National Consumers League


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Considering facial injection therapy?

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It’s always better to be an informed consumer, especially when it comes to your health! Before you select a facial injection therapy, make sure you do the following.

  • Find a plastic surgeon, general surgeon, or dermatologist who has been licensed to perform these procedures.
  • Tell your doctor about your medical history, including allergies, and the medicines and dietary supplements you are currently taking.
  • Talk with your doctor to determine which type of injection therapy will achieve the desired effect, and what area(s) of the face you want to include.
  • Make sure you know the total cost per injection up-front.
  • Ask Questions!  You will want to know:
    • How long it will take
    • What are the expected results
    • What risks are involved
    • How long you can expect it to last

Injection therapies are regulated as prescription drugs in the United States. Any manufacturer wishing to sell an injection therapy in the U.S. must submit safety and efficacy data as part of its New Drug Application (NDA). The FDA requires all drugs that are filing for FDA approval to conduct three phases of rigorous clinical testing to provide the FDA with enough information to allow them to reach the following key decisions:

  • Whether the drug is safe and effective in its proposed use(s), and whether the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks.
  • Whether the drug's proposed labeling (package insert) is appropriate, and what it should contain.
  • Whether the methods used in manufacturing the drug and the controls used to maintain the drug's quality are adequate to preserve the drug's identity, strength, quality, and purity.