Due to the explosive demand for injectable agents into the face, dentists, family doctors and others have ventured into cosmetic treatments. Some companies even offer weekend training programs to entice non-plastic surgeons to sell their products. When it comes to facial rejuvenation and body contouring, American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) certification is the gold standard. All other boards that include the word “cosmetic” are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Plastic Surgery training is at least 7 years after medical school because there is so much to learn including properly assessing and treating patients, and evaluating techniques. When contemplating facial injections, you should have conversations about possible negative effects and how and where they are injected with your highly trained, experienced Plastic Surgeon. Treatments typically last many months, but won’t last if done improperly. Or worse, you will be forced to tolerate unflattering results for the duration of action of the product. And while products like BOTOX or Juviderm could be your best option, you should understand options, including harvesting your own fat and re-injecting it into other areas (Autologous Fat Transfer).
As for the cost difference, if you consider all factors, including the expert care you receive and the peace of mind knowing you will be pleased with your results, there is no doubt that a plastic surgeon provides your best value. We have a few appointments available before the holidays, if you call our office. And remember that you can easily print last minute gift certificates on our website. Happy Holidays!