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When it comes to injectable fillers, medical training and experience matter

As we age, the skin, fat, muscle and bone structure of our faces can lose volume. This is why many of us experience thinning lips, sagging skin, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. Injectable fillers and wrinkle relaxers are effective and non-invasive treatments for these unwanted symptoms and millions of injectable aesthetic treatments are performed around the world annually.

While most injectable fillers, collagen boosters and wrinkle relaxers are quite safe, the increased popularity of these treatments has also correlated with a rise in reported complications. So, how can you ensure your injectable treatment is safe and effective? Here are a few tips from Dr. Melinda Menezes, an Allergan Master Injector and Licensed Medical Doctor specializing in Aesthetic Medicine on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. 

Things to know if you're considering injectable aesthetic treatment

1. Medical Training and Experience Matters

One of the top concerns I hear from first-time filler or Botox® patients is a fear of having a frozen face or permanent fish lips that won’t look natural. The best way to avoid a look you don’t want is to do your research. Medical training and experience really matters when it comes to your treatment.  

You need to find a medical provider who not only has a thorough understanding of the treatment but also extensive experience with facial anatomy and working with the complex muscle structure of the face. Additionally, you should find a physician that makes you feel comfortable and has an artistic style that appeals to you. Injectable treatment isn’t just about the injection, but also the technique and artistry of your doctor. 


Dr. Menezes Performs KYBELLA treatment

All injectable treatments are performed by Dr. Menezes. In this video, Dr. Menezes demonstrates  KYBELLA® treatment. 

2. Cheap is bad

The increased popularity of injectable treatment means that there is no shortage of people who want to provide injectable services. From medical spas to dental clinics treatment providers are easy to find. This can be a good thing for patients because it allows you to find a provider that works well for you. However, beware of bargain prices. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Extremely low prices may mean you are seeing an injector with less experience, no advanced training, or in the worst case scenario, someone who is using counterfeit product. If you decide to invest in injectable treatment, consider not just the cost of the product, but also the experience of your provider. Double check the offers from the makers of the treatment you are seeking as well. If the sale or giveaway of a provider you are considering is lower than the promotions offered by the product makers you need to ask lots of questions before agreeing to any treatment.

3. Check credentials, ask questions and know who is in charge

Speaking of asking questions, you should feel safe and comfortable asking your provider about their training, certifications and experience. At my clinic, every patient begins with a one-on-one consultation where we answer questions, review before and after photos, and map out a personalized treatment plan that will work with and enhance the existing facial structure. 

Additionally, as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved from infection to discoloration, and even rare cases of blindness and permanent paralysis if the treatment is not done correctly. This is why it is important to know who is in charge and what their medical training is. 

Many medical spas off injectable treatments but have a medical director that is rarely, if ever on-site, to oversee procedures. If something happens before, during or after your treatment you will want a provider that knows how to care for you and fix complications if you have any. Find a clinic with a physician who is on-site more than two days per week or personally performs all medical treatments. 

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Melinda Menezes, MD is a licensed medical doctor and Allergan Master Injector with more than a decade of experience. Dr. Menezes is one of the most sought-after Aesthetic Medicine practitioners in Hawaii and has been performing facial rejuvenation and volume restoration with Botox® and Juvederm since 2006. Her clinic is located on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.
Melinda Menezes, MD