Botox Specialist

ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Julio Clavijo-Alvarez, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon located in Warrendale, PA & Monroeville, PA

Every year, thousands of men and women rely on BOTOX® to erase common signs of aging. At ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Warrendale and Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Julio Clavijo-Alvarez, MD offers BOTOX injections alongside a variety of other cosmetic treatments. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez provides the expertise you need to achieve all your aesthetic goals. Call ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa today or book a consultation online.

Botox Q & A

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.

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:

  • Neck
  • Forehead
  • Eyes
  • 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.

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?

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.

How much does BOTOX cost?

Costs can vary depending on how many injections your need. The price for BOTOX in the Pittsburgh area typically ranges from $125–$500.

Interested in BOTOX or other nonsurgical treatments? Call ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa today or book a consultation online.