Botox- Do your research.

Cosmetic treatments have been the focus of media attention recently. Last week, the BBC reported on calls from The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) to clamp down on so-called ‘Botox parties’, which can see people with no medical training administer anti-wrinkle Botox injections.

The RCS believe that only trained doctors, nurses and dentists should provide these kind of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, meanwhile the government are assessing whether tougher laws are needed. A review into the cosmetic industry by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is currently ongoing and his findings will be reported back to the government in March.

As someone who has been specially trained to offer such treatments, I am in complete agreement with the RCS and strongly believe that patients should only let professionals with the right qualifications complete their cosmetic procedures. When used correctly and sensibly, Botox injections are not harmful and are an effective way to tackle unwanted lines and wrinkles.

However, let’s not forget that Botox is essentially a drug and as such it is not suitable for everyone. That’s why you need to make sure you visit a clinician who has been professionally trained to administer Botox, and who is able to explain the treatment and advise on your suitability for it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of rogue traders out there – so do your research, find out about the clinician’s qualifications and only go ahead with the procedure if you are satisfied they have the same high standards as you.