Consumers should be more aware of the risks associated with unqualified practitioners who offer botox treatment, a leading expert has claimed.
Dr Marie-Helene Marion, consultant neurologist and botox expert, is concerned that members of the public should be more demanding about medical and professional standards, as many receive non-surgical cosmetic treatments from practitioners who have not received the necessary training.
Dr Marion insists that patients who are considering botox treatment should ensure the practice is registered with the Health Care Commission, visit a qualified doctor with specialist training in dermatology, plastic surgery and neurology, and make sure the doctor is well trained in botox therapies.
"Given the complete absence of government leadership on this, it is important that members of the public keep themselves informed," Dr Marion insisted.
"If your botox practitioner takes issue with any of these questions or points, you should trust your instincts and walk away. As a patient you have the right to expect professionalism and the best healthcare standards from those offering treatments," she added.
The government recently backed out of imposing regulations on the use of botox, recommending instead that the industry should take responsibility for improving its own safety.