What is Botox and how is it used?

Botox is a registered trademark made by Allergan pharmaceuticals. It is a potent neurotoxin made by bacteria. It causes local paralysis when injected into a muscle. This effect is temporary and lasts about six months.

Its cosmetic use is to prevent and reverse specific age-lines (wrinkles) on the face by injecting very specific facial muscles with very specific doses.

Treatment can start at any age and there is a tendency for people to start preventative therapy early on. It is not uncommon to begin treatment in your twenties.

Which product does Holistic Beauty use?

Holistic Beauty uses only the original Botox made by Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

How safe are the treatments and are there any side-effects?

Botox is safe if used by a competent medical practitioner who has received the appropriate training on it’s use. It is, however, contraindicated in pregnancy. The main side-effects are:
1. the very occasional temporary bruising of the area injected.
2. a mild headache which goes away with Panado can occur in the first day.

How do dermal fillers work?

They add structure, volume and rehydrate the tissues. They are also used for definition, for example, in the lips. They may also promote collagen growth. depending on the filler and how and where exactly it is injected, one function predominates over the others. The fillers used are made of hyaluronic acid which is a substance found naturally in between the cells.

Which product does Holistic Beauty use?

We use various different products but only established premium products such as Juvederm Ultra and Restylane. We use special fillers for volume and for lips such as Voluma and Vollbela respectively.

How does the varicose vein treatment work?

A sclerozing agent that acts like a detergent obliterates the vein which is them compressed and is scarred down from the inside.

Is there any “downtime”?

Botox and fillers don’t have any downtime which is why they are being used extensively as the “lunch-hour liquid facelift. They can sometimes cause some bruising which can be concealed with make-up quite easily and settles down in a day or two.

Vein sclerotherapy causes color changes which make the area look worse initially and clients need to be aware if this. They are however very happy with the results after 4 to 6 weeks when everything clears up.

Are there any discounts?

For the month of March, assessments will cost only R350 (waived if any treatment undertaken).

Where is Holistic Beauty situated?

We have rooms in the Centre for Advanced Medicine in 13 Scott St, Waverley.

How long do the actual treatments take?

Only about 10 minutes but the assessments and discussion can take about 20 minutes.

How long are the cosmetic effects?

Botox lasts roughly 6 months. Fillers last 4 to 18 months, depending on the area.


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