Botox Pretoria

As one of the industry’s leading Botox and Fillers specialists in South Africa in reducing and preventing wrinkles we provide expert care with superior results.

is botox?

Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

A Botox treatment blocks the signals sent from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle will not contract any longer and as a result, causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on lines on the forehead, small lines around the eye also known as crow’s feet and frown lines. Please take note: Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox treatment.

After the Botox injection moves from the dermis and into the targeted muscle, the nerves there are blocked by the Botox. Your brain will fire and signal for your face to move a particular muscle but the Botox effectively blocks that signal and keeps the muscle from moving.

Is botox cosmetic surgery? Indeed it is seen as a type of cosmetic surgery. It is however more of an in room procedure than surgery.

Botox vs Fillers

Botox freezes muscles ability to contract which stops creases and wrinkles caused by our facial expressions.

These wrinkles are typically found on the forehead and around the eyes. Dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid to “fill in” or plump areas on the face that lack volume and smoothness.

This includes wrinkles around the mouth, thin lips, and cheeks that have lost fullness. Filler injections are also often used on scars, wrinkles on the forehead, and other areas that need extra volume for a smoother look.

Botox and Fillers Pretoria

How to make Botox

We get this question all the time. Botox will gradually start losing its effectiveness over time but there are definitely ways to get the maximum benefit out of your botox in these few ways:

  • Get it done by a medical practitioner. Botox injections require correct and exact dosages as well as precise injection sites. If it’s not done by a professional, you may see the botox fading a lot earlier than usual.
  • Avoid exercise and sweat for two days. It may cause the botox to migrate to places it should not go.
  • Take good care of your skin. Botox will last longer on those who moisturise regularly. This also includes drinking 8 glasses of water per day. Drinking plenty of water will enhance the water-absorption of hyaluronic-based fillers.
  • Stress less. Stress accelerates the aging process and rapidly enhances signs of aging. To extend the benefits of botox, try to reduce unnecessary stress-inducers from your day. Use techniques like meditation, yoga or exercise.
  • Stop Smoking. Smoking is one of the leading causes of premature aging in skin.
  • Stay out of the sun. Botox does not work on wrinkles caused by sun damage as they are not a result of the underlying muscle. So therefore, stay out of the sun, apply sunscreen and wear a hat.

Duration

Depending on the treatment. 20 min – 30 min.

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Back to work

Immediately

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ANAESTHETIC

None or ice can be used.

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DOWNTIME

Zero downtime.

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FREQUENCY

Maintenance every 4 to 6 months.

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RESULTS

After first treatment.

Botox

and Fillers Price List

Due to the nature of Botox treatments and the variable cost involved per individual person, we would suggest getting in touch with us to explain the pricing for your individual needs. In general though the Botox injection cost is priced at a per unit quantity required per area treated.

Upon consultation, our Doctor will work out a quote for you based on your specific needs.

Botox injection sites on face

Where can you inject botox exactly? Use our reference below to see where the most common areas on the face are to have Botox done.

 

Botox Injection Sites on Face

Botox Pros and Cons

Pros

Botox is a temporary treatment. You may get your first treatments and decide that you do not want to continue treatment in the future. It is not permanent and will thus not change your face permanently.

When does botox take effect? Botox produces quick results. You see results in a couple of hours or days, you will see results if the drug is administered correctly.

Besides providing effective treatment for wrinkles, Botox has been shown to reduce or remove the appearance of lines caused by certain facial expressions.

The procedure to administer Botox is very quick, typically lasting only 5-10 minutes depending on the area and how many areas being done.

There are very few health risks when using Botox. Although pregnant women should avoid this drug, the small chance of Botox spreading and the readily available treatment if it does makes it a very safe procedure.

Cons

The primary advantage of Botox can become a disadvantage. Botox is a temporary solution. You will have to get regular injections for the rest of the time that you wish to remove lines and wrinkles.

There have been some cases of allergic reactions to Botox, particularly in people that are taking antibiotics. Although readily treatable, some reactions can become uncomfortable.

Botox requires a professional. Botox should only be done by a medical professional. You need to have the drug administered properly in case an emergency such as an allergic reaction.

