The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recommends the following to people considering Botox® treatments:
1) The physician’s credentials should be checked. The human face has a complex anatomy. The physician must be familiar with the physiology and function of more than 40 muscles present in the face. He or she should be also be qualified and trained in facial plastic surgery. The members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are qualified in performing injections to the face based on their extensive expertise and experience in performing facial plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
2) Insist on a complete medical evaluation. When submitting to any medical treatment that might involve complications, a person should consult with a physician for a medical evaluation and complete medical history prior to treatment.
3) Be well-informed. The consultation should include a discussion of the potential risks, benefits, and any alternative treatments when recommendations are made, as well as an explanation of the factual information. An informed consent document must be signed by the patient.
The patient should avoid the consumption of any alcoholic beverages prior to undergoing any medical procedure.
4) Choose the appropriate setting for Botox® treatments. Botox® injections are medical treatments and these medical treatments should be performed in the presence of trained medical personnel. Proper equipment should be accessible to deal with any potential complications.
Injections should be performed using sterile methods. The proper disposal of needles and syringes used to perform these injections is a requirement of any procedure.