The number of people having cosmetic surgery in the UK in 2016 dropped by 40% compared with 2015, while interest in non-surgical facelifts more than doubled. Enquiries for dermal fillers meanwhile were up 24%, with lip augmentation the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment of all in 2016 (WhatClinic).
So clearly people who want to enhance their looks are increasingly turning away from surgery, which is permanent and expensive, in favour of safer and subtler non-permanent facial aesthetics.
Botox and dermal fillers dominate the £2.3bn cosmetic procedures industry in England and they are by far the two fastest growing cosmetic treatments. Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin, a prescription medicine that can only be administered by us following a consultation for lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are less regulated and work in a different way.
Both are reliable and safe, but not when administered unsafely, and with this kind of demand it’s no wonder some unscrupulous practitioners are trying to get in on the action (you might have seen some of the media reports).
So how can patients be sure which practitioners are safe? It’s reasonable to trust a dentist, doctor or a nurse because they are regulated medics and their clinics have to meet cross-infection standards set by the Care Quality Commission.
Our facial aesthetics practitioner is Cheryl Wright, a registered nurse who since 2008 has devoted herself to this area and gained SaveFace accreditation. Cheryl is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and her NMC number is 76H1419E.
Anti-wrinkle therapy is the process of having little injections of a substance called botulinum toxin where the deepest movement lines and wrinkles exist on the face.
The precise areas are different for everyone but they are typically forehead wrinkles, wrinkles between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. The injections block signals from the nerves to the muscles for three to four months, and in that time the lines caused by repetitive movement fade. Read more >
Dermal fillers are a safe and easy way to bring back volume and vitality to the face when the years have begun to take their toll.
For that reason this versatile treatment has become extremely popular, with enquiries up 24% in 2016 across the UK and lip fillers becoming the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment (WhatClinic). Read more >