Botox® has been dubbed the “lunchtime facelift”, loved by women and a growing number of men for its miraculous ability to erase wrinkles and restore youthful good looks. Botox® on your lunch hour is the latest buzz in the plastic surgery world, with women all over using their afternoon break for beauty fixes.

Today Botox® is considered safe and highly effective treatment to smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and frown lines on the face. Botox® can be used for any certain medical conditions too. Botox® treatments are often known as the classic ‘Lunch Break’ treatment as the simplicity of a Botox® treatment is appealing, taking around 20 minutes or less to administer. The discomfort and side effects are minimal meaning you can resume normal activity quickly. Initially, there will be a small amount of swelling and redness around the injected area; this will subside after 10 minutes, allowing complete resolution before returning to work.

However the afternoon lap-of-luxury treatments in parts of London have been brought into question due to a lack of regulation on cosmetic procedures in the UK. England’s National Health Service Medical Director Sir Bruce Edward Keogh, who also sits on the government’s Cosmetic Intervention Committee, said not all noted professionals are truly competent and breaktime Botox® treatments can possibly become precarious procedures.

According to the report, “unqualified individuals at unscrupulous and unregulated salons could be carrying out cosmetic procedures, leading to severe injuries to unwitting clients,” reported My Fashion Life, adding “a person having a non-surgical cosmetic intervention has no more protection and redress than someone buying a ballpoint pen or a toothbrush.”

If you are choosing to have any form of Botox® treatment, choose a quality practice, and make sure the practitioner is qualified and certified to carry out the procedure. Most practices will offer a free review and top up injections if required, two weeks after the treatment. Thereafter, treatment is expected to last between three to five months.