10 tips to help you find a good and reputable Botox clinic

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In the last fifteen years the use of Botox for wrinkle treatment has grown rapidly to become one of the most popular and frequently used non surgical cosmetic treatments.  Choosing a Botox clinic and practitioner for the first time can be difficult; however, there are a few simple things that you can look out for to make the process easier and to ensure you not only look great but also have a good experience.

Botox injections work by relaxing the muscles on the face so that the skin appears wrinkle free and smoother, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The effects last on average three months after which time the Botox wears off and the facial muscles become active again.

Botox works well for wrinkles that are caused by facial movement, such as crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead wrinkles.  The injections themselves only cause very slight pain and take about fifteen minutes.  Botox treatments are generally safe and their effects reversible. However there are recent media reports of people having bad experiences from cosmetic treatments.  Here are ten tips which you should consider before choosing a Botox clinic:

1.  Injecting Botox is a skilled procedure and should be administered by a qualified and trained practitioner, preferably a doctor.  There are experienced nurses who also administer Botox and dermal fillers in the UK.

2.  Check that the practitioner has registration with their relevant regulatory authority. For UK doctors this is the General Medical Council (GMC).  The GMC have an online registration checking service which allows you to check a doctors GMC status online.  In the U.S each state have their own regulatory board.

3.  Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure it is important to check that the practitioner has appropriate insurance cover, also known as medical indemnity, this is to protect you if something goes wrong.

4.  There are many established medical, dental and cosmetic clinics providing Botox and other aesthetic procedures. More recently other premises such as salons, hairdressers, and department stores have started offering Botox wrinkle treatments.  Most of these premises are well equipped with suitable standards.  Unfortunately a small number are not ideal environments best suited to perform injectable treatments.  We would advise you to be more cautious of non mainstream premises. Botox at home and Botox parties are not suitable places to have treatment.

5.  Look for signs of service regularity such as clinics that provide Botox treatment clinics at least once weekly in the same location.

6.  Look for clinics and practitioners whose main focus is Botox and other aesthetic procedures; a good rule is if they provide other related cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers.

7.  Look for signs of success such as if clinic has different locations within the same city or nationally.

8.  Most reputable clinics now offer free consultations to clients who are curious about the procedure and want to find out more. This is good practice and allows you to check the premises and staff to make sure you feel comfortable.  This is also a great opportunity to ask the doctor any questions or raise any concerns you may have.  There should be no pressure to have the treatment at the end of the free consultation.

9.  Make sure that the clinic offers a follow up service. Botox takes up to two weeks to work.  If you are having Botox for the first time you want to make sure you are getting the right result. Sometimes small areas can be missed at the first treatment.  If you are new to Botox treatments, it is good practice for the doctor to follow you up at two weeks to make sure that the result is the one you were looking for and to give you a top up if any areas are missed.

10.  In the US, Botox treatments are charged per unit of Botox. Most clinics in the UK charge by area, the frown lines are considered one area, the forehead a second area and crow’s feet a third area.  Each successive area is usually given at a reduced rate compared to the previous area.  Many clinics in the UK also charge a supplement for men having Botox (ranging from £25 – £50), as they have stronger facial muscles and therefore need higher doses.

There are some clinics that are offering Botox at ridiculously cheap prices, but cheapest is not always best, don’t make your decision on price alone.  There are reports in the US of unscrupulous practitioners injecting “fake Botox”, or giving very diluted doses or sometimes unregulated versions of the medicine.  Check that what you are being charged is around the industry average price.  In the UK the average price for three areas ranges from £250- £400, depending on the clinic and the location. In the US the average cost of a vial of Botox is around $400.

Article by Dr. Nazim Mahmood, Face Clinic London Botox Clinic.

Dr Nazim Mahmood10 tips to help you find a good and reputable Botox clinic

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  1. Botox

    Very good post. My clinic was recommended to me by my friend and I was really happy with its service and procedures while taking my treatments.

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  2. angela thomas

    I KNOW SEVERAL DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO PRACTICE BOTOX/FILLER ADMINISTRATION, WHO ARE NOT ONLY VERY GOOD, VERY PROFESSIONAL BUT ALSO PERFORM PROCEDURES AT THE PERSONS HOME, WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS. IF A PERSON WANTS BOTOX, BUT WHO IS LIKELY TO HAVE A BAD REACTION TO THE TOXIN (DUE TO PAST MEDICAL HISTORY) THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE HAVING THE PROCEDURE DONE AT ALL. I DONT BELIEVE THAT THE VENUE MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE. IF THE PRACTITIONER IS QUALIFIED, INSURED AND THE PATIENT HAS BEEN APPROPRIATELY CHECKED ( PMH, ALLERGIES, GP CONSULTATION, CONSENTED) THEN I DO NOT SEE ANY ISSUES.

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      Dr Mahmood

      You are right that there are many good health care professionals providing good treatments at a client’s home. However there may be the rare occasion that you may not be able to predict from a person’s medical history whether they will have a “bad reaction” such as anaphylaxis. Would all the equipment be available in the practitioner’s bag to adequately account for these rare but possible events? My other concern about practicing from a clients home is whether a clean / suitable work surface would be available, adequate lighting and a comfortable bed position so that you can administer the treatment correctly with ease.

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    I am really impressed to read ten tips which anyone should consider before choosing a Botox clinic. Because given up ten tips are very helpful to find the best and reputable Botox Clinic in London.

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    There are many established medical, dental and cosmetic clinics providing Botox and other aesthetic procedures..We should be careful before choosing any botox clinic. I’ll try to follow your guidelines..

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