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Clinics still offer Botox injections as other businesses shut non-essential services during Level 5 lockdown

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Botox injection services are still available during country’s Level 5 lockdown

Botox injection services are still available during country’s Level 5 lockdown

Botox injection services are still available during country’s Level 5 lockdown

Dozens of cosmetic clinics around the country have thrown their doors open to allow customers get expensive Botox and lip fillers.

While Ireland moves into a third week of Level 5 restrictions - which has seen supermarkets forced to remove toys and some stores not allowed sell socks to parents for their kids as they're deemed 'non-essential items' - aesthetic clinics have found a loophole for these pricey procedures.

"It's a medical procedure and we are doing injectables," a spokesperson for the nationwide chain of Therapie Clinic salons told us.

She stressed that their clinics are not operating the likes of laser hair removal during the lockdown.

"We are doing all injectables though, including Botox, in which we treat three areas including the forehead, while anywhere below that we use dermafiller," she admitted

"We have medical professionals carrying it out. You have to doublecheck the times and clinics which are available."

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Therapie Clinic is just one of many salons around the country which are offering botox procedures

Therapie Clinic is just one of many salons around the country which are offering botox procedures

Therapie Clinic is just one of many salons around the country which are offering botox procedures

Therapie Clinic is just one of many salons around the country which are offering botox procedures, which start in price from €140.

An official query to the clinic from us was not responded to, while our team observed a steady flow of clients to their Dublin South William Street branch on Friday.

Therapie Clinic has several branches in Dublin, as well as ones in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Tralee, Newbridge, Sligo, Waterford, Athlone, Wexford, and a string of others in Northern Ireland, including Belfast, Derry, Newry and Omagh.

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Therapie Clinic is just one of many salons around the country which are offering botox procedures

Therapie Clinic is just one of many salons around the country which are offering botox procedures

Therapie Clinic is just one of many salons around the country which are offering botox procedures

We also tried to book Botox with the Sisu nationwide chain of clinics, and it's clear they, too, offer similar treatments.

A voicemail on their main number states: "Our phone line is extremely busy given the recent government announcement so we invite all patients to make their own booking online and contact us via message if you need us. All beauty treatments have been postponed until restrictions have been lifted. Our Killarney and Blackrock clinics are also closed. All other clinics remain open for injectable treatments only and again can be booked online."

But the business in anti-wrinkle Botox, while the country is fighting a pandemic during a stringent lockdown, has met with anger from critics.

Roisin Shorthall, Social Democrats co-leader and the party's spokesperson on Heath, said she was "aghast" at the Sunday World's revelation that Botox clinics were will freely operating.

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Roisín Shortall is concerned

Roisín Shortall is concerned

Roisín Shortall is concerned

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"I will be putting down a question on this in the Dáil to the Minister for Health as a matter of urgency," she told us. "There is an issue about these clinics anyway, the lack of regulation. Anything that is invasive should be properly regulated and it's not at the moment."

She added: "Essentially, these are beauty parlours which have these additional services. I can't see any justification for them remaining open. This is purely cosmetic work, it's work... it's very close-up work and regular beauty parlours are closed, so there's no reason why these shouldn't be also."

The revelations also met with fury from Sinn Féin Health spokesman David Cullinane.

"This is clearly a matter for the Department of Health to clarify," he fumed. "The priority must be on the restoration of cancer services, cancer screening and other important health related procedures."

A query about the matter to the HSE was passed on to the Department of the Taoiseach, which confirmed they got the enquiry but did not come back with a final reply.

Dr Patrick Treacy, who runs the Ailesbury cosmetic clinics in Dublin and Cork, stresses he had stopped most of his procedures during lockdown.

"The only Botox we do is for strict medical conditions where it's necessary to help alleviate migraine, certainly not for anti-aging use," he pointed out.

"What we are doing is following government guidelines and we are doing skin cancer treatment, for melanoma."

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