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How to Choose Your Botox® Provider
Botox® Cosmetic Administration and Recognition on the National Level
Blue Water Spa is one of the top providers of Botox® Cosmetic in the country, and the top provider of Botox® Cosmetic in the Triangle. Our nurse injectors have administered over a quarter million units of Botox® to date. We continue to be among the elite and Black Diamond status with Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox® Cosmetic.
Botox® Cosmetic Storage
Blue Water Spa continues to be the top provider of Botox® Cosmetic nationally. We adhere to strict guidelines from Allergan the makers of Botox® Cosmetic. Botox® is received in a freeze dried format from the manufacturer and is reconstituted per strict guidelines. Research has shown that Botox® is most effective when used within the first six hours of reconstitution. At Blue Water Spa you never have to worry about “diluted” or “old” Botox®.
Nurse Injector Philosophy
At Blue Water Spa we believe surgeon trained injectable nurses overseen been a board certified plastic surgeon are able to provide the consistent, natural injection based upon each individuals unique anatomical structures. Our nurse injectors here at Blue Water Spa have injected well over 1.8 million units of Botox to date and have assisted in over 500 hours in the operating room alongside Dr. Michael Law, MD. Our nurses solely focus on injectables and therefore are solely dedicated to their field and specialty.
Nurse Injector Loyalty
At Blue Water Spa you don’t have to worry about having a new nurse injector every 6 months. Our nurse injectors have over eleven years combined service at Blue Water Spa. Melissa, Mari and BJ are the only nurse injectors at Blue Water spa and are often coined the Blue Water Spa “dream team”.
Owned and Operated By A Physician, Not a Franchise
Blue Water Spa must adhere to the safety, cleanliness and truth in advertising guidelines outlined by the North Carolina Medical Board and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
A Consultation, Not a Sales Pitch
Complimentary consultations are provided by our nurse injectors. Not everyone is a candidate for Botox®. If you aren’t- we will tell you. Our providers do not work on quotas or commission. Your consultation is a time for you to learn about Botox®. It is not a sales pitch- there will never be any pressure.
Why Blue Water Spa / Michael Law MD?
At Blue Water Spa/Michael Law MD we have surgeon-trained and supervised nurse injectors that are the ideal person to perform Botox ® injection. The nurse injectors at Blue Water Spa/Michael Law, MD only inject Botox® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. It is what they do all day long, every day not just “occasionally” between other services. Our nurse injectors have injected over 1.8 million units of Botox ® to date and are among the top 1% providers of Botox ® Cosmetic in the country. Our injectors have a “no pressure” approach and are skilled at providing the least amount of Botox ® cosmetic possible to give optimal results. At Blue Water Spa/Michael Law MD you don’t have to worry about having a new nurse injector every 6 months. Melissa, Mari and BJ have been with Blue Water Spa/Michael Law MD for years and have mastered the art of Botox ® and dermal fillers. Our clients are continuously pleased with their performance.
How to Choose Your CoolSculpting Provider
CoolSculpting actually has cost minimums that practices must adhere to. If a price is too low, that could mean that the practice is using a knock off system. Some practices will advertise a price that is only for one applicator. All CoolSculpting treatments require two applicators to treat both sides of the body. Look for a provider that will assess your body, listen to your needs, and provide a price quote that will be the total amount for your complete service.
Physician Owned & Operated
Look for a practice owned and operated by a physician and not a franchise. Who is the medical doctor who owns and operates the practice? Research the physician on North Carolina’s Medical Board website. A board-certified plastic surgeon should be onsite and should directly oversee treatments. Facilities should adhere to the safety, cleanliness and truth in advertising guidelines outlined by the NC Medical Board and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
CoolSculpting results are very technique dependent. Applicators placed inappropriately can significantly impact your treatment results. Be sure the practice you select has performed at least 5,000 CoolSculpting treatments. The technician should have extensive training and experience in the treatment you are seeking.
The practice you select should have multiple applicators available. No single applicator works for all areas. CoolSculpting offers newly upgraded CoolAdvantage applicators that cover more surface area and can treat previously untreatable areas such as dense fat on the abdomen or flanks. Seek a practice that has two machines, so areas like arms, sides, etc. can be treated at the same time.
