Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

The Bo­tox boom is still go­ing strong. It has been used med­i­cally for more than 30 years, and cos­met­i­cally for around 25 years, and has proven to be very ef­fec­tive in both ar­eas. Bo­tox is about pre­ven­tion; it’s de­signed to re­lax the mus­cles that cause fine lines and wrin­kles. “Our face is made up of over 50 dif­fer­ent mus­cles that all in­te­grate and form what we call fa­cial ex­pres­sions,” ex­plains Dr Cather­ine Stone from The Face Place Medspa. “Ev­ery time we frown or squint, we are ef­fec­tively bang­ing our skin to­gether, which is break­ing down col­la­gen fi­bres (think of col­la­gen as steel gut­ters that support our skin). When we are young, we have a lot of healthy, ac­tive skin cells that get in and re­pair them­selves, but as we age we de­velop fewer skin cells, they get lazy and we are break­ing down col­la­gen faster than our skin cells can keep up with. That’s when you start to no­tice the fine lines creep­ing in.” By ad­min­is­ter­ing Bo­tox – a pro­tein – into the mus­cles, you are re­lax­ing those mus­cles and re­duc­ing the num­ber of mes­sages sent from the nerve end­ings to the mus­cles that stim­u­late con­trac­tions and cause frown lines. “In ef­fect,” says Cather­ine, “you’re not bang­ing those fi­bres to­gether any more.” Bo­tox can be used to treat a lot of con­cerns, in­clud­ing the ‘grumpy frown’, crow’s feet, hor­i­zon­tal frown lines and ex­ces­sive sweat­ing. Gone are the ma­jor con­cerns that once gave Bo­tox a bad name – in­clud­ing the ‘frozen face’. Sub­tle but sig­nif­i­cant is how Cather­ine would de­scribe her treat­ments, as would many in this field, and it is what con­sumers want – par­tic­u­larly in New Zealand, where we look for a more nat­u­ral, ‘en­hanced’ ver­sion of our­selves.

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