Illegal Botox – Nurses ordered to stop practicing

BBC investigation shows former NHS nurses offering to inject Botox illegally

Two former NHS nurses have been captured on camera offering to inject Botox illegally as part of a BBC investigation revealing the alarming scale of the uncontrolled cosmetic business operating beyond the law.

Both men were struck off the nursing register for other misdemeanours but they have continued to hold “Botox parties” across the West Midlands.

One of the former nurses, Jonathan Henk, who calls himself “Jonny Botox”, offered to inject a reporter posing as a customer in her own kitchen; telling her that he has been a nurse for 26 years when in fact he was struck off in 2012.

Mr Henk has never held the nursing qualifications needed to prescribe any drugs, including Botox, which is a prescription-only medicine. One of Mr Henk’s customers, a 52-year-old woman from Tamworth called Diane, complained about the treatment she received from him:

“I had headaches on the night and for a couple of days after. It felt like someone had put an axe in my head. I’m devastated, I trusted him to do treatment on my face,” she said.

The facts about Botox:

  • Botox (Botulinum toxin) can only be prescribed by a doctor, dentist or independent nurse prescriber with the appropriate qualifications.
  • Nurses must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
  • Doctors and dermatologists must be registered with the General Medical Council.
  • Dentists must be registered with the General Dental Council.
  • The injections shouldn’t be carried out by beauty therapists, who lack the necessary clinical background.

Your 5 point check list to ensure safe treatment:

  1. Qualifications: Check the qualifications of the practitioner. Only regulated doctors, dentists, pharmacists and registered nurses are appropriately qualified to give injectable cosmetic treatment.
  2. Title: Don’t be taken in by unusual or un-recognisable titles, such as “Advanced Aesthetic Practitioner/Therapist”. When you check qualifications, make sure that the title of doctor, dentist or registered nurse actually applies to the person who is holding the needle.
  3. Training: Practitioners need training in a variety of areas to give injectable cosmetic treatments. These include how to deal with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) and other adverse reactions to treatment.
  4. Substance: While Botox is a prescription-only medicine, dermal fillers are not currently treated as such in the UK and can be bought in various outlets, as well as online. Some dermal fillers are permanent and can be dangerous in the wrong hands. We recommend that you do not buy cosmetic injectables from the internet.
  5. Location: Treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers should only be carried out in a clean, safe and appropriate clinical environment to avoid infection and permanent physical damage. Treatments should not be carried out in a home setting or, for example, in a nail bar or tattoo parlour, but in a clinical facility. Ravat & Ray Dental Care provide a clean, clinical setting with qualified dentists who can administer your injectable cosmetics safely.

Please do not be influenced by offers of cheap cosmetic treatment – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

At Ravat & Ray Dental Care, we offer anti-wrinkle injections as well as dermal fillers from as little as £120 per area. Contact your nearest Ravat & Ray Dental Practice today to book in for a consultation with a qualified dentist. Quote: LEGALFREE to get your free consultation.