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Finding the Right Medical Supplier

Having your own medical practice can be a daunting task. Between being a medical practitioner and a business owner, so many things have to be managed to make your business successful. One of the things to keep track of is making sure you have the tools and supplies you need to actually provide your services. Having a supplier that you can trust and who can deliver what you need is a must! But how do you find good medical supplies and what should you look out for? Read on to find out.

What does your business need?

The first thing to ask is what does your business need? What products, how much, how often, etc. These questions will also be asked by prospective suppliers so knowing these things beforehand will go a long way to improving your negotiations with them. 

  • What products – Though it is evident that you would need to know what products to get, you need to be specific. That means being particular on the brand, variants, specific product amounts, etc. This is especially true since you would most likely be dealing with medications that may come in various formulations and amounts.
  • How much – This is a question of how much you can order at a time. This is connected to how much you use up in a period of time and how much capacity you have for storing these items. When you start speaking with the suppliers, this may also intersect with the suppliers ability to procure the volume that you need. 
  • How often – Each piece of equipment or supply has different rates at which they need to be replaced or replenished. You will need to work out how much you can order and how much you can keep in storage and also figure out logistics of how long it would take to get new stocks and your prospective suppliers’ capacity to deliver. The last two points involve discussion with your suppliers but a rough estimate of these can help set expectations when you eventually get to that discussion.
  • Cost – As a business, having an eye of the overall costs of procuring these supplies and setting an estimated target will help you make sure you aren’t getting your supplies at a loss. It is also a common comparison point between suppliers that you would most likely look into when you have a number of suppliers vying for your business.
  • Other characteristics – depending on your needs and preferences, you may also want to check on other factors that will come into play when you start to work with these suppliers. This can include things like responsiveness, customer service, supply source, delivery medium, and other things. It is not necessary to account for all of these things at the start, but they may contribute to your decision when you eventually have to choose which supplier to work with.

How do I find good suppliers?

Now that you know what you want, it’s time to take a look at some of your options.

  • Do your research on your options – getting as much information as you can before making a decision is always a good idea. In the case of suppliers, it might save you money or hassle along the line and can really go a long way to helping your business.
  • Quality is king – This is especially true in the medical field where faulty equipment or substandard supplies can lead to catastrophic and harmful results. It can take as little as one mishap with bad equipment or medications to lose your business and even your license.
  • Cheaper is not always better – This is connected to the previous point, but can also apply to other factors. Maybe this company is cheaper but they are not as responsive or can’t adjust to your needs. Or maybe this one is a bit more expensive but they can be very accommodating and give great customer service. The valuation of these things on top of the service they provide is ultimately up to you, but the point is not to hyperfocus on just the price and to factor in other considerations.
  • A good track record can speak volumes – Consistently good performance is hard to fake and should always be a green flag when you’re trying to find people to work with. Again, do the research, ask around for recommendations, check reviews and get to know each prospect’s strengths and areas where they lack.
  • Customer satisfaction – similar to the previous point, good customer service is one way to determine how your working relationship will go. This encompasses their abilities to deliver, communicate, adapt, and do business.

Conclusion

These are just the tip of the iceberg when looking for the right supplier. It’s important to take your time and weigh your options carefully. Don’t lose sight of the big picture as these decisions can impact your business over long periods of time and can make or break your business.

If you’re looking for medical suppliers, look no further than Nuderma! We provide genuine and high-quality medical products such as dermal fillers, orthopedic injectables, and other medical supplies. We source our products from top brands at competitive rates and our customer service teams are ready to assist you in your orders from beginning to end. Visit our site now at nudermasupply.com!

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All About Facial Peels: What They Do And Why You Need Them

Do you want to get rid of wrinkles but aren’t sure you’re ready to commit to a dermal filler procedure? Maybe you’re apprehensive about needles or the clinical setting and want to fight off the signs of aging from the comfort of your own home? Or maybe you wish you could just go to sleep and wake up feeling and looking refreshed?

Then you should consider trying out some chemical peels. There are multiple types of chemical peels that you can use by yourself in your own home without needing to go to a clinic. These different types of peels can give different advantages:

  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Diminish the look of mild to moderate wrinkles
  • Combat signs of aging such as those caused by sun damage and stress
  • Smoothen out mild scars
  • Treat acne not resolved by topical treatments
  • Reduce skin imperfections such as age spots, freckles, and dark patches
  • Make the skin look and feel smoother
  • Hydrates the skin

How do peels work?

Different peels have different ingredients that will have different effects. In general, most peels have a chemical solution that causes the upper layer of skin to blister or peel off, taking away most superficial blemishes and allowing new cells to grow in its place.

