I am fully aware that Botox and facial fillers are available on practically every street corner. Doctors’ and dentists’ offices, medical spas, and even beauty parlors offer injectables. Patients are routinely injected by gynecologists, dentists, nurses, aestheticians, medical assistants, and occasionally personnel with no formal medical education. The results of the injections are variable: some are pretty good, and some are awful.
In contrast to the other injectors, plastic surgeons make their living by operating on people, not by injecting them. I am no exception. So why do I personally perform every injection?
Botox to glabella
Restylane to the nasiolabial folds
Because I’m good at it. With an artistic background as a wood and marble sculptor and a medical background as a plastic surgeon, I feel better qualified to perform Botox and Restylane injections than the nurses and medical assistants in my office. I understand the anatomy of the facial muscles better than your dermatologist—because I perform surgery on those very same muscles. I can mark the muscles for injection based on your unique anatomy, rather than using a standardized diagram provided by the medical manufacturers. I know that Restylane and Juvederm are not interchangeable products, and I understand when to use each. I did not develop my knowledge through a weekend course at a hotel; instead, I developed it over 17 years as a board-certified plastic surgeon.
If I am the most qualified person in my office to perform injectables, I cannot delegate this duty to anyone else. I really do care about doing my best for my patients, and I am compulsive about providing consistent, quality results. Although I could hire an aesthetician or train a nurse injector, I still believe that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
Ronald M. Friedman
Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center
Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas
Dr. Friedman prides himself on personally performing every Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Juvederm injection. Although ice is suitable for many patients, he believes that it is unfair to charge extra for patient comfort. So he provides effective topical anesthetics and/or 70% nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at no additional charge. Our practice serves the Plano, Frisco, Allen, and McKinney communities.