Botox Treatments And Concerns Of Illegal Practice


The Law Of... Getting Botox

Whilst the number of cosmetic surgery procedures is falling in the UK this year, people are still turning to Botox and dermal fillers to keep up with expectations of social media. Rising level of anxiety caused by social media pressures to look younger, appear perfect at all times, and to have a flawless lifestyle have incurred a rise of Botox treatments, particularly among young people.  But laws surrounding the controversial treatments are causing concern for the medical world.

Personal Injury Paralegal, Emma Bottomley, answers common questions surrounding the issues with getting Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is one or several injections of Botulinium toxin. They are medical treatments used to help relax facial muscles and both men and women turn to Botox, often for cosmetic reasons. Botox is known to make lines and wrinkles look less obvious without the need for surgery and other uses for Botox are constantly being researched as well.

Some well-researched uses for Botox include treatments for:

What Does Botox Treatment Involve?

The process involves meeting with a doctor or nurse who can prescribe the medicine used for Botox. This should always be a face-to-face meeting. They will ask you your medical history and reasons for wanting the treatment before they carry out the treatment. It is possible that the person you had for your initial consultation will not be the person who does the injections.

Small amounts of Botox are injected into various different areas of the skin. The injections usually take around 10 minutes to complete.

After the Botox injections have been carried out, it is unlikely that you will see any difference straight away. Effects of Botox usually take around 3 to 5 days and the full effect won't be seen for up to 2 weeks. Botox and its benefits, whether cosmetic or medical, last between 4 to 6 months. Only regular follow-up injections will maintain the effects.

What Are The Risks Involved?

The risks involved in Botox depend on how an individual has gone about getting the treatment. If you have received treatments legally and by a trained physician, it is still possible to suffer from some side-effects.

Side effects of Botox include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Bruising
  • Temporary weakness and droopiness of your facial features
  • Resistance to the treatment
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Blurred vision

How Can Botox Be Illegal?

The law states that the medication needed for the process of Botox must be prescribed by a qualified prescriber. To acquire this level of profession takes a lengthy period of study to be fully knowledgeable in this area of practice.

However, the act of injecting the Botox can be assigned to someone else. Non-prescribing nurses can administer the Botox as long as they have access to the prescriber who has assessed the patient.

If there has not been a consultation involved and Botox has been acquired without a qualified prescriber present, this is illegal and can be extremely unsafe for the patient. After receiving Botox, it is possible that the patient could be found to be allergic to Botox. As a result, they can go into anaphylactic shock. If the practitioner is ill equipped to deal with a situation like this, it could prove extremely dangerous.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself?

If you are considering Botox, it is important to find a reputable practitioner who is qualified. You should also seek a professional who uses a clean, safe and appropriate environment to carry out the treatment.

Save Face (recognised by NHS England, and The Department Of Health) is an organisation aimed at protecting consumers from illegal practices of Botox and other non-surgical treatment. The practitioners who feature on the website have been individually assessed against a strict set of standards. It is worth searching for Botox providers via this website to ensure the treatment you receive is safe.

How Can Simpson Millar Help?

As with any Personal Injury, if you have suffered at the hands of another's negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. If a Botox treatment has gone wrong, it is not only a financial loss, but survivors of this kind of negligence can feel a psychological impact of embarrassment and fear.  At Simpson Millar, you will be provided with expert advice on how to get help and what to do next.

Call 0800 260 5010 for advice on any beauty treatment that has gone wrong because of another's carelessness.

Emma comments:

"Sadly, the current law has some real grey areas, making it easier for people who are not qualified to get away with undertaking procedures of this sort."

"Botox is an extremely lucrative business and it is worrying to see that people are actually able to receive Botox at home. Botox parties are becoming more and more common. People seeking Botox treatments need to ask themselves what would happen if something went wrong."

"Until the law is changed, consumers need to be vigilant. Use Save Face or ensure that the place you're intending on receiving treatment from is reputable and qualified."

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