I suggest looking at photos, speaking to staff, checking online reviews, and seeing if the physician uses cannulas and does fat injections. Best, Dr. Emer.
Hello Justin. My thought is to select a plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist that you feel comfortable with, one who is able to show you multiple before and after photos of patients with concerns similar to yours.
One resource to consider is the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The website contains a resource of locate a facial plastic surgeon in your area.
important thing to know is, does the surgeon have the Experience, Expertise in
injecting fillersand can they show
you Exceptional results. This
should be done in the hands of a properly trained Board Certified core cosmetic medicine physician
such as a Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist, Oculoplastic Surgeon, or Facial Plastic Surgeon. As
with any operative procedure this requires significant understanding of the anatomy
and precision while injecting. This is truly an art and science, just like surgery, and
requires the talent and skill to reproduce excellent results in a safe manner.
I think most patients are pretty good at sensing the experience of doctors. Always listen to that little voice that makes you feel uncomfortable. Another smart move it to look up to learn if the doctor is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (in an appropriate specialty like dermatology or plastic surgery, as opposed to GYN, ER, etc). You do NOT want someone whose sole training was a weekend course. Finally, do ask to see the docotrs work and results. If they cannot show you lots of patients (and appropriate to your age and skin type) they are likely not an optimal choice to fill you.
The most direct way to find the answer to your question is to ask the doctor directly if he or she does these injections regularly. Another way is to check the website of the company that produces the product. For example, Allergan, makers of Botox and Juvederm, list the doctors on their site in order of how much of their product they purchase. If your doctor is way, way down on the list it COULD be a sign that the doctor doesn't do a lot of those treatments. This isn't a sure fire way to find out, though, because some other factors may weigh into their position on the website.
I would ask the receptionist over the phone and also the doc during the appointment. Make sure there are plenty of filler patient photos on their website. It's also helpful to find a physician trainer who is designated as an expert that teaches other physicians how to safely use these products. I hope this information is helpful for you.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
Most aesthetic Dermatologists, Facial Plastic Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, and Occuloplastic Surgeons otherwise known as core-trained specialists should have extensive knowledge and experience with fillers. The real problem with filler experience comes with non core-trained Doctors (ER Doctors, OB Gyns, etc.). Just ask your Plastic Surgeon about the volume of fillers performed in the practice.
My suggestion would be to ask the surgeon when you meet him or her. Also, see how much space they devote to the subject on their website and if they have any instructional video.
It is hard to determine the filler experience of anyone and also in the particular area that you want treated. Some people may have tons of experience with filler but none near the eyelid or tear trough. You can get a general idea by asking the office when you call but to be honest, it is hard to get an exact number. Looking at online surveys or real self can be misleading. Ask a friend or someone you know who gets filler and that is probably the best method.