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We are seeing an increasing number of clients in our office who inquire about Oxygen Facial Therapy
and who seek comprehensive skin care management. Daily more literature, blog posts, and articles are
published regarding this popular trend and its effectiveness. We too have found the oxygen facial
effective and that it serves as a useful adjunct to other treatment modalities in the aesthetician's
armamentarium. In addition, we notice other tools synergistically potentiate the effectiveness of the
oxygen facial. While there are always advances and novel concepts being designed for skin care, the
best approach to skin care is to make the correct diagnosis of the skin's condition and then to utilize the
appropriate tools with a comprehensive skin care protocol. facial restorations
The use of before and after photographs delivers the most objective way to measure the effectiveness
of the Oxygen Facial. Subjective surrogate markers of its efficacy are the patient's improved perception
of their skin and the frequent compliments received from their friends and family members. While
before and after photographs can be encountered on our website and in our office, we wish to discuss
our experience with the oxygen facial, as it represents a unique opportunity for the aesthetician working
in conjunction with a physician to address comprehensive skin care with the patient.
Most people are unaware that the body's largest organ is the skin. In fact, there are many disease states,
vitamin deficiencies, or allergies that often manifest themselves either initially or secondarily in the skin.
The additional adverse effects from our modern day environment challenge the protective barrier of the
skin. Smoke, pollution, and other caustic substances known as free radicals attack the skins surface.
Furthermore, inhaled or ingested substances like smoking, alcohol and certain food preservatives can
also be detected in skin or skin appendages like human hair. It is no wonder that a healthy and active
lifestyle can permeate through to the surface of vibrant, hydrated skin.
As we age, our skin begins to deplete naturally occurring glycosominoglyans, collagen and elastin.
Hyaluronic acid is an anionic nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan that is found in many areas of the human
body, as well as in the skin. As these substances deteriorate and allow damage to the human skin, the
skin begins to lose volume, turgor, and elasticity. Therefore, we find that modalities used to restore
volume, turgor, and elasticity help restore the youthful appearance to the patient's skin Modalities
intended to restore volume include, hyaluronic acid injections such as injectable fillers, deep CO2 lasers
through the induction of collagen synthesis, and Oxygen facials. nasal prosthetics
The Oxygen Facial restores volume by rehydrating the skin with a hyluronic acid serum that is delivered
to the skin's surface with hyperbaric Oxygen. The Oxygen facial helps deliver a comfortable, nonintrusive result, and produces an immediate result that the patient can see. These immediate results can
help to build a rapport with the patient and can increase overall compliance with all aspects of
comprehensive skin care. Despite the frequent introduction of novel treatment options available, we
find that the most effective manner in which to manage and maintain healthy skin is through lifestyle
education and prevention.
Patients of all ages arrive at our office with varying degrees of sun damage and overall skin health. For
example, if a female patient presents to us at 33 years of age with skin in poor condition, we assess the
condition, educate her on the impacts of sun damage and free radicals, and place her on a specific
program that addresses her skin needs. Returning her skin to optimal health takes longer than one
treatment and may often take several months to one year. We design our skin treatment programs to
be multi-modality and often require several sessions to return the skin to optimal health. The modalities
utilized include Microdermabrasion, oxygen facials, light and laser therapy, and topical lotions or
prescribed medications depending on the diagnosis. The oxygen facials involve a series of six treatments
over a specified period with the patient returning several times for analysis and modification. All
treatments include educational sessions by the aesthetician teaching comprehensive skin care
management, diet, exercise, proper nutrition and hydration. floridaocularprosthetics.com
In our experience we have found that the aesthetician represents a unique opportunity in the overall
treatment plan and management of skin care which can greatly facilitate treatment regimens in
conjunction with a physician. Frequently, the aesthetician spends more time with the patient than the
physician by the nature of a treatment. The aesthetician often places healing hands on patients in a
relaxed atmosphere that allows the development of rapport and trust. Quite frequently the time
allotted per visit may be brief and the "exam room" atmosphere may limit the development of rapport
between physicians and patients. The time spent with the aesthetician allows ample opportunity for skin
care behavior education and modification as well as benchmarking of the patient's improved skin
condition, promoting further compliance with skin care regimens.
In our practice, the pre-treatment photographs have been beneficial to monitor and increase
compliance with skin care regimens, as well as document successful improvements. In addition to
photographs, we have begun to use the standard SOAP note progress format utilized by physicians to
document patient compliance, our assessment, and create a plan to optimize our patient's success.
Utilizing this system, the aestheticians can collaborate closely with physicians such as Dermatologists
and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons to optimize our patient's skin, their appearance, and their overall