New ‘aesthetics’ clinic moving into The ForumPosted by: Ashley Birch
The Friendly Porcupine is hoping for a spike in ‘botox and filler procedures’ in Sheffield city-centre
A brand new clinic, set up by two doctors, moves into the Forum this spring, hoping to make aesthetic procedures ‘something local, affordable and for the people of Sheffield.’
The Friendly Porcupine will be a small clinic on the ground floor of the Forum, offering mostly botox and fillers. “We’re just sticking to simple things that people want and are asking for.” says co-owner Constantine Fragkoulakis: “At the moment it’s reserved for a certain class but there’s a place for it for everyone.”
“It’s a different kind of thing for that whole area. These kind of places tend to open up outside the circular in bigger clinics, offering lots of treatments. We thought we’d offer something slightly different, and more in keeping with the friendly Sheffield atmosphere.”
Constantine has set up the business with his friend and fellow doctor James Greenwood. James is currently a GP in Worksop and Constantine works as a consultant at Kings Mill Hospital, in Mansfield.
“We met at uni in Sheffield, and have been friends ever since.” says Constantine: “We both live locally and we just thought that we wanted to do something together that would be quite fun.
“We’re really excited. I haven’t done anything like this before. I’ve been in medicine for almost 20-years now but I’ve never tested myself doing something independent, and I’ve always wanted to. We’ve been friends for a really long time so doing it with someone, sharing the good and the bad times, is really great.”
They plan to use the market leading product and will put limits on how much and who they will provide the service for, for example no one under the age of 18 will be eligible. As well as the obvious cosmetic uses the doctors are also hoping to shine a light on some the treatment uses of the procedures, for conditions like migraines and people who over-sweat.
Constantine said: “There is a stigma [to botox], and huge clinics perpetuate the stigma. You do hear horror stories, because there’s a lot of places out there doing this, and there’s no regulation in this country.
“At the moment you’ve got everyone from beauticians to medical professionals, and everything in between offering it. We’re both doctors so we can deal with any side effects and we can offer any counselling. I mean, we do it every day.”
The friendly Porcupines website and social channels will be going live in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for more details when they’re up and running.