Before we dive into the pros and cons debate around Botox treatments, we thought you would benefit from a brief, but highly informative, 'History of Botox' lesson. So, here it goes:

Research into the effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin Type A to treat muscle-related conditions began in the 1970’s. It was then discovered that this neurotoxin could be administered in small doses to treat deep frown lines. With scores of Hollywood endorsements and spa-clinic openings over the last two decades, we have effectively seen the Botox revolution. This injectable drug is now fast becoming a high-demand product in South Africa, as both men and women are seeking out ways to achieve that ever-elusive youthful glow.

botox injection

Now that you have the historical facts, let's delve into how exactly Botox works as a cosmetic treatment:

Botox is injected into the forehead, around the eyes or between the eyebrows. The injection is supposedly equal to the pain level of an elastic band being struck against your skin (don’t hold us to this - everyone’s pain threshold is different). The neurotoxin works by blocking the junction between the muscle and the nerve, preventing muscle fibres from being able to contract, which causes wrinkles. The treatment takes approximately 2 days to start taking effect, and about a week to give full effect. It also wears off after a period of 3 - 4 months, depending on your metabolic rate and the dose given.

botox before and after

While we have not undergone Botox treatments ourselves, we have done extensive research on the benefits and side effects of this cosmetic wonder drug. The grand consensus seems to be that every person will have a unique reaction to the drug. However, most who undergo the treatment report that they are happy with the outcome, in spite of suffering a few side effects.

The possible immediate, but temporary side-effects of receiving Botox treatments, include:

Less commonly reported side-effects, include:

Where to have Botox treatments

If you are ready to brave the needle, contact these treatment clinics for a consultation:

New You Skincare Clinic

Price: R70 per unit

Where: 54 Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, or 82 Vorster Avenue, Glenanda

Contact: Bedfordview Tel: .011 455 2301 | Email: [email protected], Glenanda Tel: 011 432 0380, Email: [email protected]

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The Melrose Aesthetic Centre

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Where: 3rd Floor, Centre for Medical Excellence, 18 The High Street, Melrose Arch

Contact: Tel: 0861 372 6869 / 011 214 9940 | Email: [email protected] 

Click here for more information.

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Before we dive into the pros and cons debate around Botox treatments, we thought you would benefit from a brief, but highly informative, 'History of Botox' lesson. So, here it goes:

Research into the effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin Type A to treat muscle-related conditions began in the 1970’s. It was then discovered that this neurotoxin could be administered in small doses to treat deep frown lines. With scores of Hollywood endorsements and spa-clinic openings over the last two decades, we have effectively seen the Botox revolution. This injectable drug is now fast becoming a high-demand product in South Africa, as both men and women are seeking out ways to achieve that ever-elusive youthful glow.

botox injection

Now that you have the historical facts, let's delve into how exactly Botox works as a cosmetic treatment:

Botox is injected into the forehead, around the eyes or between the eyebrows. The injection is supposedly equal to the pain level of an elastic band being struck against your skin (don’t hold us to this - everyone’s pain threshold is different). The neurotoxin works by blocking the junction between the muscle and the nerve, preventing muscle fibres from being able to contract, which causes wrinkles. The treatment takes approximately 2 days to start taking effect, and about a week to give full effect. It also wears off after a period of 3 - 4 months, depending on your metabolic rate and the dose given.

botox before and after

While we have not undergone Botox treatments ourselves, we have done extensive research on the benefits and side effects of this cosmetic wonder drug. The grand consensus seems to be that every person will have a unique reaction to the drug. However, most who undergo the treatment report that they are happy with the outcome, in spite of suffering a few side effects.

The possible immediate, but temporary side-effects of receiving Botox treatments, include:

Less commonly reported side-effects, include:

Where to have Botox treatments

If you are ready to brave the needle, contact these treatment clinics for a consultation:

New You Skincare Clinic

Price: R70 per unit

Where: 54 Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, or 82 Vorster Avenue, Glenanda

Contact: Bedfordview Tel: .011 455 2301 | Email: [email protected], Glenanda Tel: 011 432 0380, Email: [email protected]

Click here, for more information.

The Melrose Aesthetic Centre

Price: 15% off Botox treatments from 17 - 21 December 2018

Where: 3rd Floor, Centre for Medical Excellence, 18 The High Street, Melrose Arch

Contact: Tel: 0861 372 6869 / 011 214 9940 | Email: [email protected] 

Click here, for more information.

Parreirinha – La Rochelle

The area might leave you feeling a little unsettled, but this restaurant is definitely worth the visit if you are in La Rochelle! I just had to mention this spot as I found it rather interesting and different compared to other Portuguese restaurants around the city. Parreirinha occupies an old police station, which means you will be dining in what used to be the holding cells! And one section of the restaurant is adorned with hundreds of ties hanging from the rafters, which adds an interesting element to the décor. The food is amazing, service is friendly (but slow) and the atmosphere is just warm and homely! Also, the prawn cakes are said to be absolutely amazing!

A Churrasqueira – Brackenhurst

For the best Portuguese food in South Joburg, be sure to head to A Churrasqueira in Brackenhurst, Alberton! This spot offers quite a variety of dishes from their thrilling menu filled with traditional Portuguese dishes and also all the known favourites. It is the perfect place if you are looking to dine out as a family. There's a brand new kids' menu available and two jungle gyms that will keep the little ones entertained for hours! And, if you love your prawns, A Churrasqueira is known to have the best grilled prawns in Joburg.

Turn ‘n Tender – Bassonia

The first time I visited Turn ‘n Tender, I had no clue what to expect. Sure, I knew that the spot was well-known for its steaks, but that definition just barely scratches the surface! They have almost every type of meat imaginable, every cut of prime beef and an impressive wine list that will complement your meal perfectly. This steakhouse is the ideal spot if you are looking for the ultimate meat haven! Some of the dishes can be rather pricey, so pay them a visit if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion.

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Adega – Alberton

Adega has always been a favourite when it comes to my family. My father and sister love to tuck into their regular 1kg of king prawns smothered in garlic and lemon butter sauce. Sadly, with a shellfish allergy (curses!), I always have to find something that will be equally as tasty and indulgent as those ocean critters that I cannot lay my hands on! Luckily, the menu is filled with a number of Portuguese dishes that cater to every taste, whether you want something meaty, from the ocean, or combos because you want the best of both worlds. I’ve been to plenty of Adega branches, but Adega Alberton has definitely given me the best experience!

Casa Portuguesa @ Little Italy – Glenanda

Craving some Italian cuisine? Then be sure to make your way down to the quaint and homely Casa Portuguesa at Little Italy in Glenanda. This spot is perfect if you are looking to sit back and relax or need a kid-friendly spot to keep the little ones fed and entertained. They have a rather extensive menu, but they are known for their delicious pizzas and pasta. And, also be sure to leave some room for their chocolate cake filled with oozing melted chocolate. I have been told that it definitely the perfect dessert if you are a chocoholic looking for something rich and decadent!

If we haven't included your favourite spot in our list, please share below!