Botox Somerset West Cape Town | Q&A


Botox Somerset West Cape Town

Dr Wade – Aesthetic Doctor


  1. Doctor, please tell us a bit about yourself?

Botox Somerset West Cape Town | Q&A: Sure, my name is Dr Wade Merchant, I am a qualified medical doctor with a special interest in anti-aging and aesthetic medicine.  I have a practice in Cape Town as well as in Somerset West.  I am originally from Durban but have been living in Cape Town for the past 5 years.

  1. What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is basically a muscle relaxer.  We don’t inject the wrinkles but rather a small group of tiny muscles that create the wrinkles in the skin.  After the muscles have been relaxed for a while, the skin folds reduce dramatically.

  1. Does it hurt?

Not really.  It’s not like the needles you would see in adverts.  We use a very short and fine needle that most people don’t even feel while having the procedure.  We have a numbing cream that we apply beforehand, but 9 out of 10 patients prefer not to have the numbing cream applied.  Most of our patients say that shaping their eyebrows or having their teeth cleaned is a lot worse than having Botox.

  1. How quickly will it start to work?

Every patient is different, because we all have different anatomy.  Typically 7 days to 14 days after the treatment.

  1. How long does the effect last?

Again, for each patient it’s different.  Typically, 3-4 months with most patients reaching the 4 months mark.

  1. Is it safe?

When done right, yes!  It is critical to have the procedure done with a qualified medical doctor who has experience and the necessary qualifications to inject Botox. We only used FDA or CE approved products at our practice and in South Africa the industry is highly regulated.  Botox have been around since the late 80’s; it’s a trusted product and we see great results with each patient.

  1. Are there any skin care products that we can use to prevent or treat wrinkles?

There is no skin care range or lotion that can prevent or treat wrinkles as effectively as Botox.  A medical approach is the best way to take care of one’s skin.  However, I would always recommend the daily application of sunscreen.

  1. Any other benefits to this treatment?

Surprisingly, we also use Botox to treat migraines, depression, oily skin, gummy smiles, sweaty armpits, bladder problems and in stroke patients to reduce muscular movements.

From a skin care point of view, it is important to know that wrinkles create deep folds in the skin.  Once the folds have been reduced, the skin relaxes as per normal and the effect is a healthier and softer skin.  People suffering from oily or shiny skin use Botox to treat their oily skin and not necessarily their wrinkles. There are many great benefits!

  1. Will I be able to make facial expressions?

Yes, of course.  We only relax a small group of tiny muscles in the targeted area in order to replenish the skin to treat wrinkles.  Most of our clients start by only treating the frown area, on their second visit, they ask us to also treat the wrinkles around their eyes or forehead.

  1. Is there a specific demographic of patient?

Not at all, we see patients from all backgrounds.  Lawyers, estate agents, moms, dads, CEO’s of large companies, small business owners, wine makers, introverts, extroverts, models, fitness fanatics, academics, gay men, straight men, locals, tourists, young and old – there is really no specific demographic.  Most of our clients are confident individuals that like to live a full and healthy life and taking care of themselves is a great priority for them.



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Botox Somerset West Cape Town

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