08 April 2011

Experts who appeared on BBC Three’s “Botox Britain”, which aired last night, warned consumers of the dangers of DIY Botox and urged those considering the treatment to visit a reputable provider instead. Television presenter Kirsten O’Brien, 39, looked into the ever popular world of injectable treatments and dermal fillers in a bid to get to the bottom of why people choose to have them and the so-called “teen toxin” phenomenon. O’Brien visited dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe who carried out computerised photo imaging skin analysis before explaining how he decides who is suitable for the non-surgical procedure. “Are there any lines present at rest, are they distressing the patient, has the patient for example got some dropping of the brow, some asymmetry caused by muscle activity? If they have they’re a potential candidate for Botox.” When asked what age he thought would be appropriate for someone to start the treatments, he said mid-30s. As well as talking to Dr Lowe, O’Brien also interviewed microbiologist Dr Andy Pickett on the contents of a typical DIY Botox kit. Dr Pickett warned of the potential risk of infections from these kits. He asked viewers: “Do you want to inject something that don’t you know the background of or what’s in the vial?” Tests on the kit bought revealed that the vials contained a mixture of water and Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener found in things like chewing gum. This discovery highlighted the importance of going to reputable clinics to have Botox and other injectable treatments.