Botox® and Migraine

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Botox® has been licensed for the treatment and prevention of Migraine since 2010 but the actual effectiveness has been questioned until now. A review of all the evidence was published recently and the result showed that Botox® WAS effective in preventing Migraine. In this blog we explain more about the study and what it means for the millions of migraine sufferers out there!


Migraines are a type of headache, often felt as a throbbing on one side of the head. You may also find you suffer the following symptoms too:

  • Sickness and vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound

Migraines are common in women (1 in 5) and in men (1 in 15) and is thought to be caused by nerve signals, chemicals and the blood vessels in the brain. You may find certain factors characteristically trigger your migraine like stress, diet and hormonal changes.

Botox®- how does it work?

Botox® works by blocking the release of acetylcholine (a chemical in nerves). This chemical helps to activate muscles and by blocking its effect you can reduce muscle activity and other chemicals that can contribute to migraines (e.g. glutamate). Hence, if you carefully inject Botox® you can prevent migraines from occurring in the first place.

Botox® and Migraines- what did the study show?

The research analysed 17 studies looking at 3,646 patients in total. Botox® injections to the head and neck resulted in:

  • 1.6 fewer migraine attacks per month for chronic sufferers who have >15 headaches per month
  • Reduced depressive symptoms associated with migraine

The main benefit of Botox® injections was seen 2 months after having treatment. Some side effects were reported which are often found with having Botox® treatment. These included:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Neck pain and muscle tightness
  • Double vision

Importantly no severe side effects were reported in the study.


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New Year New You- The Right Way…

Botox Dermal Fillers PDO Thread Lifts

As we welcome in 2019, we wanted to talk about those who wish to start the “New Year New You”. 2018 saw a huge rise in people looking to have Botox® and Dermal fillers. With this rise in popularity there was inevitably a rise in poor treatments being carried out by unregulated and untrained injectors. We wanted to write a short blog reiterating these dangers as in January 2019 you may decide to start the New Year by having these treatments for the first time.

December has aged our skin

The month of December tends to age our skin more than we think. Drinking alcohol, late nights, going on holiday to catch some sun will likely dry out and age your skin. You will realise you probably look more tired than you feel and this is why you might think about having treatments such as Botox® or a Dermal Fillers. As we blogged about before (link), choosing these treatments needs to be a careful decision.

What do you need to look out for?

With a rising number of poor injectors the media has decided to make Botox® and Dermal Filler treatments a topic of interest. Emmerdale was one of the latest to focus on the topic. In the video below you will see unregulated and unlicensed dermal fillers being injected and causing an allergic reaction leaving the patient in a coma. Whilst this might be a rare complication it certainly demonstrates what can go wrong if you choose to have treatments provided by someone who is not a Doctor.

Whilst December may have been full of parties, going to a Botox® and Dermal Filler party is a bad idea. A party for treatments is an informal setting and takes away the formal process of a clinical consultation before undergoing treatment. We strongly advise for you to choose a clean, sterile clinical setting where you see a healthcare professional before undergoing treatment.

Choose your Doctor carefully. With the continued problems of regulation within the Botox® and Dermal Filler community there are many who provide risky treatments ultimately cutting corners in patient care. A recent story highlighted a nurse who put patients at risk of HIV when providing them Botox® treatments. If you are unsure of your Doctor’s license then you can check it online by going on

Why choose The Treatment Rooms London?

If you are looking to start the New Year by having Botox® or Dermal Filler treatment, then look no further than The Treatment Rooms London.

The clinic is fully registered with the CQC and only has Doctors that provide treatments. Its purpose built clinic rooms have been created so that they are able to provide the latest in Botox® and Dermal Filler treatments to all patients new and returning! No corners are cut with the choice of products as the clinic sources them from regulated and approved manufacturers/ suppliers.

By coming to the clinic you will be greeted by your Doctor and taken through a thorough consultation around your aesthetic goals. Carefully planned personalised treatments that are within your budget is the clinic’s aim so we make sure you start the New Year the right way.

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End of Year 2018 Message from The Treatment Rooms London

Happy New Year The Treatment Rooms London

From all of us at The Treatment Rooms in London we wanted to say a big thank you to every patient that has seen us in 2018 and a Happy New Year 2019! In this short blog we wanted to share some highlights at The Treatment Rooms.

What a year…

2018 saw The Treatment Rooms open up a second clinic location in Harley Street giving patients access to our specialists. We have seen patients far and wide, one patient even travelling from Los Angeles to have their hair transplant carried out by The Treatment Rooms London. We are extremely privileged to meet patients from diverse backgrounds. Our surgeons often spend a whole day with their patients which means they get to know them well- truly an added perk of the vocation!

