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What can you do to ensure your wrinkle filler treatment is safe?

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Wrinkle fillers are among the safest cosmetic procedures in use today. But there are things you can do to help ensure your treatment is safe:

  • Don't let price be your guide. If you are offered a wrinkle filler treatment that costs far less than the standard treatment, it's likely some compromises are being made, either in the skill of the provider or the quality of the product. Never risk making a bargain with your face.
  • All wrinkle fillers should be done in a medical setting with sterile instruments. Treatments done in homes, hotels, spas, or resorts are not being done in medical environments, regardless of who is doing them.
  • Do not get injectable wrinkle fillers from sources outside a doctor's office. Know what you are being injected with, and ask your doctor if an FDA-approved wrinkle filler is being used and if it was purchased directly from the maker. There have been reports of everything from industrial-grade silicone to baby oil being used. If a provider won't give you this information, don't let them do the procedure.
  • Use sunscreen daily to help preserve the filler and help protect against post-inflammatory pigment changes due to the needle sticks from injections.

SOURCES: Bruce Katz, MD, director, Juva Skin and Laser Center, New York City. Rhoda Narins, MD, professor of dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, New York City. Joel Schlessinger, MD, past president, American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. Ellen Marmur, MD, director, cosmetic dermatology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City. American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "How Wrinkle Fillers Work." American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Injectables at a glance." American Academy of Dermatology: "Soft Tissue Fillers." SmartSkinCare.com: "Hyaluronic Acid Fillers." News release, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. Artes Medical: "How Artefill Works."









DISCLOSURES: Bruce Katz, MD, Medical advisory board of Bioform. Rhoda Narins, MD ,Medical board, consultant, and/or investigator for Q-Med, Artes, Bioform, Johnson & Johnson, Ortho-Neutrogena, Colbar, Merz, Medicis, Contura, Mentor, Stiefel, Allergan, Sanofi Aventis Dermik, and Genzyme. Ellen Marmur, MD, Medical education faculty for Bioform, Sanofi Aventis, and Allergan. Joel Schlessinger, MD ,Researcher, advisory board, and/or consultant for 3M Pharma, Abbot Pharma, Allergan, Amgen, Barrier Therapeutics, Bioten, Centocor, Clay-Park Labs, Collagenix, Connetics, Dermik, Dow, ESC Medical, Fujisawa, Galderma, Genentech, Glaxo Pharma, Glenmark Pharma, Healthpoint, Immunex, Ipsen, Kythera, Medicis, Mentor, Merz, Novartis, Novum, Nucryst, Ortho Pharma, Penederm Pharma, Perrigo, Pfizer, QLT USA, Regeneratio Pharma AG, Sandox, Shering Plough, Stiefel Labs, UCB/Vitae, Artes, Glaxo, Health and Wellness Council of America, MJD Communications, Obagi, TheDERM.org, and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (National spokesperson 2000-2001). Stockholder of Allergan, Excel Cosmeceuticals, Medicus, Mentor, Obagi, and TKL Graceway.



Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 30, 2017

SOURCES: Bruce Katz, MD, director, Juva Skin and Laser Center, New York City. Rhoda Narins, MD, professor of dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, New York City. Joel Schlessinger, MD, past president, American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. Ellen Marmur, MD, director, cosmetic dermatology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City. American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "How Wrinkle Fillers Work." American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Injectables at a glance." American Academy of Dermatology: "Soft Tissue Fillers." SmartSkinCare.com: "Hyaluronic Acid Fillers." News release, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. Artes Medical: "How Artefill Works."









DISCLOSURES: Bruce Katz, MD, Medical advisory board of Bioform. Rhoda Narins, MD ,Medical board, consultant, and/or investigator for Q-Med, Artes, Bioform, Johnson & Johnson, Ortho-Neutrogena, Colbar, Merz, Medicis, Contura, Mentor, Stiefel, Allergan, Sanofi Aventis Dermik, and Genzyme. Ellen Marmur, MD, Medical education faculty for Bioform, Sanofi Aventis, and Allergan. Joel Schlessinger, MD ,Researcher, advisory board, and/or consultant for 3M Pharma, Abbot Pharma, Allergan, Amgen, Barrier Therapeutics, Bioten, Centocor, Clay-Park Labs, Collagenix, Connetics, Dermik, Dow, ESC Medical, Fujisawa, Galderma, Genentech, Glaxo Pharma, Glenmark Pharma, Healthpoint, Immunex, Ipsen, Kythera, Medicis, Mentor, Merz, Novartis, Novum, Nucryst, Ortho Pharma, Penederm Pharma, Perrigo, Pfizer, QLT USA, Regeneratio Pharma AG, Sandox, Shering Plough, Stiefel Labs, UCB/Vitae, Artes, Glaxo, Health and Wellness Council of America, MJD Communications, Obagi, TheDERM.org, and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (National spokesperson 2000-2001). Stockholder of Allergan, Excel Cosmeceuticals, Medicus, Mentor, Obagi, and TKL Graceway.



Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 30, 2017

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