Understanding the underlying facial anatomy is the key to successful injecting. It can also set you apart as an experienced injector. At AAI, we offer an online facial anatomy lab specifically for that reason. The facial structure is very complex and varies from patient to patient so having a deep understanding of the configuration of the face is crucial in the industry.
Understanding facial anatomy means you are able to:
- Identify key facial musculature including nerves and tissues especially as it relates to facial aesthetics
- Understand facial vasculature
- Identify key landmarks that are used for administering safe facial aesthetic treatments.
- Know what treatment areas are the most safe and effective for certain products
- Understand adverse effects that can occur with neurotoxins and dermal fillers and how to properly address them.
- Know other basics of facial anatomy including fat pads, boney structures, and more.
Having a good understanding of the facial anatomy means less room for error. For example, the face is full of blood vessels and therefore it is crucial to inject above or behind those vessels, and not inside of them. Someone who is familiar with the makeup of the face will understand this. Some products cannot be used in certain areas and some areas of the face require different needles. Understanding facial anatomy not only ensures the safety of your patient, but also increases their satisfaction rate. Knowing what product works best in what parts of the face will provide better and more efficient results, ultimately leading to happier customers.
Because each patient is different and facial structure varies, it is important to fully grasp the layout of the face, as well as how it changes with aging. Therefore, creating an individualized plan and injection strategy for each patient is ideal. This will allow you to use neurotoxins and dermal fillers alone or in combination to obtain optimal results for your patient.