It's said that women look at themselves in the mirror at least eight times a day. The reasons include:

  • checking that their make-up is still in place
  • any mascara smudges under the eyes
  • lipstick on the teeth
  • or maybe to check if there's a pimple … but mostly we check out our reflection for a sense of reassurance.

Statistically, women begin to show signs of facial aging at around the age of 25. The first signs of aging in women are fine lines around the eyes and mouth, and the “number elevens” – the two frown lines between the eyebrows are common too . Forehead lines too, are aging, but unfortunately you can dramatically reduce or even remove them with some strategically placed Botox injections.

There are times when our face seems to look older than our years, sometimes it's bad luck with our genes, smoking lines at the mouth or over exposure of the sun, these things give us more lines than the norm.

Just think of wrinkles in the same way as a breeze. If a breeze is continuously banged, then it does not get a chance to heal, just as skin which is regularly being creased in the same place, does not get a chance to smooth out. Lines and wrinkles form from the constant movement of muscles, in actions such as scowling, squinting and the raising of eyebrows. In time, these creases become permanent. This is where Botox treatment can help.

Although Botox is a toxin, it is not a high risk procedure at all when used properly and has been safely used for the last 25 years. Having Botox treatment is quickly becoming as common as getting your nails done, your roots touched up at the hairdressers and having your legs waxed! Ten minutes of your time having Botox can give you a much fresher, smoother look, as it relaxes the facial muscles so that you can not frown and softens any deeper lines that you may have.

It concerns many people that they may end up with a “frozen face” – that rabbit caught in the headlights look that the media looks to consider consistent with Botox treatment. The tell-tale signs of bad Botox are obvious: a glass-smooth forehead, a surprised expression or the inability to show any emotion. A less is more approach, that leaves the face looking relaxed but still mobile, is a far more desirable outlet and any good cosmetic practitioner should advocate this.

The procedure takes about 20 minutes and needs no anaesthetic. Botox gets injected with a very fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. Botox usually takes effect within 5 to 14 days after the procedure and the result is that we do not frown as much, or crinkle our eyes when we are smiling. Botox often updates up to four months and you will find the lines and wrinkles looking less less with time because the Botox has taught the muscles to relax.