What should I expect from a Botox™ consultation? Botox™ wrinkle-reducing injection treatments offer fantastic results, with a noticeable improvement in facial lines and a smoother, more youthful complexion. In the right hands, Botox™ injections leave you looking natural and refreshed. However, even with non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox™ injections, there can be risks to your health and your appearance, especially if you choose an unqualified practitioner or an unsafe treatment environment. The face is a delicate area to work on, and it’s not until expressions are restricted that patients realise how much they rely on their facial expressions to communicate non-verbally. At Pure Perfection Clinic, we know that getting the best results from your cosmetic treatment means making your safety our first priority. As a qualified aesthetic nurse and Independent Nurse Prescriber with more than 8 years experience in the aesthetic field, Clinical Director Sara Cheeney works hard to promote the issue of patient safety in cosmetic therapies. She offers the following advice on how to get the best and safest Botox treatment, from choosing the right practitioner to the consultation. About Botox™ treatments The first thing I need to make clear about botulinum toxin (Botox™) is that it is a prescription-only medication. It should only be prescribed following a face-to-face consultation with a medical professional who holds the relevant prescribing qualification. Injectable non-surgical cosmetic treatments, like Botox™ wrinkle-reducing injections, come with some small associated risks – for example, in extremely rare cases, the risk of anaphylaxis. Choose a qualified practitioner Receiving treatment from a fully qualified medical professional means that in the unlikely event that such a reaction occurs, the practitioner has received training that enables them to deal with this medical emergency in an appropriate and potentially life-saving manner. By having a consultation with the Prescribing Medical Professional prior to any treatment taking place, the risk of any unwanted side effects from wrinkle-reducing treatments is reduced. The treatment environment There are a few warning signs to look out when searching for a practitioner to carry out wrinkle-reducing injections, apart from the fact that they should have the obvious prescribing qualification. Firstly, treatment should be carried out in a clean, clinical setting with sterile equipment. Someone’s home (such as at a ‘Botox party’), a nail bar or sunbed parlour for example, are not appropriate settings for any non-surgical cosmetic procedures like wrinkle-reducing injections. The consultation in a clinic with a qualified practitioner is there for the patient’s safety and well-being – issues that should be the primary concern of the medical practitioner. The consultation During your consultation, the practitioner should take a detailed medical history to help determine whether Botox™ is an appropriate medication for you, and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. The practitioner should also make clear to you the potential risks, side-effects and aftercare recommendations, to help you decide whether this form of injectable treatment really is right for you. Anyone willing to treat you with wrinkle-reducing injections without first having a face-to-face consultation with a prescriber, is a bogus practitioner and not only breaking the law but also putting you at risk, possibly with fake Botox™. Botox wrinkle-reducing injection treatments at Pure Perfection Clinic The key with wrinkle-reducing injection treatments is to be subtle, and to enhance your natural beauty with careful and considered treatment – exactly what we strive to do at Pure Perfection Clinic. It’s what any reputable, experienced, and appropriately qualified medical professional should also want to achieve. So before you agree to undergo any form of injectable cosmetic treatment, make sure that you have a face-to-face consultation with the practitioner prior to going ‘under the needle’. If there’s anything that you’re not happy with, it’s a good warning sign that you need to find an alternative medical professional. Be safe – love your look! By placing yourself in the trusted hands of a fully qualified and reputable practitioner, such as Sara at Pure Perfection, you can be sure that any treatment you receive is carried out carefully and with your safety as the top priority. If you choose to undergo this kind of cosmetic procedure with an untrained practitioner, you are not only risking physical damage from their potentially inappropriate treatment techniques. But you are also risking giving your self-confidence a ‘knock’, if the practitioner targets the wrong areas, and you are unhappy with the result. After all, 3 to 6 months is a long time to wait for the injections to wear off if you are unhappy with an unnatural and frozen-faced appearance.