Can Natural Medical Doctor (NMD) Inject Restylane?

This doctor is more commonly known for her natural medical practice rather than for injectibles. Should I be concerned?

Doctor Answers (9)

NMD (naturopaths) are trying to get licensed in many states.

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NMD's may be "able to" inject Botox and cosmetic fillers, but if it is legal at all it is made so by the NMD's going to individual state legislatures and lobbying for permission in front of politicians who are not doctors. In most states, it is not legal, and the public is getting very confused about who is a "real doctor". Only M.D. and D.O. physicians "board-certified" by the NBMS (National Board of Medical Specialties-- NOT other "boards") who have done residencies and fellowships in dermatology, plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, or oculoplastic surgery should be the physicians to treat you.

NMD's have not gone to what you think of as medical school, and are not trained as you expect them to be to be responsible for the potentially life-threatening risks of injectable cosmetic treatments.

Do not fool around with your face and your life.


New York Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Natural medical doctor

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I am not really sure what a natural medical doctor is?  Does that mean that they are not made of any artificial products?  I would go with a core physician like a plastic surgeon., dermatologist, oculoplastic or facial plastic surgeon.  They are trained to perform aesthetic procedures.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

NMD and Restylane

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When having any injectable procedure, please see an MD or DO who is a Board Certified specialist from one of the following core specialties: Dermatology, Facial Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, or Occuloplastic Surgery.  Be careful!

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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Licensed, and board certified medical doctors should do these procedures

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I would be concerned

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 This natural medical doctor may be permitted to perform injections, but this must be done under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor. 

   I agree with many of my colleagues on this site, that filler injections are best done by physicians who have had years of training and experience with the skin, i.e. dermatologists and plastic surgeons. 

   The natural medical doctor would be better serving her patients better by studying up on her herbs, and botanicals!

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