Q: What is Botox®?
A: Botox® is a drug prepared from the bacterial toxin botulin which comes in the form of a purified protein. Botulinum toxin is injected into facial muscles in specific areas and is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles. Botulinum toxin's simple mechanism of action blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that supply the muscle. There is not loss of sensory feeling in the muscles; the area does not feel numb, rather once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle generally cannot contract. When that muscle does not contract, the motion that can cause wrinkles in the skin will stop. The skin then starts to smooth out, and in approximately four to fourteen days after treatment, the skin above those muscles tends to smooth out. the effects of Botox® last for three to six months, depending on the patient, at which time the patient will need treatment again to affect the area.
The only FDA approved cosmetic use of Botox® is for treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabella). There are commonly used off-label areas that Botox® is used for: crow's feet, the nasalis and around the lips, especially for aesthetic dentistry cases, as a minimally invasive alternative to surgically treating high lip line, lip augmentation, and uses in orthodontic cases where retraining of the facial muscles is needed.
Q: What are Dermal Fillers?
A: Though there are half a dozen or so types of dermal fillers and many brand names for each type, we train with two types: hyaluronic acid (under the brand name Juvéderm) and calcium hydroxylapatite (under the brand name Radiesse).
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. Conentrations are found in soft connective tissue and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. It's also in some cartilage and joint fluids, as well as skin tissue. It is often injected into the aching joints of people with arthritis to ease pain providing cushioning. Hyaluronic acid is not derived from animal sources.
Calcium hydroxyapatite is found naturally in human bones. This mineral-like compound is reserved to fill the deepest creases such as nasal labial folds, marionette lines and frown lines. It's also used to enhance fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours. These calcium-based microspheres are suspended in a water-based gel.
Most physicians, dentits and nurses will use topical anesthetics to numb the patent before treatments with dermal fillers. Depending on the area of treatment, it is appropriate to give dental anesthesia. Injectiong dermal fillers can be a painful procedure for the patient and it may be useful to apply an anesthesia in these ways. We do have some patients that wish to go without anesthesia and are able to cope with the pain but we recommend anesthesia for most Dermal Fillers injections due to the nerve sensitivity in the injection areas.
Q: How are WOW-FACE training Courses different from others?
A: Our courses are taught in our state-of-the-art training center in beautiful Boise, Idaho. Training is done on-site at a working medical spa and dedicated adjoining training facility. You get to inject in a real-world treatment facility location instead of a folding chair in a breezy, poorly lit and ill-equipped hotel conference room or other undedicated space.
We use real Botox® and Dermal Fillers, and allow actual usage of recommended amounts to achieve desired treatment results. We do not limit injections to small amounts or use saline. The very nature, texture and flow of the different types of injectables are important for the optimal learning experience.
After the course you will gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to begin treating patients as soon as you return to your practice.
Q: Is this Level 1, 2 or 3 Training or what Level does WOW-FACE teach?
A: Our course is comprehensive. We don't do a Level 1, 2 or 3. We treatment plan the entire face, period. Along with this comprehensive treatment planning is comprehensive marketing of Botox® & Dermal Fillers plus pricing. You may be able to inject after taking a course elsewhere but how can you sell it properly without marketing, and how can you market it without knowing real-world pricing ranges, markups and schedules?
Q: What are the top three things that make WOW-FACE Courses better?
A: 1. Treatment planning. 2. Treatment planning 3. Treatment planning. How many units, their variations and their benefits go hand-in-hand with everything we teach. We have a well-stocked and fully-outfitted real-world instruction environment, great instructors and top-notch course materials but if you aren't taught how to have a successful, comprehensive treatment plan, then there is no point to all the rest of the Course. And the bonus wold be Marketing, Marketing, Marketing!
Q: Who teaches the Courses?
A: We have an excellent staff of instructors: pharmaceuticals are taught by pharmacists and injections are taught by Platinum injectors. Certain parts of the Courses are taught by Dentists and Nurse Anesthetists.
Q: Why Boise?
A: Make your training a vacation – we have skiing 24.3 miles from our front door, if that isn't enough, world famous Sun Valley and Brundage are near by. Fishing? We have some of the greatest rivers for fishing in the U.S.: The Boise River, the Payette River, the Snake River and Hell's Canyon (the canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America), and the Salmon River (which is 425 miles long and covers 14,000 square miles, it is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states) are close by – we are sure you can find a fish or two there – plus even more rivers further afield. Other recreational activities include: hiking, biking, hunting, football, golf and rafting; there are an astounding 3,100 whitewater river miles in the State.
Q: Do I have to provide a patient for injection days?
A: We can provide live patients for all of our injection days, alternatively, we recommend that you bring your own. Many have found it beneficial to bring members of their staff to inject on as staff members often become your best salespeople and patient model all in one. Bringing your own patient also allows you to see the results of your efforts one or two weeks after the Course has been completed. You can see the amazing results and understand why your happy staff members become your best sales people. Also, if you bring your entire staff, each team member becomes a sales person. Each job position can then be marketed in the office as we train for each job position for optimal work flow and successful marketing.
Q: Will my malpractice insurance cover these procedures?
A: All healthcare professionals should have malpractice insurance that covers the procedures they perform. Some liability insurances are now offering riders for these treatments. Every doctor should check with their insurance provider to review their status. If your insurance carrier is not set up to provide this coverage, there are third party add-on malpractice liability insurance carriers that will cover doctors that have been trained in these procedures. These policies will be in addition to the malpractice insurance you already have and are reasonably priced. We will thoroughly discuss policy options at our Courses which can help you decide which option is best for you and your practice.
Q: How long does it take to inject and how long before I see results?
A: Botox® procedures take approximately 5 to 15 minutes. Dermal Fillers take 10 to 45 minutes depending on how many areas are being treated. Full results take about 4 to 14 days after treatment for Botox®. Dermal Fillers are generally immediate for effect but some hydrate even more over time and can take up to 14 days to smooth and fully hydrate. Botox® treatments are so fast that Dentists and/or hygienists can do them at regularly scheduled hygiene visits.
Q: Does my Dental/medical board allow me to perform Botox® and Dermal Filler procedures
A: Most of the states in the U.S. and provinces in Canada allow general dentists and doctors to inject both Botox® and Dermal Filler in the oral and maxillofacial areas with correct training. Contact your local board to check their rules and requirements.
Q: When is your deadline for registration?
A: Our Courses are filled on a first-come first -served basis with many classes filling up well in advance. Our class sizes are designed to allow one-on-one hands-on training with the instructor and the benefit of learning from your colleagues. Check our Course Schedule for available dates here. If you can't schedule a class date you want, please contact us, we may be able to arrange something for you.