Question: With all the injectable fillers available, what factors should I consider when choosing a treatment for my problem areas?
Answer: I think the biggest factor that you need to consider is not so much the product that is being injected, but who is actually performing the injections. As time goes on, there are more and more individuals out there performing injections of neuromodulators and fillers that have very little if any significant training. As a trainer myself, I have seen firsthand some of the individuals who are out there injecting, and I am actually training them to try to improve their technique and their understanding of these products so that they can go out and perform adequate injections and prevent any sort of unexpected complications. Unfortunately, at the Quintessa Aesthetic Center we frequently see patients who have been injected and ended up with an unexpected complication that typically is quite avoidable if the injector had had adequate training and experience. One of the biggest problems is that injectors, whether they be nurses or even physicians, may not have the background to truly understand the nature of facial aesthetics and the anatomy of the face as well as the artistic side of injectables. This can obviously be a very complex issue and is not one that can really readily be taught in an afternoon injector training session. I, therefore, always recommend that patients seek out a very experienced injector that is associated with either a plastic surgeon or a facial plastic surgeon or see the surgeons themselves for the injections.