With Botox injections now being one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the UK, there is no shortage of clinics that offer this procedure.
However, choosing a clinic for a procedure as important as a Botox treatment is not something you want to take lightly.
There are dozens of Botox clinics in London alone, and hundreds across the UK. With most non-surgical procedures largely unregulated in the UK, it can be a daunting task finding a clinic you feel 100% confident with.
This is why we’ve put together a list of the 5 most important things to be aware of when choosing a Botox clinic:
5 tips for finding the right Botox clinic
Ask around for recommendations
As already mentioned, there is no shortage of clinics offering Botox procedures and many are unregulated.
As is the case with most services, if you can find a word-of-mouth recommendation from someone who has had a positive experience, this is ideal.
A lot of reviews online will be biased, especially those on a clinic’s website. The best and most reliable testimony is from a friend, colleague, family member, etc that has no affiliation with the clinic.
Find a clinic specialising in Botox
Due to the increase in demand and lack of regulation, you’ll often see beauty salons and spas offering Botox and other non-surgical procedures.
I’m sure a lot of these businesses have staff who are well-trained and perform excellent procedures. However, it’s just as easy to find a clinic specialising in Botox and other aesthetic procedures.
It’s advisable to stick with these clinics, especially if you’re booking your first treatment. They are more likely to have more experience administering Botox and a more structured aftercare plan.
Make sure you know what to expect
If you’re going to have Botox for the first time, the best thing you can do is thoroughly research what to expect from the clinic and the procedure.
If you know someone who has had the procedure that’s perfect, ask them to talk you through it. If you don’t know someone first-hand, it shouldn’t be too hard to find YouTube videos explaining the process.
The more you understand about what to expect, the more comfortable you’ll feel, and the fewer surprises you will have.
When you find a clinic, read reviews
Even if you’re considering a clinic based on a recommendation, you should always look for some reviews and testimonials.
You need to be selective about where you find them. Read online reviews with an open mind. Any testimonials on the clinic’s own site will obviously be positive.
Look for user reviews within Google, and on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. People are much more likely to be honest on these platforms, and listening to negative reviews might save you from a bad experience.
Don’t be surprised if there are very few, or even no reviews. Not many people take the time to leave a review. If the clinic comes highly recommended by a friend, it’s still worth checking them out.
Book a consultation
Most clinics will want to arrange a consultation, especially if you’re a first-time client. If they don’t suggest it when you call, ask them to arrange one.
This is your chance to check out how professional the clinic and their staff are. As well as ask any questions you have about the actual procedure.
Ask about what kind of post-care they offer, check how qualified their staff are, how long they’ve been administering Botox, etc. By the end of the consultation, you will know if it’s the right choice for you.