Sherly Soleiman, MD
After earning her medical degree from Loma Linda University and performing a three-year residency at University of California Irvine, Dr. Sherly Soleiman opened Cosmetic Injectables Center in 2008. She works as an investigator with companies like Allergan (the makers of Botox, Juvéderm, Voluma, Latisse and Kybella) and Merz (the makers of Radiesse, Belotero and Xeomin), keeping her at the forefront of new developments, techniques and products in the field of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.
What changes have you made due to COVID-19?
“To keep our facility at its maximum safety, we have taken many steps and implemented many protocols. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting all items of contact in between patients and adding HEPA filters to every vent, we have cut through the roof above each procedure room and placed a commercial-sized suction fan to allow removal of the air in each room (called ‘negative pressure’ at hospitals) every four to five minutes. This undertaking has allowed a better sense of security for our staff and patients while visiting our office.
We have also installed hands-free faucets, developed a hands-free checkout system and are in the process of moving into electronic patient records. The booking time between patients has been increased, symptom questionnaires have been implemented before visits and temperatures are taken at the door. We provide not only gloves and masks but also face shields that patients can keep.
We have a changing room for staff where we change into and out of home clothes and shoes when we get to work to reduce any transfer of microbes into the office. We wash our scrubs in the office and use UVC lights for additional disinfection of our clothing overnight.
Sneeze guards have been placed on the reception desks, and patients are checked out while in the room to prevent crowds in the reception area. With our high ceilings, easily wipeable floors and spacious multiple waiting areas, 6-foot distancing and cleaning is easily achieved. Some might consider it overkill, but we would much rather be on the overly cautious side than the other way around.”
What did you do during the downtime of the pandemic?
“We created a more comprehensive skin care line, based on my years of research about skin care ingredients and their long-term results. We found a California-based compounding pharmacy to create our distinct formulas with high-quality ingredients that are low-allergy, animal cruelty-free, and are combined with natural herbs and remedies.
We also worked on implementing electronic health records to make our patient interactions better, more tailored and more comprehensive. Of course, a significant amount of time was also spent on making our office safe during the pandemic.”
Any new modalities at your office?
“Yes! I’ve specialized further in not only cosmetic but also medical indications for Botox. In addition to treatments for migraines, TMJ, neuralgia, pressure point ‘knots’ and excessive sweating, we now also treat elbow pain from overuse conditions such as tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis). We are also bringing in IV drips with and without medication for those who want to recover from a hangover, treat muscle aches or simply rehydrate with some fluids and vitamins.”
Tell us about a unique feature of your practice.
“What makes us unique is that as the physician and medical director of my practice, I am on-site full time and committed to the field of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. It is my passion and primary focus in medicine. Also relatively unique is that I have been selected as faculty for Allergan, teaching many of the offices in our area as well as others far away on injection techniques.
Our nurses all have many years of experience in this field along with me. They have excelled in injectables through sharing experiences and educational advances. At our office, we only select passionate injectors who are experienced, love what they do and enjoy excelling in the field.
Another unique qualifying factor for our office is that we have been acknowledged and recognized by Allergan as a top 250 office in the entire United States. This shows the authenticity of our products and marks us as one of the most highly experienced offices in the area.”
What are you especially grateful for today?
“I’m grateful to be able to work. I’m heartbroken for some of our nail and hair salon neighbors. We have been fortunate to be able to keep our doors open. It’s interesting how we have become grateful for things we would have never thought of in the past, isn’t it?”