The popularity of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Juvederm makes sense. After all, using fillers can give you great results without the need for an expensive, invasive, and time-consuming surgery. Many patients in the Fairfax area aren’t even aware of some of the benefits these fillers can provide when applied correctly.
Unfortunately, when you get dermal fillers, there’s no guarantee the doctor will apply them correctly, especially if your doctor is not a board-certified plastic surgeon. The popularity and ease of applying fillers has caused many people to offer them, even if they do not perform other cosmetic procedures. If you value your appearance, you will check the qualifications of any doctor who tries to sell you on facial fillers.
A sufficiently qualified and experienced doctor should have:
- Certification from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Documented experience performing cosmetic surgery involving the face
- A portfolio of previous work for you to examine
- A demonstrated understanding of the difference between different fillers
All of these are important. You don’t want a doctor who will attempt to use Restylane to add volume to your lips, not knowing that Restylane is not designed for that. While most dermal fillers use some form of hyaluronic acid to remove lines and restore volume, the ways different companies package different products changes what is and is not appropriate for your personal cosmetic issues.
Dr. Roberta Gartside is a board-certified plastic surgeon whose experience with the muscles and skin of the face make her well-qualified to apply dermal fillers. To set up an appointment with her at our Reston or McLean locations, contact us by calling 703-742-8004.