The use of Botox® in the world of cosmetic surgery has advanced by leaps and bounds in the recent years. It is these days being used more and more by people looking to get younger looking skin devoid of fine lines and wrinkles. In order to administer Botox® for cosmetic reasons, it is essential that specific training is undertaken. Licensing requirements are strict, and in this day and age of ‘legal medicine’, having the right training is everything.
Cosmetic Botox® training should include certain elements to it –
1. A good understanding of the anatomy of the face and muscles
This is probably the most important step. The face is rich with nerves and blood vessels along with tiny muscles that control different expressions. When injecting Botox®, it is essential to have a sound knowledge of the anatomy of the face and where each and every structure lies. This will not only help avoid mistakes, it will also offer the patient the best treatment possible.
2. Types of botox
Having a good knowledge of the product being used establishes the performing physician as an authority. There are different types of Botox® available on the market, and it is important that these are explored in great detail when training.
3. Risks and side effects
4. Indications and contraindications
When is Botox® indicated for use? When should it be avoided? Botox® has been established as a safe treatment when performed by experts, but there may be situations when it should be avoided. This should also be discussed in detail when sketching out a training program.
5. Knowing the law and state guidelines
There are certain legal aspects that providers need to be aware of when it comes to injecting Botox®. State boards have different requirements as to who can prescribe and administer Botox®, and this needs to be adhered to.
These 5 elements form the basis of a cosmetic Botox® training program.
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