The cosmetic and Botox business has been flourishing for years and more and more entrepreneurs are choosing to capitalise on the booming industry.
Not many can boast to be as successful though as young entrepreneur Leah Totton: this business savvy GP from North Ireland went from hopeful candidate-then-winner on famous tv show The Apprentice in 2013 to co-owner of a successful chain of skin care clinics, Dr Leah Clinic.
It all started in 2013 for Leah Totton, after winning the £250,000 cash prize on Lord Sugar’s TV show The Apprentice. After a controversial win for some – she was one of the most disliked candidates ever on the show, she went on to open a first skin care clinic in London in 2014 with business partner Lord Sugar. Despite her constructed character on the show, this brilliant lady finished top of her class in medical school and has been exemplary following-up the end of The Apprentice, showing consistent business acumen and trying to set up both ethical and professional high standards for the skincare industry.
It was recently revealed at the start of the year that Dr Leah Clinic generated as astonishing €1m in sales overall in 2016. This exceeded all financial targets and Totton revealed they were set for yet another year of record breaking sales. After opening up a second clinic in Essex last year, further expansion is planned over the next year or so, with her native Northern Ireland featuring high up on the list.
As a medical professional, Totton has also spoken many times to warn against the lack of proper qualifications and courses for Botox and dermal fillers injections in the industry: “I was shocked to discover the lack of regulation”, she says in a 2013 interview published by The Telegraph.
She’s also a strong advocate for reasonable standards in the skin care industry and has consistently advised against the use of Botox on younger women: “young women of 25 don’t need Botox. And I am a very moral person so I would have no hesitation in saying that to a member of the public who came to me for non-surgical treatment.” And this is very refreshing to hear, considering botox use among young women aged 18 to 34 has increased by up to 41% in the United States in recent months.
Since November 2016, Totton revealed business was going so well in her skin care clinics that she managed to find the time to come back to her first passion, working as an A&E doctor.
“I get great work satisfaction from what I do, both in the NHS and the clinics. I’m very lucky and I’ll never take that for granted.” – she said.
Opportunity often knocks on the door; we just have to have the wisdom to recognise it and the courage to make something of it.