How long have you been injecting Botox in Modesto?

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 AcupuncturePlastic 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

How many Botox patients do I see in a Month? Over 200

I just recently counted my Botox patient visits.  It’s a fun number to count.  However, I do know that quality is more important than quantity.  But this number shows that I have some experience and that some patients trust me.  I used to think that 80 patients a month was quite nice back in the year 2014.  I’ve hit a few months now where I see over 200 patients per month.  For example in March 2018, I saw 246 Botox patients, and in August 2018, I saw 214 patients in that month for Botox.

Thank you for trusting me with your Botox.

More about Dr. Calvin Lee

Calvin Lee, MD

Written for Del Rio Magazine (Modesto, CA).

One of Dr. Calvin Lee’s goals is to continually improve Modesto.  He is proud to help start the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon in 2009 and be a founder of the Gallo Center for the Arts. Recently, he was involved with starting Modesto Moves and Ripon-Manteca Moves – training groups for runners.  Soon there will be a new half marathon called Ripon’s Run, and he is proud to be able to be the initial title sponsor along with DMC. Dr. Calvin Lee is a board certified General Surgeon who lives with his Plastic Surgeon wife, Dr. Tammy Wu, in Rancho Del Rio. He came to Modesto in 2003, joining the McHenry Medical Group as a trauma and general surgeon. In 2006, he formed Surgical Artistry with his wife.  Now at Surgical Artistry, his practice involves a specialty of needles – for acupuncture, Botox and cosmetic injections.

With acupuncture he specializes in treating back pain.  His Botox practice is at the “Top 500 level”, a designation given by the manufactures as one of the busiest 500 accounts in the country out of an estimated 30,000.  With Botox he specializes in cosmetic injections, injections for plantar fasciitis, sweating under the arms, muscular trigger points, and headaches.  With fillers, he enjoys working under the eye lid area, an area called the tear trough.  He considers acupuncture, Botox, and cosmetic filler implants to be surgical procedures.

Most Surgical Artistry patients are not from Modesto.  It’s an honor to have patient traffic come to Modesto.  After visiting our office, many of our recurring patients tell us that they like coming here to shop because of the relatively lower tax rate – especially the patients from San Francisco.

Dr. Lee was born in New York City and had the honor of being accepted to all the Ivy League Schools and Stanford.  He decided to enroll at Brown University where he met his wife in 1989.  They were both part of a eight-year program which combined undergraduate with medical school.  After that he went to Case Western Reserve and Southern Illinois University for Surgery training for the next 6 years.

He is also a violinist.  He was soloist and concertmaster of orchestras at Brown and Harvard Universities and various orchestras in New York.  He has played at Carnegie Hall twice on the violin.  In 2009, YouTube in conjunction with the San Francisco Symphony had a contest and he one of two non-professional violinists who won a spot in the YouTube Symphony. This resulted in world wide media attention. He also toured as a violin soloist throughout parts of Asia. He thought about becoming a professional violinist, but in college, he developed a hearing problem; thus he decided that it was a sign that he needed to dive in wholeheartedly into medicine. He is teaching himself piano these days.  Recently he participated in a piano competition in Beverly Hills which involved competing with piano teachers, and he won and performed a Beethoven Concerto with orchestra in Los Angeles. He loves his Los Angeles audience and plans to perform in Los Angeles again next year. He has a violin recital lined up in Modesto in September with music professors at Modesto Junior College.

For fun he enjoys making websites, blogging, spending time on FaceBook, marketing, eating vegan, and running.

 

 

 

 

What’s new with Botox for 2017

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My 2016 Botox Statistics

I reached the Diamond level injection status – which is top 4% of Allergan accounts.  I’m happy to report that I injected 66,597 units of Botox for the year and almost 900 syringes of filler – I guess I should have just worked harder.  I pledge to continue to work harder to improve my skills.  Thank you to all those who trusted me with my surgical skills to inject Botox.  As expected, Allergan is going to raise their prices on the purchase of Botox for 2017.  This is an annual price increase which I’ve come to anticipate.

December 2015 Botox statistics per day

I’m writing this on 12/18/15.  These are basically notes to myself and eventually may be used as a guide in 2016 to help the Botox representatives in their national Botox database.  Allergan/Botox likes to do studies like that.  Data below from Brilliant Distinctions.  However, Brilliant distinctions isn’t used by all of our patients, and thus the data may be somewhat short; meaning that the actual numbers are probably higher than the ones reported below.  I have also found that many of my patients are from Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, CA.  And in general the majority of my patients are nurses.  I think this stems from my history of working at DMC much more than Memorial Hospital in Modesto, CA.

First 14 work days of December 2015 Botox statistics reveal:

  • 3774 units of Botox used.
  • 98 Botox patients seen (this would include Juvederm/dermal filler patients who received Botox.  But this would not include Juvederm/dermal filler patients who did not receive Botox).
  • 65 Syringes of dermal filler used.

