If you are concerned about how you look but are afraid to go under the knife, some doctors would recommend getting Botox or fillers. So you may research online about them, and after reading some nightmarish testimonials and other details about Botox injection and filler complications,  one of the most common questions would be, who can administer Botox safely? Here are some tips on how to find a professional who can perform these cosmetic procedures.

What is Botox?

Botox is used by doctors both for medical and aesthetic purposes. Doctors use it medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and beauty specialists recommend injecting this substance to cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It is made from a neurotoxin called Botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

Who can safely administer Botox injections?

There are cosmetic establishments who would offer Botox injections and fillers at different costs and procedures, so you may really start to wonder who can administer Botox safely? Well, there are different medical professionals who are licensed or certified to administer this injection for medical or cosmetic purposes.

Doctors. Medical doctors are already given as licensed professionals who can administer Botox injections. They have been trained and are knowledgeable about the correct dosage and route of the drug, so the safety and efficacy of the procedure can be ensured.

Nurse practitioners. These nurse specialists are trained and certified to perform several duties of a doctor as well. Just make sure that the state you are in also allows nurse practitioners to perform cosmetic procedures like lip augmentation and administration of Botox.

Dentists. Dental professionals use Botox injections to correct gummy smiles, TMDs (Temporomandibular disorders), and other jaw abnormalities and diseases. However, the dental use of Botox is not allowed for stand-alone purposes. This means that a medical condition should be related to the dental condition for Botox to be legally administered.

Physician Assistants. Some states may allow a physician assistant to administer Botox injections with or without the supervision of a doctor. Just make sure that the professional who handles your case has ample experience and has been performing the procedure for years to make sure that he can perform it safely.

What to consider when getting Botox injections

Know your options. If you are using the fillers and Botox injections for aesthetic purposes, make sure that you are knowledgeable of all the procedures that you can choose from to solve your beauty problem. Consult your doctor so you can be sure that getting this injection is the best solution for you.

Be aware of aftercare and expectations. Have realistic expectations when it comes to the results of the procedure. Some may need to have a few sessions before achieving the look that they need, and some may be expecting a lot from the procedure that they forget the limitations of the results. Discuss with your doctor your preferences so he can correctly guide you about the results.

Know the side effects. Listen and understand the common side effects of getting any procedure so if you have experienced a post-procedure complaint, you can readily correlate it with the treatment. Consult your doctor or dentist if you encounter a side effect that he did not mention so your condition may be monitored.