What to Know When Considering Cosmetic Injectable Treatments

Choose clinicians with the appropriate training and skills - Adverse events are most often directly linked to physician skill and experience

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recommends the following guidelines for those seeking cosmetic injectable treatments:

  • Don't choose a provider based on price. Injectables are pharmaceutical products and must be administered by trained, qualified clinicians
  • Make sure the benefits and risks are fully explained to you in a patient consultation. Plastic surgeons use the consultation process to educate patients about the proposed procedure. Every procedure has inherent risks and benefits; the hallmark of informed consent is the understanding of risks and benefits, and realistic expectations.
  • Fully disclose any medical conditions you might have, and medications you are taking including vitamins and over-the-counter drugs. This information will help your clinician select the most effective procedure for you, with the fewest side-effects.
  • Any injectable should be administered in an appropriate setting using sterile instruments. A non-physician who is appropriately licensed and trained may perform the injections under the supervision of a qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Malls and private homes are not medical environments and may be unsanitary.
  • Know what you are being injected with. Disturbing reports of patients being injected with everything from liquid silicone to baby oil and other unapproved products are appearing in the press on a regular basis. Make sure your clinician is using only FDA-approved products purchased within the United States. If he or she refuses to give you this information, seek another clinician.

The position of the Aesthetic Society is that injectable fillers are medical procedures and should be performed only by qualified clinicians in an appropriate medical setting.

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