Botox. It’s the word on so many women-in-their-mid-thirties-and-above’s lips. Thanks to its promise of reducing dynamic lines, it’s become one one the most sought after non-invasive cosmetic treatments globally. But is Botox really safe?
Botox is a brand of botulinum toxin that is revered as a wonder treatment in the world of non-surgical aesthetics, and it’s clear to see why. Just look around you - women in their 40s looking for more rejuvenated skin, men wanting to get rid of those crinkly crow’s feet, your favourite celebrities - so many of us are enamoured.
But we’ve all heard the horror stories of botched Botox. We may even know someone for whom Botox has gone horribly wrong. So, how does this happen?
Botox the toxin
Well, botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that comes from a type of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Used in large doses, it is lethal, and can lead to paralysis or even death. That’s not intended to scare you - just to give you a bit of vital information.
Hmmm, doesn’t sound great when you put it like that, does it? But when used in tiny doses, well, that’s where it can do great things. Think younger, smoother looking skin.
Who is injecting Botox?
But what else should you consider when it comes to Botox safety? One of the most important factors is whether the practitioner performing the treatment is medically qualified. The fact that it has become such a popular - and more importantly, lucrative - treatment has been the driving factor for so many unqualified people offering the treatment in salons, basements, you name it.
This is particularly worrying as very often these ‘practitioners’ give their services cheap price tags, which can make them very appealing to customers. But what many clients don’t realise is that cheaper most certainly isn’t better - especially when it comes to Botox. The old saying ‘you get what you pay’ for springs to mind here. And who wants a poor quality Botox job? After all, it’s on your face, which, let’s be honest, is quite hard to hide should it go wrong.
Finding the right Botox practitioner
So, what should you be looking for to ensure you find a practitioner who will provide a sterling Botox treatment sans the worry of looking unrecognisable? Well, you should always be sure that the practitioner is medically qualified - and this is really important. They should know exactly where to inject to avoid devastating side effects, and how much to inject to avoid Botox poisoning and that unnatural, frozen look.
So, if your local salon starts offering Botox overnight, this is probably not the best place to try it out. Understanding their qualifications, reading info about them and looking at ‘before and after’ photos showing their work are all worth doing before booking an appointment.
As with any treatment, there are always side effects that may affect certain people - and Botox is no different. But a good practitioner will ensure that you know about these before having your treatment. However, with an unqualified practitioner, these side effects could be devastating.
So, Botox is safe - depending on who’s doing the injecting. If it’s a medically qualified practitioner, great! If it’s your local salon, next door neighbour or best friend’s sister, steer clear!
At Glowday, we we will soon be listing medically qualified practitioners, so you can be confident you’ve made a great choice.
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