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Rolling back the years - Do injectables deliver?

Rolling back the years - Do injectables deliver?

So, the key question I am often asked is, “Can aesthetic injections help with this inevitable deterioration?”

Ageing factors to avoid and ways to improve your skin

There are plenty of options available to reduce stress levels and leave us looking good and feeling great, from wrinkle treatments to meditation. We look at some of the key factors that cause us to age and the ways you can combat these.

Stress and anxiety are the biggest cause of ageing in Surrey and the South East

A recent poll of over 1,000 women, who live in Surrey and the South East, has revealed that the majority believe stress and anxiety have aged them the most since turning 30.

Should beauty therapists be injecting dermal fillers & botulinum toxins?

This is not a new debate, not by a long shot, but it is one which never seems to go very far away. As the aesthetic industry has grown, so has the number, and variety, of practitioners now offering injectable facial fillers and botulinum toxins to the public at large. We have raised the debate before about why cosmetic injectables should only be performed by doctors, nurses, dentists and some types of pharmacists.

What Is the Best Botox Dose and Dilution for Forehead Wrinkles and Frown Lines?

What matters when you have your Botulinum toxin (Botox) is the overall number of units that you are given. Practitioners may choose to dilute their Botox with varying amounts of saline, and this will affect how far the Botox diffuses away from the injection site.

Is prevention better than cure? Botox injections for younger people

From years of firsthand experience, and the feedback I get from my patients, I believe that if administered correctly, and in the correct doses, Botox for wrinkle prevention is indeed better than cure.

What’s the difference between the different brands of Botulinum Toxin?

Clients often ask me what the difference is between the different brands of botulinum toxin that are available in the UK. Well, the bottom line is not a lot, except maybe in terms of pricing. Let me explain why.

How to avoid a bad Botox experience

You can have a bad botox experience if you are given too much or too little Botox, if it’s given in the wrong place, or if your provider is inadequately trained or is unscrupulous and using something other than one of the regulated forms of Botulinum Toxin.

Resting Bitch Face - How Botox can turn that frown upside down

Resting bitch face is the term given when a person, usually a girl, has a scowl or feels they look mean when their face is expressionless, without meaning to.

How long should I have Botox to treat my wrinkles?

Patients often ask the question - How long is it safe to have Botox for?

What should I expect from a Botox Consultation?

By having a consultation with the Prescribing Medical Professional prior to any treatment taking place, the risk of any unwanted side effects from wrinkle-relaxing treatments is reduced.

BACN Responds to report in The Times about patients being at risk over Botox Jabs

The Times newspaper published an article entitled - Patient put at risk over Botox jabs - following an investigation into industry practices.?The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses responded to this report with the following statement.

How much Botox is too much?

Choosing the correct dose for a particular patient is not as straightforward as your Botox course tutor might have you think.

How do you treat a gummy smile? Why with Botox of course!

After rarely coming across a good fix for gummy smiles, I am confident to say a big YES to the use of anti-wrinkle injections with botulinum toxin or Botox to treat gummy smiles.

Industry Mourns The Sad Loss of Pioneering American Cosmetic Dermatologist and `Baron of Botox`, Dr. Fredric Brandt

It has been reported that on 5th April 2015 American Dermatologist, researcher, author and pioneer in the cosmetic use of botulinum toxins and dermal fillers, Dr. Fredric Brandt sadly took his own life at his home in Florida.

Top tips for choosing a cosmetic practitioner & treatment

It may be useful when considering cosmetic treatments to follow the following basic guidelines.

Response to inaccurate newspaper `facts` about Botulinum Toxin brands

When I read this newspaper article last week, 84% of Botox patients have no idea what`s being injected into face, I was appalled about how badly researched it was and how many plain incorrect `facts` it contains. Firstly it is highly misleading to suggest that the performance of Botox is so different to that of Azzalure and Bocouture.

Botox treatments should be natural!

Botox treatments should be natural. We pride ourselves on delivering a natural or European look, as opposed to the American or deer caught in headlights look! A European look means that the person can still have expression, but the wrinkles are softened.

Facial rejuvenation: It is all about the diagnosis

We all know that there are a number of reasons that can result in a disappointed patient. In my view the number one cause of patient dissatisfaction is wrong treatment as a result of wrong diagnosis.

