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Beautician Barbara Byne illegally advertised and sold powerful anaesthetic at clinic

Cosmetic specialist faces fine or up to two years in jail for offering Lidocaine injections at her popular east Belfast beauty business.

By Christopher Woodhouse

This is the cosmetic beautician who illegally advertised and sold a powerful local anaesthetic at her body-piercing and Botox clinic.

Barbara Ann Byne runs the popular Skin Techniques Belfast, based on the Woodstock Road in the east of the city.

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges under the Human Medicines Regulations at Laganside Departmental Magistrates’ Court last week.

At a short hearing on Tuesday, Byne admitted possessing, advertising and supplying or selling painkilling Lidocaine Epinephrine injections between November 9 last year and November 23 this year.

The prescription drug is used by qualified practitioners to numb tissue in a specific area.

District Judge Ken Nixon adjourned the case for a probation report and Byne, of Orby Road in east Belfast, is due to be sentenced on August 29.

The offences carry a fine or a sentence of up to two years in jail.

Byne advertises her services on Facebook, including body and genital piercings, Botox and laser tattoo removal with the option to “numb your piercing if you prefer no pain”.

She also specialises in lip fillers at £150 a go, plugging them on her site as gifts for events like Christmas and Mother’s Day.

One post boasts of how the business is fully certified and approved by the city council.

Byne has also littered her profile with before and after pictures of men and women who have undergone procedures at her shop, including photos of sagging backsides treated at a cost of £850.

She has attracted glowing reviews from satisfied punters, with one writing: “Love my lips after getting lip fillers, Barbara is such a lovely woman made me feel so relaxed and comfortable.”

Byne has also posted a photo of a certificate from a course in the use of Botox injections. She declined to comment to Sunday Life.

cwoodhouse@sundaylife.co.uk

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