Warning over ‘Botox parties’
Cosmetic procedures broadly fall into two categories – surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures. Whereas there is little doubt that surgical procedures need to be carried out in an appropriate, professional and sterile environment, there is evidence to suggest that some people are prepared to risk their health by agreeing to have non-surgical procedures in non-medical environments.
A report published by the BBC showed evidence of two ‘disgraced’ nurses who were offering ‘Botox parties’ in people’s homes or in beauty salons. These nurses were offering Botox treatments at a fraction of the price that they would be if they were purchased through conventional channels, and despite carrying significant risks, people were prepared to accept these treatments in favour of making a financial saving.
Opting for treatments such as this via a non-regulated channel is extremely risky and is not advised. One of the first things you should do when considering surgical or non-surgical cosmetic work is to fully research the medical practitioner to ensure you are choosing someone with suitable credentials, experience and professionalism. The BBC reports that in the case of the two nurses offering these treatments, “while they were once registered nurses, both have been ordered to stop practising – making it illegal for them to prescribe medicine.” This case reiterates the saying if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is – the treatments were cheap, but at what cost?
In the investigating into these parties, patients were reportedly left in serious pain following the treatment, which is not an expected side effect of Botox if administered properly. Patients also reported that the procedure didn’t actually work and they were left having to pay again in a reputable environment to have the work done properly.
Official rules regarding Botox
Botox is a prescription medicine and is regulated by law. It “can only be prescribed by a doctor, dentist or nurse in a specific patient’s name – and can only be used for that patient.” It is important to remember this if you wish to have Botox treatment and you should ensure you are only choosing a proper clinic where you will be treated by a qualified medical practitioner.