25 Oct British Health Experts Urge Botox Warnings for “Vulnerable” Clients
Across the pond, the National Health Services (NHS) of the UK is considering urging doctors to warn Botox and filler clients before administering the procedure. However, this has nothing to do with new or hidden risks of the popular injection—in fact, it’s considered safe, efficient, and suitable for a number of conditions beyond addressing wrinkles. It’s effectiveness and safety are the top reasons why Spectrum Dermatology offers Botox and fillers. Instead, the NHS is concerned that those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and other mental health conditions might be using Botox for the wrong reasons.
The NHS medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, says that Botox might be dangerous for those with BDD and for other “vulnerable populations.” This isn’t a new concern, but in England, there’s been a trend to make Botox readily available at bargain prices. Specifically, it’s now being offered at Superdrug (similar to a Walgreens) for the low starting price of around $100. All a person has to do is call in for an appointment with an on-site nurse.
Professor Powis wrote a letter to Superdrug asking them to be certain all staff members are trained to scan for clients with “unrealistic expectations.” His goal is to make sure all medical services, esthetic or not, are “clinically sound and medically responsible.” Ensuring clients are aware of the realities and risks of procedures is at the forefront of any qualified medical or dermatological clinic. However, when Superdrug debuted its Skin Renewal Services at the store in London Strand this summer, it was immediately steeped in controversy. Many, like Professor Powis, were concerned that the store was making medical procedures too accessible and that proper procedures were not in place.
According to Professor Powis, Botox should only be offered in an environment with a “robust level of clinical governance” for the safety of the clients. He’s worried that the risks related to Botox, including the “feeding” of BDD, are not being properly addressed in other environments. “They should be provided only by trained professionals with a full understanding of the implications and risks involved,” he urged in a letter to Superdrug.
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Fortunately, in the US, Botox and filler procedures are only offered in qualified medical settings. To find out more about Botox and fillers, and to book your consultation by highly-trained medical professionals, contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.