Swedish health officials focus on safe injectable practices
June 27, 2011
Injections of Botox and facial fillers such as Juvederm can help reduce wrinkles and signs of aging, but if not administered by a professional, they can also pose a serious health threat. That's why health officials in Sweden are voicing concern over the fact that, in the nation, anti-aging cosmetic procedures can be administered by anyone, according to United Press International.
Because products like Dysport and Botox are classified as medical devices rather than drugs in Sweden, it is legal for almost anyone to administer the treatments, even if they are not qualified. In fact, there are no medical requirements to inject the drugs, the news source reports.
If administered improperly, Botox injections can cause serious damage. "To avoid the facial nerve, or facial bones for that matter, is tricky," Stina Auer, a nurse in Stockholm, told the news source.
Those who are considering anti-aging treatments like Botox or Juvederm should be sure to speak with a qualified injector, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon, and inquire about medical history, training and certification.
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