prescribing for botox

When starting or considering training in aesthetics, you’re likely to have some questions about prescribing and what qualifications you need to access medical products such as Botox and fillers. Here are a few common questions and answers to help get you started. 

Do I Need a Prescription for Botox?

Yes – Botox and other botulinum toxins are classified as prescription-only medicines (POM). This means you must have a prescription from a qualified prescriber to administer these treatments. This also applies to other botulinum toxin brands, as well as BOTOX®.

Do I Need a Prescriber for Dermal Fillers?

No – Dermal fillers are not prescription-only medicines, so you don’t need a prescription to buy or use them, making them more straightforward to train to administer compared to Botox.  

I’m Not a Prescriber, Can I still Administer Botox?

If you’re not a prescriber and you want to train to administer Botox, it doesn’t need to be an issue, but you will need to work with someone who is. Here are a few ways to find a prescriber:

Professional Connections: Ask your colleagues and friends in the medical field if they know any prescribers.

Social Media: Use your social media accounts to reach out and connect with local prescribers.

Aztetics Connections: If you do your Botox training here at the Azthetics Academy, then we can help connect you with prescribers.

Online Communities: Join forums and groups for aesthetic professionals to find recommendations and contacts.

Many of our course attendees, even those who aren’t prescribers, manage to find someone to work with without needing the V300 Prescribing qualification, so don’t let this put you off training to administer Botox.

How Can I Become a Prescriber?

To become a prescriber, you need to complete the V300 Independent Prescribing course. Some universities in the UK offering this course include:

De Montfort University 

Salford University

University of Central Lancashire

Oxford Brookes University

Birmingham City University

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Manchester

Each university will run courses slightly differently, and a prescribing module could be part of a larger course of study. Entry criteria, costs, and course durations will also vary, so we would advise you to contact universities directly for further details.

Does a Prescriber Need Aesthetics Training to Prescribe Botox?

Yes, prescribers should be trained, competent, and covered by insurance for any cosmetic procedures they offer. Insurers typically require that prescribers have received adequate training in aesthetics, which ensures they are equipped to handle any complications that might arise and are skilled enough to deliver the results the patient is looking for from their treatment. The specific training required can vary by insurer, with some accepting online courses and others requiring practical training.

Can a Prescriber Train with an Online Course Instead of a Practical Course?

While online courses are useful for gaining or refreshing knowledge, they shouldn’t replace practical training. Hands-on experience is essential to ensure you’re competent in performing or prescribing aesthetic procedures. Always check with your insurer to see what type of training they require.

If you have more questions or would like advice about training to administer Botox or fillers, then we would love to hear from you. The Azthetics Academy in Bristol offers a range of aesthetics training courses for nurses, dentists, medical professionals, or anyone looking to start their career journey into aesthetics.

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