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Botox Treatments In Cape Town

  • Duration of results: 3-4 months
  • Recovery from treatment: minimal, no exercise for 24 hours
  • Risks and complications: Low
  • Anesthetic: Ice/none
  • Procedure Duration: 10 minutes or less

About Botox

Welcome to our website, where we talk Botox treatments to help you achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin. Botox is a neurotoxin that is injected in small doses into specific muscles to temporarily relax them, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movements.

Botox is most commonly used to treat dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. The effects of Botox typically last between 3 and 4 months, depending on factors such as the patient’s metabolism and the dosage administered. Our team of qualified medical professionals can help you understand the potential benefits and risks of Botox and can work with you to develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs and goals. We also offer Baby Botox, which uses a lower dose of the neurotoxin to achieve a more subtle, natural-looking result.

While Botox is generally considered safe and effective, it does carry some risks and potential side effects, such as temporary bruising or numbness at the injection site. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, and we are committed to ensuring that you have a positive experience with us. If you’re interested in Botox treatments, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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Why Botox or Dysport?

At The CDE, we take immense pride in our extensive experience and the thousands of satisfied patients we have served. For over a decade, we have established ourselves as one of the leading clinics for Botox and Dysport injections. Our esteemed team of doctors, including Dr. Zak and Dr. Pierre, are renowned experts in the field of non-surgical makeovers.

We understand that the prospect of injections can be overwhelming for some patients, which is why we prioritize patient comfort and safety above all else. Our skilled doctors use the smallest needles available to ensure that your experience is as pain-free as possible. Additionally, we take every necessary precaution to ensure that the procedure is safe, quick, and effective.

Botox and Dysport injections are popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments that can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our expert doctors have years of experience in administering these treatments, and they will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

Botulinum toxin safety

Botulinum toxin injections, commonly known as Botox injections, are a popular cosmetic treatment that can also be used for medical purposes such as treating muscle spasms, migraines, and excessive sweating. 

Dr. Zak’s training academy stands as a remarkable testament to The CDE’s unparalleled reputation for excellence. Having trained over a thousand doctors in the art of safe Botox and dermal filler administration, Dr. Zak has established himself as a true authority in the field. When you choose to entrust your care to either Dr. Zak or Dr. Pierre, you can be confident that you are in the hands of consummate professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest standards of safety and expertise.

Botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that works by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. When administered correctly, it can effectively relax muscles, smooth wrinkles, and provide relief for various medical conditions. However, if it is not administered correctly, botulinum toxin can have serious adverse effects. 

One of the main risks of botulinum toxin injections is the potential for the toxin to spread beyond the intended injection site. This can cause muscle weakness or paralysis in areas of the body where it was not intended. Another risk is that the incorrect dosage or injection technique can cause the toxin to spread too much or too little. If there is too little toxin, the desired effect may not be achieved, while too much toxin can cause excessive muscle relaxation, resulting in a frozen appearance or difficulty in performing certain tasks. 

Therefore, it is important that botulinum toxin injections are administered correctly by a qualified healthcare professional who has received specialized training in the use of this treatment.

Traptox Cape Town

Traptox or Trapezius Botox, also known as Botox injections in the trapezius muscle, refers to the use of botulinum toxin type A to treat various conditions associated with the trapezius muscle. The trapezius muscle is a large muscle located in the upper back and neck region. It extends from the base of the skull down to the middle of the back and plays a crucial role in controlling the movement and stability of the shoulders and neck.
Trapezius Botox is primarily used to alleviate muscle-related pain, tension, and stiffness in the trapezius muscle. It works by temporarily paralyzing or weakening the muscle fibers, which helps to reduce muscle contractions and relieve associated symptoms. This treatment is often recommended for conditions such as trapezius myalgia (muscle pain), tension headaches, and chronic neck pain.
Apart from its therapeutic benefits, Trapezius Botox injections can also have aesthetic improvements for certain patients. When the trapezius muscle is overly active or hypertrophied (enlarged), it can result in a visibly bulky or overdeveloped appearance in the upper back and neck area. This can be particularly bothersome for individuals seeking a more balanced or streamlined aesthetic. By injecting Botox into the trapezius muscle, the muscle activity can be temporarily reduced, leading to muscle relaxation and a decrease in muscle size. This can help achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing contour in the upper back and neck region. The treatment can create a more defined and slender appearance, especially when combined with a targeted exercise regimen and proper posture. It’s important to note that while Trapezius Botox injections can offer both therapeutic and aesthetic benefits, the results are temporary and typically last for 3-4 months.
The general dosage is 50-100 units per side.