Botox - When branding becomes as commonly used as a `hoover`

Now Botox for Hair is the latest product to ride on the success of an already well established brand, but for how much longer.

Quasi medical people are seemingly learning how to administer `Botox` on LinkedIn chat forums!

A worrying trend could be the avoidance of training courses entirely; I mean who needs training in medical aesthetics when you can learn it all from aesthetic themed forums such as the many on the business networking site LinkedIn.

Groundbreaking Botox Research by U.S. Dermatologist Could Change our Understanding of Depression...Forever

A new book by Eric Finzi, MD is making cosmetic practitioners and those involved in mental health research, rethink both the physical anatomy of the face and the relationship with neurological pathways when it comes to emotions, but also the role that botulinum toxins, such as Botox?, can have in affecting our mood and relationships with others.

How Botox treatment recommendations from NICE changed the life of one headache and migraine sufferer

Chronic migraines are believed to affect 1.6% of the UK adult population and can be debilitating for the individual, leading to a significant effect on their quality of life. NICE (the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence) recommend the use of Botox (botulinum toxin type A, manufactured by Allergan) for preventing headaches in adults who have chronic migraine.

Direct advertising of Botox to the public still prevalent

It seems that no matter what the medicines regulations say or how many adjudications the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issue on the subject, the practice of promoting the prescription only medicine of botulinum toxin, Botox? being one of the brand names, to the general public is still very much being done by UK clinics on a daily basis.

CTIA rapped by DWP for claiming government funding for beauty therapist injectable training

An organisation set up to campaign for inclusion of beauty therapists in the lucrative facial aesthetics marketplace has been reprimanded for claiming government backing for its cosmetic injectable training courses aimed at beauty therapists.

Are Insurers & Underwriters a Practical Key to Regulating the Aesthetic Industry?

You wouldn't drive a car if you couldn't get insurance, so will taking away medical indemnity policies for non-medics such as beauty therapists, podiatrists and physiotherapists stop the tidal wave of entry to the facial cosmetic injectable marketplace?

Remote prescribing of Botox by Doctors over telephone and internet banned by GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) will issue new rules to its members, UK Doctors, stating that the practice of remotely prescribing prescription only botulinum toxin products, such as the brands Botox, Vistabel, Azzalure, Dysport, Xeomin and Bocouture will no longer be permitted and Doctors must see a patient face-to-face before issuing a prescription for the drug; (although they may still delegate the administration of it to someone under their supervision, such as a nurse).

Podiatrists Injecting Botox! Just where does the foot end?

Some training companies are openly targeting and promoting training courses in prescription only botulinum toxins (Botox) and dermal fillers direct to Healthcare Professionals, those registered as Podiatrists.

Holby City NHS Doctor moonlighting in facial aesthetics!

Im a big Holby City fan. One of the characters Dr Sacha Levy is desperately trying to please his new girlfriend as shes got her eyes set on a new house. But heres the rub he cant afford it on his regular doctors salary. So hes decided to do a little bit of moonlighting by doing fillers and Botox".

Allergan Wins Legal Battle to stop sales of Botox Rival, Xeomin by Merz in the United States

It was announced this week that Allergan Inc. who manufacture the anti-wrinkle drug, Botox have won a court order in Santa Ana, California, USA which blocks one of their rivals in the botulinum toxin world, Merz Pharma from selling its neurotoxin product Xeomin, which recently received FDA approval in August 2011 for the treatment of glabellar (frown lines) and was due for commercial launch for cosmetic use in America at the upcoming American Academy of Dermatology (ADD) annual meeting.

2011: The Year in Cosmetic Surgery Stories

With 2011 at an end and 2012 already well upon us, the past twelve months have proven to be a bustling time, not merely for the cosmetic industry itself but for their media counterparts also. 2011 was a year when many cosmetic surgery stories came to light.

The perfect age to get Botox : fact or fiction?

The question of when is the right time to start Botox treatment is a topic of much discussion in the aesthetic industry is it a case of start young to prevent wrinkles appearing or is it more a case of wait and see?

Dental regulator issues guidance on remote prescribing

The UKs dental regulator, the General Dental Council (GDC), have issued new guidance for registrants on non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as the prescription or administration of Botox or injectable cosmetic medicinal products.

