Treatment guidelines are a crucial part of every medical aesthetic practice and must be in place before utilizing aesthetic medical injectables. An “Aesthetic Policy and Procedure Manual” features specific details (e.g., patient assessment, indication, contraindications, warnings and precautions, injection techniques, documentation, etc.) around dermal fillers (e.g., Restylane, Juvéderm, Voluma), hyaluronidase, neurotoxins (e.g., Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin) and Sculptra. This article describes why an “Aesthetic Policy and Procedure” manual is a necessary tool in every aesthetic provider's armamentarium, what it is composed of, as well as how these guidelines serve as a protective mechanism for the aesthetic provider's clinic if legal action is brought against their staff, their medical director, and/or their clinic.
Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC, is currently the Director of Medical Aesthetic Education at the Center for Advanced Aesthetics at Life Time Fitness and President/Founder of Aesthetic Enhancement Solutions, LLC. Connie is a licensed registered nurse in 10 states and has earned advanced certifications in aesthetic injectables, laser resurfacing, skin tightening, skin care, sclerotherapy, and perioperative nursing over the course of 27 years in aesthetic medicine. Connie has worked as an expert alongside the ASPSN task force in creating the first Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) examination.
Address correspondence to Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC, 5905 Troy Lane, N, Plymouth, MN 55446 (e-mail: info@conniebrennanRN.com).
The author is a consultant to Allergan, Inc., and Galderma L.P., but has not received any funding to write or publish this article.
The author reports no conflicts of interest.