In this blog post, we want to arm you with the necessary information to ensure that your Botox or filler injector is adequately trained, to help you avoid poor results or complications. As you might remember from our previous article about how long Botox lasts, it is crucial that the provider is skilled and experienced.
Unfortunately, there is currently no legal requirement in the UK for those offering Botox or fillers to have any formally recognised qualification. A one-day course certificate of attendance issued by various commercial providers of training in injectables can sometimes be the only evidence of “training”.
To be a specialist who can safely treat all areas of the face with cosmetic injectables requires multiple training courses alongside practical experience. Some practitioners might only have attended basic Botox and filler courses that do not cover advanced techniques needed for treating specific areas of the face.
Particularly, using combinations of Botox and fillers for a “non-surgical facelift” – often needed for those wanting to address more advanced signs of ageing, should only be done by specialists who have undergone extensive training.
Achieving subtle, natural results involves a certain level of artistry that only the best practitioners can deliver. Therefore, insist on seeing before and after photographs of their patients. This will give you an idea of the real results they can achieve.
While not legally required yet, there are more comprehensive courses and recognised diplomas. A Level 7 (Master Level) in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is recognised as one of the best training qualifications for practitioners aiming for a full-time career in administering these treatments effectively and safely.
In addition, medical practitioners are required to show continuous learning around their specialism. The best practitioners attend ongoing advanced training courses on new injection techniques and managing complications. They also build a collaborative learning network with other advanced injectors in the UK and abroad.
A few practitioners around the UK work with some of the specialist manufacturers of cosmetic injectables to offer advanced training courses, and they may also speak at national and international conferences devoted to cosmetic injectables. These opportunities are only offered to the very best practitioners who have mastered the art of delivering advanced cosmetic treatments and who also train their peers.
When comparing clinics, this can serve as a “seal of approval” beyond the practitioner’s own claims of experience or expertise in injectables. As we noted in our previous blog post about the cost of Botox, cheaper is not always better, especially when it comes to your health and appearance.
In conclusion due to the unregulated nature of training for Botox and filler providers, it can be challenging to determine who is properly trained to provide safe, natural-looking results.
If you’re interested in having cosmetic injectable treatments and would like a more comprehensive guide to choosing the right practitioner for you, please click here. The guide is free and has been written to help you avoid some common mistakes people make when putting their trust in a provider of Botox or filler injections.