Hello, and thanks for your question. The bottom line is you want someone with appropriate training and a good eye, regardless of the letters after their name. While there are some PAs who meet these criteria, it is harder to assess their credentials than it is for physicians, who need to undergo rigorous training and examination in order to be board-certified in their specialty. Short answer: some PAs are every bit as good as physician injectors, but it is harder to know which ones are adequately trained. In order to determine the best treatment plan for you, I recommend an in-person consultation with a well-trained dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Best of luck, Dr. Frucht.
Who should do the injections
Traditionally it was common for nurses and PA's to do injections in surgeons offices. The surgeons preferred to be in the operating room. Now there are PAs and nurses doing injections in some dermatologists offices also. I have no doubt that there are likely some PAs and nurses who inject better than the physicians in those offices. The question whether you see a doctor or his staff is whether that person is truly an expert in the procedure you want. How was she trained? How much experience does she have? Does she attend academic meetings, or in an ideal world, teach at these meetings?In my office, I am the only one doing injections. It is something I truly love doing and I teach other cosmetic physicians around the world. It is also a procedure that requires a combination of good eyes to see the places to inject to have the best effect, good hands to do the injections with minimal pain and maximal results, a solid foundation of anatomy to provide safe care, and a clear understanding of how to handle any emergency that might arise.I hope this answer was helpful. Best wishes.
It is not unusual to have a PA inject in a physicians office and many are well skilled in the procedures. As long as the doctor is present in the office there is no issue. as a matter of fact I have been associated with many types of injectors and one of the best I have seen is a PA
Facial Sculpting Using Fillers Like Voluma, Radiesse, Lyft, Juvederm and Sculptra and Fat
I suggest going to an expert for fillers and ensuring you get the most comprehensive workup for your face. Best, Dr. Emer.
Can I trust a PA for Restylane injection?
You ask a good question. Quality of outcome will vary based on experience so you need to do your research and not simply be swayed by the office recommendation. In my practice I do all of the filler and botox/xeomin injections and feel that my patients get the best outcome as a result. Other offices have a different approach. In the end if you're confident than a PA should be fine. If not, find a Bd Cetified derm or plastic surgeon with a good reputation who will care for you.Regards,Jon A Perlman MD FACS
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Whether or not to trust a PA depends on the PA's training
Many board certified plastic surgeons will have physician extenders (PA/NP or RN with supervision) do injectables for them as they focus on surgical procedures. Whether or not you can trust these physician extenders really depends on the individual's experience and how much training they have had. There are many PA/NP's that I would frankly trust over MD's simply because they have been well trained and inject fillers/Botox everyday. It also depends on what it is you want done. If you are interested in having Restylane injected to off label places, you may want to at least interview the supervising MD.
Physician Assistants, PAs, are what are known as "mid-level providers". They, as well as RNs, are qualified to perform cosmetic injectables. Many plastic surgery practices employ PAs or RNs to do injectables, thus freeing up the surgeon to do surgeries. On the other hand, many surgeons do their own injectables. Ultimately, the training and experience of the individual are what count. Ask your PA how many injections he or she has performed, and how good are they at correcting any problems that arise. I wish you all the best!