If you have not yet seen what appeared to be a rock-bottom bargain on a dermal filler, you probably have not done much searching on the Internet. Today, many practitioners offer black market beauty products, including dermal fillers that are not safe and that may not even be what they appear to be. Sadly, the result of these filler deals are many complications that empty out people’s wallets faster than the full-price procedure ever would have. Here are three questions that you should ask yourself carefully before committing to your dermal filler treatment.
Is the Filler Imported?
Some back-door practitioners use dermal fillers that have been purchased from outside the United States. Rather than purchasing from the manufacturer, such as from Allergan itself, these practitioners find cheaper sellers in Canada or Europe. Sadly, these countries do not have the same controls and limitations that the United States has. Therefore, the fillers may not even be the same and have not made it through the FDA-approval process. The fillers that your practitioner uses should only be purchased from the manufacturer itself or from a distributor authorized by the manufacturer. Even if they are used frequently in other parts of the world, they may not come with the same good results that we have come to expect in the United States.
Is the Practitioner Doing the Procedure Correctly?
Next, you must ensure that your practitioner is licensed and experienced in providing dermal fillers. Some injectors do not perform these treatments correctly. For example, they may not use sterile instruments, allowing the site to become infected. Others may mix the fillers with saline or another substance to make money. Still others have been known to save half-used syringes for other patients.
Is the Filler Even Legitimate?
Finally, you should be wary of the actual filler. Some are not even close to the desired product if they are not purchased directly from the source. Sadly, some fillers have turned out to be syringes of silicone or even more dangerous substances that have led to many side effects, such as lumps, infections and nerve damage.
The bottom line is that if something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Before heading to the office, you should be aware of how much your chosen filler should cost. You can also take the time to look at the vial of filler that your practitioner is using and to ask to see the product sticker with lot number, expiration date and medication on it before getting the injection. You cannot be too careful when it comes to your health and beauty.
When you choose the office of Mark P Solomon, MD in Beverly Hills and Bala Cynwyd, you will know that you are getting only legitimate fillers and that each of your treatments will be done in the safest manner. We invite you to check us out online, contact us today to set up an appointment or head over to our office so that you can see how we are different from the competition.