Year after year, BOTOX® Cosmetic remains the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment available. Unfortunately, with this popularity comes a rise in the number of unqualified practitioners who offer it. Today, there are even underground gatherings where people offer illegally-obtained BOTOX® as a cheap alternative to visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon.
The risks of “BOTOX® parties” significantly outweigh the financial benefits. BOTOX® injections must be performed in a sanitary, accredited facility by a certified and experienced professional in order to ensure their safety. When people purchase BOTOX® illegally on the internet and attempt to inject it themselves, they seriously heighten the risk of suffering infection and other complications.
Here are some ways to ensure you are getting BOTOX® from a qualified practitioner:
- Title – Some unqualified healthcare professionals use meaningless titles, such as “Advanced Aesthetic Practitioners,” to convince people of their qualifications. Don’t be taken in by this. Make sure you check the provider’s actual qualifications. Only regulated doctors, registered nurses, and dentists are appropriately qualified to perform BOTOX® injections. It is best to obtain them from a board-certified plastic surgeon.
- Training – Some training courses for unqualified practitioners last a mere half a day. Ask your provider where they trained, for how long, and what the training involved.
- Location – BOTOX® and dermal fillers should always be performed in a clean clinical environment to avoid the possibility of infection.
If you have more questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic, please contact Dean Kleto, M.D. today or call 865-524-2442 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients throughout the Knoxville, Sevierville, and Knox County areas of Tennessee.