How much Botox do I use per day?  269 units.

Using the data above from 14 days of work in December 2015, I come up with the following info:

  • 269.5 units of Botox used per day (per work day)
  • 7 Botox patients per day
  • 4.6 syringes of filler used per day.

What’s our average units of Botox used per patient?  38.5 Units.

  • 38.51 U of Botox is the average number of units used per patient over the 14 days of data collection.
  • 38.27 U of Botox is the average number of units used throughout my entire year of 2015 up to 12/18/15 – calculated from 1340 Botox visits and 51,283 U of Botox used for those 1340 Botox visits.

How much Botox is used per month?  42 Bottles.

  • As a rough estimate, if I take 51,283U of botox used and divide that by 12 months.  I would get 4,273 U of Botox used per month on average which would be 42 bottles of Botox a month on average.

How much filler do I use per month? 54 syringes per month.

As a rough estimate, taking 659 syringes of fillers used this year up to 12/18/15 and divide by 12 months, I would get 54.92 syringes per month.

Visit us in Modesto, California for Botox.

The data here is for my Surgical Artistry Modesto Botox practice.  Please feel free to visit one of my Modesto Botox webpages

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Cumulative Monthly BOTOX usage reveals 149% change

Comparing 2015 to 2014 in terms of BOTOX growth

I don’t have December yet, but comparing Jan-November, I am lucky to be able to present a 149% change from last year in our Modesto BOTOX usage. I like to make reports for the Botox company, so they can see how the team is doing. I welcome the representatives and Allergan managers as part of my Surgical Artistry team and I want them to feel good about their efforts. I appreciate them very much for all the help they have given me and my patients. Just having fun with an old spreadsheet (2003 Excel – and I use a flip phone with no text messaging).

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Above graph shows the cumulative monthly Botox usage and compares 2015 to 2014.  I am missing the month of December because it isn’t over yet.  But I think it shows a nice trend – and it shows a 149% change (or a 49% growth in the usage of Botox).  I have other Botox statistics from previous posts – be sure to check those if there is any interest under the “Botox Statistics” category section. And there is also another Botox blog besides this one which I sort-of stopped updating recently.  In that blog I have this valuable Botox statistics report for 2014.

And the hard Botox data:

I think sometimes this is called running totals.  So if I look at March’s Botox data – that means the total amount of Botox I used from the beginning of the year to March.

Cumulative data
2014 2015
January 2798 2701
February 4576 5562
March 7401 9983
April 9881 14621
May 12592 18513
June 15803 23864
July 19133 29629
August 22207 33390
September 24130 37377
October 28374 42088
November 31925 47509

About My Botox use in 2014

I felt very proud of 2014’s usage of Botox and at times felt that it couldn’t be any better.  But 2015 proved that we can continue to improve!

About Me, About My Botox practice

I thought I needed to try to write something recent about myself at Surgical Artistry.  This is what I came up with:

 

Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Belotero injections – my goal is to provide cosmetic injections at the highest level. I value quality surgical level outcomes, patient safety, comfort & communication.

My Modesto Botox Page

I am a Board Certified General Surgeon with a past trauma career who assists in plastic surgeries and spinal cord stimulator / spinal pain pump surgeries.  I am also an Acupuncturist who injects Botox as an extension of Acupuncture.  Many of my Botox point selections are related Acupuncture points for migraine headaches and wrinkle prevention.  40% of my clinical time is spent at work is spent on Acupuncture, and 50% of my time is spent with cosmetic injections for Botox, Fillers, and Veins, and 10% of my time is spent assisting in surgeries.   In a clinic day, it is common for me to use 200 units of Botox, 4 syringes of dermal fillers, and see about 6 acupuncture patients.

Outside of my clinical time, I also spend a great deal of time as an administrator of Surgical Artistry – the combined medical office for myself and my wife, Dr. Tammy Wu, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  We have been surgeons in Modesto since 2003.  My wife and I met while we were students at Brown University.

I am an author for MedicalSpaMD a resource for plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and aesthetic physicians.  I’m also a member of the marketing department of the Cooperative of American Physicians based in Los Angeles.  My hobbies include piano, violin, marathon running, being vegan, creating websites and social media.

What I love about Belotero Balance

What I love about Belotero Balance

I have been an avid user of Belotero Balance for a few years in my cosmetic injection practice. Last month, April 2015, I injected about 4640 units of Botox and 75 syringes of fillers. 20% of the fillers I use is Belotero Balance. Much of what I do with Belotero is considered off-label FDA use. I am a frequent user of cannulas in my filler practice which includes the spectrum of Juvederm available in America and Radiesse.  Juvederm dermal fillers in my Modesto practice include: Juvederm ultra, Juvederm ultra plus, Juvederm ultra xc, Juvederm ultra plus xc, Juvederm Voluma xc.