Botox granted cosmetic license for Glabellar Lines, with 50 unit, 100 unit and 200 unit vials available.

Allergan, the manufacturers of Botox, were granted a license to promote the product for the treatment of glabellar lines on 30th November 2011. Up until now it has been unlicensed for cosmetic indication.

Botox Sales & Botox Training Courses in UK Economic Crisis and The Outlook is Good!

As the Financial Times annouces soaring sales in the Botox European Marketplace, Cosmetic Courses annouce that despite the economic gloom delegates have attended Botox training courses in record numbers in 2011.

Group Deals: Dont Be Fooled By Bargain Botox

In response to a Wowcher advert that advertised discount Botox treatments in the Metro in violation of the Advertising Standards Authority recommendations, IHAS are warning not to subscribe to these potentially unsafe and misleading deals.

My favourite non-surgical treatment - Fractional C02 Laser

New technologies are being launched all the time and the challenge for practitioners is to look beyond the marketing and separate the good science from the bad. We aquire aesthetic equipment only after careful research and so far have been very pleased.

Pain - expected versus actual differs when it comes to medical aesthetic treatments - survey data

In our Clinic, MediZen, we chose to undertake an audit to assess patients expected discomfort with actual discomfort levels when undergoing a cosmetic procedure.

Botox to prevent wrinkles - sense or nonsense?

Botox when given to the right patient, in the right position, at the right dose can produce amazing results however, the issue of performing anti-ageing treatments on younger patients crops up time and time again..

TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk joins the debate on Cosmetic Injectables and non-medically qualified people

Sally Taber responds to the CTIA's stance that Aesthetic Therapists are the "best practitioners" for the job when it comes to cosmetic injectables

Merz Aesthetics announces FDA approval of Xeomin

Merz Aesthetics announces FDA approval of Xeomin (incobotulinumtxina) for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines in adult patients.

Lavender - The surprising ingredient to a stress free and calm procedure

Whether youre just slightly squeamish about needles or suffer from trypanophobia, the thought of Botox or other dermal fillers can be quite terrifying. However, a new simple solution has emerged: Lavender.

Skin Analysis and Digital Imaging: Getting under your clients skin

How do you prove to yourself and clients that what you are recommending to them and treating them with actually works? With treatments like dermal fillers and botulinum toxins results are often obvious, but what about complexion improving light based treatments, peels and those expensive topical products you recommend, how do you demonstrate their effectiveness?

Vain Rooney - Is the recent trend in male celebrities going under the knife making male cosmetic surgery more socially acceptable?

Footballer Wayne Rooney was in the press again recently. This time however it was not his antics on the pitch but his recent hair transplant that caused a stir. So is this rise in male celebrities undergoing cosmetic surgery encouraging the ordinary working man to do the same?

How to choose the best Aesthetics Training Company in 3 steps.

When you're looking for an injectable training company to invest in your new career, there are three things you really want to know to ensure that you're going to get good value. With Facebook reviews it's even possible to see that the testimonials are by real people. Invest wisely and save yourself a fortune!

FACE Conference and Exhibition 2011 and Aesthetic Industry Summer Ball

Its that time of year again - the sun was shining (well thats in-between the downpours), the birds were chirping and the creme de la creme of the aesthetic industry were making their annual pilgrimage to the Royal Society of Physicians in London for the FACE Conference.

Want to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins but dont have any experience? In Sweden thats no problem.

It seems the controversial debate surrounding the question of whether or not Beauty Therapists should be allowed to administer Cosmetic Injectables has had the entire industry talking. While this debate rages on here in the UK the answer to who is allowed to inject Injectables in Sweden is easy: Anyone!

My Big Fat Plastic Surgery Prize Draw... are you big fat kidding me?

Last week we were dumbfounded by the announcement of My Big Fat Plastic Surgery Prize Draw a cosmetic surgery lottery held in a London nightclub and championed by the human Barbie, Sarah Burge, and ULuvka a Polish vodka company. This may sound like the start of a bad joke (which is exactly what we thought it was at first!) but its true...

Court settles 54 million pound plastic surgery claim

High Court settles Britain's highest every plastic surgery claim originally for 54 million pounds awarding the plaintiff, Mrs Penny Johnson a record 6.2 million.

