Posts Tagged ‘Botox’

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.


2013 ‘Apprentice’ winner Dr Leah receives criticism for getting into aesthetic market!

July 22, 2013 |  by

This year’s Apprentice winner, newly qualified Doctor Leah Totton is said to be ‘putting patients at risk’ and ‘using Lord Sugar as a marketing tool’, according to a leading cosmetic surgeon. [read more]

Epsom Skin Clinics, Medical Director,  Dr Paul Steventon agrees – “In order to be a competent aesthetic doctor you need to have been practicing as a general medical doctor for a number of years. Considerable general medical experience in needed to operate solo in the aesthetic market.  Although Botox and Dermal Filler treatments are seen to be simple there are many factors that you need to take into account when administering these injections. Without extensive medical experience the risk of unforeseen problems increases significantly” 

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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Staffing Update – Alice returns from Maternity

August 20, 2012 |  by

We are pleased to welcome, Aesthetic Nurse, Alice Yardley back from maternity leave!

Alice is now back three days a week and is currently supporting her clients in both Epsom and Surbiton. If you saw Alice prior to her maternity leave and would like to book in for treatment please get in touch.

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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