Botox! Notox!



There is another side to the anti-aging coin, one that does not focus on positive changes in our diet and lifestyle.  Instead there is a somewhat alarming trend of both women and men, driven to start serious (and often very costly) surgical procedures at a younger and younger age. New fillers designed to plump up facial lines are being rushed to market and intensively advertised.  Moreover, the use of neurotoxins (neuro-nerve—toxin—poison) that paralyze muscles to smooth out wrinkles and expression lines, is also rampant.

When we lose muscle mass and tone, we lose the youthful contours of our face and body. We know that the ultimate weak muscle is one that is paralyzed, leading one to conclude that paralyzing the muscles in the face may not be the best strategy for achieving a youthful look during the ensuing years.  While these products offer the quick fix, what will be the long-term result? I believe that there will always be a place for a wide variety of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, but I do not believe that the future of youthful looking skin lies in an acceleration of invasive treatments, injectible fillers, neurotoxins or radical surgery.

Regular appointments using visible non laser light in conjunction with the rejuvenation of facial muscles via the use of pulsed electric current to the face are in great demand as these procedures actually re-educate our facial muscles, while improving both the tone and texture of the skin. The process diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and produces a natural lift without the use of surgery or other invasive methods.  These non-invasive procedures keep the face youthful, wrinkle and sagging free without the artificial look of surgical procedures.

The therapeutic LED light treatments in conjunction with the strengthening of muscles in the face, neck and eye area through electric current can achieve a youthfully contoured and lifted look to the face that is both natural and attractive.  I firmly believe that strengthening the muscles to produce more youthful contours as opposed to paralyzing them, is the wave of the future.

If you want to look and feel as young as you possibly can for as long as you possibly can, you need to begin with the quality of the food you eat and end with the quality of the products you put on your skin.

As a dermatologist, I have always been fascinated with topicals— especially topical treatments with anti-inflammatory properties as these have the greatest efficacy.  However it is important to remember that your diet is vitally important to the health and beauty of your skin.  Eat fish, fresh fruit and veggies, drink water and avoid sugary and starchy foods for a visible nutritional face lift.

Have you ever considered an invasive cosmetic procedure? Tell me your story.

13 thoughts on “Botox! Notox!

  1. Dr. Perricone
    Thank you for the article on “notox botox”. I was planning to have botox but after reading your article, there’s no way I’m doing this.


  2. Dr. Perricone, Thank you for the article on “botox! notox!” I recently had botox on the area around my eyes, while it did make a difference, I was concerned about the long term effects. I am going to explore the laser light treatment you mentioned in the article as well as using some of your products. Thank you again!!

  3. I have had a lot of plastic surgery. I have also had botox but did not like that it would make my eyebrows look too high…when the botox wore off it left thses muscles that form a v in the middle of my forehead when i frown….the doctor said this is common and called devil horns. I would have to have more botox to remove it.

  4. Thanks for this information. I am going to forward this to both of my sisters who really want Botox.
    I enjoy all of your science!

  5. By following Dr.Perricone’s diet based of fish, greens, and eliminating/decreasing sugar intake, you truly can see visibly firmer and younger skin. I do.

  6. Since using Perricone’s products I know botox no longer has to be an option because what was once saggy and baggy is now uplifted and firm.

  7. I have considered having a lower face lift as I had a surgery to remove a fair size cyst from the area between my chin and neck. Now I have sagging skin (turkey neck) more obvious on left side of my throat. I have researched Thermage also. Some say it will work and others say no. Now I am trying your products along with eating more health foods. I would really love to know which choice of products will help me the most with this problem. Thanks for all the wonderful info Dr. Perricone.

  8. Dr. Perricone,

    I am in the process of reading your book the Perricone Prescription, I am so delighted. The food intake is amazing and I enjoy all of it…in less than 12 hours I have already seen puffiness reduced above my eyes and noticeable difference in my cheeks. I am going to pursue pulse electric current for under the chin; perhaps you can help me.

    Thank you,

  9. Dr. Perricone,

    I was left with an eye twitch for 10 weeks after my last round of Botox. I’d had it several times before by my dermatologist or occuoplastics with no adverse side effects. I won’t do it again. I ended up with a smooth forehead…but ened up spending tons of time and money at a neuro opthamologist.

    I just placed my first order. Can’t wait to get it in the mail.

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  12. I did Botox several times in the past, and it seemed to work at first. But suddenly they weren’t able to get my forehead right – my forehead would look smooth, but then I would raise my eyebrows, and I would get a small patch of wrinkles in the upper area of my forhead, near the hairline. It looked really weird, and even more Botox wouldn’t fix it. After reading Dr. P’s books, I started taking supplements, using his products, and eating better…. and I have been Botox free for over a year now. Thanks Dr. P!!!


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