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The general answer is yes. In fact, the Collège des médecins du Québec, the regulatory body for physicians in the province of Quebec, has a guide available to the public listing dermatology as one of the few specializations during which postgraduate training has included training in aesthetic medicine. Aesthetic medicine is considered a distinct field from family medicine, and other specialties, and so any physician (other than those trained in aesthetic medicine) has to successfully complete training.

If you are looking to have a Botox treatment in Montreal, certainly a search for the right dermatologist is the first step so you can ensure you have the best Botox in Montreal.

Do All Dermatologists do Botox?

No, they don’t. Consider the following 2 scenarios: 

  1. A dermatologist has postgraduate training in aesthetic medicine but chooses to practice general dermatology (issues/conditions/problems related to skin)  and does not pursue a career in cosmetic medicine.
  2. A dermatologist follows the same path with the exception that from the launch of the practice both general dermatology and cosmetic/aesthetic medicine become daily/weekly practices.

In scenario 2, the physician is a dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic medicine. This is not the case in scenario 1.

Further, if a cosmetic dermatologist who previously actively practiced aesthetic medicine stops for 3 or more years, they too would be required to undergo refresher training.  

Clearly stringent regulations exist for a reason: to protect the public and ensure a high standard of excellence in delivering aesthetic medical acts. 

As Botox and fillers typically go hand-in-hand as complementary treatments, if you are asking yourself “Do dermatologists do fillers?”The same regulations apply. The dermatologist must be trained in aesthetic medicine and actively practice to be considered a cosmetic dermatologist.

A 5 star rating on following a second treatment for injections with Manish Khanna, MD FRCPC.

Should you only get Botox from a Dermatologist?

It is certainly a very safe avenue to get botox treatments done in an established medical facility by a qualified and experienced board certified cosmetic dermatologist. If you are searching for “a dermatologist near me”, here’s why that’s a great idea. 

3 Reasons Why a Dermatologist is a Top Choice

  • Expertise in Skin: Cosmetic dermatologists specialize in all aspects of skin structure, facial anatomy and physiology
  • Injection Techniques: They possess specific injection training ensuring accurate placement into the muscles being targeted
  • Natural-Looking Results: With their expertise and skill, there’s a lower risk of getting an unnatural or overdone appearance. Their comprehensive grasp on facial anatomy ensures results that enhance natural beauty.

In a nutshell, it matters greatly who does carry out your Botox treatment. A dermatologist is not your only choice but it is a wise choice. Further, do not forget to consider other very important factors such as: reputation, approach, professionalism, ethics and track record in terms of results!

Dr. Manish Khanna, in one of the treatment rooms at Peau- esthétique médicale.

Is Botox safe?

When administered by a licensed and skilled health care provider, it is generally considered safe. According to a 2020 study by H. Witmanowski published in PMC, treatment with botulinum toxin is widely viewed as safe and effective, with minimal serious side effects.  


  • The safety profile is largely consistent when used appropriately in clinical settings. 
  • It’s essential for patients to consult with a trained medical professional to ensure that the procedure is carried out correctly. 
  • Adverse effects from Botox treatments can be minimized or prevented by adhering to recommended guidelines and practices.

Health Canada and Botox

Health Canada regulates the administration of BOTOX injections in Canada. The two main purposes are to ensure the safety and efficacy of treatment. As both the demand for cosmetic injections increases as well as the number of practitioners offering the service, it becomes increasingly important to be aware of Botox side effects, safety guidelines and compliance with regulations. Health Canada offers some advice regarding adverse reactions/side effects of Botox as well as risk of complications if injected incorrectly. 

Choose Your Injector Well

Perhaps because of its mainstream popularity, getting  Botox treatments seems less technically intricate than they actually are. Considering the safety guidelines/regulations in Canada, the guidelines set out by the Collège des médecins du Québec, as well as the specialized aesthetic training cosmetic dermatologists receive it is clear that your choice of injector is vital.

Manish Khanna, MD FRCP is a cosmetic dermatologist specializing in both Botox and dermal filler treatments. He has performed thousands of treatments over more than 20 years. Apart from prioritizing safety and efficacy, his goal is to enhance your appearance in the most natural way so as to maintain your true essence.

Call 514-989-7328 to schedule your consultation.

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