Botox is the most widely accepted dermal filler used by Dermatologists and Cosmetic Surgeons for skin rejuvenation, and wrinkle correction. Botox is also used for treatment of migraine headaches, muscle spasms and excessive sweating. When you decide on treatment, look for an experienced injector.
How Botox Works
Botox was approved by the FDA in April of 2002. Botox works by relaxing the muscles surrounding the area of your frown lines, crows feet and forehead. Strategically placed injections of Botox result in a dramatic improvement. Your skin develops a sleek appearance with no frown lines.
Who Can Inject
Most states allow only licensed physicians to inject Botox. There are some exceptions where qualified and trained health care professionals like nurses, physicians assistants, medical assistants and nurse practitioners are licensed to inject Botox. The state medical board will be able to guide you on the regulations for your state.
Training To Inject
Training facilities like Aesthetic Medical Educators Training offer one day courses in Botox injection. These training seminars are where health care professionals learn about Botox and other dermal fillers. Seminars are conducted at a central location and the company provides models for hands on experience. A one day training costs about $1,500.
States allowing for other health care professionals to inject Botox require a doctor be on site to supervise injections. Only a doctor can order Botox from the manufacturer. Strict supervision of doctors by Allergan, the makers of Botox, help protect and insure you are not at risk when you decide to get treatment. Florida, Texas, California and Oklahoma are a few of the states allowing for injection by other health care professionals.
If you decide to have the procedure with someone other than a doctor, make sure you find an experienced injector. Take recommendations and testimonials about the results of the person you choose and the facility where you are having treatment. You can never ask too many questions, the technique of injection and the experience of the injector is important to your overall outcome.
Salons and Spas
Botox is a profitable addition to any beauty related business. Your salon or spa can now partner with a doctor to offer this service. Botox is a prescription only product and estheticians and other beauty professionals are not allowed to inject Botox in any state.
Treatment is quick, simple and safe. You face will be photographed, marked for injection and a topical anesthetic is applied for your comfort. Injection takes about 30 minutes. You will be able to drive immediately and do your normal activities. Botox lasts about 4 months before you need another treatment. Costs range from $400 to $800 per botox treatment.
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Greta Chapin-McGill has been a writer and beauty professional for more than 15 years. Her articles have appeared in "Nails Magazine" and "les Nouvelles Esthetiques." Chapin-McGill attended Howard University and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., studying painting and art history. She is now a features writer for SantaFe.com.