Botox is a Drug NOT a Party Fa­vor

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Have you ever been in­vited to a Botox party? While it is a good idea to ask friends who they’d rec­om­mend, the treatment it­self should be done in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment with one-on-one med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Med­i­cal Aes­thet­ics is a grow­ing field. Just as the tools have in­creased, med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion has de­creased. Neu­ro­tox­ins, like Botox, and der­mal fillers re­quire a med­i­cal li­cense to pur­chase. Yet, cur­rently in Arkansas, any clin­i­cian work­ing un­der a li­censed physi­cian can in­ject neu­ro­toxin and der­mal fillers. Physi­cians have long di­rected the work of oth­ers. When the physi­cian ac­tively over­sees their staff, this sys­tem works. With growth, across the US, reg­u­la­tions are in­creas­ing to pro­tect the pa­tient. The state of Ten­nessee per­mits only reg­is­tered nurses and physi­cians to in­ject and in the state of Mis­sis­sippi only the li­censed physi­cian can in­ject.

Re­gard­less of lo­cal reg­u­la­tion it is im­por­tant to re­search be­fore re­ceiv­ing any aes­thetic treatment. On-line re­search or a per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tion is a good place to start. Choose a fa­cil­ity with a good rep­u­ta­tion and then set time to visit the fa­cil­ity for a con­sul­ta­tion. Don’t be afraid to be cau­tious. Tak­ing care of your­self starts with do­ing your home­work.

When vis­it­ing the clinic: • As­sess the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and clean­li­ness of the fa­cil­ity. Make sure you feel com­fort­able and trust them to per­form the pro­ce­dure.

• Look for a physi­cian who is sin­cere, un­hur­ried and does not sugar-coat what you can ex­pect from your treatment. A good physi­cian will dis­cuss any con­cerns to en­sure you are com­fort­able be­fore ad­min­is­ter­ing treatment.

• In­ter­view and ask ques­tions re­gard­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence. Ask how many times they have per­formed the pro­ce­dure you are con­sid­er­ing.

• Know the cost be­fore you pro­ceed. Prices vary. A pro­fes­sional aes­thetic clinic will present a plan and the costs up­front.

• Re­view any pos­si­ble side ef­fects. Qual­i­fi­ca­tions mat­ter, they should be pre­pared to rec­og­nize and treat any com­pli­ca­tions that oc­cur.

• Find out about post-treatment care and fol­low-up. A good prac­ti­tioner sched­ules fol­low-up to as­sure they have met treatment goals.

Once you have had your ques­tions an­swered and are com­fort­able with the physi­cian and the fa­cil­ity, you can re­lax know­ing that you have made an ed­u­cated de­ci­sion and are in good hands.

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