14 October 2008

Advice has been issued to patients who are bingeing on Botox injections and demanding the treatment before they need a top-up.

The effects of the wrinkle relaxing injections usually wear off within three to six months. However, surgeons at the Harley Medical Group have found that many patients are returning for their regular replenishment before it is necessary, and have turned these patients away as a result.

The findings reflect the emerging worldwide obsession with Botox, where many celebrities are criticised for having faces that look "frozen" and suffering from what has been dubbed "Wrinklerexia".

The Harley Medical Group's director, Liz Dale, said: "Used properly, Botox is a fantastic cosmetic surgery treatment, giving smoother, tighter and more youthful looking skin. But like with any procedure, it's highly unadvisable to have more done than is necessary."

Recently, the surgery released a study that showed that most women in the UK opt for 'Baby Botox' injections, a less concentrated variation of the toxin that results in a much subtler effect.

Another survey reported in The Telegraph last month also showed that Botox could have permanent wrinkle-relaxing effects in patients who have received regular injections over the course of nine years.

Dr Nick Milojevic, Botox Doctor at the Harley Medical Group, emphasised the benefits of Botox, stating: "When used correctly, it's extremely difficult to see if someone has had a Botox treatment. Botox has a fantastic preventative benefit, helping to prevent more wrinkles from forming whilst stopping lines and creases already present from deepening."

Botox is one of the most popular anti-ageing procedures carried out in Britain, along with facelifts and eye bag removal (blepharoplasty).