Regular readers of this blog know it’s no secret that I love a bit of Botox. I’ve just had my regular pinpoints topped up. A recent study by Dr Patrick Bowler found that over time, if you have regular Botox, there’s a long term anti-ageing effect even if you stop having it because muscles have been re-educated. Although there are no studies that I know of on fillers having the same effect, it’s strange that I no longer need filler in places I used to have them (nose to mouth lines for example). In the interests of curiosity, and for journalistic investigation (honest) I’ve just tried a relatively lesser known form of Botox – around the mouth. With a stern warning that (highly unlikely) contra-indications could be having trouble saying the letters B and P, I’m still waiting for this to take effect – and ensuring that I’ll be buying petrol from Texaco instead. This procedure supposedly gives a softening effect around the mouth and lessens lines and creases. As I live in fear of getting what I call a ‘cats bum mouth’ I am intrigued to find out what effects it will have.
A friend’s dentist recently advertised a Botox evening – I would never recommend going anywhere other than a proper, medically qualified practitioner. A dentist may be great at fixing teeth but is he/she really the right person to assess your ageing face? Probably not. I go to the same person every time – Dr Ravi Jain at Courthouse Clinic in Wimpole St – and he is thankfully one of those rare practitioners who doesn’t just jab and run. He talks me out of more, saying less will do – I’ve learnt to trust his opinion and sent many friends to him. Personal recommendation counts far more than a dentist discount.