Choosing Your Doctor

Choosing your doctor is the most important decision you will make about injectable beauty treatments of any kind.

Your prescribing doctor should hold one of these qualifications:

Plastic Surgeon

Your plastic surgeon would be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and/or the Canadian Society of Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery.

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Your facial plastic surgeon would be certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and be a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and may also be a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon

Your ophthalmic plastic surgeon would be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dermatologist

Your dermatologist would be certified by the American Board of Dermatology or the American Osteopathic Board of dermatology and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and may also be a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

All Physicians

Nurse Injectors and Physician's Assistants
A licensed Registered Nurse (RN) or a licensed Physician's Assistant (PA) can be an appropriate provider of injectables depending on your state's regulations. The following conditions should be met:

  • The nurse or PA is under the supervision of a qualified doctor who has prescribed the injectable treatment appropriate for you.
  • The nurse or PA can demonstrate appropriate medical education and training specific to the delivery of injectable beauty treatments.
  • The nurse or PA follows all of the appropriate steps in performing your injections, including informed consent about the risks and benefits of the injection process.
  • You have the option to request the doctor perform your injections.

A RN or PA injector should also have recent continuing medical education (CME) to be abreast of the latest injectable techniques, and should inject patients just like you on a regular basis (several patients weekly).

Your doctor should also have recent continuing medical education (CME) to be abreast of the latest injectable techniques, and should inject patients just like you on a regular basis (several patients weekly).

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) holds that only physicians should administer injectable dermal fillers and neurotoxins.