7 Questions To Ask Before You Have Botox
If you are considering having Botox, here’s our 7 point checklist to ensure you get the right treatment for you.
Is the practitioner qualified to give Botox injections?
It might seem like Botox is available in numerous locations, and many people are under the impression that because it is a relatively quick and straightforward procedure that it doesn’t matter where you have it done, or who does it. This is wrong! Only regulated doctors, dentists, pharmacists and registered nurses are appropriately qualified to give injectable cosmetic treatments such as Botox. Make sure you check that the person who is going to be providing your treatment is qualified; if you are unsure you can ask to see their credentials. Any legitimate provider will be only too happy to ensure they show you what you need to see. Don’t be taken in by unusual or unrecognisable titles, such as “Advanced Aesthetic Practitioner” or “Qualified Injectable Therapist”. When you check their qualifications, make sure that the title of doctor, dentist or registered nurse actually applies to the person who is holding the needle.
Where will the procedure take place?
Treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers should only be carried out in a clean, safe and appropriate clinical environment to avoid infection and permanent physical damage. Treatments should not be carried out in a home setting or, for example, in a nail bar, beauty salon or tattoo parlour, but in a clinical facility such as a Doctor’s consulting room or a Dental Surgery.
What Substance is being used?
This might seem like a silly suggestion, however “Botox” is a brand name, and if your practitioner is talking about “injectables” you need to make sure what the specific “injectable” is that they are talking about. Botox is a prescription-only medicine, but other dermal fillers are not all treated as such in the UK and can be bought in various outlets, as well as online. While this is legal, the best advice would be to be extremely careful when dealing with any cosmetic injectables. Some dermal fillers are permanent and can be dangerous in the wrong hands. We do not recommend that you buy any cosmetic injectables over the internet.
Is the Price per unit or per area?
While there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer to this question, different practices might charge for their Botox treatments in different ways and it’s important to understand the difference and what it might mean to you. If Botox is priced “per Unit”, you are paying for a specific dosage. This might mean that you pay a different amount each time you have treatment, or it might mean that in order to get the result that you want you need a more expensive dosage than you had initially thought. If you pay “per area” you are paying a fixed price for the treatment, regardless how much of the drug you require.
What are the Side effects?
As mentioned above, Botox is a prescription medicine and like any drug, and as with any medical procedure there can be side effects associated with treatment. While these can be mild or non-existent for many patients, there are always some risks and your practitioner should be able to explain these to you carefully. Likewise, they should fill you in on any precautions you should take following your treatment. Side effects can range from mild bruising, swelling or pain from the injection, to more serious allergic reactions (these are very rare!) and your practitioner will be able to give you any specific advice or information that you need.
How long is your appointment?
There is much more to a Botox treatment session than simply injecting you and sending you on your way. Appointment times need to be long enough for the practitioner to hear what exactly you want to achieve with the treatment and for them to determine the best way to proceed. It is important that you don’t feel rushed or pressured into having treatment due to a narrow time constraint, as the effects, although temporary, are relatively long lasting. You appointment should be seen as more of a consultation, it’s an opportunity for you to make sure you are comfortable with the treatment plan and that you are able to ask any questions that you need to before going ahead.
Do they have a good track record?
If it’s your first visit to this practitioner, then do your research on them. Have they got good reviews and testimonials from past patients? Can you see before and after photographs? Is the practice or surgery well established?
Curious to know more? You can read our 20 Facts About Botox, or to find out about the Botox and Cosmetic Injectables that we offer at our practice in Barnoldswick then please contact us for more information.