In a perfect world, I could inject every one of your beautiful faces! However, I know that not everyone lives in Denver, so I am here to help and to share 3 signs to look for in an injector!
1. They have medical experience and training. Laws on who can inject botox/fillers vary from state to state and can include estheticians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, medical doctors, and dentists. These different professions have varying degrees of medical background and education. Injecting is a medical skill based highly on the understanding of anatomy and assessment, so my recommendation is to choose an injector who has formal medical training and an active license in good standing. You can verify an injectors license on your state regulatory agency website, this is public record and available to all! In Colorado our regulatory agency is DORA, but this varies from state to state so make sure to research your local agency.
2. Their style aligns with yours. Make sure their style and eye matches your taste. The best way to do this is to check out their work. If an injector does not have any of their work posted, that is a red flag that either they are not proud of their work, they don’t have a lot of work to show, or maybe injecting isn’t their main profession. While injecting may seem straightforward, it is actually very complex with a very narrow margin of error and there is absolutely an art to it. No injector is perfect and complications can always happen, but make sure the deck is stacked in your favor by choosing an injector with experience and with proof of their work. If you are wanting a natural approach, avoid injectors who’s profiles are full of B+A results that are dramatic and over done. It is all about taste and style and you want to make sure you and your injector are on the same page about what looks good.
3. They are open with you and they keep it classy. Interview them. No, really. Most injectors offer some form of free consultation or evaluation. Use this as a chance to meet them, and make sure they are willing to take the time to answer your questions. If an injector isn’t willing to answer your questions, that is a red flag. If an injector acts unprofessionally and talks poorly about other injectors or practices in the area, that is a red flag. A confident and professional injector will take the time to answer your questions and will be confident in their skill set, thus won’t feel the need to drag down the competition in order to make themselves look good. Ask them questions about their complication rate, and ask them how they adjust their technique to decrease the risk of complications.
4. Injecting is their full time gig. Like I said earlier, injecting is an art. There are a lot of providers who offer injections as a supplement to their main services. In my opinion, the more committed someone is to injecting the better results they provide. If you want to have your lips injected in a natural and beautiful way, you’re going to have way more luck with someone who injects 3-6 lips per day than someone who injects 3-6 lips per month or per year. As full time injectors, most of us are extremely passionate about the art of injecting and about improving our skill set. We seek out trainings and get excited about new techniques. We have fun injecting you because we truly love it. There are so many talented and passionate injectors out there, so keep looking until you find your perfect match!
Michelle Paty MSN, CPNP, FNP-C