It is not surprising to hear that the anti-ageing business is booming around the world. Some of the top treatments are those that offer semi-permanent results ie. injectables such as BOTOX. But there are more benefits to having BOTOX than gaining a more youthful appearance. As a dentist you will be aware of patients experiencing neck and facial dental pain caused by mal-aligned teeth and jaws and bad dental habits. These are problems that can be solved by the muscle relaxant properties of Botulinum Toxin.
The success of BOTOX is phenomenal and it is mainly due to its affordability, efficiency and low risk of adverse reaction. However, the BOTOX serum and the procedure itself are not entirely without risk and now governments around the world are trying to improve the practice standards through educational strategies and training programmes.
Best practice Guidelines and Recommendations
In the UK, the newly formed Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) is responsible for encouraging the implementation of guidelines and recommendations that were originally devised by Health Education England (HEE) in 2015. In the education framework, those permitted to conduct injectibles such as BOTOX should have a minimum of Level 6 education with specialist training in this discipline.
Not many patients are aware of what training and experience standards are required to safely conduct these therapies. Training and indemnity insurance certificates help to give confidence to prospective clients but there is little background to these pieces of paper.
Being a dentist, your education and experience is rarely questioned. This gives you a competitive advantage over other local businesses. Confidence in your medical skills and competencies are unquestionable and to some extent you already have a good understanding of facial anatomy.
So that’s patient confidence taken care of. What else sets you ahead of anyone else considering a move into the world of aesthetics and injectible therapies? Your establishment (or business name), your premises, your chair, your assistant and your client base! These are all highly valued and hard-earned assets that will cause a delay in ROI for most new-comers to the aesthetics market. And there you have it all! Or at least you can consider partnering with one who does!
Anyone, medical background or no, will need to learn how to perform these treatments. So here starts your search on a great training provider. Although you have a firm basis of knowledge and patient experience, there is a degree of specialism in delivering BOTOX. After all, not everyone is having treatment in the same areas, or for the same reasons. You will benefit from staying abreast of all the latest developments in product, methods and the industry in general. What you are looking for is an end-to-end provider all that can offer the best information, plenty of hands-on practical application and post-course support with industry updates.
The MATA BOTOX Course
The Medical and Aesthetics Training Academy (MATA) from London’s Harley Street provides courses on all medical and aesthetic treatments. As an internationally recognised programme based on UK and European safety guidelines and effective business advice, MATA is considered the gold standard of training in the injectibles market.
By completing the BOTOX® course at MATA you will gain a full understanding of facial anatomy, skin and substance reaction. The comprehensive, university standard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides videos, webinars, business and marketing guidance, product ordering and more. You have tutorials in small groups and finally an assessment. The certification counts as one unit towards a Master’s Degree (Level 7 UK standard).
The MATA BOTOX course is a blended learning course including:
- Online theory which can be studied in your own time via our university-standard learning platform with interactive tests.
- Tutorials with hands-on practice with cadaverous materials progressing to live models.
- Clinic-based assessments and completion of a log book.
- Written examinations.
- Ongoing support if needed.
Around 100 hours (containing four core units and one optional unit) covering:
- Facial Anatomy
- Optional dissection and injectable practice on cadavers
- Different types/brands of Botulinum Toxin
- Medical history, consent forms and note taking
- Patient assessment
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Brow lifting
- Achieving a natural result with Botox
- Pre-treatment and post-treatment care
- Possible complications and how to avoid/deal with them
- Practical training on models
Around 200 hours (containing four core units and all six optional units) covering:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Definition of the chin/jaw (bruxism)
- How to correct a downward turned smile
- Brow lift
- Reduce a gummy smile
- Smoker’s lines around the mouth
- “Nefertiti” lift
If you have thought about offering BOTOX to existing patients and/or new clients, all you need to do is get training. In a short space of time you will be well-equipped to conduct the treatment confidently and efficiently. This added skill and business offering will enhance your career and provide greater income to your dental practice.