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Choosing Your Botox Doctor

Why is it so important to choose the right medspa office for your Botox and/or Dysport injection? Because not all injectors of cosmetic neurotoxin and filler are equal.

Over the years, we have heard so many of our patients talking about getting Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane injections done elsewhere in San Diego by various medspas – only to find out that there is much more to the art of cosmetic injectables than just sticking a needle into someone’s face.

For example, there are a number of so-called medspas in and around San Diego that were started by doctors who were never really trained in the core specialty of plastic surgery (or dermatology). This includes doctors who were trained as the following:

  • Obstetricians-gynecologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pain doctors
  • Family practice physicians

But why, you may ask, would these doctors – who were trained in something completely separate from cosmetics – be doing Botox and injectables? Given the state of medicine – in terms of lower and lower insurance reimbursements to doctors – many of them decided to start getting into the cosmetic industry to make more money. They end up learning online how to do Botox, Dysport and injectable fillers. Or they go to a ‘weekend warrior’ course to try and learn the art of cosmetic enhancement over a 2-3 day period. Then they turn around and open their new cosmetic practice somewhere in San Diego to begin offering facial fillers and Botox. Unfortunately, often times patients who don’t know any better assume that these ‘cosmetic physicians’ are just as well trained as the plastic surgeon or dermatologist across the street. The cold hard truth is that they simply are not as well trained in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery. There is no substitute for a doctor who completed years of training versus someone who took a few hours or days.

Do yourself a huge favor and take the extra steps to see if your chosen Botox and filler doctor is actually fully trained in this highly specialized field. There are dangers and complications from all cosmetic treatments – including Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane. What is so important besides knowing how to minimize adverse events is how to manage the complication if it does arise in those rare cases. That is where so many of these so-called non-core (not trained in the core teachings of plastic surgery) doctors are at an additional and significant disadvantage – and so are you.

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