“The liquid facelift” – Botox and Dysport are part of the range of ‘injectables’ used by aesthetic doctors to relax wrinkles and revitalise ageing skin…

The non-surgical solution was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 for the treatment of facial spasms in patients. Thirteen years later, in 2002, it was approved for cosmetic use. In South Africa, it is approved by Medicines Control Council.

Botulinum toxin (commercially known as Botox ®) is an injectable substance used to relax muscles in a way that can minimise the look of wrinkles. It’s been safely used for decades and with great success at Skin Renewal.

Botox & Dysport is used to target the ‘glabella’ area – the smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrow and can also be used around the eye to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, and on the forehead to smooth out wrinkle lines.

Botulinum toxin has even been used to treat excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and lazy eyes.

The low-risk treatment usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes, with results lasting between three and four months at a time. No anaesthetic is needed, but can be used to make treatment more comfortable for client.

What exactly is Botox ®?

Botox® is actually a brand name for a product made from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. However, it’s become the word most frequently associated with non-surgical injectable treatments that target wrinkles.

Demystifying Botulinum toxin (commercially known as Botox ®) – Everything you wanted to know but were too shy to ask
Demystifying Botulinum toxin (commercially known as Botox ®) – Everything you wanted to know but were too shy to ask

How does it work?

It helps to smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by blocking the signals that are sent between the nerves and muscles. This means that the injected muscles are unable to contract, which therefore relaxes the skin and soften wrinkles.

Want to know more about Botox ®? Now’s your chance!

All4Women has teamed up with the skincare specialists at Skin Renewal to answer all your questions about Botox ® that you’ve been too shy to ask.

Who will be answering your questions?

Dr Maureen Allem  is the founder and Medical Director of the Renewal Institute. She is a general practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic procedures and integrative and anti-ageing medicine. In fact, Dr Allem was one of the first in South Africa to train other doctors in botulinum toxin and dermal filler procedures!

When she’s not helping her patients, she’s travelling the world attending global anti-ageing congresses and laser forums to stay at the cutting edge of innovations in her sphere. She is also one of the founding committee members of the Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine Society of South Africa.

How to ask your question

It’s really easy to ask your question! Either fill out the form below or post your question on All4Women’s Facebook page. You have until 14 August to ask your questions. Once all the questions are in, we’ll get Dr Allem to answer them and publish the answers on our site. Keep a look out for her responses.

About Skin Renewal

There are 16 Skin Renewal Aesthetic clinics all over South Africa. The clinics specialise in a full range of doctor-administered medical aesthetic treatments including injectables, dermal fillers and Thread lifts, as well as a wide range of medical grade technology treatments like Laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, carboxy therapy, skin needling, Radiofrequency and more.

Injectable treatments are done by doctors (who are experienced in cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine and anti-ageing treatments), supported by a team of qualified and experienced nurses and therapists.

Skin Renewal’s continuous investment in the latest technologies, products and staff training is what ensures their patients’ infinitely better results. Click here to find out more about Skin Renewal.