Additional non-cosmetic advantages of Botox

Botox uses vary and is not only used for the prevention of wrinkles. It also serves the following:

  • Cervical dystonia - This painful condition causes your neck muscles to contract involuntarily and as a result,
    causes your head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position. Botox helps to counter the occurrence of cervical dystonia.
  • Lazy eye - The most common cause of lazy eyes is an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye.
    Getting Botox helps with the correction of lazy eyes.
  • Muscle contractures - Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your centre.
    In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with a Botox injection treatment.
  • Hyperhidrosis - In this condition, excessive sweating occurs even when the temperature isn't hot and you're not exerting yourself.
    To treat severe underarm sweating, Botox works by blocking the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands.
  • Chronic migraine - If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, Botox injections may help reduce the frequency of headaches.
  • Bladder dysfunction - Botox injections can reduce urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder.
  • Eye twitching - Botox injections may help relieve the twitching of muscles around the eye.

Frequently asked

How long does Botox last?

Botox can last up to 4-6 months while fillers can last from a few months up to a year. How long does botox work will also depend on an individual but those are the average times.

Is Botox really safe?

While there are some side effects to botox, it is completely safe. A Lot of people ask, is Botox FDA approved? Yes, it is FDA approved making it a safe non-life threatening procedure.

How often should you have botox?

Botox is not permanent. Since botox lasts up to 6 months we would say you can get botox maintenance every 4 to 6 months.

How many units of botox do I need?

This is a difficult one to answer since everyone’s needs are different. During the consultation with our Doctor, she will examine your face and determine exactly how many units you will need.

Does Botox hurt?

A Botox injection uses a needle. So yes, it is nothing like getting a relaxing facial at Glo. However, the pain is very tolerable. If you have ever gotten an injection or donated blood you know how it feels and you know that some of you won’t even flinch.

Is botox permanent or can I remove it?

You can not remove botox or dissolve it, you must wait for it to wear off.

Can I get botox around my eyes?

Absolutely. Botox is commonly used around the eyes to prevent crow’s feet from forming. It also helps you to correct asymmetric eyebrows and eyelids. Some doctors are even injecting Botox underneath the eyes in order to smooth out the appearance of lines and have reported good results overall. However, some doctors will not perform this procedure due to perceived risks such as bagging and sagging of the lower lid and difficulty blinking.

How soon after botox can you lie down?

Here are a few “don’ts” after a botox injection. Do not touch or rub the injected area for about 2-4 hours following the treatment. Avoid exercise and sweating for the remainder of the day and do not lie down or lean forward for 2-4 hours after the botox treatment.

Is bruising after botox normal?

It does happen from time to time, so don’t panic. Bruising often occurs when the needle knicks a blood vessel during the botox injection procedure. This allows blood to leak below the surface of the skin and cause the surface to appear reddish.

Chances of bruising increases in patients who are on blood thinners, such as aspirins and ibuprofens, and in patients who frequently drink alcoholic beverages. Such ingestions increase blood flow, which increases inflammation to the treated area. There is a bit of downtime involved in the cosmetic treatment and for that reason we would probably advise not to get Botox done just before your wedding day.

Can botox affect your eyesight?

Precautions are necessary to prevent possible Botox treatment side effects such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, eyelid swelling or dry eyes. If you have any of these issues after a botox injection, report them to your eye doctor and your botox doctor.

Can I drink alcohol after getting botox?

No. You should not drink alcohol or use painkillers. Both of these thin your blood which may worsen the severity of your bruises after the treatment. While post treatment bruising is not always common, it may occur and it is therefore better to do everything you can to avoid it at all cost.

Can I exercise after getting botox?

No, no exercising after botox for at least 24 hours. Exercise increases blood flow through your muscles and can potentially diffuse the botox. In some cases, intense botox can also cause the botox to migrate to areas they shouldn’t.

What are the side effects of botox?

Botox side effects are uncommon but not to be ignored. We have personally never seen any of our clients report side effects after their treatment with our Botox Doctor, however, let us list them here just to be safe. Some cases of botox side effects may include:

  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Bruising, Redness, or Swelling Where the Injection Was Given.
  • Muscle Weakness Near Where the Medicine Was Injected.

At Glo Laser & Beauty we have Botox days where we have our Doctor aka Botox specialist come in to do botox injections. Our doctor will answer your questions all about Botox like “How does botox work?” “What are the ingredients of Botox?” or “When will my Botox take effect/kick in?”

She will put your mind at ease and you will soon be returning to Glo Laser & Beauty for the best Botox and fillers in Pretoria and Centurion!

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