Is Cheap Botox Worth The Risk?
Let’s face it, cosmetic treatments often aren’t cheap. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the national average cost of laser skin resurfacing in 2011 was about £773, and a single dose of an injectable dermal filler was close to £400. So it’s no wonder that discount treatments can be tempting for many patients. But before you sign your name on the dotted line, perhaps it’s a good idea to do some research.
Why do cosmetic treatments cost a lot?
In order to understand why discounted cosmetic treatments may not be the bargain that they seem to be, you must first understand why the treatments cost a lot to begin with. When you undergo any form of cosmetic treatment, you’re paying for two elements; the equipment used (cosmetic devices and material like Botox or dermal fillers) and the skill, training and education of the practitioner. Ne
ither of these factors are inexpensive.
“It’s easy to see how the price of cosmetic treatments can rack up,” explained Dr. Alice Hudson-Peacock, a cosmetic doctor at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic.
“Not only do practitioners have to undergo ongoing training in order to keep up with developments in the industry, but we also have to factor in elements such as the maintenance of equipment, the daily running of the practice and the various cosmetic and medical memberships. All of these factors can affect the price of treatment, and although it may seem costly on face value, these prices ensure your safety.”
Is there such a thing as a reasonable discount?
Many reputable medispas and clinics will offer package deals for certain procedures. It’s not uncommon to get a slight reduction in price if you book a package of several sessions of a treatment. However, you should be wary of these discounts if they seem to offer a dramatically reduced price.
“The key to shopping around for your Botox or any other form of cosmetic treatment is that if it sounds too good to be true it more than likely is. If practitioners are offering a dramatically reduced price to a cosmetic treatment the chances are you will pay for it in some way. This may be that you receive disappointing results or that the practitioner is performing the treatment with substandard equipment. This can affect the results that patients achieve from their treatment or even cause heightened risks to their health.”
Are deals on flash sale websites worth considering?
You probably wouldn’t consider searching a discount site like Groupon for a deal on your next mole checkup or mammogram, yet many people think nothing of nabbing a deal on cosmetic treatments like body contouring, Botox or laser hair removal through these sites. However, like all cosmetic treatments, these procedures carry risks – is it really worth taking the gamble for a bargain? We asked Dr. Hudson-Peacock for her thoughts.
“Cosmetic treatments aren’t like trying out a new restaurant or lipstick, they’re a serious commitment – and one that can have dire consequences if you make the wrong decision. Cosmetic treatments are something that no patients should rush into, and the pressure to snatch a deal through these sites can encourage patients to make rash decisions. Although some of the practitioners offering their services through these sites are reputable, cosmetic treatments of any form are not something that patients should gamble with. I would always suggest that patients seek the advice of a cosmetic professional before making the decision to undergo treatment.”
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is a Dermatologist led clinic where advice and treatment for all skin conditions are provided by Doctors with many years of dermatology experience. It also offers services of an Aesthetic nurse practitioner and Aestheticians providing a full range of cosmetic and laser treatments in a clinic registered and regulated by the CQC.
If you would like more information on safe Botox treatment, book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic today by calling 01227 472288 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.