Study finds plastic surgeons value Botox training
Poll surveys opinion as more non-aesthetic health professionals administer injectables
Plastic surgeons consider themselves and dermatologists the best healthcare practitioners when it comes to administering aesthetic injectables such as Botox, according to a US study due to appear in the journal of ISAPS Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The study was carried out by doctors from the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University, also in New York, and involved an eight-question survey that was sent to 26,113 plastic surgeons worldwide.
Of the 882 respondents, 77% believed nurses were not as capable as plastic surgeons in administering Botox, while 81% felt the same for fillers.
The responses echo those of previous patient surveys, suggesting that training is widely held to be the most important factor in the administration of such procedures.
“Since most of the growth in the field of cosmetic injectables is being driven by providers other than plastic surgeons and dermatologists, it appears that further clarification on training requirements and practice guidelines is necessary to ensure a consistent, reproducible and safe experience for the patient,” note the study’s investigating authors Dr Kevin Small, Dr Kathleen M Kelly and Dr Henry M Spinelli.
The study was designed to gather the perspectives of plastic surgeons in light of the growing number of non-aesthetic health professionals who now perform these procedures.
Interestingly, 48% of respondents ranked nurses in other fields as most capable when it came to administering vaccines, followed by plastic surgeons (42%), with just 9% voting nurses of plastic surgeons as best at vaccines.
In terms of the geographical spread of respondents, the majority reside in the US—36.6% were from North America, 29.1% from Europe, 12.9% from South America, 10.1% from Asia, 4.5% from the Middle East, 3.4% from Australia, 1.9% from Africa and 1.6% from Central America.