Let’s face it. Getting a good deal is a great feeling. But there are times when it pays to leave the low-cost promises behind and save yourself a lot of grief instead. This is especially true if you’re thinking about dermal fillers—because they can go wrong… and they do. Here are our top three thoughts that can help you love your results and avoid catastrophe.
1. Pay close attention to who’s doing the injecting… very close attention
We’ve all gotten them. No, not necessarily dermal fillers. Emails and advertisements for dermal filler injections at prices that, well, become really hard to resist. But before you click that buy now button and enter your credit card, we’ve got some advice: find out who will be doing your injection and then get busy researching the heck out of them.
Why all the leg work for just a little filler? There have been instances when unqualified individuals and organizations have performed injections—and they have no business doing so. Unfortunately, it’s the unsuspecting consumer who suffers when dermal fillers go wrong. Know the law in your state. In Florida, only licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants can inject dermal fillers and Botox. (Ideally, they should be trained in it too, but that doesn’t always happen. That’s where your research comes in.)
With all that in mind, though, if you show up for your appointment and the registered nurse (RN) says he, she, or they will be doing your injection: walk away. LPNs, nursing assistants, medical assistants, estheticians, your next door neighbor, and literally everyone else are not legally able to provide you with this service themselves in Florida, and with good reason. (See below).
2. Dermal filler does go wrong, and not just cosmetically
Listen, we don’t want you to go anywhere that’s breaking the law on injectables. Because, chances are, they don’t have the education and credentials to do it safely and properly. Most people tolerate dermal fillers well. But injecting dermal fillers isn’t quite so simple. It requires extensive knowledge of the products’ properties, benefits, and contraindications—as well as an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy.
Filler is a cosmetic procedure. But that means it’s still a procedure and comes with real risks. You could be unhappy with the visible results or suffer an infection. Even rare emergencies can happen. When dermal filler is injected into an artery, things get serious fast. Your facial tissue might not receive the oxygen it needs and that tissue will die. Even an embolism is a possibility. A qualified dermatologist or other healthcare professional trained in fillers will have an Wunderstanding of anatomy that helps avoid these issues. In case something does occur, a qualified provider will recognize signs of a mistake and address it quickly and appropriately.
3. If you’re looking for a special, check with your dermatologist
If you are interested in anti-aging dermal fillers, check in with your dermatologist. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are usually both highly qualified options for fillers and/or Botox—but still do your research. Check reviews to see how happy patients are with their consultations and results. At certain times of year, you may even find that your local dermatologist offer specials on fillers—so you may be able to save, without sacrificing the quality of the injector.
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