Botox is the most widely used cosmetic procedure in the world. It is a prescription medication that was approved for use by the FDA in April of 2002 to be injected into the muscles between the eyebrows to diminish the look of frown lines. Botox is now used in clinics and medical spas across the U.S. to improve not only the look of the forehead, but also the area surrounding the eyes and mouth. It’s no wonder that it’s so popular. Botox is less intrusive than any other cosmetic procedure that promises the same results, it’s easy to find a practitioner, and it’s relatively inexpensive when compared with other procedures. There is also no ‘downtime’ for Botox. You can realistically receive an injection over your lunch break and return to your office looking visibly refreshed.
What training does the Botox practitioner need? In most states, Botox can only be administered by a physician or a trained healthcare professional (nurse, physician assistant, medical assistant or nurse practitioner) working under the supervision of a physician. Because Botox is a prescription medication, only physicians can order Botox from the manufacturer. The professionals who inject Botox , aside from receiving the medical training that is required for their particular certification, normally attend a one to two day training seminar where they learn about Botox and how to inject it. They spend at least half of that time actually practicing the injections on preselected volunteer patients. As there are vast differences in the types of settings that one can receive Botox injections, there are also vast differences in the type, duration and quality of training that a Botox practitioner receives. Basic Botox training would address facial anatomy, how to reconstitute the product and calculate dosages, how to consult with clients and select those that are appropriate for Botox, and what injection techniques to use. An advanced course might cover more detailed aesthetic information, including how to target a minor or major muscle group with a specific intent in mind.
Whether you are thinking about training to become a Botox professional, or just want to be sure that the professional you have chosen has appropriate training, you will want to check with the health and medical board that regulates cosmetic procedures in your state.