Men and women looking for cosmetic services have an option in the heart of the city at Regional One Health.
Regional One Health’s Plastic Surgery and Laser Center specializes in a variety of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic, reconstructive procedures focused on restoring natural beauty. Regional One Health’s cosmetic services add an added convenience for people who want access to services in the Medical District.
Nurse practitioner Shannon Anzivino, RN, MSN, FNP-C, specializes in cosmetic, non-surgical services that can be performed inside the clinic. Anzivino’s consultation services are complimentary. She helps patients understand if they’re a candidate for services she provides or if a consultation with a surgeon makes more sense.
The affiliation with the plastic surgery team in a hospital setting at Regional One Health allows patients to have an extra level of care in addition to the Medical District convenience. The plastic surgeons often give Anzivino medical opinions on patients to determine the best cosmetic service or if another procedure is a better choice.
“I can advise patients whether they need surgery or sometimes we can prolong surgery for a few years. Having surgeons onsite is great to have their expertise,” Anzivino said.
“We want people to come in and let me guide them on what we can do to help them improve the look and texture of their skin. So many of these procedures can be done at lunchtime. Anybody working Downtown could run over here and get services they need while at lunch.”
The latest service offering is Kybella, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved injectable treatment for submental fat below the chin, more commonly known as double chin. Patients receive multiple small injections beneath the chin. It’s a permanent process that dissolves the fat cells.
The Plastic Surgery and Laser Center provides a range of products and procedures that include neuromodulators, dermal fillers and skin care. Neuromodulators include Botox, an injection used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. It temporarily numbs the muscles that furrow brows and cause crow’s feet. The treatments last three months.
Dermal fillers include a range of injectable gels that help gently smooth wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose, add volume to the cheek, reduce wrinkles and scars, add volume to deeper lines and folds in the lower face, and reduce the appearance of acne scars, enlarged pores and stretch marks.
Obagi skin care products also are available for purchase. This medical-grade line of skin care products can help diminish the impact of sun damage.
Anzivino works with men and women, but the majority of patients are women 35 and older who are starting to notice signs of aging that they want to hold at bay.
“We do have younger women who come in for Botox or skin care, but the women who are starting to age need my services the most and who can benefit the most,” Anzivino said.
Cosmetic services aren’t just for women, Anzivino stressed. In fact, she said more men are coming in lately for what is referred to as “Brotox,” although the number is a fraction of women who receive Botox. Of the 7 million Botox treatments in 2016 reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, just less than 500,000 were for men.
Anzivino’s free consultations provide an easy bridge to services, whether it’s for skincare products, injectables that reduce wrinkles, laser procedures for scar reformation or plastic surgery.
“I think some people are intimidated to see a plastic surgeon out of the blue so they can talk to me and I can help them know if they need a plastic surgeon,” she said. “Some people are on the fence. We can give them an injectable and get them another five years before they consider a procedure.”
To make an appointment for a free consultation or ask about product pricing at Regional One Health’s Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, please call 901-515-LOOK (5665).