What Type of Doctor is Best at Botox?

A plastic surgeon or a dermatologist?

Doctor Answers 26

Botox Injections

The important factors to consider are experience, detailed understanding of the anatomy, and skill of the surgeon injector. I would recommend a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for all plastic surgery and injections involving the soft tissues around the eye.

This includes Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Eyelid surgery, Browlift and other surgical procedures. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons have 2 to 3 years of comprehensive formal plastic surgery training on the aesthetics, anatomy and function of the soft tissue, muscles and bone around the eye. If all other factors are similar, this extra knowledge can not be underestimated.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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One's experience will help determine your results.

You can find a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist who can get you fantastic results or just average results depending on the level of their experience. I have a bias towards plastic surgeons as we have a deeper understanding of one's anatomy, because we actually see it. This being said, you may still get a wonderful result with a non-plastic surgeon as well depending on their experience. Do your homework.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Any Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist who is experienced is fine

Botox injection is just an injection. Any doctor can do it well if he/she is trained to do it. Most important is how she/he mixes it and how much he/she injects and most important where. So aesthetics come into play here as well. So you can go to any experienced physician and provided he/she is experienced and well trained and has a good aesthetic sense as to where to inject it on you, and you should be fine.

Helen S. Colen, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How long have they used Botox in their practice?


For Botox injections, experience matters more than which Board your doctor is certified by. Botox injections by Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, and Facial Plastic Surgeons are only as good as the injector. Each patient has different anatomy and has different goals for their Botox treament. Being a good listener and a good injector are both important. Ask how long they have used Botox in their practice and approximately how many Botox patients the practice sees per week.

So ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations and then have an initial consult before you decide. Botox is not an emergency so research it first before deciding. You should also ask about pricing and don't pick only based on price. If the price sounds too good to be true, that is probably something to worry about. Good luck.

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Experience is the key

I have found excellent injectors in both these specialties (as well as oculo-plastic and facial plastic) as I have lectured and demonstrated at meetings over the years. Certainly, the physician is the best injector, as opposed to an extender, but having a physician injector is still not a guarantee of results. Try checking with Allergan to discover who is a platinum injector. It means they have lots of experience. Ask firends who look great WHO is their secret (if they will tell). Check out the doctor's CV and board certification online. Chances are, if they demonstrate at lectures, teach at medical schools, and publish on a topic, they are the best.

Good luck.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
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Both can be equally good (or bad).

When you are looking for a doctor to perform your Botox injections, seek an experienced and adequately trained plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Neither type of doctor is necessarily better than the other at administering Botox. The skills, training and demeanor of the individual physician matters most. It is important that you find someone who is willing and able to answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
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It is experience that matters.

Jessica, When it comes to Botox Cosmetic injections, it really is experience that matters. Both plastic surgeons and dermatologists are well qualified to inject Botox. However, not all plastic surgeons and not all dermatologists are good at injecting Botox. As the doctor about their experience with Botox. Talk to the other patients in the waiting room. Read about the doctor on the internet. All of these sources will give you a good idea about their skill and their personality. Be very cautious about going to a non-cosmetic specialist for Botox. I hope this is helpful. David Shafer, MD New York City

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Both are qualified

Both Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists are qualified to inject botox.

More importantly, it is best that you seek one with experience and with whom you feel comfortable. Also it is best that you seek a board certified specialist. You can review their board credentials via www.abms.org. You may also want to review their status with state licensing agency.

In other instances, these specialists will supervise Nurse injectors or Physician Assistants to administer these treatments. You may want to clarify this prior to your appointment.

Depending on your state, there are different laws regarding this practice.

Hope this helps!

Otto Placik MD

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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What type of doctor is best at botox

Many different specialties use botox and do so effectively. I would choose a doctor that can go beyond botox if needed. For example, if you really need a facelift, will your doctor be able to perform this or will you need to go somewhere else? It is nice to have a surgeon that has a concept of the overall picture and what needs to be done.

Kurtis Martin, MD
Cincinnati Plastic Surgeon
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Botox should be done by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

A well-trained, conscientious board-certified dermatologist (and dermatologic surgeon) or plastic surgeon is the appropriate physician to inject botox. Other core cosmetic specialists include oculoplastic and ENT/facial plastic surgeons. These physicians have formal training in the underlying facial neuroanatomy and musculature that is affected by Botox.

Other types of injectors are generally not performing facial surgical procedures and do not learn the relevant information in their residency training.

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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