin. We cannot use a product a few times or over a weekend to figure out if it works. Years ago I went to my own dermatologist and saw that the office sold many different vitamin c products. I asked which one they used and was told to ask the staff about the products. That prompted a mission to educate myself on what we really need for our skin. I did not know the difference between a physician’s medical grade product and what is available over the counter. I spent years educating myself about these issues.
Now I have used the same regimen for years, understand ingredients, use them consistently and see the benefits. This is also the reason I carry a limited selection of products in my clinic as I only want the best for myself, my staff and my patients. Using a product consistently means as recommended for a period of at least 3 months. (You will find
that many skincare items are sold in a 3 month supply)
This month we are the featured ambassador for the company Omni Bioceutical Innovations of Phoenix, Arizona. Check out Omnibioinnovations.com to see our practice featured there. Omni has been our vendor and supplier for the last decade for our human growth factors that we use with our signature microneedling procedures. Many people ask about growth factors, often confusing them with human growth hormones which are something completely different.
Growth factors are specialized proteins within the skin cell that function as messengers. The messages they carry are needed to help the skin cell repair itself. I like to think of a growth factor as a great “normalizer” of the skin cell, communicating to the cell that another behavior is needed to create homeostasis. Our own growth factors often get depleted and less functional by our thirties resulting in our first signs of aging in our skin. This is not the beginning of aging…it is when we first start to notice the results of years of environmental damage and other exposure that has been accumulating. Obviously, every person is different here…our lifestyles, where we spent our childhoods, whether we wore sunscreen, our genetics etc. all play a part but eventually, we all visibly age.
Growth factors are a best friend to the aging process. We need them to function in order to combat the visible signs of aging skin. Our patented growth factor products we use from Omnibioinnovations are hand selected for this purpose from neonatal skin cells in order to achieve the highest function for the best results. No other company or product can do this.
Not all growth factors are created equal. Many have extra, toxic and unnecessary ingredients that can be irritating to the skin. Others are not even from human sources, which weakens their function for a human skin cell. With our serums, we have the highest concentration of the best, patented, hand selected growth factors that you can find all from another actual skin cell. I have been researching other products for a decade and there is not anything close to the quality, concentration and effectiveness of the Omni product line.
Valerie Schneider MD
We at Lucent Aesthetic have had the most privileged opportunity working with Jane Christenson, founder and CEO of Omni Bioceutical Innovations and her wonderful team of professionals.
We began working with Jane before the company started and knew this was a star even back then. It was of the utmost importance that the products worked and had the very best science and technology, something I value greatly in the
products I use and recommend to my own patients.
I personally cannot survive without the daily face and eye growth factor serums. When I exercise, I feel great knowing that I have only the Omni serums on my skin to be soaked up by my open pores. Once, while on a vacation, I realized at the destination that my serum bottles were completely empty. We all know how that is but most of the time we will make do until we get home or just buy a similar replacement. Well… I contacted my nurse who promptly sent them overnight mail because I really could not get through the trip without them!
That experience prompted me to break open the bottle and what I found was with the current packaging, when the bottle is empty, it’s truly empty. There was not one extra drop inside. Always on top of innovation, the Omni company is even giving the best value for their product in something as simple as the bottle design.
When we do Microneedling with the core growth factor serum, we needle the skin which we describe as “aerating the lawn”. The Omni serum is like “adding fertilizer” on that lawn and it is what makes our Microneedling unique. No other product is as pure or has hand selected highest quality growth factors as
the Omni line does. Their patented products are the practice favorite at Lucent Aesthetic here in Walnut Creek!
Valerie Schneider M.D.
September’s Omni Ambassadors, Dr. Valerie Schneider and
Gretchen Ranhoff, R.N.
This month’s Omni Ambassadors are the ORIGINAL Omni Ambassadors – they have been using Omni’s products since we first started many years ago and have even built their Signature Service at Lucent Aesthetic using Omni’s TaC Core Recovery Complex in conjunction with microneedling. Dr. Schneider and Gretchen have vast knowledge and application of growth factors and will be sharing both their experience and the literal life-changing power of Omni’s products with you throughout the month. Stay tuned!
Lucent Aesthetic was founded on the premise of providing patients with a core curriculum of the best, innovative, safe, effective, non-invasive products and services in the industry. Through continuous training, research and ongoing education, the staff at Lucent Aesthetic extend their professional expertise toward offering physician-strength skincare products tested for quality and effectiveness. In being completely discerning with the regimens recommended to patients, Lucent Aesthetic has created a complete skincare package known as the GRASP Bag, which is customized on a consultation basis to be perfect for each patient’s individual aesthetic goals.
Dr. Valerie Schneider has been in private medical practice in Walnut Creek, CA since 2002. Initially, her areas of training and expertise included Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, however after several years of aesthetic treatments, education and personal research of lasers, she sought out an advanced training and certification program in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2009, she completed the program for lasers, injectables and sclerotherapy and has been an active member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery since then. In 2011, she opened Lucent Aesthetic as the preeminent Laser and Aesthetic Medicine practice in Walnut Creek. Dr. Schneider has built her practice to be centered around offering only the products and services that she has thoroughly researched and that her staff are trained and certified in so that her patients get a highly effective treatment with proven outcomes.
Gretchen comes from a background of Neonatal Intensive Care, Intravenous Therapy, and General Medicine/Surgery. Pursuing her interest in Aesthetic Medicine, she received advanced training and certification in Scottsdale, AZ for lasers, injectables, and sclerotherapy in 2009. Gretchen is also a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, promoting ongoing training, keeping current on technology, and attending educational conferences centered around safety in the practice. Gretchen loves to talk with each patient about why she is recommending certain products to help them reach their aesthetic goals and prides herself on providing each treatment in a comfortable and nurturing environment.
Just so happens that she endorses EltaMD Sun Care Products as well as Oxegenetix Breathable Foundations.
These are a couple of products we have loved and stocked for quite some time. Check it out to see how to apply, and come on by to pick these products up off our shelves.
Here we have Dr. Schneider preforming a live micro needling demonstration at the EBWC (East Bay Women's Conference) in March of 2019. This event was held at the San Ramon Marriott, and we were so pleased to be among so many great ladies, and businesses in the area. In the video we are doing a demonstration with using growth factor serum with micro-needling to create enhanced results to the procedure.
*This individual was a model for us, and results may vary from person to person*