Smooth moves

Smooth moves

The Clinic’s Jackie Donnelly lifts the lid on one of the UK’s most popular cosmetic treatments, which can deliver smooth and youthful looking skin in an instant.

Whilst botox is often discussed in the world of celebrity, it is actually one of the UK’s most popular cosmetic procedures. Although many in the public eye, such as former X-Factor judge and M&S model, Dannii Minogue, have been using it for years, so too have many non-celebrities. In fact, it is one of the most asked-about treatments at The Clinic.

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, as it is more commonly known, is a protein derived from botulism toxin that is injected underneath skin in order to minimise or smooth lines and wrinkles on the face by preventing muscle contractions that cause furrows and fine lines when the face is making expressions.

It is suitable for almost everyone and is one of the best known non-surgical treatments for treating lines and wrinkles caused by smiling, laughing and frowning. Injections into the face, especially around the eyes, lips and forehead can effectively smooth out signs of the ageing process and can even add volume. Botox can also address more deep-rooted bodily conditions such as sweaty skin, muscular twitches and migraines.

The fact that the treatment involves non-invasive surgery is a big draw, as is the time it takes to have the procedure. Botox is much less invasive than a face lift and the results are immediate. When someone has a facelift, they can expect bruising, swelling and stitches. However with Botox, the treatment is virtually painless. Swelling reduces within a day or two and results are visible within three to seven days, lasting for four to six months.

Although the majority of individuals who get Botox injections are older than 35, the treatment is becoming more popular among men and women in their 20’s and early 30’s. Many of these younger patients don’t quite need it to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles just yet. Instead, they’re getting preventative Botox to avoid the wrinkles from forming in the first place.

It is 10 years since Botox was approved for cosmetic use in the United States and over the last decade attitudes to the treatment have changed dramatically. Any stigma attached to it has been removed and more women now consider the procedure part of their regular grooming routine, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of a smoother and more youthful complexion.

All treatments at The Clinic are administered by a highly-skilled aesthetic practitioner, enabling you to target the areas you feel unhappy with in the privacy of The Clinic’s comfortable and friendly treatment rooms.

To take the next step, The Clinic offers confidential advice based on your skin type and cosmetic needs. Simply telephone to book a free consultation in a relaxed environment to find out about the treatments that will deliver the results you desire.