1 in 8 have botox administered by amateurs

According to an article from Laura Donnelly of The Telegraph, one in eight people who have had cosmetic treatments such as Botox or dermal fillers had the procedure carried out by an untrained friend or acquaintance, a survey has found.

The poll of 2,000 people comes ahead of a Government response to a review of the industry, which follows growing concern that “cosmetic cowboys” without medical training are able to practice unchecked.

The survey found that 13 per cent of those undergoing treatments such as dermal fillers and chemical peels have been treated by untrained friends or acquaintances – and one in 20 had administered such procedures themselves.

Ministers have said they intend to strengthen regulation of the £2 bn industry, with plans due to be announced within weeks.

Earlier this year, an independent review led by Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, Britain’s most senior doctor called for tougher controls on who can offer such treatments, the way they are marketed, and said certain products should become prescription-only.

The review said that a person having a non-surgical cosmetic intervention had “no more protection and redress than someone buying a ball-point pen or a toothbrush.”

In my opinion, although botox and dermal fillers to not involve any actual surgery, they are still a medical procedure and should only ever be carried out by somebody who is not only qualified as a nurse or doctor, but has also been given the right level of training.

I’ve heard in the Bournemouth area that some people have been administering treatment without being qualified but I was genuinely shocked at the figures in this article of one in eight.

Part of my work involves training people to administer treatments, which I do at Harley Street. Not only do I enjoy this aspect of the work but it is a source of comfort to know that there will be more reputable people out the administering botox and dermal fillers correctly and in a safe environment.

One of the downsides to this job is of course when I do get to see people, who have had botox carried out by somebody without the correct level of training and instead of seeing them happy, it has the reverse affect, often leaving them self concious.

Fortunately I can usually fix the problem and of course botox is a treatment that does wear off over time, however it’s never a nice thing to see and these people were just trying to save some money.

At the Green Room I always offer a free 30 minute consultation with my client. Not only to give them a complete understanding of the treatment but to also understand exactly what they want. Some may only want to “soften” lines, where as others may want a more comprehensive treatment.

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