Mamamia’s executive editor Leigh Campbell’s been a beauty journalist and editor for 15 years.
For 10 of those, she’s also been getting Botox. Not religiously – her relationship with wrinkle reducer injectables has been more on and off than monogamous – but enough to know what she’s talking about.
Leigh gets asked about Botox and cosmetic injectables a lot. Over the years, she’s not only picked up knowledge from experts, but learnt some Botox lessons the hard way (i.e. freezing her face).
Here’s what Leigh tells people when they ask her these common questions about Botox.
Side note – Mamamia and the You Beauty podcast are no judgement zones. Botox isn’t for everyone, neither are fillers, but we believe you can do whatever you want with your face. Our job is to provide you with the best information.
What is Botox?
The first thing to know about Botox is that’s a brand name, and just one of many brands of wrinkle reducers on the market.
“Botox is a brand name, it’s a type of wrinkle reducer, there are others on the market… it’s a bit like saying Kleenex instead of tissues,” Leigh explained to co-host Kelly McCarren on Mamamia’s You Beauty podcast. (You can get the full episode in your ears below.)
“Botox is basically a bacteria (botulinum toxin) that blocks nerve activity and paralyses all your muscles. There are 140 strains of the bacteria, and one strain is so potent, it’s under lock and key with the federal reserve because 50mg of Botox would kill the entire planet. What you’re using in your face is diluted, but you’re using the tiniest, tiniest amount.