Facial plast Surg 2010; 26(4): 310-319
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1262315
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FILLERS-Q: An Instrument for Assessing Patient Experiences after Treatment with Facial Injectable Soft Tissue Fillers

Anthony P. Sclafani1 , Laura Pizzi3 , Eric Jutkowitz3 , Nancy Mueller3 , Matthew Jung2
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
  • 3Doris N. Grandon Center for Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Jefferson School of Population Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Publication Date:
27 July 2010 (online)


Patient-reported outcomes data are limited after injectable soft tissue filler treatment. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are becoming integral to medical practices in other specialties and will become so as well in facial plastic surgery. The obvious differences in types of disorders treated and the outcomes of primary importance seen between general medical/surgical and facial plastic surgery practices make institution of standard outcomes studies difficult in facial plastic surgery. However, understanding the patient's experience and satisfaction with treatment is essential to continue to provide excellent care to facial aesthetic patients. This article describes use of a new survey instrument, Facial Injectables: Longevity, Late and Early Reactions and Satisfaction Questionnaire (FILLERS-Q), in assessing patient response to facial injections of soft tissue fillers. FILLERS-Q is a 43-item questionnaire that captures patient demographics (4 items), patient satisfaction with treatment (10 items), procedure-related events (3 to 7 items), impact on relationships (9 to 15 items), and economic considerations related to dermal filler treatment (3 to 7 items). The results provide a “snapshot” of patients treated in an individual surgeon's practice.