Dermal Fillers – Choosing a Doctor

middle aged womanCosmetic physicians perform more treatments with injectable facial fillers than any other procedure except Botox, making them the most popular choices for clients who want to smooth out fine lines. Some report they look years younger after only a few sessions. One of the most common concerns among newcomers is whether their facial features will remain the same, with or without their regular cosmetics. The answer depends on the expertise and experience of the cosmetic dermatologist; so first-time clients are strongly advised to do their background research.

The Physician’s Specialty Matters

Doctors with backgrounds in facial reconstructive surgery, general cosmetic surgery or cosmetic dermatology are the best choices for administering injectable fillers. Physicians in any area of medicine can learn how to perform facial injectables by completing a few training courses, but they often lack the in-depth knowledge of facial structure necessary to make the best recommendations for the number and type of fillers for different clients.

Other Indicators of Experience

One easy way for new clients to determine a cosmetic surgeon’s experience is the presence of the Allergan Black Diamond plaque displayed in the doctor’s office or clinic. When a physician has purchased fillers in large quantities, he or she receives this plaque along with it. Once a prospective client has vetted an experienced doctor for these treatments, the next step is to determine which specific types of injectable fillers are the most appropriate.

Not All Cosmetics Fillers are the Same

First-time clients are often advised to start with an injectable filler that lasts only temporarily, such as Juvéderm or Restylane. If the results are not quite as pleasing as expected, the filler will gradually dissolve through the body’s natural elimination processes. Each new client needs to be happy with the resulting appearance before getting more permanent injections with fillers such as Radiesse or Sculptra.

Consultation Considerations

Each candidate for injectable fillers also needs to keep in mind that no one can see themselves in three dimensions. Every person’s reflection in a mirror is different than how others see him or her from the outside. This fact ties back into the importance of consulting a doctor with plenty of aesthetics experience and an artist’s eye for facial structure.

Most doctors advise that new clients for facial rejuvenation injections start slowly with the number of treatments. Physicians with extensive experience are able to make the proper adjustments as needed to the number of administered injections.