Can anyone buy Botox®? Who can administer it?
Botulinum toxin is a prescription-only drug. There has been a lot of concern raised as although it is prescription only, people who are not medical professionals may inject it. They may be a cheaper alternative, but one is risking suboptimal care and suboptimal treatment. Botulinum is a potent bacterial neurotoxin and there are consequences and serious risks if it is not used correctly. We, at Onyx Medica, are fully qualified doctors, with full GMC registration and are completely insured. We ensure a thorough consent process and allow for questions in a professional enviroment.
As medical professionals, we know that prescription injectables should only be given by qualified practitioners. This is supported by many medical agencies. At Onyx Medica, we promote further reading to our clients from independent authorities for a global understanding about treatments - see below:
Geoff Lyons (President of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons): "Botox® should be prescribed and used by doctors in appropriate settings. There are a number of people undertaking injection treatments apparently without supervision – we don’t encourage that at all. Non-invasive procedures like fillers and Botox® are considered low risk, but that doesn’t mean no risk. Most risks are minor, but they’re there."
For further reading, please see:
MHRA - The MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency which also includes the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health.
How long does treatment last?
The effects can typically last 3 to 4 months, but they can last longer with ongoing treatment. This depends on muscle bulk, the extent of muscle contraction and the level of relaxation you want to achieve.
What are the side effects?
Although the side effect risk is small, it is still present. Possible side effects are usually temporary and restricted to the area of treatment. They include bleeding, infection, drooping of the eyelid, bruising, headache, facial pain, redness, swelling at the injection site, muscle weakness, over/under treatment, numbness or a feeling of pins and needles and nausea.
We, at Onyx Medica give clear post-treatment plans and advice to ensure we minimise the possibility of any complications.
We will go through the consent process with you, in a calm, professional environment, as well as answer any further questions you may have.
All clients who are to be treated should read the treatments / more information page on this website. This will provide basic information on what to expect and which areas we can treat.
All clients will have their consent forms explained in detail, in clinic or at their event.
It is imperative that no alcohol is consumed before the treatment. We advise no alcohol 24 hours prior to the event. This prevents the face from flushing (due to vasodilation) and prevents the Botox® migrating.
Prior to treatment, all clients will be fully informed of what is to be expected and given clear post-procedure advice.
If you want to gift a Botox® or a dermal filler treatment to a friend or relative who has not had it before, it is very important that they are given the chance to consider whether they want it done. This will avoid any coersion as they may be put in a position of being unable to refuse a gift, and also will avoid a wasted gift.
It is important that there is no pressure to have the treatment, either from friends or from Onyx Medica.
All treatments are approximately 20 mins after the consent has been discussed.
We offer everyone a complimentary 2 week review to ensure satisfactory results at one of our clinics or private rooms.
Here you will find more information on respective treatments which may help answer common questions.
Botox®, cosmetic fillers and other injectables are becoming increasingly popular for treating wrinkles and expression lines. These treatments have also been labelled as "preventative" injections.
Botox® is the registered name of the Botulinum Toxin, and is the most common injectable treatment for wrinkles. This toxin has been used to help fade established skin creases and is becoming increasingly used as an alternative to surgery.
How does it work?
When injected, the botulinum toxin relaxes muscles, therefore preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. It’s effective for expression lines, such as frown and surprise lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. These are called "dynamic" lines. Botulinum toxin may not help with "static" lines, which are present when expressionless. These may be helped with collagen / dermal fillers.