As Botox heads to the High Street, surgeons are warning of the health risks as Superdrug’s move into the market could downplay the importance of proper procedures from trained professionals.
Superdrug’s decision this August to announce treatments such as dermal fillers from £99 following feedback from customers was met mainly with criticism in the national media and from the industry, as the firm was accused of trivialising a very delicate surgery that has potential to cause untold damage in the wrong hands.
The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons said the procedures were not “casual beauty treatments”, and the injections may sometimes result in infection and potentially even paralysis in facial muscles.
Superdrug claims it is offering Botox and dermal fillers available to people over the age of 25 under the Skin Renew Service, launched in London before being rolled out nationwide. The treatment is available only following a phone booking and a consultation with a qualified nurse, the firm said.
The Hunar Clinic has warned previously that the celebrity culture and desire to have plumper lips – the Kardashian effect – has led to a rise in botched surgeries as women seek out cheaper fillers from shady backstreet surgeries.
“Injections must only be administered by a trained, experienced and fully qualified professional; there are countless things that can go wrong, including paralysis or even infection, when women seek out cowboy operators to have work done cheaply,” said Dr Prerna Mittal of the Hunar Clinic. “The procedures involve needles around delicate facial muscles, and cannot be performed without a thorough understanding of the patient’s medical history.”
Anyone considering the procedure is advised to research the matter as much as possible and speak to an expert face-to-face.
Dr Mittal said this is to fully understand the person’s reasons for wanting to undergo the treatment and to talk about the medicines being administered.
Here are some of the risks that surround Botox and incorrect procedures:
- flu-like symptoms – including a headache – for the first 24 hours after treatment;
- bruising at the injection site;
- temporary weakness and drooping of your facial features – eyelids or eyebrows may droop temporarily if the injected medicine moves into these areas;
- your body developing resistance to the treatment if it’s repeated too frequently;
In rare cases, serious problems can develop in the hours, days or weeks after treatment, including blurred or double vision (if the area around the eyes is injected) and breathing difficulties (if the neck area is injected).
Done right, Botox and fillers can enhance natural beauty, so don’t risk suffering permanent damage by choosing a cheaper alternative from an unqualified therapist.
It is the duty of a doctor and a good clinic to make the individual considering Botox and fillers aware of the potential side effects, such as swelling, infection, even things like cold sore reactivation or something more serious.
Have you considered whether you will need time off work, not to mention your social life?
If you think a lip filler is for you, talk to us today for a free and confidential chat with an experienced and regulated practitioner.