Can a Dental Nurse Train To Do Botox?Date: April 15, 2021
The aesthetics industry is now a multi-billion dollar industry and is showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, the recent so called ‘Zoom Boom’ has seen enquiries dramatically increase and you might be wondering can a dental nurse train to do botox and dermal fillers?
The simple answer is yes – we have trained many dental nurses who have gone on to run successful aesthetics businesses, many delivering the procedures alongside a dentist at their current surgery.
I’m Not A Prescriber So Can I Still Undergo Botox Training as a Dental Nurse?
The first thing to note if you’re a dental nurse looking to upskill is that you will need to work alongside a registered doctor, dentist or a medical nurse with a valid prescriber’s number. This is because Botulinum Toxin is a prescription only medicine and a pharmacy will only dispense it to someone with a valid prescriber’s number.
Your nominated prescriber will also have to undertake the face-to-face consultation alongside you and the patient, completing a full assessment and providing a prescription before you carry out any procedure involving Botox.
It’s no longer acceptable in the UK for patients to be remotely assessed, i.e. where the prescriber isn’t present for an in person consultation, however, they don’t need to be present for the actual procedure.
Unlike Botox, dermal fillers are classed as ‘medical devices’ and not prescription-only. The UK is one just a handful of countries that doesn’t recognise them as a medicine meaning a prescriber consultation isn’t required.
It’s important to understand that serious complications can still occur when injecting dermal fillers, so expert aesthetics training is still a necessity.
The Department of Health launched a campaign aimed at tackling botched cosmetic procedures a couple of years ago and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is calling for all dermal fillers to be classified as prescription-only medicine which would put them in the same category as Botox.
What Can Go Wrong as a Dental Nurse?
Expert Botox courses and dermal filler training courses for dental nurses will provide you with all the information you need to go on and start a profitable and safe aesthetics business.
Part of this training is making you aware of the dangers that come from both Botox and dermal fillers if not administered correctly.
Risks include allergic reactions, broken blood vessels, extreme swelling – and knowing what to do in an emergency is just as important as knowing how to achieve the results your patients want safely and ethically.
Severe complications arising from Botox or dermal filler injections are rare amongst the community of practitioners who have undergone thorough training and continue to learn and implement the latest technology and treatments.
That’s not to say they don’t happen, but many of the more serious side effects have been attributed to an error by the practitioner who hasn’t been fully trained. For example, drooping eyelids or double vision could be attributed to an improper Botox injection.
While the industry isn’t regulated at the moment, this will change and it’s essential that anyone looking to proceed with a career in aesthetics is appropriately trained and fully insured.
You must have the relevant insurance in place before you treat your first patient.
Our Foundation Botox and dermal filler training course is specially designed to equip you with all the skills you need to start practising immediately and the sooner you start working with your own patients the better – it will help cement all the knowledge you’ve gained on the course.
We can help you when it comes to choosing the most appropriate insurance for your needs; for example, will you be working as a self-employed Botox practitioner or will you be employed at a clinic or your current dental surgery.
Sorting your insurance immediately after qualifying ensures that you’re fully protected in the event of a complication or a claim being brought against you.
As a leading aesthetics trainer, we have the required cover in place so that you won’t need your own policy until the point at which you’ve completed your course.
It also goes without saying, that you should never to carry out any aesthetics treatments that are outside the scope of your training or deliver treatments that you aren’t insured to deliver.