Briefly about my Modesto Practice

I spend half of my clinical time personally performing cosmetic injections. I think I would be a bit busier if I spent more time on the Botox/filler side of the practice but I have plastic surgery assisting duties (my wife is a plastic surgeon, I am a general surgeon with trauma experience), a small cosmetic vein practice, and I also have an acupuncture practice which I love. After clinical hours, I am an administrator for our plastic surgery practice. I feel that I spend about 80 hours per week on our practice clinical+administrative.   Of course there is room for me to be more efficient.

Belotero is great for

Belotero is great for tear troughs and around the eyes
I use a cannula and lay down Belotero for tear troughs. It works well for many tear troughs, and flows very well through a cannula. I’ve learned over the years to tell the patients that the duration in that area seems to average about 6 months. Of course this varies from patient to patient. I was a Juvederm user for almost all tear troughs before and ran into some trouble with swelling for a few patients. I still run into some swelling issues with Belotero but it is much less. It also works well for building up a little bit of the cheek above the zygoma laterally.

Great for forehead lines
Some fine forehead lines are amenable to Belotero filling. It is especially useful for those patients who want a smoother forehead with less brow drooping which can happen with overzealous Botox use on the forehead. It is also great for those wrinkles in the eyebrows.

Great for a touch up on the oral commissures
Belotero is wonderful just as a small touch to a slight downturn in the oral commissure. I’m not talking about the entire marionette line, but just the corner of the mouth and injected superficially.

Great for crows feet
I need to be careful with the bruising in this area but it works well for some of the fine crows feet lines. It works well with Botox to battle those light static lines.

Great for neck lines
Those horizontal lines – belotero becomes very labor intensive but well worth it. The patients get a bit of bumpy look for the first 2-3 weeks, but it settles and the Belotero works well to integrate into the skin.

Great for chest
Or some call it decollatage area. These crinkles thicken up well, with belotero for many patients, I have to bend the needle to get the angle I need.  It really does look like it integrate into the skin after two weeks.

Serial Puncture method
Yes, this is useful, and can at times reduce bruising because the needle doesn’t go in very deep. A wrinkle is injected several times about 2 mm apart and the needle just barely goes into the skin. For most of what I like to do with Belotero, except for the tear troughs, I am injecting very superficially. If I’m threading the needle through (ie, in neck lines), I can see the needle through the skin. This superficial needling probably has an added collagen induction characteristic for the patients – similar to microneedling.

Superficial injections for longer lasting effect
Superficial injections lead to longer lasting effect. I have found that deeper injections in areas with movement seem to eat up the Belotero in 3 months. But 5-6 months can be derived from superficial injections.

I would recommend Belotero to other injectors
I like Belotero and would recommend it as part of our creative set of tools for beauty. It’s like a very thin paintbrush. And Belotero works well with other fillers in a layered approach.

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Botox Experience

855 Botox Patients, 2594 Botox Visits

855 different Botox patients
855 different Botox patients seen as of 1/30/15.  2594 Botox visits.

How much Botox Experience does Dr. Calvin Lee have?

Dr. Calvin Lee is a board certified surgeon who has been focusing on Botox injections since 2009.  We have made a few pages which shows some of our detailed Botox statistics at our Botox practice.  However in this Botox blog, we present even more Botox metrics.

It’s not my goal to be a super busy practice. I like to spend a good amount of time and attention for each patient. Quality over quantity!

Previous pages with our Modesto Botox Statistics

Starting from 2011, we can track statistics through the Botox company

Fortunately, the Botox company has decided to form a frequent-flyer type program which gives coupons directly to the patients in the form of discounts for future Botox injections (or Juvederm or Latisse).  This program is called “Brilliant Distinctions.”  With brilliant distinctions, there is a computer portal which our Modesto Botox practice can access.  We have been a member of Brilliant Distinctions since 2011.  With these statistics, we found that Dr. Lee has seen 855 different Botox patients.  These patients have visited the office 2594 times for Botox.  Botox Touch-Up visits are not counted in this figure.

Return to Modesto Botox Topics

Do many people in Modesto get Botox?

I get this question from time to time.  Usually from patients who feel that they are unique in getting Botox.  I think Botox patients in general are relatively private about their injections.  Thus, it might feel like an isolated event – getting Botox.

But working in my office, it feels as if everyone in Modesto is getting Botox.

Visit my 2014 summary statistics regarding Botox usage in my Botox practice in Modesto.

Highlights from that page reveals that: 503 different patients were seen for Botox in 2014. This is up from 374 last year.

What’s even more impressive is that through my patients, I’ve been able to compile a list of other injectors in the Modesto area, and I have found over 40 injectors for Botox in the Modesto area.  I made of list of Modesto Area Botox injectors.  The list has 37 injectors on it.  But there are a few who I haven’t exactly been able to identify, but through my patients, they are sure that they exist.

Regardless, I hope you pick us for your Botox injections.