While Riki Rudder, RN, was thinking about taking the journey from conventional nursing care into the world of aesthetics, she struggled with whether or not her Christian beliefs would be honored in an industry that appeared to be built on vanity and selfishness.
That struggle led to a great deal of thought and prayer before her prayers were answered, eventually leading to the creation of Hot Springs Aesthetics, located at 321-C Section Line Road, at the beginning of this year.
Because there are medications involved and certain protocols that must be followed, HSA is medically supervised by Rudder’s husband, Dr. James Kevin Rudder, who currently practices as an orthopedic surgeon at National Park Medical Center.
Aesthetic medicine focuses on improving individuals’ cosmetic appearance. The mission statement of HSA is as follows: “Helping others feel better about how they look and feel so they can shine like a diamond from the inside out!”
In addition to aesthetic services, other services offered at HSA include weight loss, skin care, Botox and vaginal rejuvenation.
Though HSA only came to fruition in May, Rudder has practiced since October 2017 and began her business out of her husband’s office. She was originally only interested in being certified to administer Botox, but was introduced to the Clean Start Weight Loss Program and immediately fell in love with it, as she said weight loss has been a personal battle of hers.
Rudder has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. In September 2017, she was certified by the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“This is my dream,” she said. “Helping people help themselves. Being able to coach them or help with that goal — weight loss in particular, because it’s so personal. It affects how you feel about yourself, and then how you feel about yourself affects every relationship that you’re in with everybody else. Being able to take somebody that comes in that isn’t happy with how they feel and bringing them up and out, and then all of the sudden they walk in and they have that bounce in their step.”
The Clean Start Weight Loss Program is an all-natural, comprehensive weight loss program designed to eliminate the body’s fat deposits, particularly targeting the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, neck and face. The program uses the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone to achieve results. Rudder said the program can be done without the hormone, if needed, but the results will not be as great.
“I like to under-promise and over-deliver,” Rudder said. “Anybody that participates in the program and is compliant with the protocol should lose 15 pounds, easy. I’ve had people lose as much as 25-30, depending on how much weight they had to lose, and their metabolism.”
The clinic is currently running a grand opening special, which is $499.50 for the 12-week program and includes six weeks of intense weight loss with the hCG injections and four to six weeks of maintenance. After four more weeks, if interested, individuals may repeat the process for half the price.
Rudder said her patients’ time is extremely valuable to her. She treats her patients how she wants to be treated.
“I like to get my patients in and out quickly. I like them to never hit the couch because if I’m asking them to come in once a week, their time is valuable. If I have to go somewhere, like get my nails done, I don’t have time to sit and wait. If I have to sit and wait for someone to do my nails and I’m having to come in on a regular basis, if it takes me a lot of time, I’m not going to come back,” she said.
Another service offered at HSA is the VIP Skincare Program. For $55 a month, individuals receive biweekly treatments of facials and chemical peels, and each patient has a standing appointment time.
HSA also utilizes its Exilis Ultra 360 machine to combine radio frequency and ultrasound to tighten skin and address body concerns.
“The Exilis machine is for skin elasticity. When we’re born, the collagen and elastin in our skin is real high and tight and it’s very forgiving. It just kind of bounces back. But, as we age, the collagen and elastin kind of spreads apart. If you can think of bacon on a frying pan, raw bacon kind of mimics what our skin looks like as we age; it’s loosey-goosey. Then we put it in the frying pan and it kind of pulls everything up tight again. That’s what the machine does,” Rudder said, adding that the machine works from head to toe.
“You rejuvenate the tissue from a cellular level. If I’m thinking long-term and I’m a health care provider, I want you healthier without me injecting you with a bunch of foreign stuff. Can we do the Botox and the fillers? Absolutely, I can do that all day long. But, going back to my Christian beliefs and being a nurse first, I want to make you as healthy as possible at a cellular level and then maybe I don’t have to do as much Botox, or maybe I don’t have to do as much filler, or maybe I don’t have to do them at all.”
She recommends that her patients follow up with her two weeks after injections.
“I always have my patients follow up in two weeks, because if it wasn’t enough, I don’t want them out there saying, ‘Well, she did me, but she didn’t do enough.’ They recommend that everyone comes in after two weeks even if they’re happy, and I want to know if they’re happy. There’s no charge; just let me know if you’re happy or if there’s something else we need to do,” she said. “If for some reason, because it is an art form, if you’re not symmetrical, I can fix it. But I can’t fix it if I don’t know about it, and you don’t know, with Botox, until about two weeks out and you get the full effect of your injection.”
Visit http://www.hotspringsaesthetics.com for more information.