Deciding to get injectable fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane, can seem like taking a baby step towards eliminating wrinkles and getting a more youthful appearance. After all, non-surgical fillers are a lot less invasive and a lot less of a time commitment than facial plastic surgery.
Although fillers can feel safer than surgery, they do come with a few risks. Those risks can become even more severe when the injection is performed by someone who really doesn’t know what he or she is doing. Whether you are considering Radiesse, Juvederm or something longer lasting, such as Sculptra, here are a few red flags to keep an eye out for.
The Injector Isn’t Trained
An injector who has no specific training with a particular filler is a huge red flag to look out for. Training is a must so that a person knows exactly where in the face to inject the filler and how much to inject to provide the best results and avoid injury.
It’s important to understand that just because a person is a doctor or medical professional doesn’t mean he or she is qualified to perform injections. It’s best to work with a surgeon who has dedicated his or her practice, training and experience to facial plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments of the face.
The Location Is Somewhere Random
If your hair stylist wanted to cut your hair anywhere other than at a salon, you might feel a bit weird about it, right? You should get the same feeling, if not more so, when someone wants to administer injections in a place that isn’t a doctor’s office or medical spa.
For one thing, there’s no guarantee that a random location, such as a hotel room or a non-medical office building, is going to be sterile or even remotely clean. For another thing, performing injections any old place sends the message that the person performing the fillers probably shouldn’t be.
The Injector Isn’t a Medical Professional
It’s not that difficult for someone who isn’t a doctor or medical professional to get his or her hands on certain fillers. As you might know, just because you can buy and use something doesn’t mean you should buy and use it. Don’t let your hair stylist, personal trainer, wellness coach, or anyone who’s not a medical pro give you fillers.
The Price Seems to Good to Be True
While injectable fillers tend to be less expensive than surgery, they aren’t exactly going for bargain basement prices. One big red flag to look out for is if the fillers are so inexpensive that you feel that you’re getting some kind of fantastic deal.
When it comes to fillers, you really do often end up getting what you pay for. It’s usually better to pay more for a trained surgeon than to pay less and increase your risks for complications and other issues.
The Injector Promises to Make You Look Like ____
Injectable fillers can help minimize certain lines and wrinkles, or in the case of fillers like Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma, restore lost volume to the cheeks. Some fillers will also add volume to the lips. But no fillers will make you look like Movie Star A or Movie Star B. If someone promises that he or she can transform you into the celebrity of your choice, it’s a good idea to turn and run in the opposite direction.
The Injector Tries to Pressure You Into Choosing One Filler Over Another
Everyone’s different and every filler is slightly different. That means that a filler that’s a great pick for one patient isn’t going to be the best option for another. That said, your injector should work with you to help you choose the filler that’s the right one for you. If the injector instead tries to pressure you into picking a filler that doesn’t seem like it’s the best option or pushes you in the direction of one filler over the others without explaining why, you can take that as a warning sign.
An experienced and trained injector will understand the differences between each injectable filler and will be able to let you know why one is a better option for you or what one filler can do that the others can’t.
You Can’t Tell If the Filler Is the Real Deal or Not
This last red flag is a big one. You need to be able to verify that the product the person is about to inject into your face is the real deal. There have been countless nightmare stories of people going to non-professional injectors and receiving all sorts of junk, such as silicone you’d find at the hardware store, not a medical provider’s office.
Ask to see the packaging for the filler before the injector fills a syringe with it. Genuine products will come in sealed vials with the product name, manufacturer’s name, lot numbers and expiration dates on them.
Your best bet when choosing someone to perform injectable fillers is to pick a board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz has been in practice for more than two decades and has extensive training in facial anatomy and facial procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. To learn more, call 561-228-5888 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.