Tami Buss Cassis
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About My Practice
What can patients do to look younger?
The perioral area, crow’s-feet and lost volume in the orbital fascia give away age the most. Crow’s-feet can be treated, off label, with neurotoxins and the orbital fascia area can be restored, off label, with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane.
Why do you describe your approach as 'hands-on'?
Although my practice size has doubled and I have several new practitioners, I still perform all of my patients’ Botox, aesthetic injectable and filler procedures myself. My patients have said that they really appreciate my “hands-on” approach. I also see each post-procedure patient for a follow-up visit, even for routine treatments such as chemical peels. Likewise, anyone who undergoes treatment with us receives our private office number and all surgical patients have my personal cell number.
How has your practice evolved since opening in 2005?
We have evolved so much in the last few years. We recently completed our third expansion and doubled our space to just under 10,000 square feet. We’ve added new technologies and several treatment rooms, including a state-of-the-art spray tan room offering healthy, organic spray tans. We are happy to be able to cater to the needs of many more patients.
Tell us about your staff.
A good staff is critical in a medical practice and the staff at Cassis Dermatology is incredible. Our employees have a lot of direct contact with patients and it’s important to be able to rely on them. Our goal is a team approach. We truly feel this model is the best for patients. Our entire staff will go the extra mile to ensure optimum patient care and satisfaction.
In what ways can patients continue healthy skin-care habits at home?
Sunscreen! Don’t forget to reapply! Sunglasses, hats and lip balm in the SPF 30–50 range are also important. Look for zinc or titanium dioxide as the highest active ingredients. It’s important to know your skin, so try and keep track of it by doing monthly home skin checks in between yearly scans at your dermatologist’s office.
How strong is your emphasis on education?
Patient education is very important to me, which is why I adorn my office with literature on what patients can expect before, during and after procedures. Our comprehensive website also serves as a tool to further enlighten patients.
Who has most influenced you thus far in your career?
I am especially grateful to my parents, Diane and Duane Buss; husband, Chuck Cassis; sister, Cindy Maddox; University of Louisville’s Department of Dermatology chairman, Dr. Jeffrey P. Callen; former dermatology coresidents, Drs. Kelli G. Webb and Diana D. Antonovich; and Drs. Mary P. Lupo, Marta I. Rendon and Ronald L. Moy, all of whom I interned with.
What's one thing people may not know about you?
I enjoy using my skills to enhance my patients' overall health, as well as their self-esteem. If I can do that for patients, I've fulfilled my responsibility as a doctor.
What does being a dermatologist mean to you?
I enjoy using my skills to enhance my patients’ overall health, as well as their self-esteem. If I can do that for patients, I’ve fulfilled my responsibility as a doctor.
American Board of Dermatology
Affiliation:American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society
A Minute With
My happiest professional moment
The day I opened Cassis Dermatology and Aesthetics Center in March of 2008
Three words that best describe me
Determined, ethical, loyal
What sets my practice apart
We have found the perfect blend of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology
My dream innovation
A cure for melanoma
Give each day 150 percent
What i love most about my profession
The variety of disease, treatments, types of patients and procedures
How i would spend extra time in a day
Volunteer at a women’s shelter
My ultimate skin-care advice
Use some strength of a vitamin A every night
The best skin in hollywood
Jennifer Lawrence—her brother Ben does IT for us
My most unique personality trait
I am determined yet compassionate
- Aesthetic Injectables:
- Juvéderm Voluma™ XC
- Energy / Light-Based Therapies
- General Dermatology
- IPL Treatments
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Resurfacing
- Laser Vein Treatment
- Skin Cancer Surgery
- Skin Care
- Skin Peels
Can you prevent gaunting of the face?What our experts say:
Preventing it is very difficult because it’s part of your genetic makeup. The good news is that we have a treatment for it and that would be Sculptra. It is an excellent filler for facial volume loss, specifically right below the high cheek bone area.
Do fillers in the lips stimulate collagen production?What our experts say:
There are good clinical studies that indicate that hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane [recently approved by the FDA for use in the lips] have some ability to stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen. So it stands to reason that it could do so in the lips.
How can you remove wrinkles from the neck?What our experts say:
It depends on how deep the wrinkle is and the location of the wrinkle. There are all different types of wrinkles. You can do a light chemical peel or use certain lasers to treat that.
What's the best way to treat sun damage?What our experts say:
It depends on the person’s skin type and the type of sun damage. We use everything from skin-care lines that have bleaching agents and alpha hydroxy acids, laser treatments and chemical peels. But the individual’s needs always guide the treatment. For example, someone with lot of redness on the skin would not benefit from a chemical peel. They would probably need IPL treatment.
Where does Radiesse belong?What our experts say:
It’s FDA approved and indicated for the treatment of nasolabial folds only. Off label, I have had great success treating patients who have lost a lot volume in their hands. I also use it a lot when treating male patients who have deeper nasolabial folds and need that thicker molecule to plump things up.
What does microdermabrasion do?What our experts say:
Historically dermabrasion was the way we would remove the top layers of skin and it was very barbaric, but 35 years ago that was it. Microdermabrasion was invented so we could reduce the pain associated with that treatment and only remove the very top superficial layers of skin. Today, patients can find a lot of exfoliating agent over the counter to do their own microdermabrasion at home. It’s a nice way to get a good glow for the skin. If you’re doing it lightly, you can theoretically exfoliate every day. We offer a daily exfoliator in our Simply b, MD line of products. Microderm is a little deeper and you should wait three-four weeks between treatments.
When is a chemical peel the right treatment?What our experts say:
It depends on the person’s skin type, the severity of the skin’s aging and whether or not they have any medical conditions. When you are peeling the skin with an acid you are taking off different layers. When you are peeling off the deeper layers of skin you’re getting to where the pigment is to even out discoloration, treat fine lines and stimulate collagen production. The lighter peels make the skin look fresh and rejuvenated but don’t go deep enough to treat things like pigment issues.
What areas of the face give away age the most when they lose volume? How can you treat them?What our experts say:
Eyes. The perioral area, crow’s-feet and lost volume in the orbital fascia gives away age the most. Crow’s-feet can be treated, off label, with neurotoxins and the orbital fascia area can be restored, off label, with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane.
Can you use filler as acne treatment, to fill scars or pock marks?What our experts say:
We do use fillers, off-label, for deep poc scars. I wouldn’t recommend it for a patient with general facial acne scarring because it’s going to be too expensive. We have less expensive options to treat that. I think it’s a great option when patients have a scar from a traumatic injury or a chicken pox scar or two because we could then use a lot less product and reduce the expense. Additionally, it’s important to remember that the fillers used are temporary and the results won’t last.
Which fillers can help patients look younger?What our experts say:
The latest fillers such as Juvéderm Voluma XC are allowing us to use more of a global approach and treat areas of the face such as the mid-face and cheek, that we couldn’t really before.
How have fillers changed dermatology?What our experts say:
Many patients can benefit from injectables and fillers. The effects of aging can be reversed with minimally invasive procedures that give clients the confidence to live life to the fullest!