Anyone with even a passing interest in the world of health and beauty will have heard of Botox. The popularity of the treatment with celebrities and the well-documented impact it can have on facial wrinkles have made it one of the most popular cosmetic treatments out there.
When used effectively, Botox can make a dramatic difference to the way a personal looks. When done poorly, it can look a little unusual. That’s why it’s important to find an expert in the field to do the work, someone with experience and a track record of doing good work. If you’re considering Botox, there are a few questions you should look to ask the person offering the treatment to see if they meet your criteria.
The first and most obvious area is their experience in facial anatomy, and are they qualified in a field of aesthetic medicine. This can include areas like cosmetic surgery and dermatology, but many other areas are suitable backgrounds, such as dentistry.
Another area to enquire about is the extent of their experience. Find out how long they have been performing Botox cosmetic treatments and how regularly they treat patients. If they have plenty of years of experience and are still actively treating people it’s a good indicator that they’re the right person for the job.
Most reputable Botox practitioners will offer a follow up appointment for people, to primarily check if the patient is happy with the results and to make adjustments or top ups where necessary. It’s also important to check on the overall wellbeing of the patient following the treatment, so follow up appointments are a must.
If they have experience in the field then they should have a portfolio of before and after pictures to highlight the quality of their work. Most salons will have a website live with pictures of their treatments and the results people have experienced, so try checking that out ahead of booking an appointment.
A final positive sign is that they ask about your medical history and fully explain any potential side effects or other issues you may experience through the treatment. While it’s a relatively safe procedure, any good medical professional should prioritise the heath of their patient over any other aspect.
It should go without saying, but avoid at-home Botox or dermal filler treatments. ‘Botox parties’ and similar events are starting to appear across the UK, and the treatment can be unsafe when not used by an experienced professional, so always use a professional rather than trusting a friend to do the work!