Chelsea Pharmacy Medical Clinic is a newly opened private medical clinic on Sloane Avenue in the heart of Chelsea. They offer a wide range of medical services, including aesthetics. The aesthetics team is headed up by Dr Richard Sibthorpe—featured in Tatler’s Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery Guide as one of the best aesthetics doctors in London. And most impressively, they’re open from 4pm to 9pm, seven days a week!
I arrived here on a frosty winter’s eve to try Allergan’s Botox wrinkle-reducing injections. Allergan says Botox can temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
I was led downstairs to the treatment and medical rooms below the state-of-the-art pharmacy where I met Dr Ali Razzak, the doctor who would be treating me that day. Dr Razzak was calm, confident and reassuring; working as a GP alongside his aesthetic practice, he was very knowledgeable about risks and suitability. I filled out a comprehensive medical history questionnaire while we talked through my concerns and desired outcome.
I’d had baby Botox (tiny doses) once before and loved the results, so was happy to try Botox again, but this time with proper amounts injected all across the forehead. I was concerned about possible pain, but Dr Razzak’s technique was so skilled and the jabs so tiny as to be almost imperceptible. Although I was pretty comprehensively jabbed all over, the whole process only took about five minutes once I was on the bed (table?).
Within a few days I began to see results—my forehead felt less able to crinkle and the few lines I had began to soften. It takes about two weeks to see the full effect with wrinkle-reducing injections, and the full effect was brilliant. I look the same, just less able to frown and overall more rested.
The most exciting part is knowing I’ve insured my skin against further wrinkle formation until the treatment wears off, indemnity against Mother Time’s cruel hand.