African Journal of
Pharmacy and Pharmacology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pharm. Pharmacol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0816
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPP
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 2156

Full Length Research Paper

Acquaintance of Botox: A cross-sectional survey among female students in Karachi, Pakistan

Shahlla Imam
  • Shahlla Imam
  • Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi – Sindh-Pakistan.
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Wajiha Iffat
  • Wajiha Iffat
  • Dow College of Pharmacy, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi – Sindh-Pakistan.
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Sadia Shakeel
  • Sadia Shakeel
  • Dow College of Pharmacy, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi – Sindh-Pakistan.
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Ambreen Qamar
  • Ambreen Qamar
  • Department of Physiology, Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University of Health Sciences, Pakistan.
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Najaf Usman
  • Najaf Usman
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi Pakistan.
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Nuzhat Sultana
  • Nuzhat Sultana
  • Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Karachi, Pakistan.
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Faisal Muhammad Khan
  • Faisal Muhammad Khan
  • Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi – Sindh-Pakistan.
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  •  Received: 07 June 2019
  •  Accepted: 15 October 2019
  •  Published: 30 November 2019

Abstract

The cosmetic treatment strategies have been considerably popular over the last few decades among the population with respect to age, gender, and ethnicity. These procedures are easily accessible safer, minimally invasive, and more precise. Botox therapy is one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment. Thus, the current study was accomplished to assess the knowledge of female students towards Botox therapy for beautification as well as for therapeutic purposes. The study was conducted form June 2018 to December 2018 in different medical colleges and universities of Karachi-Pakistan. Overall, three hundred and eighty-six female students participated in the study. Descriptive statistics were used to reveal the students’ demographic information. Pearson's chi-squared test was carried out to estimate the relationship between independent variables and responses. The response rate was 77.2%. The mean age of study participants was 26.44±3.33 years. The findings of the present study revealed that 58.3% of the participants were aware of Botox therapy and found it effective in cosmetology. The unexpected side effects, high procedure costs, and lack of cosmetologists were thought to be the main reasons that limit people from using Botox in Karachi-Pakistan.

Key words: Botox, cross sectional survey, knowledge, Karachi, Pakistan.