Botox is one of the most popular skin smoothing treatments in the UK.  Used as an anti-ageing treatment, injections will smooth away unwanted lines and wrinkles. Wrinkle smoothing treatments are the only procedure that directly targets the cause of the wrinkle.

What is Botox?

We have all heard of anti ageing or anti wrinkle, so what is the best treatment to keep this lines and wrinkles away.  Have you ever wondered What is botox? and what can it do for you?.

Botox is a muscle relaxing agent

Its full medical name is Botulinum Toxin type A.  Botox is the marketed name for Botulinum Toxin Type A and this particular product is produced by Allergan Inc.  In a controlled laboratory environment, although there are many other companies providing the exact same toxin under different product names.  It is a highly purified protein.  That has been approved for therapeutic and cosmetic application by the FDA in the USA and the MHRA in the UK since 1989.

The history behind Botox

Is one of interest and oddities.  A German scientist in the 1820s first discovered the origins of this toxin in a batch of sausages.  Over the next 100 years, seven strains were identified and purified as a protein.  But it was only in the 1950s that researchers turned their eyes towards muscles and the effects that this new formula had on them.  Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan B. Scott theorised that the toxin could be used to help correct or reduce eyelid spasms.  By the 1970s this was FDA approved on a small-scale and over the next ten years became a standard treatment for eyelid spasms.

It was at this point that another ophthalmologist, Dr. Jean Carruthers noticed that when treating her patients for eyelid spasms, their frown lines became reduced.  From then on, countless papers and studies have revealed Botox’s many uses.  From curing excessive sweating and alleviating different types of pain from joint pain to neck and shoulder spasms.  Botox has been the physical and psychological saviour of many.

Austin Brewer is a specialist facial aesthetics practitioner in Dorset. As a registered nurse with the NMC,  you can be assured that you are in the safest of hands for non-invasive cosmetic treatments.

From his private clinic, Austin serves a number of clients to help them achieve their desired complexion. To find out more about Botox® in Bournemouth and for your free Botox consultation, call Austin now on 07823 883 888.

Cosmetic injectables should only be administered by the medically qualified joins the debate on Cosmetic Treatment Injectables and non-medically qualified people

The following is a very informative piece by Sally Taber – Director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service

“…injectable treatments ‘botulinum toxin and dermal fillers’ are cosmetic and non-surgical and that the best placed practitioners to undertake these treatments is the Aesthetic Therapist, not on title, but on account of their diligence, immeasurable experience, knowledge and skill”

Staying safe when you have a cosmetic injectable

Injectable cosmetic treatments, such as Botox ® and dermal fillers, are a growing industry in the UK.  Over one million took place last year alone.  Treatments You Can Trust is the only form of self regulation for the cosmetic injectable industry in the UK.  It serves to protect patients from the serious risks posed by rogue practitioners.  According to the standards and training principles for Treatments You Can Trust, which reflect the Medicines Act.

Only a doctor, dentist or registered nurse is appropriately qualified to administer injectable cosmetic treatments in the UK.

This scheme was setup to safeguard patients from the rising number of rogue providers.  And to increase the safety and wellbeing of patients who are considering injectable cosmetic treatments. excludes beauty therapists from gaining a place on the register for several reasons.

Firstly, a practitioner administering injectable cosmetic treatments, must have the ability to conduct a full medical history check.  The is in order to ascertain whether the patient is a suitable candidate for treatment.   And importantly to be aware of any special precautions, previous medical history or current medication that may need to be considered.  Beauty therapists do not have the appropriate expertise to deal with an emergency situation.  And this puts the patient at risk if a reaction occurs.

So, who to trust for a cosmetic injectable treatment?

It is essential that aesthetic practitioners conducting injectable cosmetic treatments have advanced resuscitation skills, to deal with an emergency.  Additionally, they must undergo training in facial anatomy and physiology to ensure administered treatments achieve desired results. Whilst beauty therapists argue that they hold experience and knowledge of the skin.  The safe and competent delivery of cosmetic injectables require a knowledge of anatomy with a clinical background.

Secondly, within the beauty industry no professional regulatory scheme for beauty therapists exists.  Such lack of regulation coincides with no forum for a complaints mechanism.  As such exists with the professional regulators the General Medical Council, General Dental Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Did you know that manufacturers will not sell their toxins or fillers to beauticians?

Thirdly, and most crucially, the manufacturers of injectable cosmetic products, including dermal fillers and botulinum toxins.  Openly state that they do not recommend beauty therapists use their products. Therefore, if the manufacturers themselves are not happy to sell to beauty therapists.  Consumers should be wary of seeking treatment from them and also question their source of supply.

