The popularity of Botox means that there are multiple clinics and practitioners offering the treatment. This guide will help to ensure you choose a safe and reputable clinic.
What does great Botox look like?
The aim of Botox is to rejuvenate the face. We maintain a patient’s natural features, rather than to make an individual ‘look young’. Too much Botox, or Botox that has been administered incorrectly, can cause a patient to have a frozen expression. It can make them look unnatural, or cause ‘unbalanced’ look on their face. ‘Good’ Botox shouldn’t be noticeable, they should just look like a more rested version of themselves.
What to consider when choosing a practitioner
Qualifications and experience
For a practitioner to inject Botox safely and legally, they will need to be fully trained and hold the appropriate qualifications. Unfortunately, Botox is still available everywhere from hair salons to ‘Botox parties’ at home.
Botox is a prescription only medication in the UK. This means it can only be prescribed by a doctor, dentist, pharmacist prescriber or nurse prescriber. A prescriber can give the Botox to someone else to administer, but the prescriber is ultimately responsible for ensuring it’s injected correctly.
When choosing a practitioner, it is advisable to choose a doctor-led clinic with experienced staff. If a nurse is administering your treatment, check that they are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. If a dermatologist or skincare professional is administering your treatment, check how much experience they have. Also, ask to meet the doctor who will be prescribing the Botox for them.
At health + aesthetics, Dr Tailor has been a qualified Medical Practitioner for more than 27 years and an Aesthetic Practitioner for more than 10 years. The rest of the team at health + aesthetics has over 65 years combined experience in the aesthetics industry and the clinic has been running in Farnham, Surrey for over 8 years.
When you are considering using a particular clinic, look for signs that the clinic is in regular use and regularly administers Botox. Check whether it offers complementary treatments such as dermal fillers as this will be a good indicator of the specialism of the clinic.
When choosing a practitioner, as a minimum look for someone who is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), an organisation set up to protect patients and enhance medical education and practice in the UK. Dr Rekha Tailor at health + aesthetics is registered with the GMC and is a full member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (MBCAM), an organisation dedicated to advancing safe and ethical aesthetic medicine. She also has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP).
Whether or not a clinic or practitioner has won any industry awards is a good indication of how authentic they are, particularly if they have consistently won or been a finalist over a number of years.
It’s common to pay for a detailed consultation before having any Botox treatment. During a consultation, a practitioner can assess your medical history, listen to your expected outcomes and develop a personal treatment plan for you. Some clinics, such as health + aesthetics, will also include an in-depth skin analysis that will help your practitioner develop a personalised skincare plan for you.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to Botox, which is why every patient should have an individual and in-depth assessment. During a consultation, the practitioner will take into consideration whether the patient has had wrinkle relaxant treatments before. Also, the specific areas on his/her face and the amount of Botox required to treat any areas of concern.
Key questions to ask your practitioner
How much experience do you have administering Botox?
Find out how much experience the person who will actually be administering your Botox treatment has. Remember, the person who prescribes the Botox may not be the person who actually administers it, so ensure you find out exactly who will be treating you.
Which brand of botulinum toxin?
Although Botox is commonly used to describe wrinkle relaxing treatments, it is actually a brand name of botulinum toxin. There are three different botulinum toxin brands available: Botox (also known as Vistabel), Azzalure and Bocouture.
At health + aesthetics we use Azzalure and Botox branded botulinum toxin for our procedures as patients find these give lasting results.
Will I receive a follow-up appointment?
Ask your practitioner what their follow-up policy is. Reputable clinics will offer a follow-up call or appointment to check you are happy with your results. health + aesthetics offers a follow up appointment two weeks after a patient has had a treatment.
Does your practitioner have medical indemnity insurance?
Botox is not without risks and in the unlikely event that the procedure should go wrong, your practitioner should be covered by medical indemnity insurance so you are protected should the worst happen.
Why is your treatment so cheap?
As the saying goes, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be very wary of clinics providing special offers, for example, Groupon vouchers promoting cheap Botox. Often these clinics won’t offer an in-depth consultation as part of the treatment. In some cases special offers can mean that the Botox is over-diluted. Diluting Botox with saline is standard practice. But diluting it too much means that you may not see any results at all from your treatment.
Do you have before and after images and testimonials from previous patients?
A reputable clinic will be able to show you before and after pictures of patients who have previously had treatment. Also ask for testimonials from previous patients. Video testimonials in particular can give you a better idea of a patient’s true experience of using the clinic.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the services offered at health + aesthetics then contact the team today on 01252 933133.
You can read more about wrinkle relaxing injections on our Botox page.
If you have already made the decision to have Botox and would like to find out more about what happens after the treatment, please read our Botox Aftercare FAQs.