ExpertInjector program to educate consumers on proper medical training for injectables providers
When faced with the decision of choosing an injector for cosmetic treatments such as soft-tissue fillers or wrinkle-relaxing injections, many consumers are motivated by factors such as peer influence or even the price of treatment.
As consumer advocates, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and NewBeauty magazine stress the importance of choosing an injector based on his or her credentials. That’s why NewBeauty created – and the ASDS is endorsing – the ExpertInjector program.
Physicians who are part of the ExpertInjector program are among the best the industry has to offer. Of the more than 1.2 million practitioners performing cosmetic injectable treatments in the United States, less than 7 percent meet the qualifications to be an ExpertInjector.
Physicians with the ExpertInjector designation are board-certified dermatologists, plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons who have demonstrated extreme due diligence regarding patient safety, reliable results and consumer education.
“The ASDS is pleased to endorse the ExpertInjector program as a resource patients can rely on to help ensure they select a properly qualified physician to perform injectable procedures,” said ASDS President Timothy C. Flynn, MD. “Soft-tissue fillers and neuromodulators require extensive physician knowledge to ensure the highest level of care. A doctor’s board certification is of heightened importance today, as the ASDS has noted a significant increase in patient complications due to the proliferation of non-qualified physicians offering cosmetic procedures.”
ExpertInjectors have the training and expertise in their approved core residencies and/or through additional post-graduate medical education to make them highly qualified to perform injectable procedures that require a keen understanding of the underlying anatomy and possible complications.
“Nearly any doctor can take a weekend crash course in injectables,” said Steffanie Attenberg, Vice President and Group Publisher of NewBeauty magazine. “He or she can perform a procedure without receiving the necessary hands-on training or proper understanding of what’s needed to reduce any risks and ensure the best results — a scary thought considering the growing popularity of injectable procedures in the U.S. That’s why it’s important to choose a doctor who is properly qualified to perform injectable procedures and only administers products that are FDA-approved.”