Botox is more common today than ever before. However, just because more people are getting Botox injections doesn’t that just anyone should be injecting them into your face or body.
When it comes to the administration of botulinum toxin or injectable fillers, it’s important to ask the right questions to ensure that you’re getting a Botox injector who is qualified to do perform the procedure.
No medical license
Though there is no specific Botox administration accreditation needed, only physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses are supposed to perform Botox injections. These are professionals with medical licenses who are deemed appropriately trained by the Board of Medicine or Nursing.
Be wary of anyone who has no medical license offering Botox injections. They likely have gotten their hands on some injectable fillers and offer to treat their friends or family at “Botox parties,” or even set up a fake shop to inject unsuspecting clients at a discount. They’re only looking to make a quick buck, and this can be very dangerous to your health. Do not trust such an unscrupulous Botox injector.
No training or experience
Though other health professionals with medical licenses generally can inject Botox, they may still not be your best choice. It is not recommended that you choose a Botox injector from another medical specialty because these professionals likely won’t have experience with Botox injections. It may lead to undesirable results.
Health professionals in the cosmetic surgery industry will have the experience and knowledge required to understand the movements and muscles in the face as well as the best places to inject for optimal results.
Even when choosing a health professional in the aesthetics industry, however, you should still make sure that the Botox injector has years of experience, understands the risks, and understands the results that should be expected.
Like with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. And this couldn’t be any truer when it comes to finding a Botox injector. Some places may advertise deep discounts or a certain low “price per unit.” And though it may sound like a great deal, it’s important to ask yourself why the treatment is so inexpensive. Chances are it’s because the provider is not licensed, trained, or experienced. Do your research and know who you’re visiting. You could be setting yourself up for less-than-stellar results just to save a few bucks.
A provider who doesn’t ask questions
Patient desires can vary drastically when it comes to Botox. Some patients may want to look more expressive and natural after treatment, even if that requires some residual lines to be left over. Others prefer a more unnatural look in order to eliminate all lines. Make sure that your provider asks you about your preferences before injecting you.
A provider who doesn’t watch your face move
The subtleties are critical in Botox administration. You must find a health professional who understands the nuances between injecting just one millimeter higher and one millimeter lower, because it can make a real difference. They should have intimate knowledge of the facial musculature, deal with facial movements on a daily basis, and understand that every face has different movements and individualized needs.
A professional will ask you to move your face, such as laugh, smile, or frown, in order to ensure that the injections are going into the right places. A provider who doesn’t ask you to do this likely doesn’t know—or care—enough to be able to offer the best treatment.
When it comes to getting Botox injections, you deserve accountability, experience, and proper training. Do your research and ensure that you’re working with a professional Botox injector in order to ensure great results.