How to avoid backstreet Botox

In a world that encourages phrases such as “teen toxin” and “cosmetic cowboy”, it’s no wonder that such a blog post as this is needed. Plastic surgeons all over the country are noticing an increase in the number of mobile clinics, in other words people travelling to others’ homes to administer injectable treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers. The botched jobs should be warning enough, but the ‘it’ll never happen to me’ attitude prevails and those in the industry are therefore calling for tougher regulations on people and places offering non-surgical treatments. Risks of botched, backstreet Botox include infections, bruising, face pain and even drooping of the brows and corners of the eyes. The same risks are true of permanent fillers that are carried out by inexperienced or unqualified people, the same people who often set up mobile clinics and offer discounted treatments to tempt those who are low on disposable income. Nowhere were the potentially disfiguring effects of dermal fillers clearer than on BBC Three’s “Botox Britain”, which aired last night. Presenter Kirsten O’Brien talked to a woman whose lip fillers had gone disastrously wrong, leaving her with permanent scarring and hard lumps on and around both lips. She was clearly devastated. The programme will no doubt act as an eye-opener for those who believe that getting Botox is just like getting a manicure or a new haircut. For these people, and everybody else, O’Brien’s final words should be heeded: “Make sure you choose someone reputable who’s well qualified”, she said.