It’s a sad fact that in the cosmetic industry, anyone, regardless of experience or qualifications, can administer non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Which means that in the UK, every year thousands of people suffer at the hands of untrained practitioners. Anyone, regardless of their knowledge, ability, qualifications or experience, can set themselves up to administer treatments to the paying customer, and it’s perfectly legal. Cosmetic treatments given by untrained people can result in injuries ranging from burns, infection, scarring and allergic reactions.
Botox, the injectable treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular and most used non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Choosing where to go, and who to go to for the first time is difficult, but you can check some things to make sure you pick the right clinic for you, making sure that you are entrusting your health and appearance to the right person.
Things to think about before deciding to have Botox:
• Having Botox injected into your facial muscles is a skilled procedure and should only be administered by a qualified and trained practitioner. Preferably a doctor with experience in cosmetic treatments, and who has specialised, had training in facial anatomy and has a well-developed aesthetic eye.
• Research the practitioner. For UK doctors, the GMC have an online registration checking service which allows you to check a doctors GMC status online.
• Some established places within medical centres, dental surgeries and cosmetic clinics provide Botox and other beauty treatments. Premises such as beauty salons, hairdressers, and department stores may offer Botox treatments and most of these places are well equipped with suitable standards, but unfortunately there are some that are not ideal places to perform injectable treatments. Botox parties at home aren’t suitable places to have treatment.
• Almost all reputable clinics will offer a free consultation to clients. This is ideal for enquiring about certain procedures and finding out what’s involved in your chosen treatments before you commit yourself. It allows you to check out the premises and staff to make sure you feel comfortable and is also the time to ask the doctor any questions you may have. If the doctor seems too busy, distracted, rude or is too pushy, then give them a wide berth.
• Most people tolerate injections very well, but some are more sensitive to needles than others. If you don’t tolerate pain very well, ask about pain relief. Usually topical anesthetic creams or gels get applied to numb the area before any injections. Botox needles are very thin and the injections aren’t very deep, so any discomfort during the procedure is usually minimal.
• The Practitioner/Doctor should offer a 2-week follow-up review.
• Be aware that when waiting for your results, patience is a must. After injections, there’s always some slight swelling and bruising, regardless of the experience and skill of your doctor. Significant results will show after 3-7 days when everything has settled down. Less is more, so always be aware that over-treating the face can make the face expressionless and mask-like.