Botox® injection is among the most popular cosmetic procedures. It is relatively easy to administer in outpatient settings. It is affordable and accessible for patients from a range of backgrounds and income levels. Its results are rapid and — literally — easy to see and appreciate.
Botox is increasingly common in non-cosmetic settings as well. Among others, it has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of chronic migraine, cervical dystonia, and overactive bladder: conditions that are either painful or adversely affect quality of life (or both).
It’s no wonder that thousands of medical and aesthetic professionals have integrated Botox treatment into their practices. Botox is so widespread these days that it is easy to forget its origins as a much-feared, little-understood vector of potentially deadly foodborne illness.
Botox and its competitors are derived from one of the planet’s deadliest natural neurotoxins, the ‘A’ toxin of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Botox is safe for patients only when administered as indicated by properly trained medical professionals, such as physicians, registered nurses and others permitted to administer Botox. Used improperly, the medication can cause serious and possibly fatal complications.
Botox training is a prerequisite to maintain this delicate balance between near-miraculous results and disastrous consequences. Any medical professional considering adding Botox to their practice should first enroll in and complete an accredited Botox training course. Simply reading the medication’s label and FDA literature, comprehensive as these resources are, is not adequate.
What to Expect From This Guide to Botox Training
This guide prepares medical professionals for Botox training coursework. It covers:
- The objectives of accredited Botox training courses
- The subjects and modules typically covered by Botox training courses
- An example of a comprehensive, high-quality accredited Botox training course
Botox Training Objectives
Comprehensive Botox training courses prepare clinicians to safely and effectively administer Botox to treat a wide range of medical and cosmetic conditions. These courses’ objectives generally include most or all of the following:
- Developing a treatment plan that fits the needs of the patient
- Reviewing the indications and contraindications of Botox and its competitors
- Evaluating treatment candidates to confirm that Botox treatment is safe and well-indicated
- Learning the pharmacological differences between Botox and similar products (such as Xeomin® and Dysport®) derived from botulinum toxin
- Learning the physiological effects and pharmacokinetics of botulinum toxin
- Reconstructing and diluting Botox before treatment
- Spotting and correcting poor outcomes, side effects, and complications
- Understanding facial anatomy at the micro level
- Learning advanced techniques for injecting Botox for a range of common procedures
- Learning how and where to purchase Botox and similar products
- Marketing Botox treatments and related services
Procedures Covered by Botox Training Courses
Botox training courses are both practical and didactic. At the heart of any high-quality course is a thorough overview of common Botox procedures. Ideally, these include live demonstrations on actual volunteers and opportunities for course participants to practice injection techniques under close supervision, whether on volunteers themselves or on anatomically correct mannequins.
The list of FDA-approved Botox procedures grows by the year. These procedures fall into two distinct categories: cosmetic and therapeutic or medical. Some Botox training courses focus only on one category. Others cover both types of procedures. When selecting a Botox training course, clinicians should consider the types of procedures they plan to offer. For aesthetic practices, a cosmetic-only course may be a better fit than a course that covers both types of procedures.
Training courses focused on cosmetic Botox should cover:
- Common procedures of the upper face: These include glabellar lines (vertical lines between the eyes, also known as “11” lines), horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and eyebrow lift.
- Common procedures of the lower face: These include facial injections around the mouth, chin, and jawline, including “sad” or gummy smile, dimpled chin, bunny lines (nose wrinkling lines), vertical lip lines, and neck lines.
Training courses that also include medical or therapeutic Botox applications (or focus entirely on these applications) may cover:
- Cervical dystonia: Cervical dystonia is a painful and disruptive condition characterized by involuntary head and neck movements. Botox injections in certain neck and shoulder muscles can temporarily reduce these movements.
- Chronic migraine: Botox injected into the neck and back of the head is an effective treatment for pain associated with chronic migraine and the migraine process itself.
- Bruxism and TMJ: Botox can be an effective treatment for TMJ issues and involuntary clenching of the jaw (bruxism).
- Hyperhidrosis: Botox may be injected into the underarms, the soles of the feet, the palms of the hand, and other areas of the body to temporarily reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
- Urinary Incontinence: Botox injections into the muscles around the bladder can temporarily reduce symptoms associated with certain types of urinary incontinence (overactive bladder).
- Limb spasticity: Botox is an effective treatment for certain types of upper and lower limb spasticity associated with certain underlying conditions in children and adults.
EMT’s Botox Training Workshop for Licensed Medical Professionals
Empire Medical Training’s Botox training workshop is a great example of a comprehensive, high-quality continuing medical education course for medical professionals who’d like to integrate Botox into their practices. With more than two decades and hundreds of sessions completed, it’s regarded as the gold standard in cosmetic Botox training for U.S.-based practitioners.
Prerequisites for EMT’s Botox Training Workshop
EMT strongly recommends or requires attendees to complete its Advanced Facial Anatomy Cadaver Workshop for Aesthetics. This program provides detailed instruction in facial anatomy (beyond the review material included in the training workshop itself) and can help participants avoid poor treatment outcomes and attendant legal or malpractice issues.
This course is available as a live in-person workshop (offered at Rosalind Franklin University near Chicago and Columbia University in New York City) or as an on-demand video workshop for Empire Medical Training members. Both versions are approved for nine AMA PRA CME credits, and all graduates receive completion certificates at the course’s conclusion.
What EMT’s Botox Training Tuition Covers (An Overview)
Empire Medical Training Botox treatment course tuition is an exceptional value. It covers:
- Training on live patient volunteers: Participants are welcome to bring their own volunteer or request to be paired with one. There is no cost for any individual to receive any cosmetic treatments during the training session.
- Neurotoxin products to inject one patient: This includes Botox and other neurotoxin cosmetic products to cover training procedures for one volunteer. Additional product is available for purchase at Empire’s cost.
Additionally, all Empire Medical Training Botox treatment course attendees receive access to EMT’s proprietary member web portal. This portal includes valuable resources for aesthetic practices:
- All course materials, including presentations by physician trainers
- Editable treatment protocols
- Additional instruction videos on Botox treatment techniques and methods (and other cosmetic treatments)
- Before and after photos with licensing rights for limited sharing
- Access to EMT’s practice marketing materials
- Office documents and templates for aesthetic practices, including patient intake and consent forms
Caution: A Note About Non-Accredited Botox Training Workshops
It’s true that EMT’s Botox training workshop is not the only option for aspiring Botox providers. However, unlike many imitators, it’s a fully accredited Botox certification course that has earned the highest level of CME certification (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.)
When evaluating Botox training workshops, clinicians must pay mind to accreditation status and choose only accredited Botox training providers. Non-accredited training providers’ instruction may not meet minimum regulatory standards set forth by state medical authorities and may leave clinicians operating in a gray area, potentially outside the strictures of the law. This could have adverse consequences for clinicians’ practices in the long run.
Likewise, Botox training courses that are not comprehensive in nature may result in substandard, incomplete instruction and raise the risk of clinicians offering substandard or potentially unsafe care. Clinicians should enroll only in those courses that offer hands-on instruction with live volunteers and include material designed and taught by leading aesthetic practitioners.