Botox, Dysport, and injectable fillers are one of the biggest
anti-aging advances, well, ever, and even though there’s little risk and
downtime involved, these treatments are not to be taken lightly—especially when
it comes to selecting a doctor. Every day I see advertisements for general
practitioners, gynecologists, dentists, and other such specialists offering
these services at their practices, and all I can say is buyer beware.
Even if these doctors provide lower prices, you are putting
your appearance (and potentially your life) at risk simply because they are not
trained in the aesthetics and the anatomy of the skin and muscles that are
effected by Botox and injectable fillers. Even more, beyond knowing where and
how to inject these products, it’s essential to know when not to inject. But perhaps the most important thing to know is that
there’s an artistic aspect to using injectables, and it’s imperative that the
doctor have enough experience with the anatomy of the face to know where and
how to inject.
So what can go wrong if you choose the wrong provider for
injectable treatments? In the case of Botox and Dysport, injecting it in the
wrong place can lead to drooping of the eyelids or impairment of other muscles
surrounding the treated areas. When fillers are used improperly, you can look
deformed or unnatural. There are also very unscrupulous doctors who may say
they are using one product and in fact be using another. Whether they are using
unapproved products from another country or a substance that’s not intended for
use on or in human bodies, the results can be disastrous.
There are a few steps you can take to ensure optimal,
beautiful results from injectable treatments. Go to a dermatologist, plastic
surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon who has at lease five
years of experience with injectables. These are the ONLY specialists trained in
the anatomy of the skin and facial musculature. (You’re not going to a
dermatologist for a Pap smear, are you?) To find a dermatologist near you, you
can visit aad.org—and since patient safety is of utmost importance, you can
even email me at DrB@derm.net and I can
recommend a doctor I trust.