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So, you’ve made the decision to have your first cosmetic injection treatment and you’re told that you need a Good Faith Exam. What is it and why do you need it? If your injector is an RN, a Good Faith Exam is performed by an advanced medical practitioner (like an NP, PA, or MD) to ensure that you are healthy and a good candidate for these types of treatments.
While you may think of Botox and dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm as fun, cosmetic (rather than medical) treatments that are given in a spa-like setting, it’s important to keep in mind that these injections are FDA-approved drugs/devices. In the state of California, they are treated like any other prescription drug, which requires an “order” from a licensed Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner before you receive them. This means that you need an evaluation that includes a medical history and an exam prior to getting your treatment.
If you’re wondering if you’ll have to have a Good Faith Exam prior to each injection treatment, you don’t. Once you’ve had it for a certain procedure, you can continue to receive that treatment from your RN injector going forward. Your exam only needs to happen once, prior to your first injection.
We know that this sounds like it can be inconvenient, and we understand that you may even see it as a waste of time. Honestly, we admit that it is really a formality, in most cases. But here’s why a Good Faith Exam matters:
Remember, each state has its own laws about the “standards of care” regarding injectable procedures like Botox and dermal fillers. In California, you only need a Good Faith Exam by an NP, PA, or MD once before your first treatment with an RN. After that, you can continue to see just the RN for your injections.
We hope this page has helped you better understand the importance and significance of these exams. At Celibre Medical, we strive to be the leader in our industry when it comes to results and patient experience, but also when it comes to patient safety and protection. We will continue to adhere to and respect the laws that govern our practice because of that.