Fine lines and wrinkles appearing on one’s face, hands, and neck can be more than a little bothersome. They are caused by the natural breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin which is precipitated by a combination of factors including, ageing, sun exposure, smoking, lifestyle choices and genetics. When they become noticeable some of us reach for a plethora of night creams, serums and face masks to try and hold back the tide whilst others look for more long-lasting results with Botox or dermal fillers. But are Botox injections safe, and who is qualified to perform Botox?
Are Botox Injections Safe In The UK And Who Can Administer Them?
This is an important question to ask as Botox is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, a neurotoxin known for causing botulism, a condition that relaxes muscles. Even though Botox is a prescription-only medicine in the UK, we do not yet have strong legislation in place to prevent non-medical professionals from delivering injectable cosmetic treatments.
Under current regulations, a wide range of people can perform anti-wrinkle injections as long as they work with a prescriber (a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, nurse prescriber, etc.) who consults their patient face-to-face before prescribing botulinum toxin. A healthy amount of awareness is advised if you see your local beauty therapist offering discount Botox, because although there are training providers that will accept beauty therapists and aestheticians onto courses to learn injecting techniques, the consensus in the aesthetic medicine industry is that injectable treatments should only be performed by qualified nurses, doctors, and medical professionals. This means that reputable clinics and spas will only employ medical professionals.
Wrinkle Injection Treatment In London
PHI Clinic’s own medical director Dr Tapan has spent over 20 years perfecting his aesthetic practice, developing a centre of excellence, and his skills in injectables are showcased globally. His key mission with all aesthetic medical practitioners is that they are trained to the highest degree of ability and he trains his medical staff as well as external delegates to continually update best practice through Academy 102.
Dr Tapan also developed the online platform eMASTR so medical aesthetic practitioners can continually keep abreast of the best and safest injecting techniques.
For more information about Botox or to book a consultation at the award-winning PHI Clinic in the heart of London’s medical district, please contact us on 0207 034 5999.
For medical practitioners who would like more information about our practical training courses, head to Academy 102 or our online learning platform eMASTR. Keep an eye out for more training dates being released soon!