Should I trust a nurse performing the Restylane filler?

The nurse has 20 yrs experience working in the hospital however she only has 2 yrs experience at this clinic. Not sure if I should trust her

Doctor Answers 4

What Makes a Great Injector

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That's a really interesting question.  Ideally, when you receive an injectable such as Restylane, you are putting yourself in the hands of a great injector.  But what makes a great injector?  Here are a few thoughts:
     1.  An understanding of facial anatomy and the ability to assess facial aging
     2.  Recognition of what areas can, and cannot, be safely and effectively treated to reverse the signs of aging.
     3.  Understanding the differences between injectable agents, their pros and cons, and how to deal with complications should they arise.
     4.   How to best utilize a patient's resources/finances to maximize results
     5.  Have a long-term plan for each patient
     6.  Have the experience and skill to achieve the desired goal using the selected agent
These are not qualities exclusive to physicians.  However, they do require extensive training - not a weekend course! - under the tutelage of someone very experienced and very skilled.  Remember, you won't know what you're missing out on unless you do see someone with experience, artistry and skill.

Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Nurse injectors

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It takes so much experience and training to be a great and safe injector.  You have to know the anatomy intimately and have attended hundreds of hours of training courses. You need to attend courses for advanced injectors at least yearly. You need to know all the different fillers through first-hand experience. You need to have seen complications, at least from colleagues, and know how to prevent and treat them. You need to understand facial proportions that create harmony and balance; so it helps to understand the Golden Ratio of Phi and know how to measure the face and inject so as to create more balance and harmonious proportions.

Does your nurse have all of these qualifications?

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Should I trust a nurse to do my fillers

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"Trust" is a very hard thing to tell someone to have or not. It's honestly a gut instinct. With fillers and neuromodulators like Botox, injection experience is 100% key. Personally, I've injected for over 20 years, long before many of the FDA trials were done, and I was involved with many trials too. That's a lot more than 2 years of experience... But you need to make the call as to who you should or should not trust. Watching people do things, and actually doing them yourself are very, very, very different.

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Injections and experience

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Injections are really dependent on the skill of the person and the level of training. I always advise someone to consult a board certified physician with years of experience with facial injections for the best cosmetic results.

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