Over the last 10 years or so the use of Botox in clinics has grown so rapidly that it has become one of the more popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the UK. However, for someone new to Botox, it can sometimes seem very daunting when it comes to researching and making sure you choose the right clinic and practitioner for your first time.
There are a few things you can look out for to make the process easier, and to ensure you choose a reputable practice and are able to get the right treatment for your skins needs.
Botox injections work by relaxing the muscles on the face so that the skin looks wrinkle free and much smoother. Botox treatments are commonly quite safe, however there will also be nightmare stories of people having bad experiences from cosmetic treatments.
Here, the experts at Milo Clinic give their ten top tips which you should consider before choosing a Botox clinic.
Make sure they are trained practitioners
Injecting Botox is an expert procedure and should be administered by a qualified and trained practitioner. You will want to research into the clinic to ensure the staff are all trained and have the papers to prove it.
Do your own research first
To make sure that your really ready for Botox, it may be best to really get to know the procedure that you are about to undergo – perhaps watch YouTube videos on the procedures so you know what to expect, then when you go to visit clinics you will have a better knowledge of what they are offering.
Make sure you’re covered
To ensure you are protected if something goes wrong, you will want to check that the practitioner has appropriate insurance cover.
Go by clinic and practitioner, not price!
When finding a clinic, it is best to ensure that they are an established medical and cosmetic clinic. In recent years many non-medical clinics such as hairdressers and beauty salons have started to offer Botox, however most of these places are ill-equipped and are not ideal environments to perform surgical procedures.
Check your practitioner out
Check that the practitioner has registration with their relevant regulatory authority, which here in the UK will be the General Medical Council.
Look into specialised clinics
Look for clinics and practitioners whose main focus is Botox and other aesthetic procedures, if the clinic also provides derma fillers, this is a strong indication that the clinic specialises in this area of cosmetic services.
Word of mouth
Sometimes it’s best to speak to friends, co-workers or even people online who have had similar Botox procedures, chances are they will be able to give you reliable, honest advice and tell you where they get their treatments done.
Have a consultation
Some of the more reliable clinics will always offer pre-consultations to clients at an extra cost who are new to the procedures and want to gain more knowledge before undergoing the procedure. A good practice allows you to check out the clinic premises beforehand, this is also a great opportunity to ask the doctor any questions and let them know of any concerns you may have.
Ensure they have a follow-up service
You may want to make sure that the clinic you choose offers a follow up service rather than just leaving you in the dark after the procedure. If you are having Botox for the first time you will want to make sure you are getting the right result and that the doctor who administrated the procedure is available to discuss the treatment further.
Once you have had a consultation it’s a good idea to perhaps look into reviews of the clinic as well as the brand of Botox used. Sometimes one bad review can sway your decision and may help you dodge a bullet.