By using these statistics, I am hoping that other Botox injectors will find them useful, and I will also use them to find ways to improve. Every Botox patient is unique and special to me – the statistics here is a look at my practice, not a look at an individual patient.
“Measure it to Improve it”
But for me, to be an excellent surgeon, it is my belief that my best surgical outcomes come from consistent practice, a good volume of injections, along with diligent purposeful thoughts of improvement. Thus I keep track of many things in my practice of medicine. These statistics are just one of them. There’s a saying which I put to practice from my surgery residency days: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Although the phrase was first presented to me as “If you can measure it, you can improve it.” I prefer thinking the second iteration. It just sounds more positive to me.
Number of Botox visits to us in Modesto, CA for the year: 1009. This is up from last year where I had a total of 724 visits. (there were still 2 more days left in the year when this was written and compiled), so these numbers will be even higher.
503 different patients were seen for Botox in 2014. This is up from 374 last year.
Average number of patients per month: 84 patients per month.
Total number of Botox units used per year: 34,234 Units.
Dermal syringes injected over the year: 443 syringes of filler! I had no data on this last year. I do not have data on which type of syringe was used (ie. Belotero, Voluma, Radiesse, or Juvederm).
As before, about half of my time is reserved for Acupuncture.
Average number of Botox units used per session.
Average number of Botox units used by patients per visit is 33.9 U.
Dexterity for Surgery, Piano, and Botox Injections
Surgery depends a lot of dexterity. So does playing the piano. And so should Botox injections.
I have some unique ideas of developing and maintaining my Botox dexterity with Piano Practice.
As with piano playing, I like to keep my wrist supple and flexible when injecting Botox.
When injecting fillers, there are times where I have to do finger stretches to be able to maintain tension on the skin with my non-dominant hand, and then I also sometimes have to reach for the plunger which may be in slightly awkward positions for my dominant hand – it depends on the style of the plunger. Radiesse Volume Advantage is one of the larger syringes due to it’s 1.5 cc volume which is more than some of the other syringes of dermal filler.
Timing is also key in Botox injections. Timing is a big deal in music and performing piano.
Then there’s the grace in lifting off from the actual Botox injection. It would be a shame to waste Botox with a heavy handed lift-off – in that case, the Botox isn’t injected into the muscle – it might even be injected into the air. Thus a light lift-off is key. It’s akin to musical phrasing with the tapering that occurs and the lifting off of each note too.
Here’s a piano piece which is dedicated to finger dexterity building. It is also one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever encountered in an finger dexterity etude. This piece is also known as the Aeolian Harp Etude.
Yes, that’s me. Recorded at my home in Modesto, California. Yes, this is one of the great things you can do in Modesto – practice piano! And record piano for YouTube! And write this blog… ok, the list goes on and on regarding great things in Modesto, CA.
“Technically, the piece requires both dexterity and velocity, good balance and weighting of the arms coupled with flexible finger stretches”.
For me my dexterity and musical challenges are: evenness, flexibility in the wrist, and flexibility with finger stretches, light touch, and musical line phrasing. I hope to continue to work on this to make it even better.
There are all these terms to describe the different properties of fillers including G prime, lift, thickness, hardness, and much more.
I have some thoughts about the projecting capabilities of the fillers and I feel that it is related simply to thickness. These are my own thoughts about these cosmetic fillers. I have been doing Botox and Fillers since 2006. Please consider looking at other sources if you are seriously needing to compare thicknesses of these fillers.
From thinnest to thickest: Comparing Dermal Fillers
We carry products from Allergan (makers of Botox), Merz, Valeant, and others
We don’t have any contracts with any one company to be exclusive. Botox belongs to the Allergan family of products: Latisse, Botox, and Juvederm. These are the products we carry at Surgical Artistry. We also carry aesthetic products from Merz, Mentor and Valeant.
These are the Botox related products we carry:
Not necessarily made by the Botox company, Allergan.
Asclera, injected for vein sclerotherapy.
Botox – Botox is supplied to us directly from Allergan USA in the form of 100U vials
Juvederm Ultra (without lidocaine)
Juvederm Ultra Plus (without lidocaine)
Juvederm Ultra XC
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
Juvederm Voluma XC
Belotero Balance (Merz product)
Radiesse Volume Advantage (Merz product, this is 1.5 cc’s)
This list changes from time to time. Feel free to call us. Our contact info is at our Botox Home Page.
Above is a picture of our Belotero Balance Shelf
Above picture was taken on our conference table which has that rough texture on top.
Office time is divided up among three main procedures: Botox, Veins, and Acupuncture
I had a chance to do some data analysis from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014. This is the first half of 2014. I get the question from time to time regarding what part of practice involves Botox or Acupuncture or Veins?
I’m happy to report the results. Basically it says that Botox is the biggest chunk of the office practice coming in at 47%, and Acupuncture is a close second at 45%. Veins occupies 8% of the practice.
What about Surgeries?
That wasn’t included here. It would be harder for me to figure out surgery vs. these office based procedures because the time required for surgery is usually much longer. These numbers here (and percentages) are based on the total number of patients coming in for these procedures. It is not based on time spent. It is just based on “patient load.”
So here’s the graphic that shows the division of office based procedures:
Radiesse is available again at Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA
I took a brief break from Radiesse to become excellent with injecting Juvederm, but I’ve come to realize the unique niches filled by having Radiesse, a demal filler. Radiesse acts as a scaffolding, providing structure for your own natural collagen to grow. Radiesse is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA).
I know many of you have requested Radiesse by name and now I have it back in stock and ready to go. I have both the 0.8cc and the 1.5cc syringes available to inject.
Feel free to call us to set up an appointment with me: 209-551-1888, Modesto, CA.
For more information about Radiesse, volumizing dermal filler, please visit www.radiesse.com.
Visit our semi-personalized Radiesse website on www.radiesse.com
Of note, the makers of Radiesse also makes Belotero.
Radiesse Brochure says:
Get better results from your filler.
Clinical studies of Radiesse patients show that they were more staisfied with the results they received from treatment with RADIESSE than with other leading dermal fillers.
33% more Juvederm injectable gel may be needed to achieve full correction compared to RADIESSE volumizing Filler.
RADIESSE Volume Advantage syringe contains 50% more product vs. Juvederm injectable gel syringes.