Injectable FAQs

What defines board certification of injectors?

There is no recognized medical board that specifically defines injectors. Certification by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties refers to a doctor who has taken an accredited residency and fellowship in a defined medical specialty, and has been tested through written and oral exams for competency in that specialty. The following Boards are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Dermatology
  • American Board of Otolaryngology (Facial Plastic Surgery)
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

Is it safe for nurses to perform injectable treatments?

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.

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

Are injectables safe?

When injected by a properly qualified and trained clinician in an appropriate medical setting, U.S. FDA-approved injectable treatments are safe.

Are injectables used only in the face?

Injectables are commonly used in the face, but can be used in off-label applications on the body. In some cases, a scar, cellulite dimple or other limited depression can be treated with a U.S. FDA-approved dermal filler for temporary improvement. Fat injections are commonly used on the body to improve the shape of the buttocks.

What does off-label mean?

U.S. FDA-approved drugs and devices come with labels and directions for their approved use; any other use is considered “off-label.”

What are the risks of injectables?

Each injectable carries its own specific risks. In general, the post-treatment experience can include swelling, redness or bruising at the injection site. This usually will resolve within a week. There is a slight risk of infection with injectable treatments, and a very rare but potential risk of injury to the skin.