Before and After Images
Look for before and after images of patients from the practice you are intending to receive your CoolSculpting treatment from. Stock images provided by the manufacturer don’t tell you what that practice and their providers can do. Don’t trust a practice that doesn’t want to show you their own work.
Complimentary Consultation – Not a Sales Pitch
Find a stable, financially sound practice that offers no cost consultations and no pressure to purchase. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting. You want a physician’s office that is prepared to tell you “no” even if you are prepared to pay. If providers have quotas or pressure to perform, people who may not be ideal candidates may pay for a service and end up with a less than ideal result.
Why Blue Water Spa / Michael Law MD?
Blue Water Spa offers the CoolAdvantage and CoolAdvantage Plus applicators from CoolSculpting. These upgraded applicators use the same CoolSculpting technology as the original applicators, which have been incredibly successful worldwide, but with improved comfort, improved treatment coverage, and decreased treatment time. Blue Water Spa offers not only the CoolSculpting treatment with CoolAdvantage applicators, but includes mechanical massage, compression binders, and vibration therapy as part of your service. We want you to achieve the best results possible. Blue Water Spa has been a top CoolSculpting provider in the Triangle for over 4 years and has performed over 5,000 CoolSculpting treatments.
How to Choose Your Dermal Filler Provider
Conservative and Natural Approach
At Blue Water Spa our nurse injectors decipher the necessity of injections, amount of product required and the specific product to be used after they have completed a thorough assessment of your individual needs. A common concern among patients is looking “done.” Our objective with dermal fillers is to provide natural and conservative results leaving the face refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed.
Surgeon Trained and Supervised
Our nurse injectors are surgeon trained and supervised with dermal filler injections. This in depth training allows the injectors to appreciate the details of volume addition and placement. Placement of the dermal filler has to be meticulous, layered and approached much like surgical fat grafting.
Blunt Tip Microcannulas
A blunt-tip microcannula is a small tube, with an edge that is not sharp, which is designed for atraumatic injections. Not only does this give the nurse injector greater control over where the product is placed, but it also can reduce bruising, swelling and has significantly reduced the discomfort experienced during injection.
Customization of Treatment
While dermal filler placement is priority, it is equally important to customize the product that is injected based on the area that needs enhancement. Not all faces are the same; every human face has unique areas that may lose volume or flatten with age. Assessing the human face is what our nurse injectors are skilled at. One product that may give a patient an aesthetically improved outcome may not give the same results to another. They customize each and every treatment to achieve the optimum aesthetic result.
Nurse Injector Loyalty
At Blue Water Spa you don’t have to worry about having a new nurse injector every 6 month. Melissa, Mari and BJ have been with Blue Water Spa for years and have mastered the art of dermal fillers and Botox®. Our clients are continuously satisfied with their performance. They keep well documented medical records to ensure that client dosing and administration is consistent.
Recognition on the National Level
It is important search out a top provider who only performs injectable procedures. The nurses at Blue Water Spa are among the top 1% providers of Juvederm® in the country. Our nurse injectors have a “no pressure” approach and are skilled at providing the least amount of dermal filler possible to give beautiful and natural looking results.
Why Blue Water Spa/Michael Law MD?
At Blue Water Spa/Michael Law MD we have surgeon-trained and supervised nurse injectors that are the ideal person to perform dermal filler injections. Our nurse injectors have injected over 8,000 dermal filler procedures to date and are among the top 1% providers of Juvederm in the country. Mari and Melissa have spent over 500+ hours in the operating room assisting structural fat grafting procedures with Dr. Law. This advanced training allows them to appreciate aesthetic volume placement unique to each client. Our injectors have a “no pressure” approach and are skilled at providing the least amount of filler possible to give optimal results. At Blue Water Spa/Michael Law MD you don’t have to worry about having a new nurse injector every 6 months, Melissa and Mari have been with Blue Water Spa/Michael
How to Choose Your Laser Center
Complimentary Consultation – Not a Sales Pitch
Is there pressure to purchase? Your consultation is a time for you to learn about lasers. Not a sales pitch – no pressure. A complimentary consultation should be provided to determine if you are a good candidate for laser before you commit to any treatment. Not everyone is a candidate for laser treatments. If you aren’t – the provider should tell you. Complimentary consultations for laser services should be provided by a Physician Extender, such as a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.
