Who is qualified to do Sculptra injections? Are doctors required to meet any sort of standards, requirements or complete any training before they can inject Sculptra? Does the FDA or the Sculptra manufacturer monitor who is using Sculptra?
Who is Qualified to Inject Sculptra?
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Training requirements for Sculptra injectors
This question is actually right up my alley since I am a national trainer for Sculptra. What I can tell you is that the company itself will only train core aesthetic physicians (Plastic Surgeons, Facial Plastic Surgeons, and Dermatologists). Once these physicians are trained, they are then allowed to purchase the actual product. From here, however, the physician can choose to perform the injections themselve or delegate them to a physician extender (e.g. nurse or PA) depending upon state laws.
The most important question to ask before you have any type of injection is the training and the experience of the person who will be performing the actual injections. This is critical. I can tell you from personal experience that injector skill varies widely so make sure you are comfortable before moving forward with any facial injectable.
Board certified physician specialists and sometimes trained non-physicians
Your prescribing doctor should be board certified and have one of these qualifications:
- Ophthalmic plastic surgeon
- Facial plastic surgeon
In addition, a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) or a licensed Physician's Assistant (PA) can be an appropriate provider of injectables, depending on your state's regulations, but must be supervised by a qualified doctor and trained and qualified to perform injections.
Who should inject Sculptra?
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Question has different meanings depending on what you mean...
if you mean who licensed to inject the material...the answer is any doctor who can get it...but if you mean who should inject it, then the answer is physicians in the so called core-specialties which basically means dermatologists and plastic surgeons...the company keeps a relatively tight control on who they sell the material to and require a level of expertise with the product...but once the product arrives at the doctor's office, there's no guarantee where it ends up...pick your doctor from one of the core group and you'll be okay...
Qualified Sculptra Injectors
This is an excellent question and should be asked for all injections and cosmtic procedures. The law varies from state to state. In certain states, because of the problems caused by non-physicians doing injections and lasers, only MDs are allowed to do these procedures. In other states, a nurse or PA is allowed to do these procedures under the "guidance" of a physician. What you really want to seek out is a board certified dermatologist who has been injecting patients for years with an emphasis on cosmetic dermatology. You need to find someone skilled who is also conservative and experienced in the procedure that you want to have done.
Find a safe and qualified physician for Sculptra
You can start by looking for board certified plastic surgeon, ENT surgeon, and dermatologist who also received specific training for using Sculptra. Like any other treatment, Sculptra has its benefits and limitations. Make sure Sculptra is suitable to address your concerns. The qualified physician should be able to objectively help you select the best treatment options, comparing and contrasting the use of Sculptra vs. other fillers and injectables.
Experienced, board certified physicians and surgeons specializing on the face
Probably the best person to go to receive fillers and/or biostimulators is someone who is experienced in the aesthetic analysis of the face, the qualitifications to perform facial non-surgical and surgical procedures, and the technical experience in all the fillers(hyaluronic acid, radiesse, artefill, etc), biostimulators (Sculptra, platelet rich plasma, etc), and combinations filler-biostimulator (fat grafting, for example).