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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recommends persons considering Botox® treatment to:
- Check the physician's credentials: The physician should be trained and qualified in facial plastic surgery. The human face has a complex anatomy and the surgeon must be familiar with the physiology and function of more than 40 muscles present in the face. Members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are qualified to perform injections of the face because of their extensive experience in performing facial plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
- Insist on a complete medical evaluation: When a person is submitting to any medical treatment that may involve complications, he or she should consult with a physician for a medical evaluation and complete medial history before treatment.
- Be informed: The physician you are consulting with should explain the factual information and discuss the risk, benefits, and alternative treatments and make recommendations for treatment. An inform consent document must be signed by the patient. Avoid the consumption of alcohol when under going a medical procedure.
- Choose the appropriate setting for treatment: Botox® injections are medical procedures and should be performed in the presence of trained medical personnel and proper equipment to deal with potential complications. All injection should be performed using sterile techniques and proper disposal of needles and syringes is necessary.
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