Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin Type A is used in the Aesthetic and Medical Industry to treat and temporarily relax the muscles of facial expression. This allows us to treat fine lines and wrinkles, overactive or asymmetric muscle groups, and muscle groups causing medical concerns.

We utilize both Botox® and Dysport® at the Centre. These are 2 reputable and well-researched neurotoxins available in South Africa.

Aesthetic Treatment Areas:

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Laugh lines | Lines around the eyes
  • Bunny lines | Lines around the nose
  • Upper lip lines
  • Upper ‘lip flip’
  • Neck bands
  • Down turned mouth corners
  • Facial slimming

Medical Treatment Areas:

  • Masseter | Jaw injections for teeth grinding and tension headaches
  • Upper face injections for headaches
  • Increased sweating | Hyperhidrosis of underarms, forehead, groin, hands


  • Avoid blood thinning over the counter medications such as Aspirin, Brufen, Voltaren and other anti-inflammatory medications. Avoid Omega 3 fatty acids and Arnica as they also thin the blood and increase your risk of bruising. Panado is fine to use.
  • Please notify me if you are using prescription or non-prescription blood thinners so extra precaution can be taken to avoid bruising.
  • Come in 15 minutes early if you would like topical anaesthetic cream to be applied.
  • If this is your first time receiving Botulinum Toxin Injections a “before” photo will be taken for your file.
  • Botulinum Toxin is contraindicated in pregnancy and breast feeding. Other contraindications include rare neurological conditions, for example: Motor Neurone Disease, Myasthenia Gravis and Lambert-Eaton Syndrome.
  • Tip: Take Zinc supplements to increase the effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin. Zinc is necessary for Botulinum Toxin to attach to nerve receptors.


  • Do not lie down or rub the area for 6 hours following your treatment.
  • Avoid any massage or pressure to the area for 4 days as this may disrupt the placement of the drug. If you would like to reapply makeup, please do so gently over the treated area.
  • Refrain from heavy exercise for 24 hours. Exercise can result in the Botulinum toxin migrating into unwanted muscles.
  • On the day of your treatment, don’t apply pressure to the forehead, for example swimming goggles, a tight hat or helmet.
  • Your treatment will take effect anywhere from 2-14 days, but most commonly within 35 days.
  • A complimentary two week follow up appointment is advised, especially if you are new to Botulinum Toxin. This is a quick check of your treatment outcome. Any refinements to your dose will be done then. At this time I will also take an “after” photo for your patient file. This photo will not be shared without your consent.


  • The manufacturers of Botulinum Toxin reports the average duration of results to be approximately 3-4 months. It is important to maintain regular injection intervals to maintain an optimal aesthetic result and prevent returning to your original pre-treatment condition.
Dr Michelle Hutton and Dr. Tamlyn Maree
20 minutes
2 – 4 months
5 – 10 days
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    Please Note

    We are a Private Practice. We are not contracted with Medical Aids. All accounts to be settled before leaving the Centre. Patients can claim back from their Medical Aids using the invoice provided. Appointments not cancelled 24 hours in advance with be charged a 50% cancellation fee. Read more about our “No Show Policy” here.