Botox was discovered in 1989 to help block nerve impulses but has since moved from a doctor’s clinic into a cosmetic surgeon’s treatment room.
More defined face
Plastic surgeons have found that by injecting it along the jaw line, it inhibits muscle movements that cause the jaw to look bulky, thus smoothing it and making it rounder so the face appears more oval. The effects kick in tow to four weeks after the treatment and the results vary, lasting from six to twelve months.
Tiny injections are made, this time along the muscles of the calves. The procedure usually kicks in by the first month after the treatment and best results appear after the second month.
Smoother, clear skin
Meso Botox treatment, which is gaining popularity here, helps contract sweat and sebaceous (oil) glands so skin tightens and has a wrinkle-free smoothness. Micro-doses of Botox are injected into the skin of the face and neck, causing them to shrink.
“Because it works on the superficial skin layer of facial muscles, the sweat and sebaceous glands, not the main facial muscles, you don’t have that ‘paralysed’ look”, says cosmetic surgeon Dr Woffles Wu. “You get smoother clear skin, plus you can still have natural facial movements.”
Injections are made into a chest muscle, which relaxes the chest, opening it up and reducing the “hunch”, pushing your breasts forward. But this procedure seems kind of pointless, according to Dr Wu. “Breasts aren’t larger, they just look like they are because the Botoxed effect is similar to standing them straight with your chest out and tummy in.”