We often receive inquiries from healthcare professionals and patients who are interested in knowing the training requirements necessary for someone to provide Botox® injections. To answer the question, generally physicians, dentists and registered nurses are able to provide Botox injections and/or dermal fillers, however they graduate with no formal training. We always recommend checking in with your local college in advance.
- Dentists – are generally required to take post-graduate training in order to provide Botox and dermal fillers.
- Physicians – 92% of physicians performing botulinum toxin have no formal training in the field of botulinum toxin, nor guidelines laid out by their regulatory body. Physicians are not required to take any additional training in order to provide botulinum toxin or dermal fillers.
- Nurses – are generally required to take post-graduate training, and often may provide Botox and dermal fillers under the care of a dentist or physician.
- Naturopaths – are generally required to take post-graduate training.
- Other Health Care Professionals – hygienists, dental assistants, medical assistants, estheticians and other clinical staff are not able to provide treatment, however they are often able to assist and take the photography.
The new Canadian “Standard of Practice for Facial Aesthetics”
The Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA+C) is the first jurisdiction to outline a Standard of Practice for Facial Aesthetic Treatment for dentists offering facial aesthetics including Botox® and fillers. The €œStandard of Practice€ is a tiered and gated system, which outlines specific educational and training requirements for dentists who want to offer Botox® and dermal filler treatments in their practice. The goal is for each practitioner to achieve clinical efficiency and proficiency at each level, prior to advancing and receiving training at the next level. Since the €œStandard of Practice€ for dental professionals has raised the educational and training requirements, PTIFA has reorganized all of our courses and programs to meet and exceed this platinum standard.
Which courses do I take?
At a minimum, dentists, physicians and registered nurses who would like to be trained as an injector will need to take PTIFA’s Level 1 (Advanced Anatomy and Introduction to Botox®) online course and Level 2 course (Basic Botox®: Cosmetic Upper Face & Bruxism). Upon completion of Level 2, participants will be able to offer botulinum toxin services to their patients for treating the upper-face cosmetically (forehead, frontalis, crows feet) as well as therapeutically for bruxism treatment (TMD/clenching/grinding/headaches). After they have treated 20 different patient cases (and meet any other requirements outlined by their regulatory body), they can attend Level 3 which covers Botox® for treating the mid-face, lower-face and neck cosmetically, as well as for myofascial pain (TMD, bruxing, grinding, headaches/migraines). After they have treated 20 different Level 3 cases (and meet any other requirements outlined by their regulatory board), the can attend the Level 4 course, which covers facial dermal fillers & Botox® for deep muscles of mastication.
We recommend that each participant shares their Level 1 log-in information with their team members, and also registers them for proper training at the Level 2 course. For more information on educational requirements, please contact your regulatory board, or email us at [email protected] or call us toll-free at 1-855-681-0066.