Are Botox and cosmetic procedures on the rise in Mid-Ulster?

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As we enter a new year, most people think of resolutions and things they want to change in their lives, but it seems more and more people are turning to cosmetic procedures for that ‘long-lasting change’.

Botox and body contouring treatments are on the rise and according to two local businesses who offer these treatments, the demand is there in Mid-Ulster.

Dr Mark Hollloway, who operates from The Sperrin Clinic, Maghera on a part-time basis. told the MAIL that the demand for Botox is certainly prevalent in the Mid-Ulster area.

Dr Holloway said: “There are easily about ten clients coming to me every week for Botox treatments. There is definitely a demand for it. Most of the people that are coming in are between 35 and 55 years old. It is predominately female but we are seeing more males as time goes on. People are getting these treatments younger now almost to prevent them from happening in the first place. We are seeing a lot of people who have aged their skin through the use of sunbeds.

“I am getting busier week on week. The first week of the New Year, I expected no-one to be here, but it was the busiest week I have ever had. So a lot of people started the New Year by having a treatment and I had a lot of new clients.

“It is not as expensive as people expect it to be. People like the fact that I am a local and that I am not disappearing anywhere, if they have any problems they know they can come back to me. It tends to be something people keep very private.”

Donna Donaghy, who runs a skincare and laser clinic in Cookstown, offering body contouring, cellulite treatment and skin tightening also believes the demand for cosmetic procedures is present in the Mid-Ulster area.

She told the MAIL: “Without a doubt there is an increase in demand for these procedures. I have noticed an increase particularly from Autumn 2013 it just took a real turn for the good. More people are interested in these types of procedures now. I used to work in Belfast and I would have had clients from Armagh, Moy, Dungannon, Swatragh, Magherafelt and I just saw the demand was there in Mid-Ulster. People were travelling to the big cities for the procedures so why not have it in Cookstown. I would be fully booked every day, working an eight hour day, so the demand is there. Gift Vouchers for treatments were very popular this Christmas too, it is just growing in popularity.”