As we age, our skin loses moisture and elasticity, making it prone to wrinkles. Wrinkles are caused by habitual facial expressions such as frowning, smiling, laughing or just being surprised. Unless we open our minds to the concept of botox treatment, this natural process of ageing will forever take its toll on our facial features.
Botox treatment is a trade name for a protein called Botulinum Toxin A, produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It may all sound like Greek but the way it works is quite simple. It reduces wrinkles, and can be used as treatment for migraines, excessive sweating, uncontrollable twitching of eyelids and clenching of jaws. “Injecting of botox is normally seen as a complicated procedure that can only be performed by highly qualified professors when in fact it is a very simple procedure,” said Badiredi Tau of Dr Tau Dental Spa when officially launching Botox treatment, the newest addition of services available at his spa on Wednesday evening. Tau was extensively trained in Dentistry at University College of Kork in Ireland in 2001 and has worked in the industry for several years until he decided to open his own practice in 2007. After proceeding to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Aestheics Dentistry that covered cosmetic topics including Facial Aesthetics for Dentists, Principles of Creating a Beautiful Smile, Botox and Facial Fillers at University of Pretoria purely out his love for and interest in cosmetics, Tau is confident that he has all the necessary knowledge required in administering botox.
“Botox treatment is fairly new to the local market. We are currently focusing on getting Batswana to understand what it is all about. I believe in it myself because I have seen the wonderful results that can be achieved,” assured Tau. He said having done the treatment on various clients to date, he is very happy with the results and satisfaction expressed by patients. “I take comfort in that like any other drug in the country botox is regulated by the Drug Regulation Unit at the Ministry of Health. The DRU permits botox on a case by case basis, so everytime there’s a patient to be administered with it an application is made to DRU stating the diagnosis accompanied by a motivation for using botox on the client,” he continued. Tau said the treatment involves injection into specific facial muscles to reduce their contraction. He said once injected one will notice a visible smoothing of facial wrinkles after 4 days with maximum effect taking place after 2 weeks. “It will then last anything from 4 to 6 months,” he explained. Tau said worldwide botox cosmetic providers include dermatologists, dentists, plastic surgeons, general practitioners, nurses and physician assistants. The growth of the industry is forecast to reach $3 billion by 2018.
Brand Ambassodor for Botox Cosmetic at the spa Noelen Faar said due to the great demand for youthful looks, we have without a doubt entered the age of botox and plastic surgery and the only way to go from now is forward. She said the popularity of the product stems from the fact that it works and it works fast! Looking stunning at 40, Farr swears to go on botox to prolong the flawlessness on her face. “People are always shocked on hearing that I plan to get botox. Some are even more surprised that the treatment is now available locally. My simple response to them is that I will not look youthful forever,” Farr said. There are areas on her face she says will naturally change should she not go ahead with the odd botox jab here and there. “I will be living proof of the fact that it does work. I encourage those trying to defy age to go ahead and give it a go. I’m getting mine and we will revisit this conversation in a few weeks. Having said that though, I’ll let you be the judge!” exclaimed Farr.