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We Provide the Most Comprehensive Dermal Filler Training

The dermal filler training workshop is a full one-day course approved by the AMA for 8 hours AMA PRA Category 1 CME™ and 8 contact hours of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The focus of the certification course is strictly on dermal fillers.

Like other Empire workshops, this is a comprehensive, hands-on training program using live patient models with training under the direct supervision of some of the best board-certified aesthetic physician instructors (plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and multi-specialty trained aesthetic specialists) practicing in the U.S. By receiving the highest-level training on FDA-approved HA and non-HA fillers from leading manufacturers that produce products such as Juvéderm® Ultra, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, Bellafill® and other dermal fillers, participants will gain proficiency necessary to pass the onsite testing and for certification.

The dermal filler market continues to grow every year and is two times greater than botulinum toxin sales worldwide. Because over 94% of the soft dermal filler market consists of hyaluronic acid products (HA), adding these safe, simple-to-perform injection procedures can benefit any health-care professional and their practice. With over 23 years of experience in dermal filler training and a record of successfully graduating over 150,000 medical professionals, you can be assured that our Comprehensive Dermal Filler workshops will give you everything you are looking for in a CME workshop.

In this training program, you will learn the differences between the available dermal fillers so you can select the best ones to incorporate into your private practice. You will learn how to evaluate dermal fillers based on their “G-Prime” and determine the appropriate product choice and placement of an HA dermal filler to match specific patient needs and indications. This workshop provides very intensive didactic material in the morning, with ample time in the afternoon to practice injections on volunteers until you are comfortable with the technique. You will be closely supervised and instructed during this time.

Prerequisite Dermal Filler Training: Workshop registrants can access all prerequisite and preparatory course materials using Empire’s state-of-the art educational portal ( The practitioner portal also includes vital information you will need for your practice, such as treatment forms, consent forms, patient intake forms, before/after photos, and much more).

You are required to complete the prerequisite coursework, which includes video, lecture presentations, and didactic materials (full-color manual) prior to attending the live patient practice hands-on training. You may also choose the Empire-Virtual-Training™ and watch the required “live” presentations on your mobile device. Instructors encourage participant engagement through our online “chat “option. Each “virtual” session includes dedicated time for Q and A.

Live patient hands-on practice training is offered through live workshops (see full calendar), Centers of Excellence (see calendar), and custom preceptorships (call to schedule). The Dermal Filler Live patient practice training is conducted in the afternoon. To view our complete AGENDA with course details and start and finish times, click on AGENDA.

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Perform techniques on a live patient during your practice session.

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Injection training products are included in course (e.g., botulinum toxins, dermal fillers, etc.)

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Agenda: Dermal Filler Training




Speaker Introduction. Review prerequisite video for Complete Dermal Filler Training. Overview of procedures to be performed during the hands-on session. Questions & Answers.


Hands‐On Sessions. Small group breakout sessions with live patients. Attendees will be required to administer the various HA Dermal Filler FDA-approved products, understanding the unique approach to each patient (including various techniques for augmentation).

The following areas are acceptable for treatment during the physician supervised hands-on training:

  • Marionette Lines
  • Nasolabial Folds (NLF)
  • Pre-Jowl Sulcus
  • Lips (Vermillion Border with PDO Threads)

Safety Measures: All COVID-19 precautions in accordance with updated CDC Guidelines as well as adherence to the safety policies of Empire Medical Training is a requirement for the hands-on training.  Patients or Volunteers utilized during the hands-on session are required to fill out and agree to the policies before the session as well as adhere to the CDC Guidelines in place.

PRE-REQUISITE – Instructional Materials

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best training available including the safety of all participants during all live workshops, Empire Medical Training requires that you prepare for the live hands-on training by reviewing all didactic materials, which includes the comprehensive color manual and educational videos, prior to the workshop. The successful completion of Empire’s Video On Demand or the Empire-Virtual-Training™ is a requirement to participate in the Live Patient, Hands-On Practice Training Module for certification. The virtual training is conducted live and you may interact and ask questions with the Physician instructor.  Once you register for a course, you will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions and login access to Empire’s state of the art educational portal where you will have access to all training materials.

Separate from the prerequisite training material, Empire provides numerous procedure videos, advanced injection demonstrations, and other educational videos as part of your learning experience.  All participants will also receive access to our library of educational materials concerning the HA and Non-HA Dermal Filler injections which is also recommended prior to the clinical portion of your training.