Cosmetic injectable suppliers do not support the use of their products by Beauty Therapists or other non-medically qualified people

If Beauty Therapists want to be able to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins, something which to date isnt actually illegal, then there must also be a supply route for them to obtain the products. We asked various key industry manufacturers and distributors of cosmetic injectable products the question: Do you support the use of YOUR products by beauty therapists and other similarly non-medically qualified practitioners?

Free Botox for party organisers looks like this phenomenon hasn`t gone away!

Derma Skin Clinic run by brothers, Drs. Sid and Vik Gautam and dentist Dr. Helen Rimmer with clinics operating across Cardiff, Bristol and Manchester are the only clinic that we have come across who are offering a Group Botox Offer whereby the organiser of a group of friends (a party to you and me!) who want to have treatment can qualify to get up to 100% of their own treatment for free, depending on how many bums on seats they can secure.

Academy of Cosmetic Training bows out of non-medic Botox training

Back in August 2010 we covered the story of a company based in Warrington called The Academy of Cosmetic Training who were offering training courses in the administration of Botox and dermal fillers to non-medics. A recent visit to the website for The Academy of Cosmetic Training (www.academyofcosmetictraining.co.uk) revealed that the companys own declarations and activities have indeed caused their downfall.

I inject my 8 year old daughter with Botox says Beauty Therapist

Kerry Campbell, a 34 year old Beauty Therapist, originally from Birmingham but now living in San Francisco, USA, injects her eight year old daughter Britney once every three months with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers in her forehead, around her eyes and in her lips.

You Can't Make Long-Term, Sustainable Changes to Your Skin Really?

Dr. Obagi`s recommended approach to producing lasting changes to your skin and not just a temporary cosmetic cover-up.

Botox now available at your local Superdrug! A Doctor's viewpoint.

I remember when Botox was launched by BOOTS in 2002 and offered across their stores that also did laser hair removal. It made front page of the Daily Telegraph, but just over a year later they closed the whole Botox and laser hair removal operation down. Now Superdrug, the second largest health and Beauty retailer in the UK is launching a budget anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injection service.

Should Botox jabs really be available in a high street branch of Superdrug?

This month, the UKs second largest high street health and beauty retail chemist chain, Superdrug announced that it would be offering cosmetic treatments including botulinum toxin and dermal filler injections at two of its stores in Kensington, West London and Milton Keynes.

Needles at Dawn! Beauty Therapists Challenge IHAS Over Who Should be Allowed to Inject Botox & Dermal Fillers

Who should and shouldn`t be allowed to inject the general public with cosmetic injectable products including dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. The Cosmetic Treatments and Injectables Association (CTIA) has openly set out to challenge the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and its Treatments You Can Trust Register which excludes practitioners who arent doctors, dentists or registered nurses from its government backed quality assurance accreditation scheme for cosmetic injectable providers.

ZYTAZE - Can it really enhance Botulinum Toxin injections?

ZYTAZE markets itself as a medical food that provides nutritional support to enhance the effectiveness of botulinum toxin injections in the treatment of blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm or cosmetic procedures. But do we really need a food supplement to make Botox more effective?

Backlash Against The Botox Backlash!

Some of you may have read in the national press recently about the Botox Backlash from A list celebrities that supposedly have given up Botox for the natural look? We suspect that in most cases this is probably not the case.

Cheap Botox - How low can it go?

The following advertisement was recently spotted on the well known special offer site Groupon. It features a dentist led clinic in Wales offering Botox for 40! This clinic is breaking so many rules of advertising as to be shocking.

Does Botox work to treat cold sores?

It was reported on an American news site at the end of 2010 that a team of researchers from the Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in the United States is currently looking into the use of botulinum toxin type A, namely Botox, for the treatment of cold sores, caused by the virus herpes simplex, which usually appear around the lips causing much embarrassment for the sufferer.

Irresponsible advice on who can administer Botox from mainstream tabloid

At the start of 2011, the Daily Mail ran an article entitled `The Botox boom: Six women talk candidly about their quest for perfection`. Shockingly the opening introduction featured the sentence... `Now you can book a Botox appointment in your lunch hour, and even your local hairdresser could administer the injections if theyve been on the right course.`

Study Says Botox Causes Muscles to Waste Is this Just Another Scare Story?

