What is botox?
BOTOX® is a brand name for the purified form of botulium toxin Type A that is produced by the bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum.

Are treatments safe?
The safety profile is considered to be excellent. It has been used for patients with various conditions for over 19 years in over 60 countries. There can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow following the treatment but this is temporary, lasting 1 to 2 weeks and is rare.

How does it work?
Facial expressions occur when the brain sends a signal to a muscle tissue. BOTOX® blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. This relaxes the muscles to stop them contracting, leaving the overlying skin smooth and unwrinkled. It works only on the specific muscles injected leaving surrounding muscles to function as usual, producing normal facial expression without the wrinkles.

Botox and Fillers
Botox ® per unit R60
Juvederm ® per syringe R2750
Perlane ® per syringe R2750

Dr. Liz Levendig is at Professional Skin Care Lab in the afternoons and some Saturdays. Contact us on (011) 447 4874  for bookings.

What is treatment like?
A very small amount of BOTOX® powder is diluted with saline and injected very precisely into several locations. Associated pain is minimal, many patients describing it as an ant bite sting for a few seconds. The treatment takes around 15 minutes depending on the number of areas requiring attention. It takes 2 to 3 days for it to begin taking effect and up to 7 days to see the full result.

Where can botox be used?
Generally for frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines and crows feet (small smile lines around the eyes). It is also increasingly being used to reduce neck lines and in brow lifts to achieve a more youthful arched brow which rounds and softens the eye. Doctors have also reported good results in the nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth and for perioral lip lines (“smokers lips”).

How long will it last?
The advantage is that it is temporary. The effect lasts for 3 to 5 months depending on the individual. Once you decide you like the effect you can have repeat treatments and increase the number of facial areas you wish to treat. Early clinical studies indicate the duration of effect increases over time.

Before and After photos

Crows feet before BOTOX Crows feet after
Forehead lines before BOTOX Forehead lines after

 

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