Others have a hydrating or soothing effect that draws moisture into the skin, clearing away wrinkles and making the skin look smoother and healthier.

Other peels may even be more specialized like salicylic acid peels which are great for acne.

How do I know which peels are the best?

It is always a good idea to consult a licensed dermatologist for advice on what to use, but to give an idea on the function of each peel, here’s a breakdown of some of the peels in our online site:

  • Fillmed Light Peel, Fillmed Time Peel, and Fillmed Bright Peel all have different formulations and concentrations of different acids in order to remove the superficial layer of the skin to remove surface-level imperfections and allow new and fresh skin to grow in its place. Filmed Time Peel and Fillmed Bright Peel are formulated for normal skin while Fillmed Light Peel is for more sensitive skin.
  • Princess Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask uses the hydrating abilities of hyaluronic acid and other ingredients to help draw in moisture to the face and improve its complexion. The chemicals facilitate moisture to be absorbed by the skin, giving it a fuller, smoother look, reducing wrinkles and giving it a healthy glow.
  • Princess Skincare Green Tea Face mask uses the antioxidant powers of green tea and aloe to  calm and soothe skin, promoting healing and rejuvenation. It can be used on dry, stressed, and irritated skin.
  • Jalupro Moisturizing Face Masks use hyaluronic acid and aloe to hydrate the skin and promote collagen synthesis. This mask is meant to combat signs of aging such as wrinkles, dulled complexion, and sagging skin. It is usually recommended as part of a Jalupro HMW filler treatment to help improve the end results.

Whatever your needs, make sure to check out our online store at Nuderma.com!

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Why You Should Get The Cervarix Vaccine

Cervical cancer is reported to be the 4th most prevalent cancer in the world. In the year 2020, around 604,127 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer around the world. In the same year, 341,831 women died of cervical cancer. To this day, it is still a threat to a lot of women even though both its incidence and mortality rate have been on the decline in recent years.

Much of the reduction in cervical cancer deaths has been attributed to the widespread availability of testing for it. Early detection leads to earlier treatment, leading to fewer casualties.

However, another cause for the decline in cervical cancer cases has now been attributed to the current availability of the cervical cancer vaccine. First released in 2006, this vaccine targeted human papillomaviruses as these are one of the significant risk factors for cervical cancer. It has been a massive success, showing that it effectively combats two variants of HPV that cause 75% of cervical cancer cases as well as two variants that also cause  genital warts.

What is Cervarix?

Cervarix is a vaccine against cervical cancer produced by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals that was released in 2011. It is a recombinant Human Papillomavirus Bivalent (Types 16 and 18) Vaccine approved for use in patients between 9 to 25 years of age. It is not meant to prevent all types of cervical cancer, but the proteins being used in the vaccine are responsible for 75% of cervical cancer cases.

Cervarix is supplied in a suspension available in 0.5ml single-dose prefilled syringes. It should be administered by a healthcare practitioner intramuscularly and the full two or three doses should be completed before a patient can be considered vaccinated.

How does Cervarix work?

Cervarix works by targeting the outer shell or capsid of the human papillomavirus. This shell is made up of L1 proteins. Cervarix contains purified L1 proteins of HPV type 16 and 18 created through a process called recombinant DNA technology. These proteins are introduced into the body through benign virus-like particles so that they will be recognized by the body, triggering an immune response

Once this immune response is triggered, the body is then able to create antibodies specifically to find and eliminate L1 proteins. So if the patient who underwent the vaccine gets exposed to HPV, the antibodies will then attack the L1 proteins in the HPV shell, causing the virus to be eliminated.

How many doses of Cervarix is needed?

It depends on how old the patient is when they get their Cervarix dose. For patients who are between 9 to 15 years of age, Cervarix can be given twice six months apart. For patients over 15, 3 doses are necessary and should be given within 6 months as well. The first and second dose can be given one month apart, then the third dose should be given 5 months from the second dose.

Are there any side effects to Cervarix?

The most common side effects from getting the Cervarix vaccine are:

  • Headache 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Pain at the site of injection
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue

So what are you waiting for? Protect yourself and purchase Cervarix online at Nuderma.com

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Filler Dissolvers: Liporase

One of the advantages hyaluronic acid fillers have over other substances that could be used as fillers is how easy it is to correct or remove if the need arises. If a reaction or complication arises such as blood vessel occlusion or wrong placement; or even if the client just changes his or her mind and wants the filler removed, hyaluronic acid can easily be dissolved using filler dissolvers.

