Non-surgical procedures - information

Non-surgical procedures include Botox, laser and pulsed light therapies, skin peels and dermal fillers. Treatments such as these may be offered in clinics, but are increasingly available in beauty salons and on the High Street.

All reputable clinics offering laser and pulsed light therapies are regulated by the Healthcare Commission, and you should check that the salon where you are considering treatment has a current and valid registration. Harley Medical Group are registered with the Healthcare Commission and are currently offering a free, no obligation consultation for both surgical and non-surgical procedures including laser hair removal.

Botox itself is a prescription medication and must be prescribed by a doctor, dentist or a nurse independent prescriber. However, its administration may be performed by someone else if they are appropriately qualified.

Things to consider

If you are considering treatment, you will need to find out satisfactory outcomes to the following questions:

  • Does the person carrying out the treatment have the necessary qualifications, in particular do they have a certificate of accreditation?
  • How experienced are they?
  • What happens if I am unhappy with the results; does the clinic have liability insurance?
  • What are the risks?
  • What results can I realistically expect and are my expectations realistic?
  • Do you have any before and after photos of your own work?
  • What sort of pain relief will be required afterwards?
  • Will I require a local anaesthetic during the procedure itself? Does it hurt?
  • How long will I need to wait before the finished result is apparent?
  • How bruised or swollen will I be?
  • Is there anything special I will need to do during the aftercare period?
  • Will I need to take time off work?
  • How long lasting is the treatment?
  • What is the price and does it cover all necessary consultations?
  • Is there a risk of an allergic reaction (eg to fillers). Do you test to eliminate this risk before going ahead?