The lower face of a young woman wearing red lipstick and festive gold earrings with a botox syringe next to her mouth.

Injectable fillers, like Restylane® or Juvederm®, were the second most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States in 2017. From plastic surgeons to dentists and nurses, practitioners with a wide-range of medical and cosmetic training offer this popular treatment.

The appeal of injectable fillers is that they can have a big impact (like smoothing and plumping) on the aging face with little downtime. It’s important, though, to take steps to minimize your risk of possible complications:

    1. Do your research! The provider you choose should be properly trained and credentialed to perform facial injections. Ask questions about his or her medical education and certifications.
    1. Your provider should do research, too. Did you have a consultation before your procedure? The practitioner should ask you questions about your medical history (to determine eligibility for the procedure) and your goals for the injectable.
  1. Understand your care plan. There should be an established and agree-upon treatment plan before you commit to a procedure.

Facial injectables are proven to be safe and effective when used as directed, but there is always room to improve safety. Washington University facial plastic surgeon John Chi, MD, discussed the safety of injectable fillers in cosmetic surgery in a recent publication of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Chi states, “Improving the safety of injectable fillers will ensure that this valuable and powerful tool for facial rejuvenation remains a mainstay of cosmetic surgery.” 

Be safe this holiday season and make sure that you trust your face to the best. A board-certified facial plastic surgeon can help develop a facial aesthetic care plan that best meets your individual needs. To schedule a consultation with trusted facial plastic surgeons, call 314-996-3880.

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