Skin care 101


Published: 07/01/2016

by Beth Newcomb

Just like there’s a difference between a screw-cap bottle of wine from the grocery store and a finer vintage uncorked at the table by a seasoned sommelier, so, too, is the contrast between a physician-directed aesthetic center and, well, one that isn’t. 


“A lot of places are jumping on the Botox and injectables bandwagon,” says Dana Bonezzi, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Skin Care Solutions. “But there is a major difference between having a trained physician or RN perform a cosmetic injection and having someone who took a weekend class do the same.” 


Drs. Bonezzi, Debra Fast and Kathleen Fearon are master cosmetic injectors.


“We’ve injected tens of thousands of people,” Dr. Bonezzi reveals. “When it comes to injecting dermal fillers that produce a natural result, we’re among the most experienced in Northern Ohio.”


Theresa Phillips, RN, recently came on board to round out the master-level injectable team, and Dr. Bonezzi reports the liquid facelift is among their most popular service. 


“We do five to eight a week,” she confirms. “Our liquid facelift produces a superior result, so there’s no need to go under the knife. We stand firmly by the guidelines that only a doctor or nurse can be an injector. It makes a big difference in the quality of the result.”


In addition to dermal fillers, Skin Care Solutions offers CoolSculpting as an alternative to liposuction, laser hair removal, laser pigmentation removal, Botox, facials and the newest, non-surgical method for removing submental fat beneath the chin, Kybella. 


Some people who think they need Botox or dermal fillers really only need to change their skincare regimen, Dr. Bonezzi says. That’s why your first visit to Skin Care Solutions includes a skin evaluation by a medical aesthetician who will determine the best course of action. 


That’s not uncommon in the industry.


But what is uncommon, Dr. Bonezzi reveals, is having the support of a physician close at hand should your analysis reveal a problem requiring medical intervention, like the need for antibiotics to control acne.


“We can address those problems without having to refer you out,” she notes. “It’s a big advantage.”


Another hand-in-hand advantage to this physician-driven aesthetic center, says Dr. Bonezzi, is having direct access to medical-grade skincare products. 


“They’re vastly different from anything you can buy over the counter,” Dr. Bonezzi insists. “We sell Obagi and Image skin care products, and I can always tell at a glance when someone is using them or not.”


Medical-grade products, she adds, have higher potencies of ingredients—levels you can’t find at a store. They also penetrate deeper into the skin, so they are more corrective.


“Chances are good if you’re a woman in your 40s, you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on store products hoping for a good result,” she says. “The products we offer absolutely produce results, and they cost about the same as the mass-market brands that do very little. If you’re not going to invest in the level of skin care we offer, my advice is to save your money.”


Facials at Skin Care Solutions also include products with higher percentages of active ingredients, something salons and spas just can’t provide.


“We’ve made it our mission to offer the very best products and procedures, and we’ve recently changed how we consult with our clients,” Dr. Bonezzi states. “Our goal is to offer an enhanced client experience customized to each individual. What we’re providing here you won’t find anyplace else.”


Skin Care Solutions has two locations: 3705 Massillon Road in Uniontown, 330-933-6493; and 3727 Friendsville Road in Wooster, 330-202-3460. Hours for both locations are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with select appointments available in the evening and on Saturday. The team also offers its services at VCS Salon and Spa in Medina. You can find out more by visiting, or their Skin Care Solutions Facebook page.