The Botox Boom: Everything You Need to Know about Getting Accredited
If you’re thinking of transitioning to a career in aesthetic medicine, get ready to embrace Botox as your bread and butter.
It’s only been 16 years since Botox first gained FDA approval and officially hit the aesthetic market, but since 2002 the neurotoxin derived from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria has dramatically transformed the face of cosmetic medicine. Since its entry into the aesthetics market, the quantity of Botox procedures administered in the U.S. has grown every year without fail. Some statistical food for thought:
- In 2017, more than 7.2 million Botox procedures were performed in the U.S–as a point of contrast, dermal fillers took a fairly distant second place, with only 2.7 million procedures performed;
- Between 2000 and 2017, the number of Botox procedures delivered increased by a staggering 819%;
- Botox is extremely popular among the 40-54 year old baby boomer demographic, with 4.3 million Botox procedures recorded in 2017;
- Almost half a million men received Botox in 2017, a 5% increase from 2016;
- The Botulinum toxin market is estimated to exhibit a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.7% between 2016 and 2024.
Botox has paved the way for the meteoric rise of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. In the pre-Botox world, individuals wanting to significantly refresh their facial appearance were confined to invasive surgical procedures such as facelifts.
Nowadays, injectables that can be delivered over one’s lunch hour are the new norm, and are helping to subtly decelerate the signs of aging with minimal hassle and downtime. What’s more, Botox is also gaining traction among individuals in their twenties and thirties as an effective preventative wrinkle treatment: by identifying and relaxing facial muscles that have a tendency to over-animate, patients can stop lines before they form rather than attempt to reverse them in later life.
As the demand for Botox grows, so too does the demand for experienced, caring providers capable of helping patients meet or exceed their aesthetic goals.
Why is it so vital to undergo proper training in Botox?
Botox is a prescription drug, and is available through licensed healthcare providers. While physicians can inject Botox without any additional certification, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the nerves and blood vessels that lie beneath the face, along with the name, location and function of relevant facial muscles to produce optimal results.
As many patients know (horror stories on RealSelf abound), a Botox treatment is only as effective as the professional delivering it. Although Botox is recognized as one of the safest and most straightforward non-invasive treatments on the market, the best Botox providers with patients waitlisted for appointments possess an expert knowledge of:
Storage and preparation
- Appropriate storage of the toxin and awareness of expiration once opened
- Awareness of the subtleties of dosing for different patients and different muscles
- The difference between the dilution, spread and longevity of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin: each manufacturer has a minimum saline:botulism ratio that must be adhered to
Tailoring treatments to the individual
- How to competently analyze and evaluate a patient’s facial animation, static and dynamic facial lines to determine the appropriate dosage to address their concerns
- The diverse applications of Botox as a treatment for wrinkles, blepharospasm, migraine pain, Bell’s Palsy and hyperhidrosis
- How to manage complications should they arise
- Contraindications to Botox that may preclude some patients from treatment
- Gender differences: males have larger muscles than females, therefore often require larger doses
- How to minimize the risk of bleeding, bruising, redness, swelling and infection
- How to minimize discomfort while administering the injections: note that pain management represents the number one reason that patients don’t return to providers for further Botox treatments
- How to ensure the Botulinum product reaches the intended muscle, avoiding the diffusion of the product into nearby structures causing issues such as asymmetry or droopy eyelids
- The impact of needle length and width: IAPAM recommends using a short, single use needle, like an insulin needle, that is 31 or 32-gauge when possible.
Accredited Botox Training
If you’re a medical professional contemplating a move into aesthetic medicine, and more specifically, interested in starting out with injectables such as Botox, there is a tremendous amount to gain from participating in an accredited Botox injection training course.
Thorough training in Botox technique sets the experts apart from the amateurs. A cursory look on Google reveals that there are diverse Botox courses available, so what are the key criteria you should look for in a training program?
- Small class size to enhance the opportunity for hands-on practise;
- CME accreditation to ensure you receive medical training that adheres to the most rigorous standards for educational excellence;
- Course teachers who are board-certified professionals in dermatology or plastic surgery and have a solid understanding of the industry.
A thorough training course in Botox can provide you with a firm foundation to safely and effectively deliver Botox to patients, and will set you on the path towards proficiency and finesse in your injecting technique.
Botox Training at the Face Training Center
The Face Training Center Botox/Filler Course One Day is an AMA Category One course that is CME accredited. The courses offered by the Face Training Center have been designed for physicians, and are lead by physicians who are master injectors and also have board-certified backgrounds in ENT, facial plastics, oculoplastics and general plastic surgery.
The Botox and Filler Course has been uniquely designed to empower and equip physicians with the necessary knowledge to move into the alluring world of aesthetic medicine, by mastering the skills needed to administer neurotoxins and dermal filler injections safely and successfully.
The course lasts one day, with an emphasis on small class numbers to ensure hands-on training and a discussion of key points relating to the wider industry itself. The course provides all students with:
- Med spa coaching
- Printed and digital material for reference
- Ongoing private mentorship following the completion of the course
- Financial/business/marketing advice
- A certificate of completion recognizing your participation in the course
Following completion of the training course, participants are ready to confidently administer injections, start offering Botox treatments to patients, and ready to capture their share of the growing Botox market.