Getting Botox: 6 Quality Checks You Should Assess for Your Plastic Surgeon
Botox is one of the most effective wrinkle treatments in the world, and its popularity grows every year. There are always new Botox clinics popping up to meet this growing demand. Some are even chains, boasting several offices around the country or even the continent.
The government does regulate these facilities, but the rules and restrictions aren’t nearly as strict as they are for regular surgeons. This leaves it up to you to figure out which cosmetic surgeons are actually trustworthy.
Fortunately, there are several easy ways to tell if a clinic is reputable or not.
Here are a few of our favourites:
1. Choose someone who specializes in Botox and other aesthetic conditions
Anyone trained as a doctor can legally give you a Botox injection, but a specialist will be best equipped to do the procedure. The clinic you choose should actively advertise that they do Botox injections.
Some spas and other non-traditional locations now offer Botox as well. These establishments should have at least one staff member who has specialized Botox training to perform the procedures. They should also be vetted even more carefully than traditional Botox clinics.
Note: If you are seeking Botox to help with eye/neck twitching, consider seeking treatment through an orthopedic doctor or a holistic clinic with several different specialists available.
2. Look for the Echelon Level of the spa
In Canada, Echelons are the different types of medical spas, which encompasses spas that provide dermatological procedures as well as some more traditional Botox clinics. The minimum Echelon to legally perform Botox is II.
3. Check if they’re registered with the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) only accepts doctors already certified by another board, such as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Some doctors list this certification on their websites, and there’s also a searchable directory on the CSPS website.
Many nurses and other medical staff also have Botox-specific training, so you may not be injected by the doctor, but a clinic run by a certified plastic surgeon will always do a better job.
4. Look at testimonials and reviews online
Any business that’s been around for more than a few months should have at least a couple positive online reviews. Don’t just trust the testimonials on the clinic’s website. Those quotes are handpicked to give the best impression possible. Google the clinic’s name, and the doctor’s name, and find out what people have said about them in other place.
This is particularly important if you’re considering a less traditional Botox clinic, such as an extension of a spa. After all, this is your face we’re talking about—do you really want to take any chances?
5. Ask for a free consultation
Many plastic surgeons now offer a free consultation for new clients. During this time the main focus is deciding if Botox is the correct treatment for you, but it’s also a great opportunity to get the feel of the clinic and the people who will be performing your procedure.
Some things to pay attention to are any qualifications or awards in the office, the cleanliness of the general space, and the professionalism of the staff.
6. Be clear on exactly who will perform the procedure
As we mentioned above, the doctor who runs the office isn’t always the one who performs the procedure. You’re just as likely to be treated by a nurse or another medically trained staff member.
This is standard practice, and many nurses and other medical staff have taken Botox-specific courses, but you should still be 100% clear on who will do the injection. Ask what type of training they have, and if the doctor will check in with you after the injection. If their answers are vague, or they don’t answer at all, run the other way.