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Botulinum Neurotoxin: free introductory sample

This course has been designed to introduce you to Botulinum Neurotoxin taking heed of the HEE guidelines.  It will provide you with a very basic knowledge of Botulinum Neurotoxin and is useful for those wishing to increase their own personal knowledge. It is particularly helpful for individuals interested in see a short free version of our paid Botulinum Introduction course.

The Botulinum Neurotoxin module has been written by Mr Miles Berry, MS FRCS (Plast) who has published on the subject and has years of experience administering Botulinum Neurotoxins in his own private practice. He was a Lecturer in Surgery at one of London’s most prestigious Medical Schools and is an active and experienced hands-on trainer of hundreds of candidates.

The course has been complied in module format allowing you to work around a busy lifestyle and continue your learning at a time which best suits.  The learning component of the module is assessed at the end with an examination. A pass mark of 90% is required to pass however as this is just a free sample module a certificate will not be awarded.

Course information

Course Title Botulinum Neurotoxin: free introductory sample
Course Author Mr Miles Berry MS, FRCS (Plast)
Estimated course length (hours) 15 mins
CME awarded (hours) 0
Pass mark required % 90
Examination attempts unlimited
Certificate No
Exam results and certificate issued Instant
Section 1Botulinum Neurotoxin An Introduction
Lecture 1What’s in a name?Free Preview

What’s in a name?

Thanks to a host of candid case studies and a burgeoning fascination with cosmetic procedures amongst a better-informed public, Botulinum Neurotoxin has experienced a meteoric rise from relative obscurity in the laboratory to the status of a household name. Now the best known of cosmetic procedures, Botulinum Neurotoxin has half the global market share in facial aesthetics.

That said, its nomenclature has become a little more complicated in recent years since Allergan trademarked it for one of their products. This means that ‘Botulinum Neurotoxin’ is no longer a simple contraction of the generic variation of Botulinum Neurotoxin, but rather a specific product available alongside a number of others, including Dysport, Xeomin and a fresh wave of preparations originating in the Far East.

Whilst there are many similarities amongst the properties of these toxins, proprietary manufacturing laws dictate that they are by no means identical. It is therefore important to discuss with a medical professional which variation of the toxin will work best for each patient and to avoid mixing different products during the course of treatment.

Lecture 2Back Story to Botulinum NeurotoxinFree Preview

Back Story to Botulinum Neurotoxin


It was a German scientist, Justinus Kerner, who first discovered Botulinum Toxin in the early 19th century, naming it ‘sausage poison’ because of its tendency to be detected in poorly prepared meat products.1 Kerner also identified the violent strain of food poisoning known as ‘botulism’ – along with the potential therapeutic benefits of the toxin, which can block specific nerve impulses at their junction with muscles, restricting their function.

Later still, during the 20th century, the toxin was purified to make it safe for humans and, having been further researched, tested and refined, was administered therapeutically for the first time in 1980, to assist with the treatment of squints. In the early 1990s, its benefit in cosmetic procedures was been recognized and following extensive trials it was formally approved for use in 2002. The rest, as they say, is history.

Lecture 3Cosmetic problems solved
Lecture 4Did you know?
Final Quiz