Q&A with Dr Prem Kumar: Botox
Trusting someone to administer Botox is a huge step and many of us do not know what questions we should be asking, or the qualifications an injector should hold. Often there are scare stories of therapists without the correct certificates who hold ‘Botox Parties’, or visit beauty salons to administer injections, when they are not in fact correctly qualified. This is when the treatments can go wrong and so therefore it is vital to choose your practitioner carefully. Dr Prem Kumar answered my questions on just whom we should trust and the questions we should be asking.
Who can administer Botulinum injections?
We do not yet have legislation in the UK for aesthetic injectable treatments.
Botulinum Toxin injections and Dermal fillers should only be performed by a qualified and experienced medical professional. Professionals such as doctors, nurses, and dentists with proper insurance policies, for legal fees and damages are to administer these treatments. Professionals who are trained in the live anatomy dissections are in a better position to administer it safely.
Are there any contra-indications we should be aware of with Botulinum injections?
Allergy to Botulinum toxin type A, pregnancy, breast feeding, diseases affecting muscles and any infection of the skin around the area of injections. Also caution should be given in individuals who faint whilst given injections.
What questions should we be asking at the consultation?
I ask all the clients as to what they are expecting from the Botulinum toxin treatment, in terms of their looks and expectations and what they are aiming to achieve realistically. A very thorough consultation is given to make sure the client is completely comfortable with having the treatment.
How long do the effects last for?
The effects can last up to 4-6 months. There are some examples where the duration of the effect may depend on such as smoking, alcohol intake, physical stress like rigorous gym exercises, long distance running, ‘sun-bathing’ and sun beds etc. This is where the effect may be shortened.
What does the future look like for Botulinum toxin injections?
The growth of Botulinum injection treatments has been phenomenal in the last 2 decades. Since it is a non-invasive procedure the results of this treatment are significantly noticeable and could be reproduced in subsequent treatments. Since these procedures have been done, the safety profile of this treatment is excellent in the hands of an experienced professional and the post procedure down time is very low.