Finally, examples exist of beauty therapists claiming fabricated qualifications in order to lull potential clients into a false sense of security.  Such behaviour is wholly irresponsible, dangerous and ultimately does not put patient safety first. Restricting registration for to only doctors, dentists and registered nurses is therefore acting in the best interests of patients.

For complete piece of mind and knowledge that you’re in safe hands.  With an aesthetic practitioner that is fully insured and medically qualified, contact Austin Brewer. We provide safe wrinkle treatments and lip fillers in Bournemouth. Call now for your free skin consultation on 07823 883888.

The History of Botox

Here at Austin Brewer Facial Aesthetics, we though it would be interesting to give an insight to the history of botox.  It has been around for a lot longer than most think.

Austin, a medical professional is fully qualified to master class standard for all the cosmetic treatments we offer.  Austin is a leading practitioner and first opened the doors to his clinic in 2004.  All treatments that we offer have all been thoroughly tried and tested by ourselves first. This means we can answer any questions our clients have.

Where does botox come from?

Botulinium toxin type A, or Botox as it now commonly known, has been around for a longer time than most realise.  Most are unaware of its history and what it can be used for.  Both medically and cosmetically as a wrinkle treatment.  So, we thought it would be useful to share a timeline of our most popular treatment here at Austin Brewer Facial Aesthetics:

So who discovered botox?


It was around this time that Justin Kerner described the Botulinum toxin as a “sausage poison”.  Because the bacteria that produces the toxin could be found growing in improperly handled or prepared meat products.  It was Kerner, a physician, who first conceived a possible therapeutic use of botulinum toxin and coined the name botulism (from the latin botulus meaning “sausage”).


Snipe & Sommer for the first time purified the toxin.


Arnold Burgen discovered through experimentation that botulinum toxin blocks neuromuscular transmission through decreased acetylcholine (acts as neurotransmitter) release.


It was the 1950s when scientists discovered that the botulinum toxin (now known as Botox®) can reduce muscle spasms.


Throughout the 1960s and 70s scientific studies were carried out to see if the Botulinum toxin Type A (Botox) could treat strabismus (crossed eyes) – in 1980 the first treatment was completed on a human.


It wasn’t until 1988 when Allergan researched how Botox could be used for other medical procedures.  And in 1989 Allergan released Botox ®, the first botulinum toxin approved by the FDA. This was to treat strabismus and blepharospasm (eyelid spasms).


In 2000, the FDA approved that Botox ® could be used to treat cervical dystonia, by reducing the degree of abnormal head position and neck pain.  Two years later Botox ® cosmetic treatments was approved by the FDA to reduce moderate to severe frown lines with specific doses between the brow.


In 2004, Botox ® was then approved by the FDA to treat underarm excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).


2009 marked the 20th anniversary of Botox®.


Just in 2010 the FDA approved Botox ® therapy to treat increased muscle stiffness for upper limb spasticity.  Botox ® was studied to treat the prevention of recurring headaches in adults diagnosed with chronic migraines, and approved by the FDA.

If you’re interested in what our Botox® treatments in Bournemouth or our dermal fillers can do for you, then please call Austin Brewer, facial aesthetic practitioner, on 07823 883888 for a free skin consultation.

Most asked questions before injectable treatments

We have a lot of clients who come in to the clinic that are new to the cosmetic treatments we offer here.  And the one thing that everyone has lots to ask are the questions before injectable treatments.  We understand, which is why we have always offered free consultations.  Like anything new it can be a bit daunting, but we ensure we explain everything in great detail so that they are totally in-the-know and at ease with how we operate at Austin Brewer. Most of all we make sure we manage our client’s expectations so they get exactly the result they are after!

You may have seen my recent blog about the Cosmetic Cowboys, and raising awareness of people like this is something we are passionate about. As the only skin clinic in Bournemouth on the Treatments You Can Trust Register you know you are in safe hands here!

So, I thought it would be useful for some our readers – and particularly our new clients, for me to answer the most asked questions before injectable treatments that often come our way.

How much does my skin consultation cost?

Your first skin consultation is free of charge. This is because we like to asses our clients case by case to discuss exactly what cosmetic treatment is right for you. We won’t offer a treatment to a potential client if we feel it is not suitable.

Do I need a skin consultation before going ahead with my treatment?

Understandably we require a face to face skin consultation before treatment to assess the right approach for you. Anything that involves your face is a big decision and not something we take lightly, so having a thorough consultation to discuss every aspect of the treatment is a given at our clinic. As the only TYCT registered skin clinic in Bournemouth, getting a professional experience is closer to home than you may think.

