17 Nov Meet the Instructors: Dr. Jeffrey Ayers
An experienced, effective instructor is vital to a medical aesthetic training course. We would like for you to get to know the team of MedAesthetics Training educators, and what they personally bring to our training courses. This is the first post in a series that will introduce you to our educators so you can get to know them better – before your training!
Dr. Jeffrey Ayers, DO
As well as being an instructor, Dr. Ayers is a part of the MedAesthetics Training Educators Advisory Council. As part of the council, he contributes his expertise in course development, attendee customer service as well as expanding the reference materials available to our attendees prior to and after the training courses.
Dr. Ayers graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with his BA in Biology in 1985. He then graduated from medical school in 1989 from Des Moines University.
From 1989-1992 Dr. Ayers completed his Family Medicine Residency at the US Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.
From 1992-1995 He served the US Navy in Sasebo, Japan as a staff family physician and chief of the family advocacy program.
In 1995 Jeff and his family relocated to the the greater Salt Lake City area and where he continues to work with Intermountain Healthcare as a staff family physician. In 2005, Dr. Ayers added non-surgical medical aesthetics to his areas of practice.
Today, Dr. Ayers practices family medicine as well as serving as medical director for the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics and Elase Medical Spas in the Salt Lake City area. Dr. Ayers travels regionally and nationally training in non-surgical cosmetic practices including the use of neurotoxins, dermal fillers and laser resurfacing.
Question and Answer Session
What drew you to aesthetics and why is it your passion?
While attending a variety of medical conferences over the past 15 years, it was often implied or stated that diversifying your practice was a wise consideration due to the changing medical markets and the insurance reimbursement challenges and changes.
As a family physician, I already enjoyed the ability to perform a wide variety of procedures crossing over multiple specialities. Eventually, I was drawn to non-surgical aesthetics and started attending seminars on that topic. I initially dabbled in cosmetic injections, lasers, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
I really enjoyed cosmetic injections, and was good at it! I took as many classes as possible (and still do). I found I had an eye for the results I was trying to achieve. In addition, cosmetic injections were easy to add to my current practice because it didn’t require a lot of overhead. Over the past 10 years, I have developed my art of injecting and I gain a great deal of satisfaction when I assist my clients in achieving subtle results to enhance their appearance, which then boosts their confidence.
What is your favorite injectable product?
My favorite injectable products by far are the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. There are a variety of products with different characteristics that allow me to sculpt a face by either providing volume to areas that are low, or to smooth facial line that make a face look old or tired.
Is there a supply item that you HAVE to have?
Yes! I must have my Kebby Decapper. In the past I would struggle to remove the stopper off a bottle of neurotoxin to get the very last drops out of the bottle. This tool allows the bottle to be opened without the risk of breaking the glass.
What are your top 3 methods to minimize risk and optimize your patient results?
- Good patient consultation. It is easy to get it “wrong” by assuming you know what the client wants. Always clarify the expectation and what you are capable of achieving with the treatment options.
- Bruising is common, so I do my best to minimize bruising for my clients. I do this by using a gentle technique and being careful to avoid obvious capillaries.
- Don’t over treat new clients. It is better to bring a client back for additional work to enhance their results. You can always do more – but you can’t easily take away products that have already been placed.
If you could give one piece of advise to someone just starting in aesthetics, what would it be?
Never stop training! You will always learn one or two “pearls” to help you optimize your results. BUT, avoid Youtube “training” videos (most of these are advertising a practice, but don’t provide step by step instruction).
What attendees have to say about Dr. Ayers
Thuy Tran, NP:
Dr. Ayres did a great job demonstrating and offered great technique. I would highly recommend this course due to the ratio of instructor/student.
Theresa Lopez, RN:
Thank you, I really enjoyed the class and learned lots!
Tina J. Vigil, RN:
Thank you for all the helpful suggestions and real life experiences!
Karl N. Hanson, MD:
Super job. Ready to start! This course prepared me for starting immediately. Great practice patients!