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Warning on Botox parties

23rd November 2007

Which? magazine has exposed details of how an ex-nurse was illegally promoting Botox parties on eBay.

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A researcher for the watchdog posed as someone interested in the treatment and found out how the former nurse had injected people who had been drinking with the drug.

The ex-nurse said to the researcher that Botox did not have side-effects "except for drooping". This was not comprehensive advice, as there is a risk of bruises and infection occurring following the treatment.

Botox is meant to be used on a prescription-only basis and the watchdog said its use should be more closely monitored.

Which? health campaigner Jenny Driscoll said people often approached non-surgical treatment such as Botox "increasingly" casually.

"Tougher, not weaker, regulation is needed. And we question whether the industry, left to itself, will really be able or willing to provide the sort of protection that consumers really need."

Which? made contact with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) about the promotion of parties on the site. The MHRA said it would investigate the issue.

Douglas McGeorge, consultant plastic surgeon and president of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said that non-surgical treatments should always be performed with medical supervision.

He warned that the fact these types of treatment were becoming more popular meant that the public were becoming more complacent about them.

"These procedures require sanitary surroundings and sterile instruments - all of which can be compromised if taking place in someone's front room."


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