Black Country residents receive illegal ‘botox’ injections that could leave them ‘disfigured’

People are said to have cheap ‘botox’ treatments in the Black Country, which are illegal under UK law. Health chiefs have warned customers they could be left ‘permanently disfigured’.

Wolverhampton Council said it had received reports of unauthorized anti-wrinkle injections being administered as part of cosmetic procedures in Wolverhampton and the wider Black Country. Botox, officially known as botulinum toxin, is a prescription-only medicine regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Only three brands of botulinum toxin are licensed in the UK for cosmetic procedures, called anti-wrinkle injections – namely Azzalure, Bocouture and Botox. However, the unauthorized treatments — which some locals have taken — are illegal and can potentially expose guests to facial scarring and permanent disfigurement.

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To find out if the treatments are legal, the council gave these guidelines to follow:

  • A face-to-face pre-consultation should always take place with a prescriber of the Botox Botulinum product, where they will review the client’s medical history and suitability for treatment;
  • Check the name of the product and if it is authorised, and how and where it is made – products such as Botulax, reNTox and Innotox are not authorized medicines for use in the UK;
  • Check the qualifications, experience of practitioners and whether they are trained to provide aesthetic products, such as injectables;
  • Check the practitioner’s insurance coverage;
  • Check that the product bottle is unopened before use and that the product is used only on the client for whom it was prescribed.

Councilor Steve Evans, cabinet member of Wolverhampton City Council for Urban Environment and Climate Change, said: “We have information to suggest that potentially dangerous, unlicensed and cheap anti-wrinkle treatments are taking place in Wolverhampton and the wider Black Country.It is illegal and is being done by unscrupulous individuals who put people at risk of permanent disfigurement to make a quick buck.

“We urge anyone with information or concerns or indeed any practitioner who would like further support to contact our environmental health team without delay.” The warning comes after the government announced plans to introduce a licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and fillers, in a bid to crack down on unregulated cosmetic procedures.

The licensing scheme would aim to put in place consistent standards that people performing non-surgical cosmetic procedures must meet, as well as setting health and safety standards for the premises. Any member of the public with information or concerns, or any practitioner who would like further support, can contact Wolverhampton Council’s Environmental Health Team via [email protected]