The popularity of Botox injections makes it very tempting to include such service in your practice. However, refrain from acting on compulsion because you might run afoul with the law.
The global botox industry was valued at $4.5 billion in 2018. With a compound annual growth rate of 12.5%, the market is expected to reach $10.4 billion in 2025, according to data. As you can see, you can boost your profits when you offer the service in your menu.
However, in the United States, even a medical professional is not allowed to administer toxin botulism without the required certification. But you can quickly get one by completing botox training online.
Who Can Enroll in an Online Botox Training Course?
Before you can join the program, you need to be included in the alphabet soup of the medical profession.
So, if you are a:
- Medical doctor
- Naturopathic doctor
- Physician’s assistant
- Doctor of dental surgery
- Doctor of medicine in dentistry
- Nurse practitioner
- Registered nurse
- Licensed practical nurse
- Licensed vocational nurse
You are eligible for the botox training online.
In the same vein, there are also online training courses for people with no medical license. However, they are prohibited from giving Botox injections to anybody without the supervision of a licensed professional.
How to Choose a Program?
There are multiple websites offering Botox training programs online. However, make sure that they are accredited by the state.
Before you can offer the service, you need the authority from the state. One of the requirements is to present your CME credits, which the school will provide. If the government regulator does not recognize the program, you would have wasted your money and time for nothing.
Also, if the program will make you inject Botox injection in a hotel room, that is one huge red flag. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a guideline directing training programs to ensure a safe environment. It means that hands-on practices should be performed in a medical clinic with training stations.
The instructors should also be Board Certified dermatologists with long years of experience in administering botox. They will be able to give real-life examples based on what they encountered in their own practices.
Licensed experts can give specific scenarios. For example, what do you do when a patient comes to you with a gummy smile? What if somebody comes to you to address their crossed-eyes or excessive sweating? These are real-life conditions that you might not find in your lecture materials.
The idea is to ensure the safety of the patient and also mimic the real conditions that you would encounter in your respective practice. For instance, you do not go to the hotel room with the patient for the Botox session. In the real world, they make an appointment with your clinic.
Speaking of hands-on experience, make sure to choose a Botox training program that will provide you with the opportunity to work on a live patient. While the online video tutorials are valuable, there is no replacing the practical experience of administering the treatment on somebody.
When you complete the online training, you will earn about 31 CME credits (AMA Cat 1), which should give you the authority to add Botox in your menu of services.