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How did our training go?

February 9th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

It was a huge day for Dr Nathalie and Dr Becky and everyone at The Clinic really when we opened our doors for the first time to our delegates training in Toxin and Filler.  The training school has been a long time in the set-up and has required Dr Becky to complete an additional teaching qualification.  We are proud to announce that we are fully sponsored by Merz Aesthetics for our training school, which means that we can provide all delegates with their high end online learning platform access.

We are also proud to announce that we are a Hamilton Fraser recommended course, this means that you can be insured by Hamilton Fraser (the UK’s leading cosmetic insurance) after training with us.

So, once all the paperwork was done – how did it actually go?  Well, our course coordinator Penny put on an excellent show of hospitality with food and drink provided throughout the day.  So that was a good start.  Our courses are deliberately kept to a small number of delegates, once they’ve been taught the basics (fundamentals of ageing and how to deal with emergencies) we can make the course very delegate led to learn at the rate that they’re able to and to make sure that they get out of it what they came for. 

We had four procedures for each of the delegates to do which is double the amount of models you can usually expect for an aesthetics course.  All models were carefully chosen to be appropriate for the course.  They knew what they wanted and had been seen by our doctors before the course to make sure they fully understood the process. All of our candidates were offered the opportunity to follow up with the models they had treated on the day in a fortnight when they come back for their follow-ups with our doctors.

Our delegates received training in the ageing face, managing expectations, delivering treatments as well as how to follow up and deal with complications or results that just weren’t quite right.

We loved having our delegates at The Clinic and we can’t wait to release our new dates to get the next lot of health care professionals through our doors!  We hope that all of our lovely ladies (but we do hope to take some blokes too next time!) left the course feeling fantastic, excited to face the aesthetic world and knowing that they’ve got Team Clinic in their back pocket if there are any issues.

And as always – we are always open to hearing your questions or feedback. Don’t be a stranger and send us an email to reception@theclinicburton.co.uk, DM us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll be happy to help.

Love, Team Clinic 🖤

Dr Becky & Dr Nathalie


Training at The Clinic

January 19th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

What does it take to be a good aesthetic practitioner?  The truth be known, it is really hard to define this.  At The Clinic, we believe in two different aspects of training that we hope makes us the best in the business. 

Firstly we believe that the ethics of aesthetics are incredibly important; this is why we have an ethical injecting policy at The Clinic.  It helps to focus the mind, away from a money-driven environment to force practitioners to think “Is this the right thing that I’m doing for my patient?”. Patients, seeking aesthetic procedures, can be vulnerable, they can have low confidence and can struggle, in the extreme, with body dysmorphic disorder.  For us, if you as a practitioner can answer truly that you are only doing procedures that are right for the patient, then you’ve conquered the first major hurdle.

Secondly, it’s an appreciation of the actual art of aesthetics, and this appreciation has to be underpinned by training and understanding of the products available and the best way to deliver them.  Obtaining this second step is hard, and we appreciate that. 

We opened our training school this month and our first courses will run on 1st and 2nd February. Each day can be taken as a separate entity and we will train healthcare professionals in basic toxin and introductory fillers.  Each of our courses can then be used as a contribution to the holy grail of aesthetics, the Level 7 qualification.  Our courses will stand out from the crowd as they set out not only how to deliver the more simple treatments in aesthetics but also, how to fully assess your client and manage their expectations about what you can achieve for them.  In our experience, making sure that you know the results you can get, is fundamental to making sure that you have a trusted relationship with your patients.

You will leave one of our courses, delivered at our state of the art training school and taught by our two most senior clinicians who both work as plastic surgery registrars in the NHS (Nathalie Fennell and Rebecca Rollett), knowing that you have a support network with The Clinic that if you want it, will always be there.  Following your training day, you will be able to book further shadowing days where we can assess your abilities further and help you to develop in particular, your consultation skills.  You will of course also leave with a good understanding of the products we use, all by Merz Aesthetics, and the building blocks to set up your own practice.

