Breakdown of the 3 most common Botox providers and how to choose the right one

Botox, the beloved wrinkle-smoothing wonder, is a staple in the world of aesthetics. With its ability to turn back the clock with just a few injections, Botox is a CSLC client favorite. We’ve been in the aesthetics industry for more than 21 years, and never have Botox, Dysport, and other neuromodulators been as popular as they are today with clients of all ages and stages.

But when it comes to choosing where to get your Botox or other neuromodulator injections in Bloomfield Hills or Birmingham, Michigan, the options can be overwhelming. From plastic surgeons and dermatologists to dentists and strip mall medical spas, each type of location offers its own approach and varying degrees of experience.

Understanding the differences between these providers is crucial in ensuring you receive safe and effective Botox treatments tailored to your specific needs. So let’s look more closely at the three main places you can get Botox or Dysport in Bloomfield Hills and break down their distinctions. Our goal is always to help you look better, feel better, and make the right choices for your unique aesthetic needs and goals.

1. Do I need to go to a plastic surgeon for Botox?

Many plastic surgeons and dermatologists provide Botox “on the side” — as an add-on to their regular surgical or dermatological services. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists are licensed medical doctors, but licensing alone does not translate into aesthetic skill and expertise.

While plastic surgeons and dermatologists are educated in the overall workings of the human body, as well as their specific areas of focus (e.g. augmentations and liposuction for plastic surgeons, skin conditions for dermatologists), they generally aren’t trained in the mechanics and muscular and skeletal structure of the face and neck. Further, most plastic surgeons or dermatologists aren’t the ones doing the actual Botox injections — instead, they’ll typically have a nurse on staff who has undergone a weekend of training on Botox.

How experienced are plastic surgeons or dermatologists in injecting Botox?

Because Botox or injections are a secondary offering for them, dermatologists and plastic surgeons generally aren’t injecting on a daily basis.

Though their medical background includes extensive education on health issues concerning the human body, most will lack comprehensive training in the art and science of facial aesthetics: when and where to place Botox, how much is needed, alternatives to Botox (often Botox isn’t the right solution for a particular aesthetic concern) and — critically — a global face approach. A global face approach includes an understanding of the working of the face as a whole, and how changing or augmenting one area of the face impacts the overall balance of the face.

A qualified and experienced plastic surgeon is the right choice when you need surgical enhancements or changes. And if you have specific skin issues like cystic acne, rashes, questionable moles and other chronic skin conditions, a dermatologist can address these kinds of skin concerns. But before you add on Botox injections to your next appointment with them, consider whether it’s their primary focus or an add-on service performed by a nurse who isn’t trained and experienced in aesthetic medicine.

2. Should I go to the dentist for Botox injections in Birmingham?

Dentists are the second type of Botox or neuromodulator provider found locally in Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills. They may offer Botox injections in a similar vein as plastic surgeons or dermatologists: as an add-on service that isn’t their primary focus.

A dentist is trained in—and typically focused on—the mouth and lips. They understand the mechanics and working of the mouth, jaw, and teeth, but not the forehead and eyes (two common placements for Botox that target lines of expression in the forehead and brow, and laugh lines in the eye area).

Similar to plastic surgeons or dermatologists, dentists in Birmingham, MI generally won’t be injecting Botox or neuromodulators daily, or even weekly. Their expertise and daily practice lies in teeth and jaw treatments, and a nurse may be the one performing the injections.

Many people mistakenly turn to dentists for Botox or Dysport injections. While dentists can certainly be skilled in their field of diagnosing and treating oral health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease, they may not have the same level of expertise and training as dedicated aesthetic providers when it comes to facial aesthetics.

Botox is a type of neuromodulator injection that requires precise placements in specific facial muscles to achieve the desired results. Dentists simply aren’t as trained or experienced in these intricate procedures.

Moreover, dentists primarily focus on oral health and dental treatments, whereas aesthetic centers specialize in enhancing overall facial beauty and symmetry.

3. Getting Botox at Bloomfield Hills med spas

The 3rd main type of Botox and neuromodulator provider is a med spa, and in Bloomfield Hills, you’ll find many of these med spas located in small strip malls.

While these med spas are great for aesthetic touch ups like waxing, an eyebrow boost or a quick chair side facial before an event, their treatment menu tends to be limited. At most Birmingham medical spas, clients are treated with a very similar, small set of “recipes.”

Botox may be injected in a standardized fashion, instead of customized for a client’s unique facial features and needs. For example, med spas might always inject 20 units of Botox in the forehead, regardless of a client’s brow structure and depth of their lines of expression. This standardized, one-size-fits-all approach can lead to droopy brows (not every client needs the same volume of Botox in their brow) or a semi-frozen smile.

When it comes to Botox, Dysport and any cosmetic injectable, it’s just as important to know when NOT to inject as it is to know when to inject.

The other issue with smaller Bloomfield Hills med spas? Unfortunately, the quality and brand of their products may be questionable. Do they dilute the product to make up the margins on discounted pricing? Are they using the trusted brand name products of Botox or Dysport? Do they offer Botox alternatives that may treat the true underlying issue better than Botox could? Have they received more than a weekend’s worth of training on injections?

What sets CSLC apart and why is it the best place for Botox in Bloomfield Hills?

For a while now, the Birmingham area hasn’t had a complete medical aesthetic center. If we’re being honest, we don’t like the term “med spa” or being lumped in with me spas because our treatment menu and approach is more comprehensive than the average medical spa.

For more than 21 years, we’ve been a leading authority in aesthetics. CSLC is a breath of fresh air for clients. Unlike so many of the local med spas found in strip malls, CSLC’s beautiful medical aesthetic center in Bloomfield Hills, right by the Bloomfield Country club, offers a premium client experience and customized treatment solutions.

Investing in a reputable and skilled Botox practitioner may cost more initially, but it ensures safety, effectiveness, and overall satisfaction with the procedure. Our take? When it comes to your appearance and well-being, compromising on quality for cost savings is never worth the risk.

So what makes us different? Well, for starters, we often combine Botox or Dysport with other collagen-stimulating cosmetic injectables for the most natural-looking results. We always tell our clients, “you don’t have to choose,” meaning we don’t expect our clients to know and understand what treatments are ideal for their needs. Instead, we analyze our client’s faces and concerns as a whole and devise treatment plans that turn back the clock.

Overheard at a recent Bloomfield Hills open house event?

I’m so glad I found CSLC because I’ve never felt comfortable at a med spa. Are they using brand names? Are they diluting Botox?

Clients trust us for our customized treatment approach, comprehensive service menu, and experience. Our ongoing training, education, and industry credentials set us apart from other Botox options in the Birmingham area.

How? Well, the average CLSC provider has been specializing in aesthetics for 7 years, and we have 135 combined years of purely aesthetic experience. Due to our experience and volume, we’re invited to exclusive insider conferences and offered private advanced education and advanced injection workshops quarterly from Galderma.

In fact, Galderma and other leading names in aesthetics have recognized us for our aesthetic experience and expertise. We are a Botox Platinum Plus Provider, and a top regional Dysport provider. We were recently named top 25 Galderma injectors in the U.S. and #1 Sculptra provider in Michigan, followed by #1 Sculptra provider in the nation.

What started as a niche, boutique aesthetic brand in Northern Michigan has expanded to be a leading medical aesthetic center with locations in Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Harbor Springs and Suttons Bay, as well as locations throughout southwest Florida.

Looking for the best Botox in Bloomfield Hills? Click here to book a complimentary, no-pressure consultation. We’d love to assess your facial structure and create a treatment plan that helps you invest your time and money wisely.