To FROTOX or not to FROTOX, that is the question

A number of my regular patients have been asking me about FROTOX/iovera (the latest ‘big thing’ in aesthetic medicine to have entered the UK anti-ageing market), so I think it’s time to document a few of my thoughts about this new craze.

I’m sure a huge number of you have heard of the American FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and wonder why so much importance is put on this body’s approval. The answer is that the FDA insists on stringent testing and comprehensive studies before they give their endorsement ‘stamp’ to any product.  As a consumer, you can be assured that if you undergo a FDA approved treatment, it is a bone fide, tried and tested procedure. Of course problems can still arise, especially if you place yourself in unskilled hands…

Ironically, iovera was developed in California but is not allowed to be used in the US as it has not yet been passed by the FDA.  Europe has no equivalent testing systems in place, which is why we have had the recent scandals such as the very high profile breast implant PIP debacle.  Manufacturers often bring their aesthetic/anti-ageing products to the European market first, essentially to trial and gather data in order to present to the FDA decision makers.

In my opinion, why offer patients an unregulated option to the very safe, tried and tested botulinium toxin (Botox) that works very well and for longer periods?  When will the UK ‘wake up’ and develop their own ‘FDA’ equivalent?  Have we learned nothing from the human devastation caused by the PIP scandal?  Yes, Frotox may well work and give good results that reverse within 3 months, BUT efficacy is not in question here, it’s all about patient safety.

About Ms Angelica Kavouni FRCS EBOPRAS Cosmetic Surgeon

Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS EBOPRAS With a wealth of experience in private practice spanning 15 years and a regular TV, online and print media contribution, Angelica has secured her place as one of London’s prominent cosmetic plastic surgeons. Angelica has developed a reputation for her signature natural result Career Facelift® which blends minimal procedures with state-of-the-art anti-ageing treatments.  Her expertise also includes post pregnancy breast and body contouring and vaginal rejuvenation. Angelica is committed to safety and standards and her attention to detail is legendary. The Kosme Skin Clinic …where anti-ageing professionals and state-of-the-art skin rejuvenation meet Kosme Skin Clinic is a unique skincare destination. Not only a stand-alone non-surgical unit housing state-of-the-art solutions for all skin issues, the Kosme Skin Clinic acts as an invaluable adjunct to the surgical facility also based at 129 Harley Street. Our experienced aesthetic nurse practitioners work to Medical Director Ms Angelica Kavouni’s own exact standards, delivering high-end care to all patients. Def: Kos-me…preservation, restoration, or enhancement of natural appearance Ms Angelica Kavouni GMC: 4002006 129 Harley Street London W1G 6BA t: 020 7486 9040 w:
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