Allergan Botox Training Course
In the realm of cosmetic surgery you will find many different treatments that have been developed that offer skin rejuvenation and aim at restoring skin health. In fact, Botox injections are the #1 most requested minimally-invasive procedure. With the number of aging baby boomers growing day-by-day, the opportunity for physicians looking to add aesthetic medicine procedures is great! Learning the correct techniques is the key to proper Allergan Botox training.
There are different neurotoxin options that are available on the market, and Allergan Botox is probably the most popular one that is used. Other FDA approved options include Merz’s Xeomin and Galderma’s Dysport. Patients will have their preferences on which botulinum toxin they prefer, so it is important you fully understand the differences between all of the available toxins, including dilution, spread, and how long they last. A key part of any comprehensive CME Botox training program will include all of these key facts. Patients are coming to you to look better, so it’s critical that you fully understand all the parts of a Botox treatment. Here we shall take a look at what these training requirements are.
1. Understanding facial anatomy
Botox is used for facial cosmetic purposes. It is injected using small needles into the muscles of the face and in the skin, allowing for muscle relaxation and reduction in the number of wrinkles in the skin. In order to perform these injections, it is essential to understand the complex anatomy of the face including the muscles, nerves and blood vessels that are present under the skin. This will allow for accurate treatments to be offered and excellent results to be produced.
Allergan Botox is also used for a variety of other clinical conditions such as blepharospasm, strabismus, TMJ, hyperhidrosis and spastic muscles of the hand, making it essential to understand the anatomy of these parts of the body as well. Botox training courses should be clear regarding what aspect of Botox use they are discussing so that relevant anatomy can be taught. Newer indications such as migraine should also be discussed.
In fact, in our blog on “10 Botox Techniques and Tips for Awesome Results,” the number one tip is to completely understand facial anatomy.
2. Benefits and Risks of Allergan Botox
As is the case with any treatment, the Botox provider needs to have a sound knowledge of the benefits and risks of these injections. But the training does not end with the knowledge of these – it is also essential to learn how to manage any complications should they arise. An important factor when choosing an Allergan Botox training course, is to ensure that you have Board Certified Dermatologists performing the didactic and training. Many programs have dermatologists and plastic surgeons on their advisory boards, but they rarely, if ever, attend the training. Any course designed around Botox training should cover these in detail. Pain management is also an important factor when performing botulinum toxin injections, since patient discomfort is the number one reason patients don’t return.
Every procedure that is performed by healthcare professionals is regulated by guidelines and standards. Botox is a prescription drug and is only available through a licensed healthcare provider. As a guideline, physicians (MD/DO) can always inject without any additional certification. Physicians Assistants (PAs) can usually inject under the supervision of a physician (some States have restrictions, please check your local State board), Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can usually inject if they have prescribing authority in their State. Nurses all require the supervision of a healthcare provider, however, not all nurses can inject. Most States allow Registered Nurses (RNs) to inject Botox under the supervision of a physician, and many allow Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to inject the toxin. Just keep in mind that Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are all prescription drugs and if you can inject a prescription drug, you can most likely inject Botox. However, its always best to double-check with your State licensing board. Dentists (DDS, DMD) are generally permitted to inject Botox, but some States limit the scope of practice to around the mouth.
The uses of Botox injections are a bit broader than other neurotoxin preparations. Hands-on, CME Approved Botox Training programs should be structured around each of its uses or all of its uses, ensuring that benefits, risks, procedural strategies and rules and regulations are all covered. Above all, it should be led by experts of the skin, Dermatologists. For those of you looking to add aesthetic procedures to your practices, you should consider learning the IAPAM’s industry-leading 5-Step Botox Injection Training Protocol at the next Aesthetic Medicine Symposium.
Here are the 5-Steps to get you started with performing Allergan’s Botox injections:
Step 1: Review Facial Anatomy, Musculature (3 PDF documents to read)
Step 2: Review Current Cosmetic Injectable Clinical Research (7 PDF documents to read)
Step 3: Review Video Overviews of Cosmetic Injectables (2 videos)
Step 4: Attend Symposium Didactic and Hands-on Workshop
Step 5: Perform 12 upper face Botulinum Toxin injections on friends and family.