Doing your homework is essential when it comes to choosing where to get Juvéderm®, whether in St. Louis or elsewhere. Cheaper isn’t always better, and this is especially true when you’re having facial fillers or any other kind of cosmetic procedure that can potentially impact your health. Patients want safety, convenience, and a natural-looking outcome, and our team at Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center understands this desire, which is why we encourage potential cosmetic patients to do plenty of research so that they feel comfortable with their decision.
There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing an injector. Beyond their level of training and experience, you should weigh their educational background, reputation, aesthetic vision, and even how well you get along with them, personality-wise. Here are some questions to ask yourself when evaluating potential injectors.
Are They Board-Certified?
It’s best to choose a board-certified physician of team led by a board-certified physician when possible. Dermatologists who have this designation have been thoroughly trained and educated, having completed an internship and residency program in addition to medical school, as well as voluntary, above-and-beyond certification. You can verify their certification through the American Academy of Dermatology or the American Board of Dermatology.
Some dermatologists specialize in medical or surgical work, so it may be better to ask directly if they also have expertise in Juvéderm®, if you’re unsure.
How Much Experience Do They Have?
Your injector should ideally be someone who performs specific filler injections regularly—preferably several times a week—and has done so for many years. Patients can ask about this directly, as well as ask to see before-and-after photos. Established, reputable physicians usually have a set location where they’ve remained for years. Newer injectors welcomed into such reputable practices are thoroughly vetted and meet the standards of the longer-standing physicians.
What’s Their Reputation in the Community?
It’s always a good idea to ask around and get referrals from friends, loved ones, and family doctors. You can look up a potential injector’s history, background, and any possible malpractice suits filed against them through the state’s medical board. Reading online reviews can also be helpful.
Do You Get Along Well?
Consider whether your possible injector seems understanding and compassionate when interacting with you. Do your personalities mesh well? Rapport is important to good communication and a successful outcome. At no time should an injector ever make you feel pressured.
For more information on the Juvéderm® family of fillers and other cosmetic procedures, or to learn more about our injectors, talk to the professionals at Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in St. Louis by calling us at (314) 878-3839 or sending us a message online.