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Date:9/9/2013

r medical personnel. This is vital to protect your health and insure an optimal outcome. These are generally safe procedures with minimal recovery, but do have real risks.

About medical supervision and personnel training:

  •     Does your medi-spa have a physician who can help in determining your goals, provide a treatment plan and direct your care?
  •     What are the credentials of the physician supervising your treatment in the medi-spa?

Injectables (such as Botox and tissue fillers), skin treatments (such as laser, intense pulsed light, and radiofrequency) and deep peels should be performed under the supervision of board-certified plastic surgeons. Ask to see these credentials. Doctors in other specialties, designating themselves as “cosmetic medicine physicians” may lack the comprehensive training that is needed for administering drugs and treatments to the deeper levels of the skin and lack the experience necessary to achieve optimal aesthetic results or to manage potential complications. Just as you wouldn't see an allergist if you were having a baby, it's in your best interest to see a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and dermatologic care when seeking cosmetic medical procedures.

  •     Who is performing the injection?

Depending on the State you're in, injections and deep peels may be performed by a nurse, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. However, never allow a non-medical, unlicensed person to perform a medical procedure and be sure that the procedure is supervised by a physician board-certified in plastic surgery. Your health and safety depend on it.

About efficacy and risk of procedures and realistic expectations:

  •     How effective are the various injectables and what is
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