Should you see a Plastic Surgeon or a Dermatologist for BOTOX injections?
Patients often wonder if they should consult a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for BOTOX injections. The importance of finding the right provider for your BOTOX can’t be emphasized enough—choosing the wrong provider may lead to various complications, such as the dreaded “frozen face” appearance, drooping eyelids, etc. However, rather than focusing on whether you’re seeing a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist, you should focus more on their experience. You should look for board-certified plastic surgeons or dermatologists who have performed numerous BOTOX injections without complications.
This article helps you understand the difference between a plastic surgeon and a dermatologist, and we discuss the factors to consider when looking for the right Botox provider.
Plastic Surgeons vs. Dermatologists
Plastic surgeons and dermatologists have considerable cross-over—both specialties provide Botox injections, other neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and various non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Dermatologists generally have a better understanding of skin functionality and physiology. Plastic surgeons, meanwhile, have a deeper understanding of facial anatomy and understand how to provide surgical treatments.
You should also note that Botox injections are usually delivered by aestheticians or nurses in both plastic surgery and dermatologic centers. As such, there’s no real difference between getting Botox injections from plastic surgeons or dermatologists. Both specialties have the necessary training to provide Botox, and, in both cases, your injection will probably be handled by the trained nurses.
As such, instead of the specialty, you should look for other, more meaningful factors when looking for Botox providers.
Factors to consider when looking for the best Botox providers.
- Look for board-certified physicians providing Botox
Look for board-certified physicians. Whether they’re a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon, you must look for board-certified experts. Both dermatologists and plastic surgeons have the necessary training to handle possible complications with Botox injections. Even though complications are rare, they’re possible, so you must find board-certified physicians who can deal with them. Board certification is an indication that the physician has undergone extensive training in their chosen field of expertise, giving you an objective guarantee of their skills and experience.
- Ensure the clinic has a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in attendance
Medical spas often provide Botox treatments delivered by nurses even if there’s no dermatologist or plastic surgeon in attendance. You should stay away from such clinics. Instead, you must find clinics where the Botox injections are delivered by the dermatologist or plastic surgeon or by nurses who have been specially trained for the procedure.
- Find a Botox provider with an aesthetic style that matches yours.
Injectables and much like art—different doctors have different styles. Some prefer smoothing out your skin completely, giving you a firm and taut appearance. Some prefer natural-looking and subtle results. You should go through the provider’s portfolio to see the treatments they’ve done in the past. Look for providers with an aesthetic style that matches yours.
- The Botox provider should discuss your cosmetic goals to personalize the treatment
Botox treatments, like all cosmetic procedures, must be personalized to address your unique concerns. As such, you must find providers who discuss your cosmetic expectations, examine your skin type, and curate the ideal treatment for your specific needs.
Rousso Plastic Surgery is led by two board-certified facial plastic surgeons—Dr. Rousso and Dr. Adams. Our cosmetic surgeons have a keen understanding of facial anatomy and believe that each treatment should be curated to address the individual patient’s needs. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your Botox options today.