Botox and fillers are becoming more and more popular each year as a way to reduce the wrinkles caused by aging and stress. The injections relax the muscles next to wrinkles, causing the skin to look smoother almost instantly. Beyond just making patients look younger, Botox has also been used to treat lazy eyes, muscle contractures, migraines, bladder dysfunction, and more.
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Are Medical Assistants Allowed to Administer Botox?
Medical assistants are considered “unlicensed” medical professionals, and as such, medical assistants are not permitted to inject Botox into patients, even when working under the direct supervision of a physician.
However, medical assistants may still work in facilities where these procedures are performed and have the training to help in many areas around the office. Their duties may be limited to scheduling and greeting patients, collecting payment or insurance information, taking vitals, and updating a patient’s records and medical history. A medical assistant may also be in the room during a procedure to help the doctor as needed.
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Who is Permitted to Inject Botox?
In Florida, only a licensed physician, physician’s assistant (PA), or nurse practitioner (NP) may administer Botox injections as they are considered prescription medications. These professionals have the training and qualifications to perform this procedure safely, and it falls under their scope of practice even if they do not work in a med spa, dermatologist’s office, or plastic surgeon's office.
If a PA or NP is the one administering the Botox, they must be supervised by a board-certified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. The supervising physician does not need to be in the room when the injections are performed.
There are several different levels of training for nurses. Even under the direct supervision of a physician, a registered nurse, LPN, CNA, or a medical assistant is not allowed to inject Botox or other aesthetic injections into patients. This has been decided by the Florida Board of Medicine. If you are seeking this type of treatment, be sure and ask who will be performing the injection.
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How Are Botox Injections Performed?
A physician administers Botox with a very thin needle that injects tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin. This toxin is the same toxin that causes botulism, a life-threatening food poisoning, but in these tiny doses, it can actually help treat several medical issues, including muscle spasms, migraines, and bladder dysfunction—as well as smoothing wrinkles.
A doctor may apply a small amount of anesthesia to the area before making the injection, though in most cases, the injection is almost painless. Multiple injections may be necessary to achieve the desired result, and it may take several days to see the effects. Botox wears off after a few months, so patients will need to get further injections to keep up the results.
Still Interested in Becoming a Medical Assistant?
While Medical Assistants may not be the ones in the office to administer aesthetic injections like Botox or fillers, they do play a vital role in a medical office, and Botox injections can be administered in a general physician’s office, medical spa, or by a plastic surgeon. A Medical assistant may work in any of these facilities to help things run more efficiently.
Medical assistants help with both front-office and back-office tasks. They may be the ones to greet patients, help with the check-in process, answer calls or emails, schedule appointments, stock supplies, update patient records, send out prescription orders or referrals, record patient vitals, help with exams, and handle basic billing functions. No two days are the same for a busy medical assistant.
The best news is you can begin an entry-level position as a medical assistant in as few as ten months with training from Florida Career College. Our Medical Assistant Technician program teaches all the basics of working in a healthcare facility.
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Medical Assistant, you should consider enrolling in Florida Career College’s Medical Assistant Technician Program. The program is short-term, allowing you to earn a Medical Assistant Technician Diploma in as few as 10 Months!