DO Ask for the box. When paying for a treatment, you're buying the whole package, not someone else's leftovers. "A box of Juvéderm or Restylane should be opened in front of you so you know it's a new, fresh box," Colen says. "If they're bringing a syringe from the back room, say you're uncomfortable with that." Likewise, she advises, throw away your own leftovers. "You might lose a little money, but it's a lot safer."
DON'T Get a filler with your filling. Again, this is your face we're talking about. Dentists, gynecologists, or any other doctors or clinicians who don't specialize in injectables and cosmetic procedures are not appropriate options. "You want to go to somebody who does it all the time," Colen says—"somebody who does it for a living, not a side business." And Botox parties are out, too. Medical procedures are not social occasions and should never mix with alcohol.
DO Ask about the future. Before you get treatment, interview your clinician to learn exactly how the procedure will go, what the potential side effects are, whether there are any post-treatment limitations, how long the treatment will last, and what your options are if you're not happy with the results. And take notes. You don't want any post-injection surprises.
DON'T Overdo it. Remember, you're doing this to look good. As Woolery-Lloyd says, "You want a natural look for best results."