The importance of using a qualified injector for Botox and fillers

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Aug 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM

qualified-botox-and-filler-injectorsDuring the late 1990s and early 2000s, Botox® parties were big news; however, they were hardly safe. As Botox® and dermal fillers began to come under closer scrutiny due to these private gatherings and the adverse effects suffered by some party goers, many states and the FDA began to develop stricter rules not only regarding the use of Botox®  and dermal fillers but about who is qualified to inject them. Although Botox® and fillers are considered generally safe and are FDA-approved, it is important to seek out a qualified injector before having any of these types of treatments.

Injectables are regulated

The FDA and state governments recognize that injectables are medical products, even if they are marketed as cosmetic in nature. As such, they are regulated not only in terms of manufacture and distribution, but also in terms of use and who is qualified to give these treatments. Although some states require that a physician give the injections, most states recognize that Botox® and dermal fillers may be safely injected by a qualified nurse under the supervision of a physician and in a clinical setting. These regulations are in place to protect your safety as a patient. Nurse injectors receive specific training in using and placing these products, greatly reducing the risk of adverse outcomes.

A qualified injector is important for many reasons

In addition to being qualified to perform your Botox® or dermal filler injections safely, using a qualified injector has additional benefits. A qualified and experienced physician or nurse injector should be the first point of contact for patients who have never had these treatments before and aren’t sure of how much they need, where the treatment would be most effective, or what results to expect. Your injector is specially trained to understand the nuances of fillers and Botox® and able to provide guidance for your first treatment as well as subsequent injections. A less qualified person may not take into consideration your specific needs or consider the overall structure of your face when deciding where to place injections or how much of the injectable to use.

Signs that the person performing your injections is qualified

While it may be tempting to go to a beauty salon or attend a private function for your injectable treatments, these settings offer few guarantees for your safety and for the effectiveness of the treatments. Instead, look for a clinical setting under the supervision of a physician. The injector should trained specifically in performing the injections you are seeking whether that be Botox®, Juvederm®, or Radiesse®. Your injector should also have extensive experience in performing these treatments and should take into consideration your overall appearance rather than simply focusing on the one area of fine lines or wrinkles you hope to have treated. By considering your total appearance, your injector should be able to offer specific recommendations to help you achieve your ideal look in a broader sense.

Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center’s nurse injector, Mary

Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center is overseen by Monarch Plastic Surgery, and offers Botox®, Juvederm®, and Radiesse®, all under the skillful touch of our nurse injector, Mary Bokath. Mary is not just a nurse injector though. She holds RN, BSN, and CPSN degrees and has extensive experience as a Critical Care Nurse Educator, and a Nursing Supervisor. In addition, Mary is well equipped as nurse injector having completed the Nurse Injector Competency Training by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. She is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses.

To learn more about your options for Botox® and dermal fillers, or if you have other skin care needs, please call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center today at (913) 317-9386, or fill out our online consultation request form and we’ll be in touch right away.

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