The main filler dissolver currently in the market is hyaluronidase. It is an enzyme that specifically breaks down hyaluronic acid. It was generally used for increasing the absorption of other drugs such as anesthesia, but since the increase in demand for hyaluronic acid fillers, it has also gained a lot of use in dissolving those fillers when needed.

Hyaluronidase is approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration for the purposes of subcutaneous fluid infusion, as an adjuvant to accelerate the absorption and dispersion of drugs in subcutaneous tissue or to manage extravasation, and as an adjunct to promote the absorption of contrast media in urinary tract angiography. It has also been approved and used for the purpose of increasing hematoma absorption in Europe. Even though these are the current approved uses with the US FDA. It is also commonly used in dissolving hyaluronic acid fillers, treating granulomatous foreign body reactions, and avoiding skin necrosis associated with filler injections by dissolving the fillers.

What is Liporase?

Liporase is a hyaluronidase product created by the South Korean company, Daehan New Pharm. It is mainly used in dissolving unwanted hyaluronic acid fillers. Since it only targets synthetic hyaluronic acid, it won’t affect the body’s own hyaluronic acid. It usually works fast in dissolving the fillers and effects can be seen within 24-48 hours depending on the filler placement, and amount of crosslinks.

Other than for removal of hyaluronic acid, Liporase has also been used as a booster to fat dissolving injections. Liporase enhances the effectiveness of fat dissolving injections by facilitating the fat’s absorption into the body.

Liporase comes in a powder form and the correct dosage has to be calculated based on the following factors:

  • Hyaluronic acid concentration
  • Amount of hyaluronic acid in the treatment sites
  • Amount of cross-linking
  • Filler injection quality.

The recommended dose of Liporase is 1 vial of hyaluronidase mixed with 3cc of saline to dissolve 3cc of hyaluronic acid.

What are the side effects of Liporase?

Common side effects of hyaluronidase include: 

  • Bleeding
  • Blistering
  • pain in the injection site
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Warm skin on the injection site
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Tenderness
  • Lumps 
  • Numbness
  • Soreness

If any of these symptoms persist or if they become unbearable, you may contact your doctor. Some rare side effects to hyaluronidase can include:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives or welts
  • itching
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the skin
  • skin rash
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

If you get any of these side effects, contact your doctor immediately.

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Dermal Filler Highlight: Radiesse

Radiesse is a synthetic filler made from calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres instead of hyaluronic acid. It has the same restorative and volume-adding capacity as hyaluronic acid, but has some key differences and advantages as well.

Radiesse’s calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres can be used to treat most of the same areas as hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, including moderate to severe wrinkles and lines in the face and volume loss in the face and hands. However, due to its consistency, it is not advisable for use in the lips.

These calcium-based microspheres fill in the spaces in the skin similar to other dermal fillers, adding volume and creating a support structure in the skin. However, it also has the added effect of stimulating collagen growth in the area. Over time, while the calcium hydroxylapatite breaks down, it leaves a lattice of collagen in the area, maintaining the volumizing effect in the area.

Radiesse has a more viscous consistency and is well suited for moderate to severe wrinkles and fold and for adding volume to sunken areas. It can also be used for eyebrow lifts, cheek augmentation and other procedures that need a firmer dermal filler. The downside to its firm structure is it is more difficult to mold or correct once it is injected.

Calcium hydroxylapatite also has the advantage of lasting longer in the body than hyaluronic acid. That and since it leaves behind collagen, the effects of Radiesse stay for longer, meaning you will need fewer treatments to maintain it.

Since calcium is also naturally part of the body, Radiesse has a good tolerability with minimal risk for reactions or side effects. If there are any side effects, they should disappear within 5 to 10 days from the procedure without any intervention. Radiesse products also have an option for added lidocaine to further reduce any discomfort from the procedure. A cold compress may be used on the injection area to reduce any pain or swelling.

Radiesse is not approved for use on patient who are experiencing the following:

  • bleeding disorders
  • allergies to the ingredients
  • pregnant or lactating

Though side effects are uncommon, most of these are from the injection procedure itself and should dissipate within a few days.

  • bruising
  • swelling
  • discoloration
  • rash
  • light bleeding
  • pain around the injection site

These are more severe complications that are rare, but should be reported to your physician if any of them occur.

  • Allergic reactions
  • Infection
  • Tissue necrosis due to occlusion of or injection into blood vessels.

Administration of these products should take less than an hour with no need for significant recovery time. You should avoid strenuous activities like exercise as well as the use of makeup for the first 24 hours. 

You should be able to see the effects of these products immediately after the procedure and these can last up to 2 years.