Last week saw the pre-publication of a study by researchers at the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in Canada in which questions were raised about the therapeutic use of botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A). The Canadian study, to be published in The Journal of Biomechanics, found that rabbits injected with the Botox brand of BTX-A experienced muscle weakness in muscles throughout their body, even though areas were far removed from the injection site.

Podcast: Lower Face Botox Treatment

In this podcast Adrian Richards discusses treating the lower face with Botox with Dr. David Eccleston from Medizen.

Bright Lights, Big Botox Deals!

A recent blog in the New York Times highlighted Smoothmed, a medical aesthetic clinic in Manhattan which is currently advertising various deals on Botox in its shop window, half a block away from Bloomingdales and Park Avenue. The clinic have installed neon signs which shine out across the neighbourhood at passing trade all night long!

Botox Training For Non-Medics Surely Not in the UK?!

During a round of internet searching I discovered a site offering Botox and dermal filler training to non-medical personnel.

Chinese Botox - at $20 a vial, no wonder some doctors are tempted!

Have you been emailed with an offer to buy cheap botulinum toxin type A direct from China? Well you're not alone. We look at the growing market targeting Western Europe for sales of generic cosmetic injectable products at a fraction of the mainstream prices.

Cash For Gold... now there's Botox For Gold!

One U.S. clinic has tapped into the global phenomenon of selling off unwanted gold for cash by offering a unique service to its patients whereby they can trade their unwanted or broken gold, silver or platinum jewellery in exchange for cash towards beauty treatments, including the wrinkle busting drug Botox.

Podcast: What price to charge for your treatments

In this podcast Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from The Consulting Room about the prices he recommends you charge for you Botox and dermal filler treatments.

Botox Approved to Treat Chronic Migraine

It was announced this week that Botox, botulinum toxin type A has received approval from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as a preventive treatment for chronic migraine headaches.

NMC Cracks Down on Nurse Who Faked Botox Prescriptions

Louise Whiteman, a Nurse from Lichfield, Staffordshire has received an official warning from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for falsifying Doctors notes so she could obtain an increased supply of vials of prescription only botulinum toxin products for her beauty business.

NMC Clarifies Legal Guidelines For Nurses Using Remote Prescribing Services

Any nurse following a remotely issued direction to administer an injectable cosmetic drug is going against their governing body's advice. All nurses are accountable to the NMC for their actions and must practice within its guidelines.

'Botox gives you wrinkles' says Daily Mail: Our expert responds

Those of us experienced in the use of Botox and other botulinum toxins such as Xeomin and Azzalure know that the body has a way of compensating for muscles relaxed by these injections.

Physicians slam media interpretation of Botox paper

A recent article in The Times newspaper suggested that the findings of a recent paper by Dr David Havas showed women who use Botox are sending out the wrong social signals because their frozen facial muscles make it difficult for them to express the normal range of emotions.

God Bless America For Their Regulation!

How refreshing it is that there is a Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety in the US with 5,000 members. God Bless America for having the right legislation in place and having doctors who are willing to work together for patient safety!

Looking For Credit Crunch Solutions... How About Botox Banking?

As children we were all encouraged to save a few pennies in our Piggy Banks, now a clinic in America is encouraging its clients to save their hard earned cash in a virtual Botox Bank.

First came Teen Tanorexics, now comes the rise of Teen Toxing

Reports in the press this week have highlighted the story of Hannah Burge, daughter of the Real Life or Human Barbie who has become the youngest known person to receive injections of botulinum toxin at the age of 15

Take the Dysport Challenge and let the `Botox Wars` commence!

Medicis Aesthetics is the US distributor of Ipsens brand of botulinum toxin, Dysport. In a bid to win market share they have recently launched a new direct to consumer campaign.

Botox for Valentine's Day?

I stumbled across this U.S. advert on the Internet today advertising Special Offers on Botox and Dermal Fillers for Valentine's Day. In the UK this advert would be frowned upon for two reasons.

Is the Canadian Government going overboard with regard to Botox?

Health Canada is informing Canadians and Canadian health care professionals that the labelling information of BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic will now include the risk of the toxin spreading to other distant parts of the body.

32 Gauge Needles Are No Better Than 30 Gauge For Botulinum Toxin Injections.

Would the use of a thinner 32-gauge needle for a cosmetic botulinum toxin injection hurt less than the standard 30-gauge needle?