Why wouldn’t you?

You may have heard of Botox injections used for cosmetic purposes. But do you know why people opt for the procedure? And did you also know that there are a number of medical conditions that can be treated with Botox?

Most people opt for Botox injections to lend them a more youthful appearance. The treatment can smooth out wrinkles or fine lines that gather around the eyes, on the forehead and on other areas of the face. Appearing younger can raise an older person’s self-esteem or their confidence.

Other than the cosmetic reasoning, there are some significant corrective medical appliances for Botox treatment.

One of these is to treat hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively. This can be from the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or from the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). The condition often causes embarrassment to the sufferer and feelings of low self-esteem. Botox injections have been used successfully to treat hyperhidrosis so that patients have felt confident to go out in warmer weather without the worry of excessive perspiration. Not a permanent solution, but one that can offer relief for up to seven months.

Botox can alleviate migraines. Migraine attacks can be both painful and debilitating. Botox helps by relaxing the muscles responsible for the onset of these intense headaches. It’s suggested that the chemical can block the sensory nerves that transmit the pain signals to the brain. A series of Botox treatments are able to reduce substantially the occurrence of migraines.

Botox is used as a preferred form of plastic surgery over traditional plastic surgery because it offers the patient a quicker recovery. That can be an attractive proposition for people who need to return to work as soon as possible. In many cases, patients are able to resume their day-to-day lives within a day or two at the most.
From an impact perspective, the injections do not cause severe bruising or internal bleeding as can happen in other forms of cosmetic procedure. Also, Botox does not require a permanent commitment. Its effects can be altered if the patient isn’t happy with the initial results.

If you’re local to us, we perform Botox treatments in our Southampton clinic. Do give us a call or drop in and let us offer you a personal consultation.

Treating excessive underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis) with Botox

I have both male and female patients come to see, often in a state of great distress and embarrassment, because although we all sweat, excessive underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis) interferes with everyday life.

The condition ruins their shirts and they live in black and white tops or clothing which will not highlight the condition. They are often highly embarrassed by what has become a debilitating medical condition – it’s inconvenient, affects their quality of life and restricts activities which the majority of us take for granted.

I’ve had patients come along and tell me they’ve been prescribed medical deodorants, yet applying these causes pain. Another aspect is that they are embarrassed when they have to give presentations in the workplace or are out socialising.

Using Botox to treat Hyperhidrosis requires a higher dose than for cosmetic treatments. It works on the sweat glands rather than muscles and I have a 100% success rate to date with this treatment. It can also be used on the forehead to combat excessive sweating.

I see patients from Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and further afield. Some are referred to me by fellow medical practitioners, others get in touch because they have researched Botox for Hyperhidrosis and know it is a quality of life treatment.

We are very sympathetic to your needs here at the face and skin clinic and delight in seeing patients go on to lead a fantastic quality of life after treatment, which lasts approximately eight months.

Please get in touch if this is an issue which affects your life. I really enjoy carrying out this treatment because it is truly life-changing.

Blog soon, Leanne

Botox Treatments


I treat patients from Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and beyond with Botox.

It’s one of many treatments I carry out, yet the most common enquiry I receive is ‘What is it?’ and ‘How does it work?’.

So I’m going to tell you the facts about Botox, because that is how you become informed to make choices and consider your options.

Botox is a licensed medication, so is paracetamol. If you have a headache, you may take two tablets, but certainly not two boxes! It’s a simple way of putting it into perspective.

Botox is used in much higher doses by the NHS for various conditions including spasmodic neck, writer’s cramp, tics, multiple sclerosis, facial spasm, Parkinson’s Disease and cerebral palsy. Its popularity as a cosmetic treatment is widespread and much more recent.

Yes, it can make you look younger and fresher. These treatments can restore a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. When injected it reduces the movement of muscles in areas which may have become creased. The skin is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.

When the face is at rest, permanent lines appear naturally as we grow older. What Botox treatment does is to temporarily inactivate muscles, therefore it’s always reversible. It does not freeze or paralyse muscles as people often think it does.

The time involved is minimal. A consultation can take up to an hour, but actual treatment only takes about 5 minutes.

