Five questions to ask before Botox

Concerned that Australians are not fully aware of the risks associated with cosmetic procedures, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has released a series of recommended questions to consider before undergoing treatment.




Who – Who is undertaking your Botox injections and are they appropriately qualified to do so? The Botox must first be prescribed by a qualified doctor. Beware of flashy websites – these don’t necessarily reflect the necessary skills or qualifications.

Where – Where are you having your Botox? It must be an accredited day surgery. It must also be a safe and clean environment. There also needs to be resuscitation equipment on site in case of an emergency.

What – What happens after the injections? Find out who will take care of any complications that may arise post-procedure.

Why – Why are you having it? What are you expectations of the results and what benefits do you anticipate? It’s important to have a realistic understanding of the likely results and to be aware of the limitations of surgery.

How – How much will it cost? Beware of cut-price offers or packages. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you are getting a bargain price procedure, ask if the savings being made affects the level of care, the experience of the person conducting the procedure or the standard of the facilities.


(Source: Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons)


Next week, Insight looks at the extent to which cosmetic procedures are being normalised for young people | Picture Perfect – Tuesday 27 September, 8:30pm SBS