Dr Patrick Bowler Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Patrick Bowler, our medical director, has been awarded The Brinkenhoff Award for Lifetime Achievement and Services to the Industry. Announced at the prestigious Aesthetic Awards 2013-14 on Saturday, 7th December, at a lavish ceremony in the ballroom of The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, Dr Bowler, MB.BS, LRCP, MRCS, DRCOG, was noted as being a driving force behind increased safety standards in non-surgical procedures, and an advocate for superb customer service. Dr John Curran, long-time colleague and personal friend of the cosmetic physician ... Read more

Friends who Botox

Reports today suggest that up to one in eight people who’ve experience a non-surgical cosmetic treatment have had the procedure performed by an untrained amateur such as a friend. The government polled 2,000 people, concluding that 13% of people who have had botox, dermal fillers, or face peels have let an unqualified acquaintance wield a needle to their face. Even more surprisingly, one in 20 have also treated themselves. This year’s Keogh Report, issued from Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, the most senior doctor ... Read more

Botox Restrictions and Rejections

Reports today suggest that “cosmetic cowboys” will continue to tarnish the reputation of the cosmetic treatment industry as the Government allegedly plans to quietly reject the recommendations set out in the Keogh review. The Keogh review recommended that there be a minimum standard for practitioners, as well as restrictions on “limited time only” discounts and advertising. A key suggestion by the report recommended the need for a compulsory register of anyone administering cosmetic treatments, including Botox, Dermal fillers and laser hair removal. If government ... Read more

Botox to Treat Extreme Arousal

Botox has many uses, not least for anti-ageing and skin smoothing. From hip conditions to over-active bladders, Botulinum Toxin lands news headlines week after week as doctors continue to innovate with the substance. The latest story is one of extreme arousal. Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is a distressing sexual dysfunction that can cause uncontrollable arousal lasting for days at a time. It is unrelated to sexual desire, and orgasm gives only a few hours of relief. Despite sounding like a somewhat comical ... Read more

Celeb Sweaters

Excessive sweating can be a distressing condition, and it’s easy to feel isolated and despondent about the problem. It can help to know you’re not alone, and that even the world’s most beautiful people suffer with embarrassing sweat marks, wet patches and body odour. Here are some examples of the people you’d least expect to sweat. Cameron Diaz At a screening of What To Expect When You’re Expecting Ms Diaz was photographed with expanding moisture on her sheer white blouse, and not for ... Read more

Botox for Hip Trouble

Innovative uses for botox continue to make headlines today, with new husband James Taylor having been cured of what doctors deemed to be an unrecoverable hip condition with some well-placed jabs. The 22 year-old Birmingham native slipped down a flight of stairs at the tail end of last year, resulting in the rare “snapping hip” condition that doctors told him would leave him in pain for the rest of his life. However, experimental Botox injections strengthened the muscles that cause the “snap”, meaning ... Read more

Botox for Cancer Breakthrough

Botox could be a cure for prostate cancer, newspaper reports suggest today. Researchers have conducted clinical trials at the University of Texas, focusing on men with cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland. Results suggest that the botox shrivels tumour cells. When the subjects eventually have surgery to remove the prostate the cancer cells will be analysed to measure the full effects. Excitingly, it is thought that the injections could have similar effects on other types on cancers. The research continues. Read more

Free Laser Hair Removal Deal for “Werewolf” Family

This week the press is awash with column inches on the Nepalese family with the so-called ‘werewolf syndrome’, who have undergone free laser hair removal deal in an attempt to defuzz their faces. The poverty-stricken family, mother Devi Budhathoki, and her children Mandira, seven, Niraj, 12, and Manjura, 14, are covered almost entirely in thick, black hair. Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginose, to give it its medical name, has no known cure. Laser hair removal machines can significantly reduce hair growth, though. The Dhulikhel Hospital ... Read more

Renée Zellweger’s Face: Botched or Brilliant?

This past week has seen a spate of press discussing Bridget Jones actor Renee Zellweger’s face, fuelling the rumour mill of the “work” she may or may not have had to turn back the hands of time. When she stepped out for a screening of Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story in California at the weekend her eyes looked wider and her forehead noticeably smoother, forcing some polarising opinions from online commentators. The internet went wild!   Historically Zellweger has been famed for her ... Read more

Is Excessive Sweating Crippling Your Self-Esteem?

If you’ve ever had to write a letter with extra paper folded under your hands to blot out streams of sweat from your hands, taken two shirts to a job interview, or refuse to raise your hand in a meeting for fear of sweat patches, you’re not alone. In about 1% of the U.K. population excessive sweating is totally normal. That doesn’t make it any less upsetting. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis to give it its medical name, happens when the sweat glands ... Read more
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