Botox is one of the best know trade names for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin type A that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
In large doses, the protein causes botulism, a rare paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning.

The most common use of the protein in cosmetic medicine is to treat moderate to severe brow furrow, wrinkles and facial creases. These procedures use a small amount of diluted botulinum toxin that enables controlled weakening of muscles.

For many years Botox has been used to treat certain medical conditions and it was in the 1950’s researchers discovered that injecting overactive muscles with minute quantities of botulinum toxin type-A would result in decreased muscle activity for a period of three to four months. 

What you should be aware of...

Botox is a Schedule 4 medication that requires a prescription by a registered medical practitioner. You must be a medical doctor or a nurse working under the supervision of a medical doctor to administer the drug.

Although there have been attempts from beauty colleges and other training providers to offer injectable training to beauty therapists, it is not accepted by law, insurance companies or the medical profession. Because of this, the process is exempt from registration under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

If your beauty salon is offering this procedure and it is not administered by the correct person, you should cease operations. 

Young woman receiving botox injections by a male technician

Page last updated: Friday, 5 June 2020