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Doctors warn against cheap Botox deals

Fri

An Irish website offering facial injections at a dramatically reduced price have been forced to drop the 70%-off deals after they were reminded that it was illegal to advertise prescription medication to the general public. Groupon.ie were under scrutiny after the Association of Cosmetic Doctors were inundated with complaints from customers who requested the money-off vouchers and subsequently received substandard treatment; Chairman of the ACD, Dr Patrick Treacy, said ‘We’ve been overwhelmed with clients complaining about cheap deals where Botox is either totally ineffective or lasts for four weeks instead of four months.’ Warning against offers that appear too good to be true, Dr Treacy added that ‘these dermal fillers are masquerading as some of the more expensive brands and can cause horrific long-term side effects.’

Patients are being cautioned about paying for low-price treatments as the quality of the products used is frequently below general medical standards, which could leave them with long-term complications, such as scarring. Dr Treacy targeted the unscrupulous providers, saying that they were ‘trivialising cosmetic procedures by making patients believe it’s like buying a packet of washing powder. Some discount deals available are lowering standards by allowing unethical practitioners to totally fool clients by injecting diluted Botox or even cheap unregulated Chinese Botox.’

Groupon-City Deal Ireland made the following statement about the controversy; ‘We take the health and well-being of our customers very seriously and we took the decision to stop running offers for dermal fillers due to the procedure’s similarity to Botox.’

Botox ‘still popular in Ireland despite recession’

Thu

Botox 'still popular in Ireland despite recession'Cash-strapped individuals hoping to receive Botox treatments in a bid to improve the appearance of their complexion could be interested in recent reports from Ireland.

According to the Irish Independent, image-conscious members of the public are still spending money on luxury items despite the country's economic struggles.

High numbers of women and men are seeking the anti-wrinkle injections from cosmetic clinics and salons to ward off the early signs of ageing.

Dr Patrick Treacy from the Ailesbury Clinic in Dublin revealed that around 50 people were still undergoing the procedure each week.

In addition, the practitioner revealed that approximately five to ten per cent of patients were male, with "Botox and fillers holding their own in both sexes".

The article also revealed that high numbers of individuals in Ireland were still purchasing expensive cameras and clothes in spite of the economic downturn.

Earlier this week, US newspaper the Republic revealed that 750,000 men received Botox treatment in 2010, a significant increase from previous years.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800637033-ADNFCR

Botox treatments ‘bucking economic trend’

Mon

Botox treatments 'bucking economic trend'Botox injections are still highly popular among patients in Ireland, despite the nation's financial problems.

This is according to the Irish Independent, which reported that the anti-wrinkle treatment is one of several purchases to have bucked the economic trend in recent months.

Dublin-based cosmetic surgeon Dr Patrick Treacy said both men and women have been treating themselves to Botox and other procedures.

"Five to ten per cent of our clientele is made up of men, who are getting Botox, hair transplants and other treatments," he explained.

"Botox and fillers are also holding their own with both sexes."

The specialist said approximately 50 people come to his clinic for Botox treatment every week.

Earlier this month, former EastEnders star Lucy Benjamin told Hello! magazine she plans to have Botox injections around her eyes and forehead.

The 41-year-old actress gave birth to her second child three months ago and said the treatment will help her regain her looks.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800632784-ADNFCR

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