Botox / Vistabel

Botox injections have in recent years gained worldwide popularity and have become "de rigeur" for celebrities of a certain age including Marcia Cross (of Desperate Housewives fame), Kylie Minogue and many others.

The increasing availability of Botox has made it an option for many non celebrity women, looking for an easy way to regain their youthful looks. Note that "Vistabel" is just another name for Botox - they both contain the same active ingredients.

What is Botox?

Botox is made from a poison called "botulinum toxin", made by the bacteria that cause botulism, a bad case of food poisoning. However, it is injected into the face in very small doses and its only effect is to temporarily interupt nerve impulses into the facial muscles. When there is no movement, this has the effect of smoothing out lines and wrinkles. Its critics argue that it can lead to a lack of expression in the face.

What sort of wrinkles does Botox improve?

Botox had been approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) for the temporary relief of moderate to severe frown lines on people aged between 18 and 65 years.

botox before - photo of forehead
botox before photo of forehead
Before Botox injection
A few days later

How long do the injections take to work and how long do the effects last?

Usually the effects take hold inside the first week after the injection, and you can expect the effects to last initiall for a few months. However, with repeated injections the muscles atrophy (meaning that they become smaller and thinner) so that the effects of the injections last much longer.

What are the side effects?

Side effects can include bruising, discomfort and headaches. Rarely a patient can lose control of an eyelid. You may experience an allergic reaction to the injection.

Long term effects are not yet known as this treatment is still quite new.

Further Information

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