There has been a lot of talk in the news about the need for better regulation of the non-surgical skin treatments market. However, until legislation changes, it is surprising just how little protection there is for the humble patient.
Take Botox® for example. It is the world’s most popular non-invasive procedure, chosen by millions to keep lines and wrinkles at bay. Yet despite the fact that it is a prescription only medicine, there are still areas of risk for patients that choose the wrong practitioner.
The law regarding botullinum toxin (botox) says:
- It is regulated as a prescription only medicine
- It must be prescribed by a qualified medical professional (e.g. doctor, dentist, vet, prescribing nurse)
- The prescriber must have seen the patient him/herself (remote prescribing is not allowed)
- Providing the patient has a prescription, treatment can be carried out by a non-health professional
- There are no minimum standards for training or qualification for a person to administer Botox®
- Botox® can be carried out anywhere, no need for premises to be registered or audited in any special way. The only protection is Health & Safety at Work rules
Who to Trust for Botox Injections
Until regulation changes, patients are advised to choose their provider carefully.
- Choose a medical professional who can prescribe and inject safely
- They should be experienced, having run regular clinics for many years
- Check they have been trained in cosmetic injections by attending a suitable course as well as ongoing development (e.g. attending conferences, advanced training)
- Have a consultation before committing – a good clinic will offer this free of charge to relieve the pressure to decide
- Ask around, recommendations are really valuable
- Look on the internet to see who has won reviews and awards
If you are not 100% confident, then don’t proceed!
- Look for other providers or take time to think about it before going ahead
- Ask about alternative treatments – there are numerous alternatives to Botox which can offer a different approach to skin treatment which may be more suitable for you, such as laser, LED skin therapy, PRP, radio-frequency treatment, microdermabrasion, peels… the choice is endless
Northamptonshire Skin Treatment Doctor
Dr John Tanqueray at Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre based in Hardingstone near Northampton has an excellent reputation for providing skin treatments using the very latest products and technologies.
He has carried out cosmetic injections since 1999 and works with top international surgeons and experts to keep his skills at the leading edge. He even offers training for other medical professionals in the UK and has an excellent reputation as a practising GP.
Unlike many competitors, Mulberry House Clinic offer a free consultation with their doctor. There is no pressure to have a treatment, so for a professional opinion on your skin and discussion about what treatments could help, why not contact the team. For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation, please complete our contact form, call 01604 702630 or email: email@example.com.