This time of the year is when many people, men and women alike, seriously consider improving their looks and their confidence with some sort of cosmetic procedure. Unfortunately many people opt out for low price procedures that are often done illegally in salons. The price might be lower, but no matter how low it is it’s too high when the end results are potentially catastrophic.

In real estate there’s the expression everyone has heard. It’s all about “location, location, location.” Well, the world of plastic cosmetic surgery is all about the 3Ps: Product, Practitioner and Place.

When considering any kind of cosmetic procedure, do your homework and make certain your procedure is being done as safely as possible by following the 3P’s.

  1. Product– Make sure the product you will be injected with is an FDA approved product for the specific area of the body. The FDA has approved certain products for injection into different regions of the face for cosmetic purposes, like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra.

There is no synthetic material that has been approved by the FDA for injection in the breast so anyone suggesting otherwise is a red flag itself. Ask what neurotoxin or filler is being used, and even research the product labeling online. If a provider refuses or is unable to tell you what material you would be injected with move on.

  1. Practitioner– Know what type of practitioner to go to. The safest is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. However, some Plastic Surgeons have on their teams a physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse with cosmetic injection training. Save up your money and get the best procedure possible by seeking a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is a member of a recognized organization such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
  1. Place– Don’t get injected in a place where you feel uncomfortable having a procedure. Salons, malls nor private homes are sanitary facilities. Any filler being injected into the body should be performed in a sanitary environment with proper resources at hand. In the wrong hands, things can go terribly wrong at a Botox party.

The bottom line is this: Save your money even if you can’t get the procedure you want right away. Get it done right the first time with the right Product, Practitioner in the right Place. You’ll be happier in the long run.

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