Can RN's Administer Botox and Dermal Fillers in the State of Florida?

Can RN's Administer Botox and Dermal Fillers in the State of Florida?

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Nurse versus surgeon injecting Botox

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I have a practice in my office where I am the only one who administers Botox. While I have three nurses on staff they are there to take care of recovery room patients and help circulate during surgery. While many offices have nurses administer injections it is not my policy. I like to see every patient and properly evaluate them with the knowledge I have earned with thirty years in practice. While my nurses would be well versed in the procedure I believe that a surgeon or physician should always do the injections themselves. I believe that our knowledge and schooling of anatomy and experience with aesthetic technique qualifies only the surgeon to do this procedure properly. This does not mean it is not legal or normal practice for many offices this is just my practice in my office. Best regards!

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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In the state of Florida, RN's cannot administer Botox or Dermal Fillers

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In Florida, RN's cannot administer Botox or Dermal Fillers.  Nurse Practitioners, and PA's can in Florida, under the supervision of a physician.  In my practice, I administer all the Botox and fillers.  I feel that the evaluation and recognition of early complications from filler is best done by a physician.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Administration of botox, nurse or doctor

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Each state has individual laws regarding who can administrate injections.  Although nurses can do a fine job, the understanding of anatomy is crucial in being able to deliver the best treatment for mscle relaxation by botox.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Physician vs nurse injectors

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In some states nurses may legally inject Botox and fillers. Even in states where that practice is allowed, the question is whether you would want the expertise of a physician who has studied the anatomy of the face and has detailed knowledge of where the muscles, nerves and boney structures are located and fully understands the risks of placing a product in the wrong location, or whether you want a nurse who will never have the level of training or expertise of a physician.

Even among physicians there will be differences. Physicians of any specialty can inject fillers and Botox, but some physicians may do so occasionally, and others have made it a daily part of their professional lives. In my opinion, the adage that practice makes perfect applies.

To a get a good result for any procedure:

  • Always seek the most experienced physician for any procedure you are considering
  • Ask the doctor how many they have done
  • Ask about complications and how often that physician has had them
  • Ask to see photos of similar patients' results

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Who can inject Botox and Fillers in Florida

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Injection rules (or lack thereof in Nevada!) depend on the state you live in, and you can always consult the state's medical board for rules and regulations. However, in Florida, Botox can only be done by a Physician or a Nurse Practitioner / Physician's Assistant. A nurse (RN) is not allowed to inject Botox. However, you need to remember that Botox and fillers are a multibillion dollar business and there will always be less than legitimate providers or offices where they don't abide by the rules, hoping that they just don't get caught.... Please find an office where a board-certified physician is injecting. While it may cost a bit more out of your pocket, your results, care, and expertise should never be put into question to save a few dollars.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.