Seek a laser center that has extensive experience with providing various laser treatments. An experienced facility should have performed thousands of treatments. Seek a facility that has provided laser training to other medical professionals. Providers should be trained thoroughly by a qualified clinical trainer. Providers should be warm, discreet and accustomed to providing safe laser treatments. Laser technicians should have training in appropriate medical documentation to ensure clear, thorough documentation to ensure you will receive a consistent series of treatments.
Physician Owned & Operated – Not a Franchise
Who is the medical doctor who owns and operates the practice? Research the physician on North Carolina’s Medical Board website. The aesthetic laser center that you elect to receive treatment from should have a board-certified plastic surgeon onsite who directly oversees laser treatments. Facilities should adhere to the safety, cleanliness and truth in advertising guidelines outlined by the NC Medical Board and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Variety of Laser Services for All Skin Types
There is not a single laser that effectively treats all skin concerns on all skin types. Dark or tanned skin requires a laser with a long pulse. A longer pulse means that more of the laser energy is delivered to the target rather than to the surface of the skin where pigmentation problems might occur with lasers designed to treat light skin. Laser centers should have multiple lasers to ensure a safe and effective treatment will be performed.
No Packages or Prepayments
Can treatments be purchased per session? Clients will come back because they have great results- not because they have a binding long term contract. Each person will respond a little differently to treatment and some people will require more treatments than others. Others may determine that they wish to discontinue their treatments after one or two sessions.
Patient safety should be every laser centers top priority. As with any procedure, you should be given an informed consent to read over that explains all the possible risks. At every appointment, a pre-treatment consent reviewing various contraindications such as sun exposure, medication changes, and health history changes as these things could possibly make the skin more sensitive to the thermal energy of the laser should be completed. Smoke evacuators should be placed in each laser room to eliminate potentially dangerous plume for the safety of patients and staff.
Why Blue Water Spa/Michael Law MD?
Blue Water Spa’s Director of Training has been providing laser training to medical professionals for decades. We continue to learn and train others about the safest, most effective, fastest, and most comfortable laser hair removal available. More than 200,000 laser services have been performed at Blue Water Spa since 2003. Michael Law MD is onsite and directly oversees laser treatments. At Blue Water Spa, we have seven different lasers that we utilize for treatments. Your aesthetic needs will be assessed and a customized treatment plan will be developed. We see patients of all ages: from teens, 20’s, 40’s, 60’s and beyond. We have an aesthetic tool box that we use to address skin care needs from patients. We offer laser hair removal, skin tightening, pigmentation removal, tattoo removal, laser acne treatments, laser treatments for redness – any skin care need you have – Blue Water Spa has a safe and effective treatment option.
How to Choose Your Medical Spa
Your First Impression Counts – A LOT
You should be greeted on the phone by a real person. Upon arrival, you should immediately be greeted by concierge staff. The environment should be relaxing, gorgeous, a new, or newly remodeled, contemporary atmosphere with privacy. If you can’t visit the spa in person, take a virtual tour.
Therapists – Get the Best
Everyone has to start somewhere. But, you don’t want them to start with you. At Blue Water Spa, all of our skin our professionals and massage therapists have a minimum of five years of experience, with an average of ten years of experience. You want a spa with loyal therapists who stay committed to the spa. At Blue Water Spa, our employees receive a Louis Vuitton bag at their ten year anniversary. We are currently shopping for a fourth Louis Vuitton bag. Blue Water Spa staff are treated with respect. They are loyal, happy and dedicated.
Do Therapists Ever Leave the Room During a Treatment?
Blue Water Spa therapists never leave the room during a treatment to see a second client in another room or take a break. Sadly, this is common practice in many spas.
