Getting Certified In Botox Injections As An Esthetician

Botox injections (along with dermal fillers) are incredibly popular cosmetology treatments. Yet not everyone in the cosmetology industry is allowed to give them. If you're a cosmetologist interested in learning how to give these types of treatments (and consequently expanding your client base), here's the information you need.

Only Certain Cosmetologists Can Get Botox Injections

Cosmetology is a large field, including everyone from manicurists to estheticians. In order to be allowed to perform Botox injections, you need to have some form of medical background. This means you need to be a cosmetic nurse, esthetician, physician, or other type of medical professional. However, that alone does not qualify you to perform these types of injections: it's simply the requirement for starting the process.

You Will Need to Attend a Course

If you meet the requirements for performing a Botox injection, you will still need to attend a Botox training course. A training course is needed to show how the product is used: the areas that it is injected to, common reactions to the injections, and what to expect when performing the injections. When done incorrectly, a Botox injection can cause permanent damage to an individual's face. This threat of permanent nerve damage makes Botox dangerous and effective.

Meet Your Training Hours

Your training course is going to require that you meet a certain number of training hours, often under the supervision of a medical professional. Once you meet these hours, you'll be considered certified in Botox injections. You may also need to pay for these hours individually, or you may be able to pay for the course as a whole. It's common that there will be a deposit before the course begins, to pay for the certification process. You will not get certified if you don't pay for the certification in full.

You May Need Supervision

If you're an esthetician or a nurse, it is possible that you may need to perform your Botox injections under a doctor. This will be true even once you're fully certified. This is also commonplace in larger cosmetic clinics, but it largely depends on the state that you work in. Your local licensing board will give you more information. 

Botox injections aren't just used for cosmetics; they're also used for a number of non-cosmetic treatments, such as for the treatment of migraines. Consequently, learning how to perform Botox injections and getting certified in their use is an excellent way to expand your client base and grow as a professional.

Contact your local cosmetologist school to see if they offer these types of courses.