How to evaluate a new device or filler being marketed in your area

You, as a consumer, are often subjected to compelling marketing to improve your appearance. How do you decide what is safe, and worth your time and money?
3 questions to ask:
1) If it’s a doctor or clinic, why are they advertising? Good doctors are almost always busy and don’t advertise. Go to doctors who don’t advertise.
2) Ignore the before and after photos. They can be altered and give a skewed impression of results. At your consult, ask what percentage of patients get the truly excellent results –  it’s could be only 10 percent.  Ask them what an average result is like.  See below for my “expose” of before and after photos.
3) Never ever put money down or commit without thinking about it overnight. Good clinics want educated patients and won’t pressure you.
Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin. I believe that consumers deserve a medically trained and unbiased skin care advocate.

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