Cosmetic injections like Botox and dermal fillers are hugely popular treatments. These types of treatments are highly versatile and can have several benefits like reducing signs of ageing, adding volume, and creating a smooth and youthful appearance. However, it’s essential that you take steps to avoid a botched treatment and stay safe.
Botox and Dermal Filler Regulations in the UK
Currently, dermal fillers are unregulated in the UK. That means that anyone can do fillers without completing any tests or qualifications. Although there are regulations on how cosmetic surgeries can be advertised online, the actual dermal filler industry is highly unregulated. Despite there being increased pressure to regulate the sector, the response is slow. So, it’s essential you take the time to make your treatment as safe as possible so you can get the best results.
Botox is slightly different as it’s a prescription-only substance. Practitioners can only give patients Botox through a prescription from a qualified prescriber. Regulations state that patients have to meet face to face with the prescriber before getting any Botox. While this sounds a little better, when it comes down to who can actually prescribe the treatment, the answer is practically anyone. Practitioners who perform non-surgical treatment are not legally required to have any qualifications.
What are the Signs of Botched Cosmetic Injections?
A quick Google search into botched cosmetic injections, and you will see very unnatural faces with a frozen look. When it comes to fillers, the untrained eye should see no difference in a patient. Instead, there should be a natural-looking enhancement. Signs of botched dermal fillers include:
- Persistent puffiness
- Asymmetrical fullness
- Overfilling, e.g. duck lips
- Filler migration
When it comes to Botox, there are a couple of signs that it’s not quite right, such as:
- Facial asymmetry
- Drooping eyelid
- No forehead movement at all
- Overarching eyebrows
3 Things to Watch Out for When Getting Injectables
Every year, a ton of people get injectables. They pop out on their lunch break for a midday treatment and come back with a slight yet natural enhancement. But when injectables are involved, you need to watch out for these 4 things to stay as safe as possible.
1. Low-Quality Injectable Products
Your practitioner should only use high-quality injectable products. Ask plenty of questions to find out what type of products your injector uses so you can do your own research.
2. Non-Sterile Environment
Offering to meet you in a non-sterile environment should be a red flag. A non-sterile environment increases the risk of infection. Highly qualified doctors only work from medical offices.
3. Poor Experience and Training
It’s scary how unregulated non-surgical procedures are in the UK. One of the best ways to prevent issues and poor results is to find someone who has a complete understanding of the human anatomy and proper training and qualifications.
Fillers and Botox can offer several benefits and have a surprising number of uses throughout the body. It’s important to stay safe and take the right steps to avoid botched cosmetic injections.