Agenda for both days:

Day 1:  Introduction to Toxin

  • The consultation process
  • Managing patient expectations and consent
  • Medicines management
  • Prescribing toxin
  • Administering upper face toxin (2-3 models provided to train on)
  • Follow up and best practice guidelines
  • Introduction to managing adverse events/complications/dissatisfactory results
  • Setting up your aesthetics business

Day 2:  Introduction to Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

  • The consultation process
  • Managing patient expectations and consent
  • When is surgery more appropriate?
  • Prescribing fillers and other associated medications
  • Treating nasolabial folds, the lower face and cheeks
  • Complications of fillers
  • Follow up and best practice guidelines
  • Introduction to managing adverse events and dissatisfactory results
  • Setting up your aesthetics business

On completion of the training, you will receive a certificate from The Clinic Academy, which is recognised by the insurers Hamilton Fraser and enables you to start your own journey in aesthetic practice.

Finally, we can never promise, but, we are always looking for people who will fit well into our team.  And if that’s you, and you like how we work, please do tell us.  If you would like to train with us please contact penny@theclinicburton.co.uk who is our training course co-ordinator.  All courses are £1000 per day incl. of VAT. 

Looking forward to see you all!

Love, Team Clinic 🖤



Toxin: The Facts

January 18th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

This feels like we’re writing out The Clinic consent form for Botulinum Toxin, and if we had a pound for every time a client who has been treated elsewhere said: “I’ve never been told that before…” You know the rest of the story…

Botulinum toxin is a drug – correct.  A brand name is Botox, which was the first prep marketed by Allergan that works very well. We use Bocouture, a brand by Merz Pharma. It does not require refrigeration and when we used to work mobile this felt a lot safer. The science of the way this particular brand formulated their toxin is incredible. But let’s not get too geeky… Botulinum Toxin is the crucial ingredient. 

And here is the headline. If you have lines in your upper face (forehead, between your eyebrows, or crows feet) that are mostly there when you move, toxin is the first consideration. If the lines are there even when you’re not moving, you might still be able to have it, but, the results aren’t going to be as good. Why?  Why? Why? Because Toxin works by stopping the muscles from moving, and so, if you’ve got lines caused by movement, they’ll go. If they’re still there when you’re not moving, taking the movement away, may not make as much difference as you might like.

So when you come for your follow up, which is where we can make small tweaks to your treatment if you need it, we’ll look for leftover movement, not leftover lines. Most people like the sensation and the results of their toxin, it is rarely this that gives the fake puffed up look that people so desperately want to avoid. Occasionally you can feel like your forehead is too heavy, and if you get this, your practitioner should be able to take you through this and make sure it goes away as quickly as possible.

Make sense? Hope so. But we would love to hear your questions, so if you’re interested – send us an email to reception@theclinicburton.co.uk, DM us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll answer you. 

Love, Team Clinic 🖤



The botox lip flip procedure and more besides

March 11th, 2019 | Nathalie Fennell

Our last blog post on toxin has hopefully left you with an understanding of the botox eyebrow lift that is second to none. Today we will unveil some lesser known intricacies of toxin options that mean that this treatment can be used not just as a treatment for fine lines in the upper face.

We have had a few enquiries about the lip flip procedure – it is essentially tiny tiny tiny injections of toxin across the top lip used to lift out the edge of the top lip which often becomes less defined with age.  It is also a treatment for smokers lines which are pretty stubborn to get rid of.

In our client group over the age of 40 lots of you point to the lower face in your consultations, the little jowly bit along the jaw, and some of you mention a “down-turned smile” or looking like you have a droopy mouth.  One of the clever things we can do with toxin, which works by stopping muscles from moving, is stop the little muscles that pull the corners of the mouth downwards from doing so. As a result you won’t be able to gurn…small price to pay for lifting the corners of your mouth and softening the jowls a bit…?  

Another great use of toxin is in the neck, which is one of the crucial areas that many of you complain about with ageing. Treating the neck is a crucial part of a surgical facelift and that is also true for any non surgical facelift treatment.  At The Clinic we can use toxin to treat the lower face and neck to cause skin tightening and a more defined jawline.  It is important to have a consultation first as not everyone is appropriate. But there are great success stories with this, it is sometimes termed the Nefertiti Lift in honour of the Egyptian queen with a famously defined jawline.

