TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR BOTOX® TREATMENTS Tuesday 26 June 2007 PDF Print LEADING BOTOX expert and Consultant Neurologist, Dr Marie-Helene Marion, has produced an essential checklist for anyone contemplating botox treatment. Dr. Marion, who has applied botox for both medical and cosmetic purposes for over 20 years, has been an advocate of tighter controls on the drug and argued vociferously for stringent government regulation of individuals, clubs and spas offering botox treatment. As the number of medi-spas and botox cosmetic practitioners multiply daily, Dr. Marion wants members of the public to be aware of the risks associated with non-qualified botox practitioners and to be more demanding about medical and professional standards. Dr. Marion says “Given the complete absence of government leadership on this, it is important that members of the public keep themselves informed. I have compiled a checklist of ten things patients should be aware of, and look out for, before having botox treatments.” 1) The practice must be registered with the Health Care Commission (the registration number and logo will be on a certificate on display), and the doctor at the practice should be clearly named and identifiable from the website or any advertising. 2) You must see a qualified doctor who has specialist training in areas like dermatology, plastic surgery and neurology, all of which guarantee a good knowledge of the facial muscles anatomy – essential for successful treatment. 3) You must see an experienced doctor who is well trained in botox therapies. For instance, ask if they are involved in running Botox clinics in the NHS for medical indications or look for testimony of patients on their website. 4) You must be offered a full consultation with examination before injections begin; this also gives you opportunity to discuss your own expectations about treatment. 5) At the consultation the doctor should take into account the full range of your facial expressions, and explain what’s going on in front of a mirror so you can see. 6) The doctor must fully explain possible side effects and have these available on his or her website or in a written leaflet. 7) Ask about hygiene and safety procedures. Clean, disposable materials should always be used and Botox should be kept in the fridge. 8) Ask for specific details of your treatment (e.g. type of toxin, dosage and sites of injection). Ideally this should be given to you on a drawing. 9) Always make sure you see the same doctor for the consultation and the injection. 10) Make sure you are offered a follow-up visit to assess the outcome of the procedure and your overall satisfaction. Dr. Marion concludes “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.” ENDS For further press information contact: Olivia Lawrence at Hamilton PR on 01892 546599 or email Olivia@hamiltonpr.co.uk Notes: • Dr. Marie-Helene Marion, MD, AIHP, ACCCA-Paris, is Consultant Neurologist at St. George’s Hospital, London, and registered with the GMC. A graduate of the University of Paris, Dr. Marion has lived and worked in the UK since 1999 • The London BTX Centre is one of the leading private specialist medical clinics for the therapeutic application of Botox in London. The London BTX Centre is located at 9a Wilbraham Place, London SW1X 9AE, Tel. 0800 107 4888. The clinic’s web address is www.londonbtxcentre.co.uk This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Olivia Lawrence (Hamilton PR) in the following categories: Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, Medical & Pharmaceutical, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.