Until recently, only core physicians in the field of aesthetics — plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, dermatologists — were injecting patients with Botox and with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane.
Changes in healthcare and insurance reimbursements for medical practitioners have altered that arrangement. Today, a patient will encounter more “non-core physicians” — gynecologists, ophthalmologists, dentists and cardiologists and others outside of the traditional field of aesthetics — offering services not covered by insurance.
This means more revenues for those doctors— and more Botox, filler and laser treatments being administered as a side practice by doctors whose primary expertise lies elsewhere.
That’s not to say non-core physicians can’t learn to excel at aesthetic procedures. But, having trained hundreds of aesthetic physicians in the tri-state area, I can tell you that an appropriate clinical background, deep knowledge of facial anatomy, and experience with cosmetic procedures are clear advantages in learning and mastering proper injection techniques.
That said, training and technique are not the only criteria for a capable aesthetic surgeon: There also needs to be a natural appreciation of physical appearance, an innate understanding of beauty. This I can’t teach. And that “gift” is undoubtedly possessed by some non-core physicians who offer aesthetic procedures.
Yes, core physicians have an edge. But I have come across some naturally gifted non-core physicians, and even nurse practitioners, who I am confident went on to do first-rate cosmetic work with their patients.
Do your research. Don’t assume that every service offered can be delivered.
— Dr. Rubinstein
Choosing the Right Doctor
A practitioner in facial plastics in the Hudson Valley for 14 plus years, Dr. Rubinstein combines science and art in every treatment plan. In addition to aesthetic procedures such as otoplasty, chin augmentation, and neck lift surgery, the doctor is also an expert in surgeries like septoplasty to improve the functionality of the nose. Dr. Rubinstein is a dual-board certified through the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Visit the website’s photo gallery to see examples of patients before and after Botox treatments with Dr. Rubinstein.
To consult with the doctor and to discuss procedures, recovery times and any potential complications, call Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Hudson Valley, NY, at (845) 863-1772. Or contact us through the office consult form.