What does it matter who does your toxin treatment so long as it's done? Especially if you're getting a bargain, right? Um, turns out it does matter. I spoke to a good friend of mine, Luisa Fernandez, aged 42, who shared what happened when she got anti-wrinkle injections for the first time at her local salon...
My Botox Nightmare: Why I'll Only Ever See a Medically Qualified Practitioner From Now On!
I wasn’t really considering Botox seriously. A few of my friends had used it and I thought at some point I’d want to give it a whirl - I was up for it, but it wasn’t a big deal for me. I did, however, want my eyebrows microbladed and it was while having this done the beautician told me she also did anti-wrinkle treatments. She showed me a few photos of other women she’d treated, and they looked good.
I was, essentially, letting this woman tattoo my forehead, so it didn’t even occur to me that she might not be entirely qualified to administer Botox. It was cheap, really cheap – and I love a bargain.
It turns out you pay for what you get.
Within hours of leaving, my forehead resembled the Welsh valleys. An undulating landscape of lumps. This wasn’t the smooth forehead I wanted. Sure, I didn’t have a wrinkle, but I did have a tiny forehead of speed bumps.
It was at this point I realised I needed to see an expert. A friend of mine recommended Dr Anna Hemming. The moment I walked into her clinic I could see and feel that this practitioner was on another level. It didn’t feel like a salon. It felt clinical, it felt medical, it felt reassuring – but it was also absolutely beautiful.
Anna was amazing, She reassured me that the bumps would settle and I’d just have to wait it out. Worryingly, she told me that I may not have been injected with pure Botox and that was why it was so cheap, that beauticians are using cut-price unregulated products. I was lucky the impact of my cheap quick-fix wasn’t worse.
The depth of knowledge Anna has, her experience and her professionalism is worth every penny. In fact, Anna’s had a real positive impact on my entire wellbeing. I’ve always had a problem with grinding my teeth at night and it was beginning to give me severe headaches. After mentioning this to Anna, she told me she could treat this with Botox. Who knew! It’s now cured and I’m so relieved and sleeping so much better and feeling great.
I haven’t actually had further toxin treatments for vanity reasons, but if I do, I would never not use a medically qualified practitioner now.
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