Millions of patients receive Botox treatments every year. With its widespread reputation for eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, and other aging effects, BOTOX has become the leading noninvasive aesthetic treatment in the US.
With such high demand, it’s no surprise that more and more nurses, physicians, and other medical personnel are looking into becoming licensed injectors.
Many who have already made the switch talk highly about their new work experience. Developing relationships and delivering results to patients hoping to reach their health and beauty goals can be extremely rewarding. Many report dramatic increases in their new paychecks as well.
So whether you are a nurse wanting to switch direction, a physician looking to add BOTOX injections to your practice, etc., there are a series of steps you will need to take to become a licensed BOTOX injector and find a great BOTOX job.
The internet is full of stories of BOTOX jobs gone wrong, in the hands of unqualified injectors. Partly due to a concerned medical community and public, states are tightening up on their practicing requirements. While licensing requirements vary from state to state, they are coming to this standard: BOTOX can only be administered by registered nurses, physicians, dentists, or other licensed healthcare practitioners who have ALSO received BOTOX training and certification.
Why? BOTOX injecting is a precise medical procedure. An injector needs a thorough understanding of facial anatomy to safely know where and how to inject a needle. A quarter-inch difference could lead to adverse reactions such as a stroke-like appearance, or even an inability to swallow (if administered in the neck). An injector needs to know how much BOTOX serum to administer and what to do if adverse reactions occur.
For all these reasons, it's key to receive and maintain an active medical degree if you wish to administer BOTOX to patients. For most nurses and practitioners that will amount to at least a 4-year bachelor degree of training, and on to medical school or equivalent training for physicians, plastic surgeons, dentists, etc.
As medical aesthetics is a relatively new field, most injectors have years of medical practice behind them before completing a BOTOX training course.
If you have not received your medical degree, but wish to land in medical aesthetics, keep this end goal in mind as you pursue your training. If you're interested in nursing, look into the cosmetic nursing route. Seek to work with a practice already specialized in BOTOX injections. Often these med spas or medical practices will help pay for certification courses and provide in-house mentorship and training.
Once your medical training is complete and you hold an active license, you can enroll in a BOTOX training course.
There are scores of certification courses offered throughout the country. Programs vary in length, cost, and the treatment training that is covered. The best programs provide ample theoretical education as well as hands-on injecting training on real patients, closely monitored by seasoned professionals.
We have compiled a list of some of the best Botox training courses available throughout the US, with some pointers on how to find the best option for your situation and goals.
Beginning courses generally cover the basics of BOTOX and dermal fillers, and how to prevent and correct common mistakes. Many programs will have the participants complete online courses covering the theoretical aspects, before coming in for hands-on injecting training.
EXPERT TIP: Many view medical aesthetic training as an ongoing education. Many begin with BOTOX and dermal filler training and then slowly train in more aesthetic procedures every few years as their practices scale. Consider training in other top med spa treatments such as laser hair removal, body sculpting treatments, microneedling, etc. as your med spa or practice grows.
Once you hold a medical degree and BOTOX certification, many options are now open for you to find an excellent BOTOX job!
The BOTOX job market is expanding into more and more medical fields. Many licensed nurses can find work in medical spas, outpatient surgical centers, or hospitals working underneath experienced physicians or plastic surgeons.
Most BOTOX jobs generally center around anti-aging and beautifying treatments. However, traditional practices are also exploring other medical uses for Botox such as treating severe armpit sweating, neck spasms, lazy eyes, and migraines.
Increasingly, BOTOX is being offered in dentists' offices as well. Dental BOTOX can aid with issues like teeth clenching and Bruxism. Most commonly, cosmetic uses like lip augmentation are offered to help improve a patient’s smile.
Take the time to find a good fit. Every practice has its unique flavor or brand and runs things a specific way. Research practices extensively by reading online reviews, the practice’s website, and social media accounts. Pay close attention to (or shadow if possible) the provider or supervising physician.Get a sense of the culture, and people you will be working with to make sure its a good match.
The range of BOTOX jobs is continuing to expand. Thoroughly research the opportunities around you to find the best fit!
Once you’ve narrowed down what type of BOTOX job you want, you’ll need to take action to secure it!
The good news is that skilled injectors are always in high demand. With an effective resume and a strong interview, many doors can open for you.
First, prepare your resume. Use job postings as a guide to tailor your resume. Carefully read what characteristics and skills employers are looking for, and emphasize those items in your resume.
In your resume and interview, be convincing in how you present your training. Assure employers that you have the experience to safely administer injections. Emphasize your high-quality results, but also include your knowledge of what to do in case of adverse reactions.
In addition to hard injecting skills, emphasize your critical thinking and communication skills. For example, you can highlight your strong assessment skills in determining the needs of your patients.
Make the decision to hire you a no-brainer. Carefully craft your resume and interviews to showcase your skills!
In communicating your skills, words only go so far. Your best hiring tool will be a visual portfolio.
Starting in your training courses, make sure to visually document your injecting results. Take high quality pictures in well-lit settings of your before and after results. This visual evidence will assure employers that you are a capable and skilled injector.
If possible, try to also build up a name for yourself on social media as an injector. Show you can effectively interact with your patient base. Display your results and what you can do. Approaching employers with a solid social media profile can be a determining hiring factor.
Adding visual evidence to a strong training resume will get you well on your way to landing your dream BOTOX job!
For many medical personnel, becoming a full-time injector or having BOTOX certification in their back pocket was their best career move.
Make the decision to hire you a no-brainer. Make yourself invaluable by investing in a prestigious BOTOX certification course, building your resume, and networking to learn your options. Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from watching your career expand while helping patients reach their beauty and health goals.