Who’s Holding the Needle?

Dermal Filler
By Juliet Gibson, MD

The demand for cosmetic treatments has increased recently with the “Zoom Boom”, leading to a wide range of options available for those looking to improve their appearance or reverse the effects of aging. These options range from simple Botox and dermal fillers to more complex surgical procedures. However, not all procedures are equally effective. The skill of the provider, and the area being treated, can greatly affect both the health of your skin and the overall outcome of the treatment.

One common misconception is cosmetic procedures can be performed anywhere, from a local spa to a board-certified physician’s office, and provide the same results. However, experts agree this is not the case. Where you receive your treatment is just as important as the practitioner’s skill. In this article, we will explore why the setting in which you receive your cosmetic procedure matters and its impact on your skin’s health and the overall outcome.

The Importance of Skill and Expertise

The first crucial factor to consider when undergoing a cosmetic procedure is the skill and expertise of the person performing it. After all, who wouldn’t want to be in the capable hands of a highly trained medical professional? Not only is it important to be treated by a physician who is skilled in performing the procedure, but it’s equally vital for that physician to have a comprehensive understanding of facial anatomy.

For many individuals, cosmetic procedures are a way to achieve a more youthful appearance and address specific concerns like wrinkles, volume loss, and fine lines. These issues are not to be taken lightly, and the precision with which they are addressed can have a significant impact on the result. While practitioners in medical spas and salons may offer tempting deals and discounted rates, there is often a concerning lack of specialized training. In some cases, these practitioners have only completed a weekend course on injection techniques, which is hardly sufficient to ensure a safe and effective procedure.

As board-certified dermatologists often remind patients, “Do you want to be the Groupon special when it comes to your face?” This serves as a reminder that your face is not a bargain bin item to be experimented on by inexperienced hands. Instead, opting for a physician who specializes in dermatology and cosmetic procedures ensures that you receive the highest standard of care, with a deep knowledge of facial anatomy and years of training.

Safety Concerns and Potential Adverse Effects

Another crucial consideration in evaluating where to have your cosmetic procedure performed is the ability to manage potential adverse effects. According to a study led by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, medical spas have higher complication rates for certain cosmetic procedures compared to physician’s offices due to less physician involvement in the procedures. Although a few cosmetic procedures are considered minimally invasive, they still carry risks. In the hands of an experienced and medically trained professional, these risks are minimized, and any adverse effects can be promptly addressed.

Many medical spas and salons are unable to provide the level of medical oversight necessary to handle complications that may arise during, or after, a procedure. They often do not have a physician on-site and may merely have the Medical Director’s name on the door, which does not guarantee their physical presence during procedures. In contrast, certified physician offices, particularly those with board-certified dermatologists, have the capability to manage and mitigate potential complications. This added layer of safety provides peace of mind to patients.

When it comes to choosing the ideal setting for your cosmetic procedure, the old adage, “you get what you pay for,” certainly rings true. While the allure of discounted treatments at local spas and salons might be tempting, the importance of skill, expertise, and safety should never be overlooked. It’s essential to prioritize your health and well-being by seeking cosmetic treatments from a board-certified dermatologist or a reputable physician’s office.

At North Dallas Dermatology Associates, we have board-certified dermatologists with years of experience to help guide you and achieve natural results while ensuring your safety with all cosmetic and medical procedures. Book a consultation with us today to learn more about fillers and Botox and take a step closer to attaining your cosmetic goals.


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