Patients who are considering non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox should ensure that the person performing the procedure is properly licensed, an expert has advised.
Botox weakens muscle action by blocking nerve impulses and is commonly used in tiny doses to eliminate wrinkles and expression lines on the forehead, around the eyes and on the neck.
Dr Gail Buckman, a doctor in Tel Aviv who specialises in eye surgery and Botox treatments, pointed out that people have always wanted to look good.
"In the past, if someone wanted plastic surgery they might have been seen as vain, depressed or narcissistic. Today it's a normal desire for social or economic advantage," she revealed.
However, she emphasised the importance of checking the professional credentials of the person administering the treatment.
"First and foremost, if you are planning on getting any Botox treatments for reducing wrinkles, make sure to have it done at a licensed and certified doctor," Dr Buckman stressed.
The expert also advised patients to notify their doctor of any over-the-counter medicines or herbal products being taken.
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Cosmetic surgery news : 15/06/2007