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American Board of Facial Esthetics (ABFE)

The ABFE is an advisory board to educational institutions and organizations involved with facial esthetics and facial pain therapeutics with the use of facial injectables. The purpose of the ABFE is to test knowledge and to establish standards of education for the discipline of facial esthetics and facial pain therapeutics in the oral and maxillofacial areas.

The ABFE stands for the highest standard in facial esthetic. Physicians, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals who have taken courses that meet the standards created by the ABFE have demonstrated to their peers, licensing agencies, and to the public that they have the skills and knowledge essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. The ABFE believes higher standards for facial esthetic treatment and facial pain therapeutics using facial injectables translates into better care for patients, greater accountability by clinicians and educational organizations, and is in the interest of public safety. The ABFE educational standard is widely recognized as the gold standard for excellence in facial esthetics training.

Requirements for Facial Esthetics Education

These guidelines define the standard of education for healthcare practitioners who use non-surgical minimally invasive facial injectables such as botulinum toxins and dermal fillers for facial esthetics and facial pain therapeutics with a goal to enhance student and practitioner understanding and knowledge of these applications.  Four levels of education are outlined. Introductory Courses are designed to provide general information on facial esthetics.  These courses are informational without an assessment of the student’s proficiency in facial esthetics use. Introduction courses are not clinical courses and clinicians are not ready for patient treatment after taking an introductory course.  Level I Standard Proficiency, Level II Advanced Proficiency, and Level III Advanced Proficiency Courses have specific educational goals, behavioral objectives, live patient hands-on training and examinations of proficiency.  Level I Standard Proficiency Courses provide a basic level of education with didactic, laboratory, and clinical exercises to be satisfactorily completed before using facial esthetics clinically. Level II and Level III Advanced Proficiency Courses increase this level of education to include a clinical case study requirement, advanced education, and an increased level of clinical skills to perform more advanced facial esthetic procedures.

Statement of Purpose

This document provides guidelines to assure safe and efficacious use of facial esthetics pharmaceuticals and procedures for the health and welfare of the patient for esthetic and therapeutic uses in the oral and maxillofacial areas. It establishes the standards of education in the use of facial injectable pharmaceuticals and defines standards for the demonstration of competency. It is intended to provide guidance to practitioners, educators and state boards to reassure the public on the issues of education, competency, and quality of care in the facial esthetics field. The curriculum outlined in this document is the standard of education for facial esthetics.

American Board of Facial Esthetics Advisory Council

  • Dr. Joseph A. Blaes
  • Dr. Tony Feck
  • Dr. Barry Freydberg
  • Diana Friedman
  • Dr. Peter Harnois
  • Dr. Jill Lezaic
  • Tricia Osuna

Inquiries should be directed to the organizer:

Melissa Cha
Administrator, American Board of Facial Esthetics
2120 South Green Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121

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