What are the risks?
No severe complications after the cosmetic use of Botox have been reported in the literature. Botox has been regulated for a long time and is a very safe treatment.The best way to minimise risk if you are considering Botox is to have the treatment done by a qualified practitioner.
There may be some bruising and swelling at the injection site.
There is a risk of eyelid heaviness and even an eyelid ptosis post Botox. This is extremely rare and can be treated with eye drops and time.
Botox® in the UK
In the UK, Botox is a prescription only medicine, which means that it must be prescribed and given to a patient by a qualified prescriber. If you are not having the treatment done by a qualified prescriber, they should still refer you to a medical professional (the person who prescribes the Botox for them) to check that you are fit for the treatment. By law, the person prescribing the Botox should be a doctor, nurse, dentist or prescribing pharmacist. Guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) state that they should meet you face to face and must be present at the client consultation. When the prescriber is happy, you can then be treated.
The prescriber also has responsibility for the outcome of the treatment. Many doctors and nurses are unlikely to want to take responsibility for a non-medical person’s injecting work, so be sure to check that you are happy with the person you have chosen for your Botox treatments.
Important note re Botox®
Botox is a prescribed drug and as discussed must, by law be prescribed by a qualified prescriber. An experienced injector and prescriber will always ensure that a thorough consultation is performed and should be happy to answer any questions you may have. Consider asking the following;
Here at Radiant we use only Botox®. Botox pricing generally varies depending on the areas being treated;
1. area £170
2. areas £210
3. areas £250
4. areas £290