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Jill Bickford, BSN, RN, is Optima Dermatology’s Newest Medical Aesthetics Nurse Injector

June 2022


Medical Aesthetics Expertise and a Comprehensive Range of the Most Effective Medical Cosmetic Treatments Available 

Optima Dermatology is excited to welcome our newest Medical Aesthetics Nurse Injector, Jill Bickford, BSN, RN to our practice in Portsmouth, NH. Jill has been caring for patients in the New Hampshire Seacoast region for two decades and has expertise in a range of medical aesthetic treatments including neurotoxin injection treatments, dermal fillers, microneedling, laser treatments, chemical peels, and more. 

Jill’s medical background includes 14 years working in critical care at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire before transitioning to medical aesthetics. Jill received training from the Esthetic Skin Institute, is trained as a Coolsculpting Master Provider, and routinely trains with industry leaders to stay on top of the latest aesthetic procedures and technologies. 

A Commitment to Excellent Patient Care

Jill’s approach to patient care reflects Optima Dermatology’s commitment to treating every patient the way we would want our friends and family to be treated. 

Jill’s patients can expect individualized aesthetic treatment plans tailored to their needs. She is passionate about making a positive impact in her patients’ lives and strives to build long-term relationships with her patients.

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Jill, her approach, and the path that led her to pursue aesthetic dermatology.

How and when did you know you wanted to be a nurse? Were you always interested in aesthetic services, and what was your path to working in aesthetics?

I wrote a report about wanting to be a nurse back in the eighth grade and still have it to this day. I was a critical care nurse for many years before being introduced to aesthetic nursing. I used to joke that I would give up nursing and become a professional makeup artist if I ever left the ICU. I am so fortunate to have found aesthetics and to be able to use my nursing knowledge in combination with my passion for artistry and balance.

What do you enjoy most about treating your patients and what is unique about your approach?

I enjoy the reaction from my patients when we compare before and after photos. I take that opportunity to point out that even the slightest changes can have a massive impact on creating a well-rested and rejuvenated appearance. My approach is distinctive because I build respectful and trusting relationships with my patients while providing safe care that results in high satisfaction. I think that can be a challenge to find in today’s world.

Which patients would you recommend a VI chemical peel treatment for? What kind of results can patients expect to see?  

VI Peels can help a variety of skin concerns, including sun damage, melasma, uneven skin texture, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, active acne, and acne scarring. These chemical peels can be used on all skin tones, and a series of treatments can genuinely transform the skin and create a refreshed glow to the skin. Patients also love these treatments to help maintain their radiant appearance over the course of the year!

Which patients would you recommend a microneedling treatment for? What are the benefits of incorporating PRP into the treatment? 

Microneedling brings a multitude of benefits to patients, including the softening of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing the appearance of pores, improving overall skin tone and texture, and softening the appearance of scars. Causing an injury to the surface of the skin helps the body to create more collagen and elastin. Not only does this help hasten the appearance of aging skin, but it works wonders on scars. I have seen everything from deep, pitted acne scarring to thick, raised scars from a dog attack that have dramatically improved from microneedling. 

For added benefit, platelet-rich plasma can be used with this treatment. Otherwise known as PRP, this technology involves drawing a tube of blood from the patient and spinning it down in a centrifuge until the whole red blood separates from the gold-colored plasma that is concentrated with platelets. When applied to the skin after microneedling, or even when injected underneath the surface of the skin, PRP can accelerate the skin’s healing and overall rejuvenation process.  Additionally, PRP has other benefits, such as restoring hair growth to those experiencing hair loss.

What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

I love spending my free time with my family and friends, watching my kids play sports, and going cycling, hiking, and camping. Summers in New England are the best. I also enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, and staying up to date on everything related to aesthetics!

Answer this question: If you know me you would know…

If you know me, you would know that I take pride in everything I do! I am working hard on my graduate degree to become a nurse practitioner. After 20 years as a nurse, I’m eager for this next step in my professional path with Optima. Their guiding principle is to treat every patient like a friend or family member, which aligns perfectly with my approach to patient care.

What to Expect From Dermatological Treatments From Jill and Her Team

If you’re considering an aesthetic treatment such as a neurotoxin injection or dermal filler, it’s important to understand your options and explore the best treatments for your specific goals. 

Our expert team of specialized medical aesthetic providers, like Jill, have advanced training and experience for a range of procedures and treatments. These include:

  • Neurotoxin injections, such as BOTOX® or Dysport®
  • Other injectable procedures, including Kybella®
  • Dermal fillers (including Juvéderm®, VolumaTM, Vollure, Volbella, and Restylane®)
  • Laser treatments
  • Chemical peels
  • PRP hair restoration
  • Microneedling
  • & More

Come in for a free consultation to learn what will work best for you. Jill is accepting new patients at our new Optima Medical Aesthetics location in Portsmouth, NH. Give us a call at 603-942-2026 to schedule your consultation today!