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Botox Gets Approval for Treating Crow’s Feet

September 16, 2013 |  by

On September 11, 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the treatment of wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, commonly called crow’s feet.

Crows’ feet – or lateral canthal lines, as they known scientifically – are thought to be caused by repeated muscle contractions associated with making facial expressions, like smiling. Over time, the folding of the skin caused by these contractions creates permanent lines in the skin.

Botox is made from a toxic protein called botulinum which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large doses, this toxin causes botulism, a disease which can cause muscle paralysis. In the small doses used in Botox, however, it can temporarily relax the muscles responsible for facial wrinkles, leading to an improved appearance.


Another Novel Use For Britain’s Favourite Anti-wrinkle Treatment

June 25, 2013 |  by

Botox injections, normally used as anti-wrinkle treatments, are now being used to calm erratic heartbeats

Doctors are using Botox injections to treat patients with an irregular heartbeat. The toxin, which is commonly used as an anti-wrinkle treatment, is injected into fat pads surrounding the heart to paralyse the nerves triggering the faulty rhythm.

The treatment is being used for atrial fibrillation, which is the most common abnormality of heart rhythm, affecting up to half-a-million people in the UK. It occurs when the chambers of the heart don’t contract in the normal rhythmic way, usually as a result of a malfunction in the heart’s natural pacemaker. Faulty nerve signals are then sent to the heart muscle, causing it to contract at the wrong time.

The condition is more common with age. Ten per cent of people aged 80 and over are affected.

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Breakthrough Study Finds Daily Sunscreen Use Stops Wrinkles In Their Tracks!

June 4, 2013 |  by

Sunscreen not only guards against skin cancer but it also fights wrinkles. A new Australian study has found daily use of sunscreen significantly slows the ageing of skin caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays – something that may encourage even the most dedicated sun-worshippers to cream up.

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Cosmetic Surgery Review – Sir Bruce Keogh

April 30, 2013 |  by

There has been a large amount of coverage in the press this year related to the regulation of cosmetic procedures in the UK which was led by the NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh and a panel of trusted advisor’s.

All of the key points taken from the review have been welcomed by Epsom & Surbiton Skin Clinics. As  clinics that are already registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission), we are already adhering to the highest standards and are ideally placed to continue to offer  you safe, Doctor led treatments

The report published this week calls for many changes in the way these procedures are performed including the reclassification of all Dermal Filler products. Sir Bruce Keogh was commissioned by the government following the recent PIP breast implant scandal and was asked to review all surgical and non-surgical procedures. They also looked into the people administering these treatments, the way clinics were advertising them and the advice and support patients were given.

The report sets out how it would like to see the aesthetic and cosmetic sector better regulated, practitioners better trained and the public having proper redress should things go wrong.

Sir Bruce Keogh wants to ensure that all practitioners are properly qualified for all the procedures that they administer and all of this would be over seen by a newly set up ombudsman to support the patients who have received poor treatment.

Vital Greens, Australia’s best selling green food is now available in the UK!

March 15, 2013 |  by

Vital Greens is a nutrient and enzyme-rich, complete “Superfood” which contains 76 nutrients essential to deliver optimal health, energy and vitality to every cell in the body. These essential nutrients include naturally occurring whole food source vitamins and both macro and trace minerals. Together with powerful antioxidants, pro-biotics for intestinal health, essential amino-acids, essential fatty acids (both Omega 3 and 6), digestive enzymes, cell pigments, plant sterols and fibers. All these nutrients combine synergistically to provide a balanced nutritional support from real food that’s alive instead of synthetically made vitamin pills. This combination will supply the body with the raw material it needs daily for optimum health and vitality – in a powder form for easy and complete absorption. Vital Greens is designed specifically to support everybody wanting an energising, cleansing, alkaline-promoting, all-in-one nutritional supplement and is highly recommended by Helen Williams of the Surrey Nutrition Clinic.

The body’s daily nutritional needs from A to Z is here – in one great tasting powder!

Available From Epsom Skin Clinic at £60 for a months supply!

Risky sun habits could increase risk of skin cancer

August 31, 2012 |  by

More than a third of 16-24 year olds admit to risky behaviour in the sun, according to a new survey from Cancer Research UK’s Made in the Shade campaign. The results showed that 35 per cent plan to use sunbeds, tanning oils, only apply sunscreen when they start to burn, let their skin burn in the hope that it will eventually go brown or don’t intend to wear any sunscreen at all in strong sun this summer.

Read the full story from Cancer Research UK below:


GMC – Recent change to Botox legislation

August 20, 2012 |  by

Nurses are now banned from administering Botox without clients having a face to face consultation with a doctor.

The General Medical Council (GMC) published new rules last week to stop doctors remotely prescribing injectable cosmetic medicines such as Botox via the phone or internet.

All clients seen by nurses at Epsom Skin Clinics, who have not previously seen a doctor, will require a 10 minute pre-assessment with one of our fully trained aesthetic doctors.

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