I got this question today via social media.
The quick answer as of today (11/5/18) is about 12 years.
I guess it’s a question regarding my experience. I now see about 200+ patients per month for Botox injections in my Modesto office: Surgical Artistry.
Here’s sort of a timeline for my life in Modesto.
2001: Interviewed in Modesto and accepted job with the McHenry Medical Group as trauma and general surgeon
2003: Started my surgery career in Modesto. I actually had my first job Modesto as a surgeon was with the Sutter-Gould Medical Group affiliated with Memorial Hospital. I worked there for a few weeks to help fill in for a surgeon who had to leave suddenly for his military duties.
2003: Started with the McHenry Medical Group as trauma and general surgeon
2006: Started Surgical Artistry with Dr. Tammy Wu, Plastic Surgeon. Went to obtain more education in Acupuncture. Plastic Surgery was our big focus for Surgical Artistry.
2006: Started practicing acupuncture and started doing Botox. I had a slow start. It seemed to be about 1-3 patients per week even for Botox and acupuncture. I continued doing General Surgery till about the year 2010. But starting in 2006, I started assisting in the world of pain pumps and stimulator spine implants which I still do today.
2013: Reached platinum level for Botox injections and Filler injections with the Allergan company. This is based on amount of Botox purchased from Allergan.
2014: Reached platinum plus level for Botox and Filler injections.
2015: Selected as one of the first surgeon injectors of Kybella – a injectable product to help dissolve the double chin.
2016: Reached Diamond level for Botox and Filler injections. At the time, this seemed to be the highest level there was for Botox purchased from Allergan in the USA.
2017: I was honored by being awarded the Top 25 most loved injectors in the USA by RealSelf.com. I got a featured advertisement in Glamour magazine.
2017: Reached the Top 500 level for Botox injections / Filler implantations. This was a level that I didn’t know existed till I got the award. It comes with certain benefits like a priority customer service telephone number.
2018: Started doing thread-lifting which I also call Suture-Lifting.
2018: Maintained Top 500 level for Botox injections (and other Allergan products). At this point, I realize that I started by seeing about 4 Botox patients per month in 2006 and now I have the privilege of seeing over 200 Botox patients per month.
I still have much more to improve regarding my skills, communication, and results. Thank you everyone for trusting me with your injections.
Calvin Lee, MD