Be Sure The Spa is Immaculately Clean
Is the spa professionally cleaned every night? Is all equipment in contact with the skin sterilized with a medical autoclave? Are linens all professionally cleaned? There is no substitute for an immaculately cleaned spa with daily professional cleaning and professionally cleaned linens.
Look for Attention to Detail
Fresh flowers are a must. If a spa has silk or plastic flowers, do you really trust them with your face or body? Is all equipment in perfect working order? Is the building maintained properly- are all light bulbs, etc. Is the towel warmer or heating pad not working? Are products not fully stocked?
Stability of the Business
Does the spa own or rent their space? Owning space is an indication of stability and commitment to community.
Is the Spa Dedicated to Community Philanthropy?
Blue Water Spa supports more than 200 local charities and non-profits each year. Blue Water Spa has donated more than $170,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County, over 150,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle, planted more than 110,000 trees and provided funds to build a nursery for homeless infants at the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
Does your skin care facility have a sterile processor?
Blue Water Spa has a certified sterile processor onsite full time. Our sterile processing equipment is regulated by JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) guidelines and exceeds standards for AAAASF (The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities).
Physician Owned & Operated – Not a Franchise
Who is the medical doctor who owns and operates the practice? Research the physician on North Carolina’s Medical Board website. The medical spa that you elect to receive treatment from should have a board-certified plastic surgeon onsite that directly oversees treatments. Facilities should adhere to the safety, cleanliness and truth in advertising guidelines outlined by the NC Medical Board and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
How to Choose Your Skin Care Provider
Does your skin care facility have a board certified plastic surgeon on site?
Who is overseeing the treatments performed by your aesthetician? When services include microneedling, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, you want to be sure that a physician qualified to make safe and efficacious decisions is involved. Our aestheticians are mentored by nurse practitioners, nurse injectors, and surgical staff who have extensive experience in the field of medical aesthetics. Many of the products and equipment that we use are exclusive to physicians and not available to all spas and aestheticians.
Does your aesthetician have extensive experience in the field they are working in?
Everyone has to start somewhere. But, you don’t want them to start with you. At Blue Water Spa, all of our skin care professionals have a minimum of five years of experience, with an average of ten years’ experience. Upon hire, each aesthetician goes through an extensive training period prior to treating patients to make sure they are able to perform at the level Blue Water Spa requires.
Does your aesthetician put your safety first? Does your aesthetician say no to treatments and products that are not safe and effective?
Each aesthetician reviews patient medical history and previous treatment notes prior to each visit in order to ensure maximum safety and treatment efficacy. Blue Water Spa does extensive research and in house trials on every treatment that is offered. After thorough analysis, there are some treatments that we have decided not to perform based on inconsistent results. Patients who are not candidates for a particular service will not be advised to receive treatment. Treatments on patients with contraindications in their health history will never be performed as it could affect not only the results of the treatment, but the patient’s safety.
Does your aesthetician get regular professional training for the services performed in the facility?
The staff of Blue Water Spa regularly attend educational training sessions performed by licensed experts in that field.
Does your aesthetician regularly receive the services that are offered?
All of the staff of Blue Water Spa receive regular monthly treatments in all departments. This helps each staff member to better understand the process that the patient goes through, as well as to use their personal results to guide patients in the right direction.
Does your aesthetician have to meet a sales quota?
The aestheticians at Blue Water Spa do not work on commission for treatments and do not have a sales quota to meet. We believe in educating our clients on products and services that are best suited to meet their needs. We will not push products or services that we don’t believe in, nor will you ever experience pressure to purchase anything.
Is your skin care facility professionally cleaned every day?
Blue Spa has a professional cleaning service that provides daily cleaning to our entire facility. All linens and towels are professional cleaned through a contracted service. There is no substitute for an immaculately cleaned spa with daily professional cleaning and professionally cleaned linens.
Does your aesthetician leave the room during treatment?
At Blue Water Spa, our aestheticians never leave you alone during a facial treatment. Sadly, in many spas it is common practice to see a second client in another room or take a break. While you are under their care, our providers give you their all-inclusive attention.