Founder of Courthouse Clinics and founding member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine
Dr Patrick Bowler Qualified in 1974 at the Royal London Hospital and he is a pioneer of non-surgical cosmetic treatments with over 25 years experience. He is the founder of Courthouse Clinics. Dr Patrick Bowler is a Founder member, past President and Fellow of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (formerly the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors). He is a member of the Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr Bowler is on the Governance Board for Treatments You Can Trust and is the author of The Nervous Girl's Guide to Nip & Tuck. His opinion on the aesthetic industry is highly respected and he is frequently quoted in the media and on TV.
Britain is far from healthy. In fact, one in four Britons are classified as obese, but I think it is safe to say we are all painfully aware of the problem; a survey recently reported that women will go on twice as many diets in their lifetime than they will have lovers.
I began my career over twenty-five years ago and I can safely say that the cosmetic industry has evolved to the point of being almost unrecognisable. Every aspect of the profession has changed in some way, from the equipment and products we use to the patients and conditions we treat.
The figures in my clinic reflect a growing desire to get weight under control, and for us to inform ourselves at a better level on exactly what a balanced, healthy diet looks like. Then hidden sugars in food can make this a frustrating and difficult process...
Clinics must be held accountable for their records. Like John Ryan of MYA Clinics pointed out, if an organization as massive as the National Health Service are publishing increasing amounts of clinical data, so should the private sector.
Erectile dysfunction. Prostate cancer. Urinary hesitancy. With men's health there's not an issue out there that isn't talked about. And yet, when it comes to the business of lady parts, we suddenly seem to get very shy indeed.
Maybe the example set by Dr Leah will actually help the reputation of clinics who work hard to provide outstanding training, service, and facilities, and truly separate the wheat from the chaff- the great clinics from the dodgy salons.
Youn reports that in his experience the largest proportion of new divorcees are seeking a "back on the market" cosmetic enhancement, or looking to get the procedure that previous partners might otherwise have frowned upon. It is, I believe, a journey of empowerment, a way of "fixing" the broken insides by changing the outside.
After years of controversial rhetoric on the reasons women get their body hair removed, the conversation is now shifting for men, who are increasingly expressing a desire for cleaner and less time-consuming methods for body hair maintenance like their female counterparts.
The cosmetic treatments industry has had a call to arms. Wednesday saw the release of the Keogh Report, a review on cosmetic treatment procedures commissioned by the government, led by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, and huge changes for practitioners are nigh.
Anyone can suffer from thread or varicose veins- nearly half of women and a quarter of men will experience symptoms in their lives. The difference between the sexes, though, is that women seek out treatment. Men typically don't: or at least not until it's too late.
Traditionally the reserve of dancers and models, increasing numbers of woman are finding that a totally, and permanently, hair-free pubic region is hygienic, low maintenance and eliminates the constant monitoring and monthly salon trips of other methods.
Botox in men is becoming increasingly commonplace. From Cliff Richard to David Hassellhoff, support for the treatment in the male community is such that it's recently been christened with it's own special "man name": Brotox.
From what is known of the psychology of emotions and their correlation to behaviour, Botox could possibly impact risk evaluation, empathy, and communication as well. The treatment, against all fashionable opinion, seems to trigger much more than a simple confidence boost.
27/02/2013 14:04 GMT
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