IAPAM’s Botox® Training Tips for New Physicians

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Botox® injections are the most popular aesthetic medical procedure performed in the U.S.  Unfortunately, such market growth has lead to the undesired reality that physicians think that all they need to do is hang out a sign and start injecting.

It is critical that physicians entering this field 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®.

Here are 3 tips for physicians looking to add Botox® to their practices:  

Seek out Botox® Training with a Comprehensive Curriculum  

In chatting with faculty members at the IAPAM, I was advised that 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, and all training should include didactic as well as hands-on teaching methods.

Hands-On Training in a Medical Facility  

Physicians should be injecting multiple patients, and that portion of the training must training 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  

Respected Botox® training courses ensure that registrants understand the medication and how it specifically works. The best training will teach doctors how to appropriately dilute the product and how to safely and effectively administer it.  Physicians 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. Also, effective programs should offer training in how to handle adverse events both from a medical standpoint as well as helping the patient to understand the situation.

Qualified Instructors  

The final element in a premier Botox® training program is the training and experience of the instructors. The instructors 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 should be immediately available at the training. Also attendees should ensure that all instructors, program directors or speakers have qualifications and experience that can be confirmed.

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