The areas which best respond to treatment include: vertical frown lines between the eyebrows; horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, lower face; platysma bands (the neck) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits – to be addressed in my next blog).

Every patient I treat is different; they come to me from all walks of life, with varying budgets. I see people who are seeking corrective treatment too, if less keen on a past treatment which has been carried out elsewhere.

If you only have the treatment once you benefit from a few months without creating any more lines and wrinkles.

Patients may come along every three months, or less frequently depending on what works best for their budget or lifestyle. That might be twice a year, at the beginning of summer or start of the winter party season.

I see many patients who are delighted with how we’ve worked on their problem areas. We have a good relationship and they enjoying coming to our face and skin clinic.

For them it’s minimal expenditure but maximum investment in freshening up the natural appearance that they want. I merely facilitate achieving that…

Visit our clinic for your Botox treatment which is in Wickham, Hampshire. Situated in a beautiful location in between Portsmouth and Southampton.

Blog soon, Leanne

Make a date for magical Makeup Mondays

With Christmas parties and festive gatherings fast approaching, my thoughts turn to party looks as well as polished professional everyday makeup.

I’ve teamed up with freelance professional makeup artist Nikki Shaw to give you the opportunity to come along to the face and skin clinic in the run up to Christmas and experience the gorgeous range of Youngblood mineral cosmetics. These are made of natural, finely ground minerals without any of the irritants found in conventional makeup and celebrity fans include Jessica Alba, Nicky Hilton, Tara Buck and Jennifer Aniston.

Nikki will be here at the clinic on Mondays, providing the following options as 30-minute lessons:

  • a mini-makeover,
  • eyes/brows,
  • contour/highlight,
  • skin and base.

My clients often tell me they’d love a bit of guidance on achieving that perfect smokey eye for evening or natural nude eye for a fresh everyday appearance. Well, Nikki is the lady to show you precisely how it’s done.

If done correctly contouring and highlighting can enhance your best features, bring out your cheekbones, slim your nose, and sculpt your face subtly using makeup, currently a very hot topic, whilst thorough skin preparation is crucial if you want your makeup to go on properly and stay in place. It’s like ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’, but the other way around – prime, prep, apply! Mineral Primer is a colourless base which helps enhance the performance of makeup throughout the day. The lightweight, silky formula smoothes the appearance of fine line and pores, creating an even surface for foundation. Nikki will show you how to apply and blend your correct base shade.

Makeup Monday sessions cost £10, redeemable against any of the products and services we offer here at the clinic.

Appointments DO need to be booked, so please call us or pop along in person to arrange a time.

Remember, Christmas is a time to sparkle, so allow us to show you how!

Blog soon, Leanne

The Eight Point Facelift

You may have heard about this – referred to as the ‘non-surgical facelift’ or ‘liquid facelift’ – but wondered what it entails.

It’s not a surgical procedure, but rather a specialised technique using a combination of increasingly sophisticated dermal fillers which are injected to combat the loss of elasticity in ageing skin.

The result is a more youthful and refreshed appearance which appeals to people who do not want to go under the knife because it involves more time and greater cost.

I work with people from all walks of life who wish to improve areas of concern. For many, the Eight Point Facelift (developed by Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio) presents the perfect solution. We have been using these innovative techniques for several years now and are as eager to see the results that you want as you are!

Fillers are injected to restore volume in the mid-face area, hence the Eight Points. They enhance the face’s natural features, lift specific areas, smooth and tighten the skin. By altering contours in a subtle manner, I will achieve your natural-looking desired result.

Why is it so popular? Well, we all lead busy lives, it’s a more gentle option than surgery and patients prefer minimal downtime, plus the evolution of facial fillers means I can achieve much more than was previously possible. We are now able to achieve surgical results with minimal fuss…

Products contain hyaluronic acid and as they attract and retain water, they have the added benefit of improving your skin’s texture and condition.

If you’d like to find out more about the Eight Point Facelift, please get in touch today for a complimentary consultation at our clinic in Hampshire, situated in a beautiful semi-rural location in-between Portsmouth and Southampton.

The Eight Point Facelift

Blog soon, Leanne