Qualified Practitioner
Dr Ros Debenham MBChB MRCGP

10 things you must do before Botox treatment

Places to have Botox etc are popping up in the most unusual establishments, and deciding where to go or what to have done can be overwhelming.
 


With the proliferation of non-surgical treatments in the UK, it becomes increasingly important for you to be aware of industry best practices and understand what treatments are right for you.
 
You should always have an initial, detailed consultation with your medical professional. The skill in aesthetics is recognising that making small changes in maybe just one area can give you a dramatically more youthful look.
 

1) Ask yourself why you are thinking about having Botox?

Do you look angry or cross all the time? If someone else has suggested you need Botox, you may want to reconsider. Do you want to have Botox for one special occasion or on going, to reduce or prevent wrinkles?
 

2) Qualification and Experience?

Ensure that the medical practitioner is qualified to do the assessment and treatment and that aesthetics is their main speciality. “The numbers of patients they treat per week gives them their experience and you your results”.
 

3) The Initial assessment

You must have an initial assessment to look at your whole face because Botox may not be the best ‘value for money’ treatment in your case.
 

4) Does the clinic offer other treatments?

The clinic must offer other treatments because “Botox does not cure all problems” and another treatment such as Dermal filler or Skin tightening may be more appropriate.
 

5) Botox for different ages

Make sure your practitioner explains how Botox works and the effects of Botox in different age groups.
 

6) Side effects

If Botox is right for you make sure your practitioner explains the side effects, then have pictures taken, sign a consent form and ask for aftercare information.
 

7) Ask what type of Botox is being used?

There are many toxins available so make sure it is a market leader.
 

8) The follow up

Botox takes up to 2 weeks to work. Make sure you have a follow up appointment for your practitioner to discuss your results and give a complimentary top up if necessary. Many clinics will not do this as they have to open a new vial of expensive Botox. Your practitioner must explain your results, because initially you may not be aware that more Botox is needed.
 

9) Book your next appointment

For no less than 4 months as you should have your next treatment before the Botox wears off so that you ‘lose the muscle memory’.
 

10) Other things to consider

Ask what else might be appropriate:

  • Skin Care – Cosmeceutical grade products (not available over the counter) to include antioxidants, retinol and adequate sun protection.
  • Collagen Stimulation Treatments – to create skin tightening. They include Thermage, Laser, Omniface, Nanopore Microneedling Mesotherapy, Hydrafacial, PDO threads, Chemical Peels and Indiba.
  • Supplements – To give your body the ‘building blocks’ for healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as your whole body.

 
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About Dr Ros

Dr Ros Debenham is one of the South West's leading aesthetics practitioners. With over 22 years experience in general practice, Ros moved over to the aesthetics industry in 2008 having undergone advanced level approved training courses.

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