And finally for today we have the gummy smile treatment, anyone hate smiling because it shows their gums?  We’ve had so many clients who hadn’t realised you could do anything about this until our recent Instagram before and after.  But we can, a small injection into the muscles that pull up each side of your mouth and we’re there, you can still smile, but you’ll be showing less gum.  
Need more confidence?  It is what we’re all about – come and see us for the more subtle toxin treatments for the things described above.  And if it is right for you, we’ll happily help you out. www.theclinicburton.co.uk



The old ones are the best – “toxin” – the first cosmetic treatment for fine lines

March 11th, 2019 | Nathalie Fennell

When I qualified I said to so many people “I can’t wait to do a botox course”.  I knew a few people who had had it done and I used to be so sure I could spot it but in reality I couldn’t really, because it takes quite a bit to understand it.  I can spot it now, a mile off, if you’ve had the usual three areas, but toxin is so much more than that. Botox of course is a brand name, as are dysport, bocouture and azzalure.  In reality they’re all pretty much the same. So we should just say toxin.

The best non-surgical cosmetic treatments are the ones you can’t see and the ones that give you minimal down time. Toxin is definitely one of those, and I frequently say it’s one of the safest drugs I use.  As NHS doctors we are constantly assessing the risks and benefits of medications and often there are many side effects. Toxin in reality, in the doses required for cosmetic treatments is the perfect drug:

  • It stays where you put it
  • It requires minimal dosing
  • It does not have a systemic effect
  • It wears off in three months without any long lasting problems

It’s like the perfect crime.

The most common thing you’ll see is paying for toxin by area, classically it’s three areas.  In reality everyone gets confused “I want to botox eyebrow lift”.  What this means is the look that you get where your eyebrow arches nicely and you feel lifted.   It’s a real skill to perfect this, and it’s the result of the combined effect of the classic three areas.  Stopping the muscles moving between your eyebrows (glabella – area number 1) means you aren’t pushing down and frowning.  Result – you feel lifted. Toxin in the forehead (forehead – area number 2) if you put it in right, focuses on the central aspect of your forehead and lets the edges still move and still pull up.  Result – eyebrows lift slightly at the sides, wonderful eyebrow arch. Toxin around the eyes (crows feet – area number 3), it’s a small amount and it is the most technically challenging to get right of the classic three areas, it opens up the eyes when you laugh and smile and it stops your eyebrows from pulling down.  Result – the upper face opens up, you can still smile with your eyes and you feel totally lifted.

So the toxin three areas is the botox eyebrow lift, not everyone can have it which is why the best thing to do is to visit www.theclinicburton.co.uk to book in with one of our practitioners for a consultation to work out what is the best treatment for you.


Check out the next blog post for more on other procedures you can do with toxin “the botox lip flip procedure” specifically.



The botox lip flip procedure? Do you really need it? #ethicalinjecting

February 28th, 2019 | Nathalie Fennell

We’ve been mentioning ethical injecting since we opened…but we haven’t really explained it.  It is The Clinic, and it is who we are and what we are all about.

In a world where the best non-surgical cosmetic treatments have a huge presence on social media, in the press and all over the celebrity world, it is so easy to get sucked into the need to be the person who was first to get the new “botox lip flip procedure” that is all over the internet.

Non-surgical anti-ageing treatments were designed to be just that – anti-ageing and non-surgical.  They were not designed to make everyone look the same with lips disproportionate to their face and their jawline so tight they were unrecognisable. They certainly were not designed to end up generating a whole new subspecialty in surgery to correct the complications and yet this is what is happening.  All for a treatment that was supposed to be non-surgical.

Ethical means to relate to moral principles.  At The Clinic that is what we are trying to do, we’re trying to bring this world that has gone slightly mad into the realms of reality.  We are the people you can come to and if it is wrong for you we will tell you, if we can’t do it or your expectations are unachievable we’ll be honest.  Fillers and toxin can be used as a fantastic cosmetic treatment for fine lines, they can be used really cleverly to make a non-surgical facelift treatment and could, to a degree, be a bit of a facelift without the surgery cost.  But, and you knew there was a but, there are limits, and the best practitioners will know that.  

If you want to book a no obligation consultation you will always be able to at The Clinic, if you want to just get good advice on what the best thing for you to do is then don’t google “low cost skin fillers”.  Start googling ethical injecting.  We need to make it a thing. That is what The Clinic Burton is all about.

Doing the right treatment for you, delivered by an appropriately qualified doctor.  And if you want the “botox lip flip procedure” and it’s right for what you want to achieve, we’ll do it, and we’ll do it best.  


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