Botox, what is it and is it safe for me?

What are BOTOX ® injections?

BOTOX ® is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin can cause a form of muscle paralysis known as botulism, which is usually associated with food poisoning. Even though one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis, scientists have discovered a way to use it to human advantage. Small, diluted (weakened) amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles, causing controlled relaxation of the muscles.

Frown lines? What frown lines?

The FDA approved such usage in the late 1980s when it was discovered that BOTOX® could stop ailments such as blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (lazy eye). Cosmetic doctors and cosmetic nurses have been using BOTOX® for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. BOTOX ® is approved for treatment of frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and axillary hyperhidrosis (increased sweating of the armpits). Within the past few years, new products that have similar preparations have been introduced into the UK market and have been well-received by patients.

We will refer to the toxin as BOTOX® from here on out, but please know that this includes all of the formulations that we use at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex :

How does BOTOX ® work?

BOTOX ® blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract (tighten) as forcefully, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

BOTOX ® can be used on the forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines (lines in the nose), chin (for dimpling), skin bands on the neck, and around the mouth (for smoker’s lines and down-turned corners of the mouth). Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity often will not respond to BOTOX®. It is important to re-emphasise that BOTOX® is NOT a facial filler (that is, it does not fill existing wrinkles) – it merely relaxes the muscles that are creating those wrinkles.

Show yourself some love in 2018

Woman hugs herself. If you have a skin condition that is causing you distress, talk to Sue from Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex.

Fit your own oxygen mask first in 2018. If you have a skin condition that is causing you distress, talk to Sue from Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex.

In a mid-air emergency, we are always told to fit our own oxygen mask first. This is to ensure we are able to help our loved ones in a calm, considerate and efficient manner – whilst being able to breathe ourselves!

It may sound selfish but it is absolutely essential – and not just in a life or death situation. If our own wellbeing isn’t being cared for, our ability to give our love to others is diminished, says nurse consultant in dermatology, Sue Ibrahim.

If we are dealing with a skin condition on top of all of life’s other stresses and strains, chances are the skin condition will worsen if it is ignored or put to the bottom of our list of things to sort. Does this sound familiar?

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For expert skin advice in Essex – ask Sue at Elan!

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. It protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate our body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat and cold.

Twenty square feet is a lot of area for things to go wrong, imperfections to show, maintenance to cover. But don’t fear, our nurse consultant in dermatology, Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex has your skin covered!

We take exercise to improve our heart. We keep our brains active. We check our diet to ensure our digestive organs stay fit. But our skin often takes the brunt of external and internal abuse.

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Join Elan’s Open Evening in Essex and speak to our skin experts

Join Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex for our open evening on October 31st 4pm – 8pm.

Join Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex for our open evening on October 31st 4pm – 8pm.

Find out more about PRP skin rejuvenation and Silhouette Soft thread lifting at our open evening

You and a friend are welcome to join our lovely team at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex for an informal social evening on October 31st 4pm – 8pm.

Our Open Evening is an ideal opportunity for you to meet Sue Ibrahim and her team and have a chat with our new award-winning GP, Dr Alex Tran and Amy, our laser therapist.

You will be able to find out more about our new, highly effective facial rejuvenation treatments, PRP stem cell injection therapy and Silhouette Soft Thread Lifting.

There will also be a free prize draw to win a selection of our exclusive DermaActive products.

There’s no need to book – we look forward to seeing you at our intimate and cosy Rayleigh skin clinic.

Platelet Rich Plasma skin therapy available now at Elan Medical Skin Clinics

Platelet Rich Plasma skin therapy is now available at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh, Essex and central London.

Platelet Rich Plasma skin therapy is now available at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh, Essex and central London.

Soften wrinkles, smooth your skin’s texture and tone, and promote the growth of collagen with Platelet Rich Plasma skin therapy at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh, Essex and central London.

PRP skin therapy is the latest rejuvenation technique to be added to our comprehensive list of facial treatments. As well as skin rejuvenation, PRP stem cell injection therapy is ideal for curbing hair loss and treating osteoarthritis of the shoulder, knee and ankle joints.

We are delighted to introduce our experienced, award-winning practitioner who will be performing PRP therapy at Elan Medical Skin Clinic. Dr Alex Tran has been a GP for 17 years and over the last five years he has developed a keen interest in aesthetic medicine.

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Silhouette Soft thread lifting now at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

Award-winning GP, Dr Alex Tran, joins Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex and offers Silhouette Soft thread lifting

Award-winning GP, Dr Alex Tran, joins Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex and offers Silhouette Soft thread lifting

Silhouette Soft thread lifting at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Essex and central London offers transformational, natural results – without the surgery, scars or time off work. This facial rejuvenation technique is non-surgical, minimally invasive and redefines your facial contours immediately and with lasting results.

Treatment reduces the appearance of sagging around the jaw line and is ideal for men and women looking for a safe, convenient alternative to traditional facelift surgery. You will enjoy subtle changes around your eyebrows, cheeks, jaw line neck and facial contours and the Silhouette Soft thread lifting treatment is carried out by our fully qualified, award-winning GP, Dr Alex Tran.

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Essex skin expert has a nose for beauty

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim really ‘nose’ her stuff.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim really ‘nose’ her stuff.

Sue Ibrahim, our medical director and nurse consultant in dermatology, has more than 30 years’ experience in dermatology and 20 in skin treatments. This makes her an ideal person to talk to if you would like to improve the appearance of your nose.

Noses can cause people to feel very embarrassed about their appearance. Many can dislike the shape of their nose, its appearance due to threat veins, warts or nasal lumps or even skin thickening.

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Smile – with a little help from Elan Medical Skin Clinic

A woman has lip fillers - dermal fillers from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex can help improve smiles

Lip fillers from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex can help improve smiles

Being able to smile without embarrassment is wonderful. A lovely, confident smile lights up our faces, opens doors in our love lives and careers and is actually good for us as it floods our bodies with happy hormones.

If you would like to improve your smile, look no further than Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh, Essex.

Perfect your pout

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The eyes have it, says London skin expert

Two beautiful women show off their eyes - Rejuvenate your eyes at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

Rejuvenate your eyes at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

Our eyes say so much about us. They reveal our happiness, sorrow, physical wellbeing and sometimes our age. How many times has the morning after a boozy night been given away by our puffy, red eyes?! And where do we concentrate most of our make-up techniques and beauty products?

Get a helping hand to ensure your eyes look radiant and rejuvenated from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex. Our resident skin expert, Sue Ibrahim has more than 30 years’ experience in dermatology and more than 20 in wrinkle reducing injections and dermal fillers.

Smooth laughter lines

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Medical grade facials – now £10 off at Elan Medical Skin Clinics!

Summer offer - for your £10 discount, please quote Elan Summer Facial. Call our Rayleigh skin clinic on 01268 770660 to book. Hurry - offer ends 30.9.17.

Summer offer – for your £10 discount, please quote Elan Summer Facial. Call our Rayleigh skin clinic on 01268 770660 to book. Hurry – offer ends 30.9.17.

If you’ve only ever had a facial at a beauty salon or spa you will be totally blown away by the medical grade facials at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex.

The fully qualified team at Elan Medical Skin Clinic use clinically evidenced ingredients and protocols for their prescription-based facials that are tailored to your specific needs.

Elan’s medical grade facials are performed by our aesthetic therapist Amy and the protocol is prescribed by Sue Ibrahim, our nurse consultant in dermatology.

There are facials and there are Elan facials!

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