Online Botox Training
Would you consider having Lasik done on your eyes by a doctor who had honed his skills in front of a computer screen? Or would you entertain being a patient of Laurie D’Alleva, the Texas woman who in 2010, posted videos on Youtube that described how to inject botox? The concept of trusting your medical facial aesthetic treatments to a physician who has taken an “online botox training” might fall into this same category. Online botox training is now a key search term, as announced by Google this month, but “online botox training” is not something a reputable medical educational association would offer.
Physicians are best served by attending an in person, hands-on, botox training courses offered at a medical facility, not in a hotel room or via a webcam in someones own living room. “After completing training of the calibre of the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums and Botox & Dermal Filler Bootcamps or that of other professional associations,” continues Russell, “doctors are positioned to offer these procedures to both their existing patient base, as well as capturing that growing portion of the anti-aging market who fear the risks associated with “online medicine.””
Equally, patients should insist on engaging a doctor who has completed a comprehensive, hands-on clinical training program. For the patient, this translates into ensuring that their physician is trained in the latest injection techniques, is comfortable with dealing with any possible adverse event due to the procedure and is a member of a internationally recognized aesthetic medical association.
Online education might be appropriate for programs where the instruction is primarily didactic, but when it comes to aesthetic medical procedures and Botox training courses, in-person, hands-on training in a medical facility, conducted by a faculty of board certified dermatologists and experienced licensed physicians, will always be the gold standard.
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.”
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.
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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