Fillers…what you don’t ask can hurt you

Published on April 1, 2015

For best results…ask questions first

The use of facial fillers is rising in popularity. In 2012, hyaluronic acid placed second in the top 5 minimally invasive procedures, trailing only Botox.

Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and other fillers are sought after by those seeking to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

As fillers have grown in popularity, so have the dangers of unqualified/unlicensed practitioners performing procedures at cut rate with questionable materials. Many patients are unaware of the risks associated with these procedures especially when performed by unqualified individuals oftentimes using counterfeit fillers.

The best patient is an informed patient. With that in mind, there are a few things that patients should discuss before the cap comes off the needle.


Tips for avoiding filler related disasters:

  • Be familiar with your injector. They should be licensed trained and experienced in both the qualities of the different fillers and how they are to be employed. Board certification and experience is paramount.


  • Be familiar with your chosen product. The products have different qualities and are thus uniquely suited for addressing different issues or concerns. Some are longer lasting than others. Others are injected at different levels. Often times patients are unfamiliar with available options. In these instances, selecting an experienced practitioner to guide their choices is most important. Different areas/concerns will often require different treatment plans.


  • Follow up is important. Often times, patients will need a second look (a few weeks later) following their initial injection to ensure that they have achieved the look that they were seeking. It is at these visits that fine adjustments can be made. Your injector will want to know that you received the desired effect from your treatment.


As always a visit with your board certified plastic surgeon can help you clarify what areas of treatment you would like to address and which filler placed where will best address your needs. Make an appointment to discuss your individual needs at 845-354-7878. Dr. Glassman will discuss your recommended treatment plan.


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