Botox is a drug that weakens or paralyzes muscle. In small doses, it can reduce skin wrinkles and help treat some medical conditions. 

Botox is a protein made from Botulinum toxin, which the bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces. This is the same toxin that causes botulism.

Botox is a toxin, but when doctors use it correctly and in small doses, it can have benefits. It has both cosmetic and medical uses.

As a cosmetic treatment, Botox injections can reduce the appearance of skin wrinkles. 

Also, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved it as a treatment for various health issues, including eyelid spasms, excessive sweating, some bladder disorders, and migraine.

Products available:

- Botox Allergan

- Neuronox

- Xeomin


Botox is a neurotoxin. These substances target the nervous system, disrupting the nerve signaling processes that stimulate muscle contraction. This is how the drug causes temporary muscle paralysis.

In order for any muscle to contract, the nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine at the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the cells to contract, or shorten.

Botox injections prevent the release of acetylcholine, which stops the muscle cells from contracting. In this way, the toxin helps the muscles to become less stiff.


What to expect?

Clinicians use Botulinum toxin by diluting the powder in saline and injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue. 
It takes 24–72 hours for the toxin to take effect. Rarely, it can take as long as 5 days for the full effects to show. They may last 3-12 months, depending on the treatment.
People should avoid using Botox during pregnancy or breastfeeding, or if they have ever had an allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients.


Risks and Side Effects

Side effects and complications sometimes occur but are rare. Most people experience no side effects.  Minor and temporary side effects such as a headache and a small bruise at the injection site can happen. The most significant complication, although still rare, is a drooping or lazy eyelid when treating frown lines. This may last 2 to 3 weeks, and will resolve. All risks will be discussed in detail at the time of your consultation. A full medical history will be discussed prior any treatment. 


Dr. Oosthuizen is a general medical practitioner based in Coromandel Peninsula. He is registered with the New Zealand Medical Council since 2001 and completed his medical degree in South Africa.

He has a special interest in treating sun damaged skin lesions and skin cancers.

Dr. Wessel Oosthuizen will be traveling to Auckland to provide services at Infinity clinic from December 2020 by appointments. He will be administering Botox, fillers and PRP ( platelet-rich-plasma), which he has been doing since 2002.