With the growing success of The Treatment Rooms London, Managing Director Dr Vara was invited to speak at 2 of the leading aesthetic conferences, sharing his experiences in starting and growing a clinic. At both CCR Expo 2018 and Aesthetic Medicine Live 2018 he was delighted to have an engaging audience, guiding them as they start up their own clinic.

With more and more patients choosing to see the Doctors at The Treatment Rooms, in 2018 we welcomed two new Doctors to the team- Dr Umaira Ashraf and Dr Masooma Rizvi. Both have brought new expertise and skills to the table and we have enjoyed welcoming them into The Treatment Rooms’ Family!

As The Treatment Rooms bids farewell to 2018 we wanted to reiterate how much we love seeing new and old patients coming into our clinic. We are proud to be part of your treatment journey and look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

What we are looking forward to in 2019…

As we welcome 2019 all of us at The Treatment Rooms London are excited to bring in some new changes! For our patients who visit us in Putney you will see a renovated clinic reception area where you will be able to check-in. We have designed it to be warm in winter and temperate in summer- shielding you from the haphazard London weather!

We are also welcoming many new hair transplant, thread lift and advanced aesthetics treatment bookings for early 2019. For this reason, we have recruited extra nurses, doctors and surgeons to ensure high quality and safe treatments continue every single day.

New Clinics in 2019

Because there are many patients in the UK and Internationally who are asking for our services, we are now expanding to 2 international locations. This means Hair Transplants, PDO thread lifts and advanced treatments by The Treatment Rooms London are going to be accessible for those patients further afield. We look forward to sharing more about these clinics with you over the coming months!

And with that we bid farewell to 2018 and wish you a Happy New Year. We are excited to share 2019 with you all!

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The Increasing Popularity of Thread Lifts

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RealSelf & Thread Lifts. RealSelf, the prominent online patient- Doctor website has recently published an interesting report on what are the most popular treatments. Interestingly, the popularity of thread lifts has sky rocketed! The interest in thread lifts has increased the most compared to any other cosmetic procedure- having shot up by 42% since 2017. So what has caused this surge in interest?

Key points from the research

Some take home messages from the research include:

  • People’s interest in thread lifts has increased by 42% 
  • Botox® and Juvederm® are the number 1 and 3 most researched minimally invasive treatment

We are proud to have offered Thread Lifts, Botox and Fillers at The Treatment Rooms London since our beginning. Our Doctors are happy to guide you through each of these treatments in a consultation. Click here to book yours today!

What is RealSelf?

RealSelf is a website that allows patients to do the following: 

  • Search for treatments
  • Learn about treatments
  • Leave a review on their experience of a treatment and a Doctor
  • Search for Doctors and Surgeons based on their reviews and patient result photos
  • Ask questions about a treatment and have them answered by a Doctor who is a specialist

The website helps to bridge the gap between a patient and their Surgeon. It allows a patient to be fully informed about a procedure and know who is going to be providing it. If they are happy they can also contact the Surgeon by directly messaging them. By having a Q&A section, it also gives patients access to real clinical information that is provided by specialists. 

Why has RealSelf detected an increasing interest in thread lifts? 

Thread lifts offer a way to lift and rejuvenate areas of sagging skin and fat. They can be used in the face or in the body and are often preferred as a treatment over surgical methods of lifting. 

As Thread lifts are minimally invasive, they offer a way for patients to achieve a lift without having the long downtime and the risks of a surgical procedure. Thread lifts also tend to be less expensive compared to surgical methods of lifting. 

Interestingly, in a RealSelf survey carried out in October 2018- they explored why people chose to have cosmetic surgery in the first place. 

Combating ageing (22%), looking younger (22%), convenience in saving time (15%) and getting a body back after having children (11%) all came up in the top 7 most cited reasons. Importantly, all of these reasons can be addressed with thread lift treatment to the face or body. 

In the fast paced world we live in, you often don’t have time to take 2 weeks off work to recover from a procedure. Moreover, most people don’t want to have a drastic change in their appearance. The natural look is favoured with 30% of the UK’s patients not wanting to look like “they have had work done”. Thread lifts offer a natural rejuvenating lift that marries well with the subtle but naturally beautiful changes many patients may want. This is probably why RealSelf has detected an increasing interest in people searching for thread lifts. 

Want to know more?

If you wanted to know more about thread lifts at The Treatment Rooms London then please click on the following links: 

jowl thread lift
Lifting the jowls using PDO threads to define the jawline. Results last 2 years.

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