Botox is actually a purified toxin, but when it’s used in small amounts it doesn’t cause any damage to the body. When it’s used as an injectable cosmetic treatment it will improve the signs of ageing on the face, whether you want to lessen the deep lines on the forehead or relax the facial muscles to give asymmetry to the face.
Doctors, dentists and registered nurses can prescribe and inject botox but only with a prescription, however, although beauticians can inject botox, their clients must first be given a face-to-face consultation with a medical professional who can then prescribe the drug. It’s illegal for beauticians to use any botox that hasn’t been prescribed specifically for you.
A good practitioner is someone who has performed facial aesthetics for several years, one who goes on training courses and has a good knowledge of facial anatomy, but there are some people who try to treat people with little or no training. Theoretically, someone can go on a beginner’s botox course and the next day go on an advanced course, during this time they may have only ever injected one client, but they can call themselves an advanced practitioner, so you should always check out how much training someone has had before you allow them to inject anything into your face.
If you are considering having botox, the first thing you should do is see a medical professional. It’s imperative that you choose a trained, qualified practitioner to inject the botox into your face, one with steady hands, the eye of an artist and the ability and passion to get the treatment just right.
A face to face consultation is essential, as the practitioner will listen to your questions and they can assess whether botox treatment is suitable for you, while taking note of your aesthetic concerns, preferences and your desired results. The practitioner will also tell you the risks, which can include allergic reactions, bruising and minimal swelling.
During botox treatment you will have precise injections in strategic places; into your frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet around the eyes and neck bands, leaving you with smoother, younger skin that looks more relaxed and healthy. Botox that’s administered by unprofessional, untrained people, is a different story. Too much injected botox can leave you with a frozen, unnatural look, or if it’s injected improperly it can cause asymmetry and drooping eyes.
In the hands of a fully trained practitioner, the safe, effective placement of botox can create a natural look which will make your face look younger and feel more refreshed and relaxed.