Pre-treatment Instructions

  • Avoid blood-thinning medications two weeks prior to treatment if possible
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before the treatment if you are prone to bruising or swelling
  • Discontinue Retin-A/Retinol usage for 2 days before treatment
  • It is recommended that you have a meal within a few hours before your procedure

Post-treatment Instructions

  • Do not lay down for at least 4 hours post to your injections
  • Do not bend over and lift heavy objects
  • Wait 24 hours before engaging in exercise
  • It is best to avoid make up for several hours on the injection site
  • Avoid massaging the area or applying any pressure after treatment for 4 hours


ZAR R90 (per Unit)

VAT incl.
  • 10-min treatment
  • No Downtime


ZAR R90 (per Unit)

VAT Incl.
  • 10-min treatment
  • No Downtime

Questions About Botox

How Much Toxin I will Need?

The amount of Botox needed for an individual varies based on several factors, including the area to be treated, the severity of the condition, and the patient’s skin type, age, and muscle activity. While it is possible to estimate the amount of Botox required for a particular treatment, it is always best to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner such as Dr. Zak or Dr. Pierre first.

Every face is unique, and our skilled practitioners will carefully assess the patient’s specific needs and tailor the treatment accordingly. They will take into account factors such as facial structure, muscle activity, and skin laxity to determine the optimal dosage and injection technique to achieve the desired outcome.

Moreover, our qualified practitioners will be able to advise patients on the potential risks and benefits of the treatment and help them to make an informed decision about whether Botox is the right choice for them. They will also be able to provide guidance on aftercare and follow-up appointments to ensure the best possible outcome.

In summary, while it is possible to estimate the amount of Botox required for a particular treatment, it is always best to consult with a qualified practitioner such as Dr. Zak or Dr. Pierre first, as every face is unique and requires personalized treatment to achieve the best results.

Which areas can be treated?

Botox can be administered to various muscles of the face and neck to achieve different cosmetic and medical effects. Here are some of the muscles/areas where Botox can be administered that we offer at The CDE:

  1. Glabellar complex (frown lines between the eyebrows)
  2. Frontalis muscle (forehead lines)
  3. Orbicularis oculi muscle (crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes)
  4. Corrugator supercilii muscle (vertical lines between eyebrows)
  5. Nasalis muscle (bunny lines on the nose)
  6. Depressor anguli oris muscle (oral commissures or marionette lines)
  7. Mentalis muscle (chin dimples and wrinkling)
  8. Platysma muscle (neck bands or “turkey neck” appearance)
  9. Masseter muscle (jawline slimming, grinding and migraines)
  10. Temporalis muscle (migraine and tension headache relief)

Other popular areas include:

  1. Gummy smile: Botox can be used to relax the muscles that control the upper lip, reducing the amount of gum that shows when smiling.
  2. Migraine treatment: Botox can be used to relieve tension headaches
  3. Brow lift: Botox can be used to lift the eyebrows and create a more youthful, refreshed appearance.
  4. Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating): Botox can be used to reduce excessive sweating in areas such as the armpits, palms, and soles of the feet.
  5. Lip lines above the upper lip called “smoker’s lines” or the so-called lip-flip. Botox can be used to improve / smooth out vertical lip lines that form around the mouth and in suitable patients with sufficient upper lip support, a lip flip can be performed, everting the upper lip to show more of the “pink lip.”
  6. Nasal flaring. Botox can make the nose appear smaller and also prevent upward movement or widening when the patient smiles 
  7. Platysmal bands: Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of vertical bands that form on the neck as a result of aging.

It is important to note that Botox should only be administered by a qualified and licensed medical professional who has received specialized training in its use.

What Is The Average Botox Dosage?

The dosages for Botox can vary depending on the specific muscles being treated and the desired results.

Here are some general guidelines for the most common areas treated with Botox and their average dosages:

  • Forehead lines: Typically, 8-20 units of Botox are used, with an average dose of around 10-15 units.
  • Frown lines (between the eyebrows): Typically, 20-30 units of Botox are used, with an average dose of around 25 units.
  • Crow’s feet (around the eyes): Typically, 12-24 units of Botox are used per side, with an average dose of around 16-20 units per side.

