BUT… Why It Should be Injected by a Board-Certified Dermatologist?
While it is legal in many states, including New Jersey, for a “licensed medical professional” to inject BOTOX® Cosmetic, the question is, what are the risks? What should an informed consumer ask their practitioner before receiving cosmetic injectables?
BOTOX® Cosmetic continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. In 2021, more than 3.6 million cosmetic procedures involving neurotoxins (such as BOTOX®) were performed in the United States.1 Given this statistic, it is no wonder that so many men and women are looking for providers to perform this non-surgical facial enhancement procedure. Unfortunately, for many patients cost is often the major factor in deciding where to receive treatment as opposed to the qualifications of the injector.
Dr. Rebecca Baxt, a board-certified dermatologist, discusses the regulations and provides important information that all consumers should know before receiving BOTOX® or other injectables.
Who Can Legally Inject BOTOX® Cosmetic In New Jersey?
The law in New Jersey states that a licensed medical professional who practices in a medical facility is legally approved to inject BOTOX® Cosmetic. It should be noted that legally, dentists can perform BOTOX® injections.
While these licensed medical practitioners (including nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) can provide injections with varying degrees of training and supervision, there is no comparison to receiving a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment from a board-certified dermatologist.
Why A Board-Certified Dermatologist?
Dr. Baxt advises her patients that, BOTOX® Cosmetic is always best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who has the necessary education, training, and experience. Dermatologist are experts at all issues relating to the skin and are trained during residency to handle cosmetic and medical skin issues. A dermatologist completes:
- 4 years of college
- 4 years of medical school
- One year of internship; and,
- At least 3 years of specialized dermatology training
To be a board-certified, a dermatologist must pass a rigorous exam. Over time, to maintain board certification, the exam must be taken again. Knowledge and accuracy is everything. Don’t get droopy eye lids or a “Spock” eyebrow from your BOTOX® Cometic injections. These effects may occur from injecting neurotoxins even a fraction of an inch off. However, when performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, side effects occurred very rarely, and most of these were minor, such as minor headache or bruising.
Compare the training of a board-certified dermatologist to other injectors who take weekend courses and have limited experience. At BAXT CosMedical®, all injections are performed by Dr. Rebecca Baxt, board- certified dermatologist!
Why Is It Important To Have Authentic BOTOX® Cosmetic Product?
The old adage is correct, when it seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true! Beware of low cost “Botox” providers as there is no “generic” form of BOTOX® Cosmetic. The formulations, potency, and approved doses vary among botulinum toxin products. This means that one product cannot take the place of another.
The FDA has issued numerous warnings and stepped up their investigations on counterfeit Botox, which is entering the United States from other countries. Consumers should confirm that the injector has purchased authentic BOTOX® Cosmetic directly from the manufacturer, Allergan.
We invite you to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and listen to Dr. Baxt’s podcast on “BOTOX Basics” and to view our patients’ before and after photos. For your personalized complimentary consultation with Dr. Baxt, call 201-265-1300 or contact us online.