Empire further recommends downloading the color manual prior to viewing the pre-requisite video which includes the following topics discussed:

Review of Product Characteristics, Mechanism of Action, Indicated Areas for Patients

  • Review of FDA Approved Dermal Fillers including G’ Prime (strength) and Flexibility (xStrain) for the various HA Products including the approved uses for each product.
  • Mechanism of Action for the various crosslinked HA products and recommendations for the various facial areas for fillers.
  • Review the most common areas for injection utilizing dermal filler injections and the techniques associated with the procedures.

Patient Consultation Process

  • Learn to communicate expected results for dermal fillers including the need for additional product or additional facial areas for rejuvenation.
  • Review various injection techniques that will satisfy your patient's goals and give correction to areas of asymmetry or contrast

Review of Facial Anatomy:

  • Review anatomy of facial vasculature, facial nerves, and lymphatic areas to avoid.
  • Possible Contraindications for Treatment
  • Review Zones of Adherence
  • Correcting and avoiding Complications and managing adverse events associated with the HA and Non-HA injections including reversal of the procedure.

Standard of Care considerations, understanding the medical model, safety techniques, and indications for treatment for the following areas:

  • Perform and understand blunt tip cannula injections for highly vascular areas of the face including techniques used for areas where hypodermic needles are contraindicated.
  • Nasolabial Fold (NLF) area using both cross-hatch and linear threading as well as proper product selection.
  • Marionette Line areas of the face and various techniques to lesson or eliminated these stubborn lines.
  • Prejowl Sulcus and the various techniques to correct areas of contrast.
  • Review lip injections by micro cannula or by hypodermic needle injection for enhancing the body of the lip (lip plumping) or redefining of the lip by needle, micro cannula, or PDO Thread.
  • Review other facial indications including protocols for other facial areas including; Cheekbone Enhancement, Cheek Augmentation, Hands, Jawline Contouring and other common facial and body indications utilizing dermal fillers.
  • Post Procedure Protocols and Touch-Up Recommendations for Patients.

DISCLAIMER: Agenda listed above is for reference only and may be subject to change. The final agenda will be emailed to you a few days prior to your course. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our office at 866-333-6747.

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Training on blunt tip cannulas is included in this course. Blunt tip cannulas allow additional areas of the face to be reached where traditional needles are contraindicated. The blunt tip cannulas training will teach you the various sizes, lengths, and facial features that can be reached using cannulas, as well as the benefits of reduced bruising and elimination of possible occlusion of vessels. Blunt tip cannulas are available for the hands-on portion of the training and are utilized within the program.

The demand for aesthetic procedures is on the rise, and dermal fillers are the second most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedure performed in the United States, with over six million injections performed annually. The reason for the popularity of dermal fillers is the semi-permanent nature of the procedure, which yields instant but long-term results by softening or eliminating folds and wrinkles. The average professional fee or profit to administer the various dermal filler products can range from $350 to over $400 per syringe.

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Empire Medical Training's Comprehensive Dermal Filler Training will prepare physicians, nurses, dentists, and other licensed healthcare professionals in the proper selection and application of the various HA dermal fillers such as Belotero Balance, Restylane, and Juvederm Ultra. Our expert staff of physician instructors and other specialists will give you a full understanding of the facial areas, patient selection, techniques for placement, and product selection to eliminate or enhance the following areas:

  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Lip Enhancement (lip plumping and vermillion border)
  • Submalar Hollow
  • Cheek Augmentation
  • Tear Trough
  • Pre-jowl Sulcus
  • Other Advanced Injections (i.e. hands, dimpled chin, laugh lines, etc.)

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Dermal filler treatment is an art and a science. You start with a limited amount of product in each syringe and it’s imperative that you place the product strategically to get corrections in as many places as possible. Setting patient expectations and identifying the various aesthetic conditions that can be treated allows you to successfully integrate these soft-tissue augmentation procedures within your practice.

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The focus of this comprehensive training will be on the FDA-approved use of dermal fillers, specifically the cross-linked hyaluronic (HA) acids available. Included with the Comprehensive Dermal Filler Workshop is the cost of the medicine needed for the hands-on training.

