Many core aesthetic specialists are putting their money where their mouth is (or at least where their mouth area wrinkles are).

A new research letter published in the Jan./Feb. 2012 issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery shows that facial plastic surgeons, dermatologists, plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons support the injection of neurotoxins and facial fillers for both themselves and their patients. More physicians prefer neurotoxins to fillers.

About 70% of the doctors surveyed had been injected with Botox, and 40% had been injected with a dermal filler. Close to half of all doctors who used Botox injected themselves as did 21% who have used fillers. For those that outsourced their own injections, two thirds trusted another physician and 27% chose a physician’s assistant or nurse.

“Nothing shows more trust then when you do something yourself,” says author Steven Pearlman MD, FACS, who is in private practice in New York City and is the director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. Pearlman and colleagues sent out the 10-question survey to 6,546 physicians via the SurveyMonkey website. A total of 599 responses were collected over a 3-month period.

Source: Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. Jan.Feb 2012. In Press.