In addition to these areas, Botox can also be used to treat other muscles of the face. Here are some examples and their average dosages:

  • Bunny lines (on the nose): Typically, 5-10 units of Botox are used on each side, with an average dose of around 5-7 units per side.
  • Chin dimpling: Typically, 2-6 units of Botox are used, with an average dose of around 4 units.
  • Smoker’s lines (around the mouth): Typically, 2-6 units of Botox are used per side, with an average dose of around 4 units per side.
  • Masseter muscles (jawline): Typically, 30-50 units of Botox are used per side, with an average dose of around 40 units per side.
  • Temporalis muscles (temples): Typically, 10-20 units of Botox are used per side, with an average dose of around 15 units per side.
  • Depressor anguli oris muscles (mouth corners): Typically, 2-6 units of Botox are used per side, with an average dose of around 4 units per side.
  • Nefertiti lift (neck and jawline): Typically, 30-50 units of Botox are used, with an average dose of around 40 units.
  • Platysma muscles (neck): Typically, 20-40 units of Botox are used per side, with an average dose of around 30 units per side.

It’s important to note that these dosages are just general guidelines, and the exact amount of Botox used may vary depending on the individual patient and their specific needs.

What kind of wrinkles does Botox address and what when should one start?

Botox is a highly effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repeated muscle contractions. By temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause these wrinkles, Botox can help you achieve a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance.

But did you know that Botox can also be used as a preventative measure? By starting Botox treatments before wrinkles become too noticeable, you can help keep your skin looking smooth and youthful for longer.

Our trusted doctors offer Botox as a preventative measure, and they can help you develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your specific needs. By starting early, you can help prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place, which means you may be able to avoid more invasive treatments down the road.

Of course, it’s important to remember that there are other ways to prevent wrinkles as well, such as protecting your skin from the sun, eating a healthy diet, and staying hydrated. But if you’re looking for a more targeted approach, Botox may be a great option for you.

If you’re interested in using Botox as a preventative measure, talk to us today. We can help you understand the benefits and risks of the treatment and can work with you to develop a plan that’s right for you.

What is baby Botox?

Baby Botox is a term used to describe a lower dose of Botox that is used to achieve a more subtle, natural-looking result. The term “baby” refers to the smaller amount of Botox used, not the age of the patient.

With Baby Botox, a smaller amount of the neurotoxin is injected into targeted areas of the face to achieve a more natural result. The goal is to soften fine lines and wrinkles without completely freezing the muscles in the face, which can create a more artificial or “frozen” appearance.

Baby Botox is often used to treat areas such as the forehead, crow’s feet, and around the mouth. The smaller dosage used in Baby Botox treatments means that the effects may not last as long as a standard Botox treatment, but it also means that there is less risk of side effects or complications.

If you’re interested in Baby Botox, it’s important to consult with one of our qualified and experienced medical professionals who can help you understand the potential benefits and risks of the treatment. They can also help you determine if Baby Botox is the right choice for you based on your individual needs and goals.

If you feel Botox / Dysport is out of your budget, you can opt to have some baby Botox to try out the effects from as little as R1500.

Should you wish to be a Botox or Fillers model for training purposes, do get in touch and qualify for up to 50% off our usual price (T&C apply)

“I had Botox before and my eyes felt heavy” – here is why…

The frontalis muscle is a prominent facial muscle located in the forehead. It plays a significant role in facial expression by lifting the eyebrows and creating horizontal forehead wrinkles. When Botox is injected into this muscle, the botulinum toxin contained in the Botox medication blocks the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for transmitting signals from the nerves to the muscle. This action temporarily paralyzes the muscle, resulting in a smoothing of the wrinkles on the forehead.

However, injecting Botox into the frontalis muscle requires careful consideration due to its size and strength. The injection must be precisely targeted to avoid affecting the movement of the eyebrows and the forehead. Over-injection of Botox in the frontalis muscle can cause the eyebrows to droop, resulting in a heavy or tired appearance. Conversely, under-injection may not provide sufficient smoothing of the wrinkles.

Some patients are better off not having the forehead injected, including the ones with puffy eyes or small foreheads, where they rely on the frontalis muscle to help keep the eyes open. Our doctors will be able to diagnose if you are a suitable candidate for toxin in the forehead.

PRICES: Botox / Dysport R90 per unit (consultation fee of R1250 waivered should treatment be done on the same appointment than consultation)


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