Every year, thousands of men and women rely on Botox® to erase common signs of aging. At ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, Julio Clavijo-Alvarez, MD offers Botox® injections alongside a variety of other cosmetic treatments to residents of Pittsburgh, PA and the neighboring communities. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez provides the expertise you need to achieve all your aesthetic goals.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a serum developed from the bacterial toxin botulinum. The serum helps treat a variety of medical and cosmetic concerns. In the United States, Botox® is the most popular nonsurgical treatment for reducing the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles.
While the ingredients in Botox® might sound scary, Botox® is a safe and effective cosmetic treatment for most healthy adults.
Scientists develop the serum in a controlled laboratory setting and carefully test it for quality. Qualified medical professionals like plastics surgeons then administer the injections in a sanitary environment, like a doctors’ office or clinic. Botox® complications are extremely rare.
How much does Botox® cost?
The price for Botox® in the Pittsburgh area typically ranges from $125–$500. Costs can vary depending on how many injections your need.
What cosmetic concerns can Botox® address?
Botox® temporarily paralyzes facial muscles to smooth away wrinkles and furrows. The serum can help remove wrinkles in the following areas of the body:
- Bridge of nose
- Sides of nose
- Sides of mouth
Botox® can also help treat overactive sweat glands in your armpits or hands. If you experience excessive sweating, Botox® injections can reduce the amount of sweat your glands produce.
Is Botox® Right for Me?
If you would like to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the forehead without the use of surgery, you may be a good candidate for Botox®. As with all our procedures, we are proud to offer financing options for the Botox® treatment to make it a more affordable treatment for those who desire it.
What Happens During a Botox® Procedure?
Before your procedure, you meet with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez to discuss your treatment goals and areas of concern. During this consultation, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez examines your skin and helps you choose a treatment that will meet your needs. If he agrees that Botox® is right for you, you can receive your treatment right in the ReNova office.
Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will usually apply a numbing cream to your skin to help reduce discomfort. Next, he delivers the Botox® injections. You could receive many injections in various areas of your face and neck. The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes, and you can return home right away.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect From Botox®?
Many patients experience minor swelling or irritation after their procedure, but these side effects usually disappear within a couple of days. Full results generally appear within four to seven days.
People considering Botox® often worry that their face will look “paralyzed” or unnatural. But Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez is an experienced plastic surgeon, and he can ensure natural-looking, comfortable results.
Botox® results usually last for three to six months. After that, you’ll likely need additional touch-ups to preserve your results. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can help you schedule regular Botox® procedures to prevent new wrinkles from forming.
What is the Recovery From Botox® Like?
Botox® is a quick and minimally invasive treatment, which requires no significant recovery process. You may notice some initial redness or sensitivity following your injections, but these effects usually fade within a day or two. You will be able to resume all normal activities immediately following your treatment.
To learn more about the Botox® treatment or to schedule your consultation at ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, contact us today. We are proud to serve the men and women of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.