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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Just Anyone to Administer Your Injectables

Why You Shouldn’t Trust Just Anyone to Administer Your Injectables

New York is a living testament to the benefits of cosmetic injectables. Everywhere you look, you see the results of these face-changing treatments — some better than others.

If you’re considering injectable fillers or neuromodulators to refresh your look this year but want to ensure you end up looking younger, not frozen, you need to do some homework on the products and the people who administer them.

To get you started, we’ve compiled this brief guide about how to choose an injectable administrator in New York. Here, Robert A. Guida, MD, offers advice based on his extensive education and many years of experience, so you can make the best decision.

Who can administer Botox® and fillers?

According to New York state law, only licensed medical physicians can legally administer Botox and dermal fillers. This means that only doctors, surgeons, and, in some cases, dentists are allowed to offer Botox and fillers. 

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and registered nurses can administer the injectables under the supervision of a licensed physician.

The following professions are not permitted to administer injectables even under a physician’s supervision:

It may surprise you that aestheticians can’t legally offer Botox or fillers because they’re the main services of many medspas with no physician on staff. 

Why it matters

Every year, over 8.8 million Americans turn to neuromodulators and dermal fillers to address the lines and wrinkles that come with aging. However, their results differ because some are more discerning than others about where they go for treatment and who they let administer the products. Here’s why it matters.


In the right hands, Botox strategically targets the nerves serving the micro muscles in your face, relaxing them and smoothing out the creases they carve in your skin. 

In the wrong hands, Botox can leave your face red, bruised, and painful. Botox is a neurotoxin capable of triggering serious side effects, such as headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms, facial weakness, and drooping. 


An experienced, qualified administrator injects dermal fillers into specific facial regions at precise depths to restore lost volume under your skin. It takes an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy to determine the right product and formula and the appropriate location, dose, and depth to achieve natural but noticeable changes.

Aestheticians don’t have the extensive medical training to understand facial anatomy and the potential medical complications of misuse or error. If you receive dermal filler injections from anyone other than a plastic surgeon or medical doctor, you put yourself at a higher risk for negative side effects, such as:

One of the most common side effects caused by inexperience and unqualified dermal filler administrators is feeling the filler product under your skin. When administered correctly, your skin should feel soft and natural.

Why choose Robert A. Guida, MD?

Dr. Guida is beyond qualified to administer Botox and fillers. He’s double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. Years of education, specialized training, and practical experience have made him one of New York’s most sought-after plastic surgeons. Whether you’re looking for the best physician to administer Botox and dermal fillers or you want to explore plastic surgery options, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Guida.

We could go on and on about Dr. Guida’s qualifications, but the proof is in our patients’ praises. Read about how our patients feel about their experience at Robert A. Guida, MD, or watch video testimonials

To talk to Dr. Guida about your aesthetic needs, contact us online or call us at our New York or Staten Island office.

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