Botox injections are one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the world, and they are certainly an extremely popular choice for both women and men alike here at Allure Aesthetics Ltd. More and more clinics are offering Botox treatments across South Wales and the rest of the UK, and if you're new to the world of Botox, you may find the number of practitioners available for you to choose from quite overwhelming.
You may have recently read our article outlining 5 popular Botox questions, but what we didn't address was how you go about choosing the right clinic. Non-surgical aesthetic procedures like Botox are currently unregulated here in the UK, so choosing the right clinic and practitioner is extremely important.
To help you make the right decision, we've put together 10 of our expert tips that we'd urge you to consider before booking your first Botox treatment:
1. Research the Botox procedure
If you're considering Botox for the first time, the best thing for you to do at first is thoroughly research the actual procedure. This will provide you with an overview as to what you can expect from start to finish, as well as what sort of results might be possible and what sort of side effects might be experienced. This will help you decide first and foremost whether the treatment is right for you. There are plenty of videos available on YouTube that can give you an idea and show you the procedure in action. Doing this research will mean that you're better equipped with some knowledge of the procedure when you visit a Botox clinic.
2. Word of mouth recommendations
If you know friends, family, neighbours, co-workers, or even people using online forums who have had Botox treatments or similar procedures, then get chatting to them about the clinic they use and what their experience was like. Chances are you will receive honest, reliable advice about whether you should put your trust in the same clinic they had their treatment with. At the end of the day, a clinic will always shout from the rooftops about how great they are and why they offer the best treatments in the safest environment and with the most fabulous results, but wouldn't you rather hear those things from an honest past-client?
3. Seek out trained practitioners
Botox is a procedure that you want done right, and that means choosing a trained practitioner who has the relevant training and expertise. You should make sure your Botox injections are administered by a qualified and highly experienced practitioner so that you know you're in the best hands possible, and will be able to reap the rewards with a safe procedure and high quality results. Research your clinic of choice to ensure the staff are all adequately trained and have the relevant papers to prove their qualification claims. Botched jobs are almost always caused because the practitioner did not have the relevant training or experience, so make sure you avoid this with some simple research and by making the right decisions.
4. Avoid cowboy clinics
When you're searching for a clinic, best practice would be to make sure they are a well established and respected medical and cosmetic clinic. Over the past few years many non-medical clinics have popped up all over the place. You can find them in places like hairdressers or beauty salons, and they offer Botox injections alongside their other usual services. Many of these are often ill-equipped and not ideal environments to perform surgical procedures. As they are unlikely to perform them regularly on a daily basis, it's also questionable just how experienced many of the practitioners who carry out the Botox procedures are. They might offer the procedure at a lower price, but you may end up with a botch job and lower grade products - something that's really not worth the saving or potential risk.
5. Find a specialist clinic
We'd recommend that you look for specialist skin and aesthetic clinics who's business primarily revolves around Botox and other aesthetic procedures. If the clinic offers other aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers and microneedling, you can take this as a strong indication that this particular clinic specialises in these cosmetic treatments. If they are an add-on treatment to a nail bar or something similar, then they may not have the experience or expertise that a specialist practitioner can offer.
6. Research your practitioner
Once you have found a practitioner that you are interested in, dig a little deeper. Learn more about their background, their experience with administering Botox, and their passion for delivering the safest and greatest results for their patients. Be sure that you really do put yourself in good hands. You should be able to read reviews from previous clients that specifically relate to that practitioner, or better yet, see if you can talk to any previous clients directly to learn more about their first-hand experience.
7. Ensure proper insurance is in place
If something was to go wrong, you want to be sure you're well covered. So, make sure you check that the practitioner you choose has adequate insurance cover.
8. Book a consultation
If a Botox clinic is professional and experts in the field, then they really should be offering you a consultation so that you can learn a little more about the procedure, check out the clinic and ask any questions you may have. Sometimes this can come with a little charge, sometimes they will be offered to you for free.
9. Check out reviews
It's always worth checking out reviews of the clinic, and if possible, the specific practitioner that would be administering the Botox injections. If a clinic is reputable, then it's likely to have an online presence, so you should be able to search and find reviews relatively easily - either on their website, through Google reviews, social media reviews or specific review sites. It's worth mentioning that you shouldn't solely rely on reviews and testimonials to make your decision - it's still very important to check out the clinic for yourself, and meet the practitioner in person.
10. Ask about a post-treatment service
Following your cosmetic treatment, you'll want to feel safe in the knowledge that you won't walk out of the clinic and be left in the dark should you need to turn to them for further advice. If the procedure is performed correctly and in a safe manner by a seasoned professional, then problems should really be few and far between, but if you do happen to encounter an issue or simply have something that you'd like to discuss following the treatment, it's useful to know that you can call on your practitioner for post-treatment advice.
If you're interested in Botox injections, or would like to learn more about the treatment and discuss things further, then do get in touch with us today. We use only the highest grade products here at Allure, and have vast experience of administering Botox to a wide range of clients in a safe and professional skin and laser clinic here in the heart of Abergavenny, South Wales. You can contact us on 01873 851441, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our online contact form.