Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TWEAKMENT? IS IT TIME FOR; Trends to Roll Back the Years without Raising Brows, a New En Point Botox Pen May Be the Answer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TWEAKMENT? IS IT TIME FOR; Trends to Roll Back the Years without Raising Brows, a New En Point Botox Pen May Be the Answer

Article excerpt

OTOX is dead: long live Botox.

BTime was when appearanceconscious sorts would compare how spookily smooth their foreheads were, skin tightened around widened eyes to deliver a slightly disturbing stare. Re-encountering this look at a Manhattan haunt of the well and truly Botoxed not long ago made me wince. I spent the evening mesmerised by my host's forehead. Her lines had been so ruthlessly eradicated that they had ended up as a single high ridge under the hairline. Having planned to ask her who her dermatologist was, I changed my mind. Now that is a sure sign of Botox fatigue.

And yet there is no more effective way of dealing with stubbornly ageing lines than a dab of neurotoxins to freeze the muscles. So a new generation of practitioners are leaving the "frozen forehead" look in favour of "tweakments": small, targeted interventions that leave us looking refreshed rather than radically changed.

The Botox pen is part of this evolution -- a lighter, less painful and more precise way of treatment via a motorised injection. Dr Jules Nabet is one of the dabbest hands in London with the Botox pen, developed in Switzerland. One of a small, sought-after cast of French cosmetic dermatologists working in London, Nabet imported the more natural beauty of Ines de la Fressange and Isabelle Huppert. Others agree. A luminous Robin Wright, playing the alluring villainess Claire in House of Cards, says candidly she favours a light "sprinkling" of Botox twice a year. Michael Gove's journalist wife Sarah Vine agrees.

Next-generation Botox aims for a natural look, so people won't be able to tell you have had a "procedure". The Botox pen wielded by Dr Nabet, in a modest basement in Kensington, looks reassuringly different to a traditional needle and the Continued on Page 30 Continued from Page 29 "tweakment" feels more like a short, blunt, minor prod. …

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