The industry of cosmetic procedures is growing enormously, which calls for some major changes in how people access these treatments, and who can safely administer them. The Food and Drug Administration has approved various dermal fillers in the United States, however there is very little regulation elsewhere in the world.
In some countries, virtually anyone can administer dermal filler injections anywhere, and to anyone. This leaves patients vulnerable to possibly disastrous effects and facial disfiguration. It is a patient’s first responsibility to research his or her own doctor, as part of the dermal filling process.
Safety Issues You Can Control
Dermal filler injections are capable of enhancing an aging face beautifully. Most facial filler injections are safe, with very few immediate side effects, and clients are pleased with the outcome.
Because the industry is a high-demand, lucrative and subsequently competitive business, many doctors and nurses administer dermal injections in addition to their regular practices. A warning to consumers however, is that dermal injection treatments are not the same as administering flu shots.
Researching your doctor’s certified training, his or her experience with dermal injections, and seeking referrals, is as important as the product that you choose itself. Many people opt for doctors who charge the least, and end up getting what they pay for in appearance and safety.
If spending less money is your top priority in your cosmetic enhancement, it is possible that your doctor has put making money above your care, safety and desired results as well. Dermal filler companies do offer financial incentives to doctors, shown by a discount in product price, or by sending website referrals to doctors who participate.
Choosing To Make Your Dermal Injections Safe
Dermal filler injection success depends on the certified professional’s training, experience, and ability to use art, science and technique to achieve the best result for you. Legally, any MD, Dentist, Nurse Practitioner, or PA can inject dermal fillers. However, having a degree does not mean that they have had proper and product-specific training to inject facial dermal fillers.
The doctor that you choose optimally, would also be trained in the anatomy of the face, and know what to do, should complications occur. Suggestions would be to find a Board certified specialist in Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Oculoplasty, or an ENT doctor.
Before choosing a doctor, visit the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) website, to verify that your doctor is certified. Research your doctor’s training in dermal filler injections, and read reviews and referrals. A medical degree does not necessarily ensure experience with various cosmetic procedures.
Consult Before Treatments
Do not be afraid to ask questions of your doctor of choice. Your doctor should first review your medical history before discussing treatment options. You are in charge of telling the doctor what changes you would like to be made.
Your doctor should discuss various dermal filler products, their immediate side effects, and any possible long-term effects. Ask about your doctor’s training program, experience history and pictures of patients with similar changes made.
Because we all have varying stages of aging and different needs to repair skin tissues, it is not a “cookie-cutter” process. All needs are quite different, as well as is human tissue. The doctor that you have chosen should listen to your specific requests, and work with you, not on you.
Your doctor should demonstrate the ability to make judgments of correct product placement, the ability to mold injection materials successfully, and the specific product amount used for the most natural effect on you.
In most cases, it is not the dermal filler product you choose, but the doctor’s level of expertise in using the product, that makes a beautiful, natural, and successful change for you to enjoy.