Am I having ‘surgery’?

All of our procedures are non-surgical. This means they are not classed as surgery, and more often than not you can get on with your day straight after your cosmetic treatment. Unlike an operation you don’t need weeks to recover which is a bonus!

What are the laws on non surgical treatments?

You can read more about the guidelines on the NHS website here.

How do I know you are qualified?

Austin Brewer is a registered nurse with the NMC, the only aesthetic practitioner in Dorset registered with the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service and is fully insured with Medical providers Hamilton Fraser.

I hope this has given you some answers you might be looking for as a new client, but if there is anything else then please give Austin a call on 07823 883888 and he will be happy to answer any of your questions about our treatments, including Botox in Bournemouth or book you in for a free skin consultation.

All you need to know – Wrinkle Treatments


Absolutely. It’s an important need to know about wrinkle treatments.  The Botox in our wrinkle treatments contain a highly purified toxin that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow’s-feet. “The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin”.  It can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age.  Smooth out the “pin cushion” look in some chins.  Soften smoker’s lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.


It will not affect the nerves that cause sensation, or make you feel numb. When it is used correctly, Botox in Bournemouth can lift the brow to give an appealing and sincere look. “But if too much is injected in the danger zone—the horizontal lines in the forehead—you can look Spocked, as in Spock from Star Trek,” That’s why it’s important to be treated by an experienced doctor or aesthetic practitioner who can judge the size of your muscles and how much product you will need.


Prices vary widely. The toxins come dehydrated and must be reconstituted, so some doctors reportedly over-dilute, or simply don’t use enough, so be very wary of cheap prices, “deals” and “special offers”. The quality of the result always depends on who is on the other end of the needle.


You don’t need it before you have wrinkles to hide, it has nothing to do with age, some of us simply don’t use our facial muscles as much as others do. Other than that, a patient can have it safely whenever they are bothered by their wrinkles. There is no issue with long term use: aesthetic practitioners have had patients who have used it repeatedly for over 20 years without any negative effects.


It varies from patient to patient, but good results usually last approximately three months. If you are looking for a longer-term solution, our dermal fillers in Bournemouth can last between six and eighteen months.


Yes and no. A good result will leave you looking fresher, more cheerful, and perhaps younger.  Telltale signs of treatment that has been badly done are a smooth and shiny forehead, or eyebrows and crow’s-feet that don’t move when you laugh or cry.

Hopefully our “Need to know – Wrinkle treatments” blog has helped answer some of your initial questions.  If you have any further questions about our wrinkle treatments or lip fillers in Poole & Bournemouth, please feel free to call Austin Brewer, facial aesthetics practitioner, directly and arrange a no obligation, free skin consultation on 07823 883888

How to find a Facial Aesthetic Practitioner

So we all know how much info is out there on the big ol’ World Wide Web, but just how much of that information is reputable? Just because it’s in black and white (or any other colour for that matter!) doesn’t mean to say it’s true.  So where do you start?…….

How to find a facial aesthetic practitioner……

When you’ve done some research and found a few that you like the sound / look of give them a call and arrange a skin consultation (which if it’s not free should ring some alarm bells straight away)

Plan ahead of you aesthetic consultation

Before you visit make a list of questions that you want to ask about your specific cosmetic treatment .  But also make sure you check their practising credentials, insurance and ask them how often they do these procedures.  How long they have worked in the industry?.  Dr’s and Dentists as well as nurses are qualified  to carry out these treatments (not beauty therapists).  For most it’s usually their secondary job and they’re not doing it every day.  So ask, because an aesthetic practitioner who solely does facial aesthetics, will most likely have much more experience.  As that will be their full time job and all they’re doing each and every day.

When you actually visit, what feel do you get from the place, does it look clean?.  Does the practitioner take time to answer all those questions that you have, or do you feel hurried or worse, pressurised?.  If you want, take a friend, this should never be a problem to the aesthetic practitioner.  Then at least you can compare notes after!

When to go ahead with a cosmetic injectable treatment

Going ahead with cosmetic treatment, such as lip fillers or Botox in Bournemouth, should only happen when you feel completely happy and safe.  If this is straight after your skin consultation then go ahead.  But if you want take some more time to think things over – the aesthetic practitioner will have no problem with this decision.  They should never push or try to convince you in to treatment then and there.  Most importantly don’t worry you’re not wasting anyones time!

For even more info have a look at the rest of our website.  And if you have any questions, no matter how silly you think they may be!.  Give us a call.  If you want to know more about our chemical peels, dermal roller treatments or any of our other services, why not have that free skin consultation? Give us a call  and we can book you in – 07823 883888