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Fillers: The do’s and don’ts

INJECTABLE SKIN FILLERS

With fillers being so common today, the number of options is very high and very confusing. Which product is best for me? Who should perform the procedure? Where should I have it performed?

Let us take a look at some of the most important questions that you should be asking.

  1. Who is going to perform the procedure? How many of these procedures has the physician performed? How many times a day or week does the physician perform this exact procedure? Is the physician board-certified?
  2. What results can I expect? How long will it take to recover from the procedure? Can I see before and after pictures?
  3. What are the risks of the procedure? What happens if I have a problem? Will the doctor be available if there is a problem?
  4. Where is the procedure being performed? The procedure should always be performed in a medical center or doctor’s office, not a non-medical spa, shopping mall, or private party.
  5. Am I paying too little? If the price seems too good to be true, there is a good chance that the product could either be diluted–which would increase the risk of contamination–or purchased from an illegal source (which is much more common than one would think)
  6. Which filler is best for me? For the most part, there are two major product lines used: Juvederm and Restylane. While there are differences between the lines themselves, they are somewhat comparable with advantages and disadvantages of each and cost varies so ask. Within each line, there are products that are better for fine lines and ones that are best to add volume. No one product is best for all. Yes, there are other products such as Radiesse and Sculptra, which have a unique place in this filler arena.

Getting a filler or a neurotoxin is a medical procedure, and knowledge is power. Patients must ensure that what is being injected into their skin is legitimate and purchased form a reliable, legal, U.S. source. Patients should ensure that they are being treated by a highly trained professional. A board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon who has been trained in the proper use of fillers and neurotoxins can help you get the results that you want and reduce the risk of complications.

About the Author
Is an Ivy-League trained physician and surgeon who is a board-certified Dermatologist & Mohs' Surgeon. Aside from having training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology, Dr. Bader completed a fully accredited fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He moved to South Florida in June 1999. Shortly thereafter, he formed R.S.B. Dermatology in Deerfield Beach, FL.