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Only on SkinInc.com: Botox Celebrates 10 Years! With Tips on Working With Botox From Terri A. Wojak

Posted: April 25, 2012

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In the decade since Botox Cosmetic was approved, aesthetic specialty physicians--which include dermatologists, oculoplastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons--have developed extensive experience in the art and science of administering Botox Cosmetic to yield predictable results for their patients. These physicians have performed approximately 11 million treatment sessions since 2002 and have also contributed to the extensive clinical database demonstrating the safety and efficacy of the drug.

“The approval of Botox Cosmetic in 2002 dramatically changed our ability to treat our patients by giving them an effective option to treat the appearance of moderate to severe vertical frown lines with a minimally invasive procedure,” says Susan Weinkle, MD, president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. “Botox Cosmetic has become more accepted by the public, and this treatment has brought more patients into aesthetic practices to learn about other treatments available.”

Advice from Terri Wojak about how skin care professionals can best work with technologies such as Botox in their facility.

"Estheticians working in a medical office frequently encounter clients who have received Botox. When Botox first came to the market for cosmetic use, many estheticians were worried about it taking away from their business. In the past 10 years, many have come to realize that medical providers administering Botox can be a great source for esthetic business. If well-educated medical providers and estheticians work together, the Botox user can achieve optimal results through the addition of skin care.

There are many things the esthetician can do that work in conjunction Botox. First of all, Botox offers something that esthetician’s cannot provide. It temporarily improves the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows when injected into the muscle. Therefore, it temporarily stops the ability of lines and wrinkles to deepen while providing a smoother, softer look to the skin. The best results are achieved when the skin itself is in good condition; this happens through regular exfoliation, hydration and stimulating cell renewal. Education is of the utmost importance when any product comes into the aesthetic field. Learning what a product like Botox does and how it works gives the esthetician the ability to enhance these procedures instead of competing with them.