At last the Government is realising the danger to the public with non medics injecting botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said that ‘many people don’t think about the seriousness or potential concequences of these treatments’.

They have now put ‘cut out and keep’ recommendations about choosing medically qualified practitioners in reputable clinics for their safety.

Here is some of the advice they give including choosing a registered Doctor, Nurse or Dentist to do your treatment.

Advice on Botox

Botulinum toxin injections, such as Botox® or Dysport®, are prescription-only medicines.

They can only be prescribed after a consultation between you and a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or nurse.

The person giving the injections does not have to be the same person who gave you the prescription.

But the prescriber must ensure that the person giving you the injections is trained and safe to do so.

Make sure you know:

  • who the prescriber is
  • who’ll be providing the actual treatment
  • what their experience, training and insurance arrangements are

Advice on dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are used for a range of purposes, including lip fillers, and do not always need a prescription. But due to making them more exclusive to qualified medical practitioners, there is now a petition for them to become prescription only.

As there are a lot of different versions available, make sure you ask the practitioner:

  • the name of the product that will be used
  • where the product came from
  • what qualifications, training and experience they have

Avoid practitioners who have only completed a short training course in your chosen procedure as complications can be serious, including infection, nerve damage and blindness.

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