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Botox Training Program Tips for Physicians


botox trainingBotox Cosmetic injections are the most popular aesthetic medical procedure performed in the U.S.  However, such market growth has lead to the undesired reality that physicians mistakenly think that all they need to do is hang out a sign and start injecting. The IAPAM now offers doctors these tips for selecting a Botox® training program.

“Botox is a tool in the physician’s anti-aging arsenal, and patients’ concepts of anti-aging have grown significantly. So its critical that physicians entering this field have comprehensive hands-on Botox® training,” says IAPAM executive-director, Jeff Russell.   It follows, therefore, that new physicians in the field of aesthetic medicine must receive industry-leading training in facial skin and musculature to ensure the most successful patient outcomes.  These doctors should seek out comprehensive, multi-day programs, that are taught by by board-certified dermatologists acutely familiar with the skin, and the cosmetic use of Botox®.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Linder states, “when looking for a Botox® training program, one should look for a comprehensive curriculum that covers the entire procedure: from initial consultation through to satisfied patient. All training should include didactic as well as hands-on teaching methods.”

Hands-On Training in a Medical Facility

Plastic surgeon, Dr. Marc Scheiner, applauds courses like the IAPAM’s Botox®/ Dermal Filler Bootcamp, primarily because the IAPAM course ensures “that the physician injects over 10 live patients,” which truly gives the “confidence necessary to begin immediately offering the procedure.”

Equally, training should be conducted medical facility, not a hotel conference room.  The FDA explicitly recommends that “botulinum toxin products should be administered in an appropriate setting using sterile instruments.  Malls, private homes, [and hotel rooms] are not medical environments and may be unsanitary.”

Product Awareness

Similarly, courses, like the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium ensure that registrants understand the medication and how it specifically works.  Dr. Linder recommends that the training should teach “practitioners how to appropriately dilute the product and how to safely and effectively administer it.  Training should provide an in-depth discussion of facial anatomy and how one evaluates muscle movements to decide on product placement. One must understand the details of how botox interacts with the muscles, as well as how to achieve beautiful aesthetic results by decreasing muscle contraction in a designed and organized fashion.”

“Effective programs should also offer training in how to handle any adverse events both from a medical standpoint as well as helping the patient to understand the situation.  Marketing assistance is also very valuable and good training should discuss how to market your services,” shares Dr. Linder.

Qualified Instructors

Another key element to an industry-leading Botox® training program is the training and experience of the instructors. Dermatologist and faculty member with the IAPAM, Dr. Toni Stockton recommends that the instructor must have experience with possible complications that might arise from the use of a specific product or from a discrete procedure. “Someone who is comfortable with dealing with a possible adverse event due to the procedure should be immediately available” at the training, reminds Dr. Stockton.  She also suggests that attendees ensure that all instructors, program directors or speakers have qualifications and experience that can be confirmed.

Dr. Stockton also comments that registrants “ensure that products or devices being demonstrated are FDA approved, are in good working order and are sourced from reliable manufacturers.”


Botox, Botox Cosmetic is a trademark of Allergan, Inc. Dysport is a trademark of Medicis, Inc.

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