What Type of Certifications Must a Doctor Have in Order to Inject Restylane?

Under what guidelines and limitations is Restylane allowed for cosmetic use?

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What type of certifications must a doctor have in order to inject Restylane?

Unfortunately, there are no certification requirements for physicians to inject Restylane. Any physician or dentist can inject the filler. Therefore, the public should be very educated and make sure they find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or a Dermatologist to do their injections.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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What Type of Certifications Must a Doctor Have in Order to Inject Restylane?

 Any MD can technically inject Restylane..hence the problem.  I've heard of dentists and OB/GYN's injecting fillers, Botox and even speaking to patients about having eyelid surgery.  Sadly, it's the patient responsibility to be sure their provider is skilled, well trained and experienced.  I have been a plastic and cosmetic surgeon for over 20 years and IMHO, you always get what you pay for.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Are Their Training Requirements for Restylane?

Hello.  Sadly the answer to my question is "No".  There are no training requirements for a physician or nurse to inject Restylane.  This is one of the reasons why patients experience so much variability in their results.  

We would like to standardization of training for all injectors, or at least the ones in California to give consumers some sense that the practitioner they are visiting has taken the responsibility of injecting these products seriously.  All medical professionals are required to earn continuing medical education credits.  Unfortunately, none of the CME's are required for these injection procedures.  Choose your injector wisely and good luck!

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Qualifications for restylane use

Any physician with an MD or DO degree can legally use Restylane,  also under a physicians supervision many RNs , NPs, and PAs are qualified to perform injections.  Like any other cosmetic procedure you want to find some one who has the best training, reputation and qualifications.  The more procedures a provider performs , usually means the better they are at it.  It's a skill set that is developed over time from the proper training, practice and innate ability.

Robert M. Jensen, MD
Medford Plastic Surgeon
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Credentials for Restylane injections

Due to the antitrust laws, there is no restriction on which physicians can inject Restylane and, indeed, it is not uncommon for nurses to inject it under the supervision of a physician. The best thing you can do is to see a board certified platic surgeon or dermatologist who is experienced in the facial anatomy and the use of filler and who performs the treatment himself. It is just as important to know when Restylane or other fillers are inappropriate as to have injection skills.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Technically any MD

Any type of physician can inject Restylane for cosmetic use and the company itself can sell Restylane to any licensed MD (or DO if your state has those). It's most important to find someone who understands and deals with facial anatomy on a regular basis, as injecting Restylane, like any filler, is truly an art. That is why most of us on this site stress the importance of using board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons when it comes to fillers. Most of us additionally do CME classes over the years to improve and advance technique and many of us are also certified as training technicians for the companies, such as Medicis, that makes Restylane. There aren't "certifications" so to speak unless you are talking about CMEs but those are mandated with your medical licensure, not by filler companies themselves.

Any licensed physician can inject Restylane.

Of course it helps if they also know what they are doing.  Most physicians are responsible about this and if they lack appropriate skills and training, they will seek out this experience before performing the service.  That is most.  There are a few screwballs out there do lack sufficient insight to understand that they don't have those skills.  Guess who causes the most problems?  For this reason, you are probably safest looking for the most experienced physician injector rather than the least.  A safe bet is look for a board certified physician who has primary training in one of the core aesthetic specialties: dermatology, oculoplastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, and general plastic surgery.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Certification for Restylane injection by Physician not needed

As far as I know, any physician can inject Restylane.  However, certain malpractice carriers, hospitals, or group practices might set their own set of rules.  This makes it so important to go to the physician that is recommended to you by your friends, or has the credentials behind him.  If you just go to the lowest priced physician, you might not get the result you were hoping for.  Keep in mind, the lowest priced Restylane might be the least busiest doctor, and he/she is using pricing to bring in patients. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Which doctors are qualified to inject Restylane?

The simple answer is that any licensed MD can purchase and inject Restylane or any other dermal filler. In fact, medical licensure does not specify scope of practice at all which is why there is so much confusion about board certification and who is qualified to perform cosmetic surgery. Also, keep in mind that it is perfectly appropriate for an MD to delegate to a midlevel medical professional such as an RN, PA, or nurse practitioner. So the best advice starts with going to a practice that has a major emphasis on cosmetic medical procedures.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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