Botox – why see a doctor?

syringeThere have been a few recent news stories – such as this one on the BBC website – about the impending change of law in Scotland with regard to cosmetic procedures like Botox.

As a member of the Save Face organisation, Dr Joney De Souza has long been a campaigner for further regulation in the industry, but many industry members are concerned that while this new law will mean that tighter enforcements are placed upon qualified practitioners – like doctors, nurses and dentists – beauticians and other unqualified people offering these treatments will remain unregulated.

What’s wrong with a beautician offering Botox?

There are many problems with beauticians and other therapists offering Botox to their clients. Firstly, as Botox is a prescription medication, it is actually illegal to inject Botox without a prescription from a doctor.

But it’s not just a matter of legality. There is a reason why Botox is a prescription medication – it works by paralysing the muscles that cause us to make certain facial expressions. That means that a certain knowledge of facial anatomy is essential.

Should Botox only be injected by a doctor then?

There is some debate within the industry over who is best placed to perform injectable treatments like Botox and fillers. Without going too much into that, however, the procedure should only be performed by a qualified doctor, dentist or nurse – either under the supervision of a doctor, or alone if s/he is a registered Independent Nurse Prescriber.

It is easy to see Botox as just another beauty treatment, and of course the team here at our Mayfair aesthetic clinic is delighted to see the procedure becoming so mainstream, but the fact remains that it is a prescription drug, which needs to be treated as such.

If you are keen to have Botox injected by a fully-qualified and highly experienced doctor, why not visit us at Dr Joney De Souza Aesthetic Clinic in Mayfair.

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