During the training, attendees will learn the indications, duration, and benefits for each of the various products or procedures. They’ll also learn about anesthesia options, such as topical gels and facial nerve blocks, as well as the anesthetic characteristics of the various products.

The other types of tissue augmentation procedures and protocols featured in the course include the following commercially available or natural products::

  • Hyaluronic Acid (i.e. Juvederm Ultra®, Restylane®, Belotero Balance®, Juvederm Ultra Plus®, Restylane Lyft®/Perlane®, Restylane Silk®)
  • Radiesse® andRadiesse+® (Calcium Hydroxylapatite)
  • Sculptra® (Poly L Lactic Acid)
  • Belafil®/Artefill© Non-HA Filler (Polymethyl Methacrylate)
  • P-R-P for Aesthetics
  • Autologous Fat Grafting
Controlled environment with strict supervision by Physicians only

Controlled environment with strict supervision by Physicians only

Dermal Filler Hands-On Demonstration by Chris Croley, M.D.

Join the thousands of physicians nationwide who have successfully integrated dermal fillers into their practice and who enjoy the benefits and revenue of these aesthetic procedures.

There is little or no capital cost associated with these procedures, and the demand for dermal filler procedures continues to rise. Patient satisfaction is very high for injectables such as Botox® and dermal fillers as many patients will receive both. Receive the instruction needed to give your patients what they are asking for by expanding your practice into aesthetics.

Review our Dermal Filler FAQ section for more general information.


Upon successful completion of the Comprehensive Dermal Filler Workshop, each participant should be able to understand and accomplish the following:

  • Practice and perform procedures such as dermal filler injections competently, safely, and effectively for their patients. Each participant will learn how to avoid risks and associated complications with these treatments.
  • Apply generally accepted protocols for the administration of HA dermal fillers for various aesthetic conditions. Each participant will learn the proper guidelines for product acquisition, patient charting, and administration issues ( medical intake forms, informed consents, etc.). They will also learn corrective measures for adverse events.
  • Assess who is a candidate for the dermal filler procedure. They will understand how the procedure benefits their patients and which anatomical areas are acceptable for treatment. Attendees who complete the program will know how to educate their patients about how dermal filler treatment can meet their aesthetic expectations. 
  • Identify the mechanism of action, basic facial anatomy, and areas of injection. They’ll learn the characteristics and differences between the various products. They’ll also learn how to understand patient preferences, manage patient expectations, and perform after-care for follow-up after the dermal filler procedure.

Additional Learning Objectives

  • Gain expertise and proficiency in performing all the most needed, most used techniques for performing a HA Dermal Filler injection.
  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of all of the most common dermal fillers used in practices and requested by patients (including the differences between the HA products), and how to select and use them.  
  • Employ generally accepted protocols associated with the various dermal fillers including recommendations, product duration, placement, contraindications, and possible associated side effects.
  • Understand the available anesthesia options and be able to administer the facial nerve blocks and perform techniques required for correcting or softening such aesthetic conditions as facial lipoatrophy (cheeks), pre-jowl sulcus, lips, chin, folds, and eye hollow.
  • Display enhanced injection skills and techniques, through hands-on training using cannulas as well as needle syringes. Participants will review and identify the need to offer touch-ups and set client expectations.
  • Review various administrative issues, patient consultations, marketing aspects, and pricing and packaging necessary to successfully integrate these procedures, including all medical intake forms and informed patient consents.

Volunteers - Training Patients:

There is never a charge to volunteers for receiving Botulinum Toxin-A injections, or any aesthetic treatments during any of the Empire programs.

You are required to bring a volunteer to receive injections. In the event you cannot find a volunteer, we will do our best to pair you with another attendee so you may inject on each other. Please note: we cannot guarantee you a volunteer or model.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This training caters to MDs, DOs, DMDs, DDS, NPs, RNs and other licensed healthcare professionals.

A board-certified physician expert will teach this course, with other licensed healthcare professionals assisting where needed.

This course is accredited for 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This activity is jointly provided by AKH, Inc, and Empire Medical Training. View accreditation details here.

Certainly! For those outside the United States, injections on anatomical models are an option; however, you will not be allowed to inject on a live patient.

Each state has its own regulations concerning live patient injections. Kindly consult your licensing board to determine if you’re permitted to administer injections.

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This activity has been planned and implemented by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Empire Medical Training. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Click Here for More Information

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