Virginia BotoxDid you know that of the 1.2 million doctors who are legally allowed to administer injectables in the United States, less than 7 percent are qualified to be an Expert Injector™?

Drs. Weston, Sigal and Poindexter are proud to have been named Expert Injectors™ by The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety. This coalition, whose key founding members include The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), was formed to provide impartial, unbiased information on the safe administration of FDA-approved injectable fillers by qualified, appropriately trained board-certified physicians.

According to ASPS statistics, 6.1 million Botulinum toxin type A (Botox®, Dysport®) treatments and 1.9 million dermal filler treatments (such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, Belotero®, and Artefill®) were performed in the US in 2012. That’s a 8% increase in Botox and similar injections and a 5% increase in dermal filler procedures  from the year before. The increasing popularity and availability of injectables makes finding the right doctor to advise you on your options more important than ever.

Explains board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Weston, “At Austin-Weston, only our doctors inject Botox and fillers. Other practices may train nurses to be injectors, but we feel that it’s important to have a plastic surgeon doing your injectable procedures. Why is this? Because in some cases, there may be better options than injectables. You can spend thousands and thousands of dollars on injectables and not have much of a result. When you have a consultation about injectables with a plastic surgeon, you’ll get an overview of your facial rejuvenation options, and those may include surgery.”

Expert InjectorAustin-Weston surgeon Dr. Robert Sigal agrees. “When you have a lot of different tools, like we do, you can bring the appropriate instrument to bear where needed. Injectables are a wonderful tool, but they’re not the only tool. Sometimes tissue needs to be lifted with surgery. Sometimes viable injections like your own fat—a filler that’s alive, so to speak—make sense. Sometimes laser resurfacing is what’s needed. All the different things we can do in addition to, or in place of, injectables makes us better injectors.”

Says Austin-Weston plastic surgeon Dr. Byron Poindexter, “Being an Expert Injector™ also means knowing when not to inject. And there are lots of times when it’s not the right thing to do. Experience creates expertise. If you do something 1,000 times, if you have 10,000 hours of experience doing something, you’ll become very good at it.”

Agrees Dr. Sigal, “My partners and I have each done thousands of injectable procedures and have each well surpassed 10,000 hours each in performing aesthetic procedures of all kinds. Our expertise and experience make us each better surgeons and better injectors, and give  us the understanding of when injections make sense and when surgery may be a better option.”

Botox InjectionTraining and experience matter—and so do education and guidance. Seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon for your injectables is the wise choice for more than one reason. “If you don’t go to an Expert Injector™, you won’t get the insight and knowledge needed to get a beautiful result,” says Dr. Weston. “You’ll just get an injectable. Patients need to be educated and guided. When you have injectables done the right way, you won’t look ‘done’ at all. If you have injectables done the wrong way, you’ll look funny from across the parking lot. And we just won’t do that. All cosmetic procedures, including injectables, should look natural, beautiful and unoperated—like nothing was done.” Dr. Poindexter agrees. “We’re not going to perform procedures that will just make someone look funny and increase our bank balance. You want to look for an injector who will speak to you honestly about what injectables can and can’t accomplish.”

It’s important to do your homework and research your doctor before having any injection. “Any doctor with a medical license can legally inject—not just plastic surgeons,” says Dr. Poindexter. “But just because a dentist, an Ob-Gyn or a family practitioner can do your Botox and Juvederm injections doesn’t mean they have the experience and training to do so. You don’t want to go to just any doctor who hangs out a shingle and says ‘Come here for cosmetic medicine.’ Do your homework beforehand. A board-certified plastic surgeon is a great place to start. If you choose our practice, you’ll be able to see our work in our staff as well.”

JuvedermExplains Dr. Sigal, “An Expert Injector™ has an artistic sense of the contours of the face that comes from years of experience.  In our case, we as experienced plastic surgeons have the expertise that comes with thousands and thousands of hours of experience in our field.  Plus, my partners and I test all new injectables and injectable technology and techniques on ourselves before we offer them to patients. We’re each other’s plastic surgeons, and it makes our patients’ experience with us even better.”

All Expert Injectors™ only administer products that are FDA-approved for aesthetic use. “There are, unfortunately, regular incidents in the news in which unlicensed individuals inject unapproved, dangerous substances in spas or even private homes,” notes Dr. Sigal. “Injections are a medical procedure that should be performed by licensed medical personnel in an accredited medical setting. If you’re not sure about an injector or an injectable, visit www.ExpertInjector.org, or call the office of a board-certified plastic surgeon and ask–you can find one close to you by going to www.plasticsurgery.org.

Says Dr. Weston, “When it comes to choosing the right person for your injectables, there’s a difference between someone who will just do what you want them to do, and someone who will educate you and give you choices. At Austin-Weston, we want you to have a beautiful result, and we’ll work with you to achieve that. Here’s a good example: injectables won’t reduce jowls. As board-certified plastic surgeons and expert injectors, we have the training to see when injectables will help and when you may need surgery instead.”

Concludes Dr. Sigal, “At Austin-Weston, we’re Expert Injectors™ in every way. We have the experience, judgment and aesthetic expertise to do not just your Botox and the full range of FDA-approved dermal fillers beautifully, but to know when they need to be paired with other procedures, or perhaps not done at all. We want you to look fantastic, be safe, and be happy with your results.”