How Does One Find the Right Doctor to Inject Filler?

I've been getting Restylane once or twice a year but not where I live. I'm looking to establish a relationship with someone where I live now and it's been challenging. I'm mostly concerned with the artistry of the doctor, as I really liked the one who used to do my face and trusted no one else. Not interested in jumping from doctor to doctor and I'm used to paying no more than $550 a syringe (I only use one cc around mouth). How do you find someone who's not only qualified but really good?

Doctor Answers 15

Restylane and choosing the right injector

Based on your comments, it sounds like you aren't comfortable with anyone other than a doctor doing your injections? If you were open to researching injectors, I would go on various websites in your area, (Real Self, Yelp, City Search, etc.) to read reviews on injectors and verify their credentials. Often you will find highly trained injectors/providers having more experience than some MD's and are experts!

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Finding the right Restylane injector

Dear Jane,

  1. Realself is a great website to find local physicians
  2. From there, you should read reviews, and find reviews about Restylane injections, specifically
  3. You can interview a couple of doctors and find the best fit for you

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

I want a filler but how do I choose the right doctor?

Great question about WHO you really trust with injecting something into your face!      In today's competitive medical/surgical world we find not only specialty physicians but also spas/salons/non-core physicians who advertise their "expertise" in injecting.....buyer beware!   Injecting fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse & Sculptra, for example, is a medical procedure not a spa service. It is not a casual 'hobby' to make a quick buck when things are slow.  It requires careful technique, attention to detail, and an artist's skill. It also requires a physician who not only knows how to best avoid complications, but knows how to manage the unfortunate complication when it does occur.  Find out as much as possible about the person doing the injecting. Is it the physician or a nurse or other?  How long have they been doing it & how much of it do  they currently do?  What are the risks & possible complications?  What happens if there is a problem?  Do they have a patient you can speak with prior ?  What do the on-line reviews say about this particular practice? careful, ask questions & trust both your brain & gut!   

Donn R. Chatham, MD
Louisville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Finding the right doctor to inject filler

When seeking a physician to inject your fillers (e.g. juvederm, restylane, perlane, radiesse) or botulinum toxin (e.g. Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), make sure that the physician has specialist qualifications like a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This will ensure optimal results and safety. As always, best to meet the physician to make sure you have a good rapport and are on the same page as far as what you're looking for. Asking friends or family who have seen the doctor and have been pleased with their results is always good too. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

How Does One Find the Right Doctor to Inject Filler?

        $550 per syringe of Restylane is not a huge amount to pay, but there are reasonable plastic surgeons with perfectionistic tendencies who will do a more than adequate job for that amount.


Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

How does one find the right doctor to inject filler?

When choosing a physician to perform your treatment with filler, it is best to seek the advice of a board certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, or dermatologist. They are all great choices. Look for credentials and board certification, and before and after photos that showcase the physician's results. Experience is essential, as it will help ensure you obtain the best possible result. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

How Does One Find the Right Doctor to Inject Filler?

The best way is to ask for personal recommendations from friends or co-workers. If that is not possible, you can do an online search in your area. I would recommend you seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who does ALOT of fillers. One the day of your consult, you will want to review your injector's before and after photos or patients with concerns similar to yours. You will also want to discuss your concerns and how your physician injector plans to achieve your goals with you. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Weber Facial Plastic Surgery

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

FInding an expert on fillers

For a board certified plastic surgeon, filler injection is artistically and technically very basic. My impression is that you are hoping to establish a rapport. I recommend that you visit several doctors for consultations to see if you can find a good fit personally. Limit yourself to physicians who are board certified in dermatology and plastic surgery rather than local internists, etc. looking to supplement their incomes. It takes a lot more than a weekend course to make someone expert in these matters.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

How to find the right doctor to inject filler

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “The only source of knowledge is experience”. The effectiveness of your treatment depends on your physician’s ability to visualize the desired changes and to select and skillfully administer the best treatments alone or in combination. Since every face is different, the experience and technique of your physician injector is the most critical part to your achieving a beautiful, natural result. Always ask to see before and after pictures of patients they have personally injected. If possible, look for someone who is on the medical education faculty for one of the facial fillers. If they have been selected to train other physicians how to treat the aging face they are likely to be good, experienced injectors.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

How Does One Find the Right Doctor to Inject Filler

First things first, if you love your doctor, it may not be advisable to switch. Injecting fillers as you say, is absolutely an art. If you do want to find someone closer to you, start by asking people around you. Friends and family members may be able to provide you places to go - or to avoid. Look on the websites for the fillers you are interested in and see what physicians close to you are listed as using their products. Try to stick with the core group - board-certified derms, plastics, oculo plastics. This helps determine if the physicians near you are big users of specific products, which can equate to how much experience they have. Also, book some consultations with local injectors after you've looked at the sites and asked people near you for suggestions. And finally, don't shop for price. You can find good deals anywhere. And really good deals aren't offered by very experienced injectors. We are worth the price we charge!

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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