By Julia Scirrotto
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The debate over its safety and effectiveness continues. On one side, Dr. Fredric Brandt, a New York- and Miami-based dermatologist (dubbed the "Baron of Botox"), reportedly administers more Botox than any doctor in the worldand doesn't skimp on himself, either. On the other, best-selling author and research derm Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone takes a staunchly anti-Botox stance. He argues that an anti-inflammatory diet plus nutritional supplements can better fight the aging process.
Dr. Frederic Brandt: "Botox isn't just about eliminating lines, but rebalancing the face by lifting certain areas nonsurgically. It offers really dramatic results with almost no downtime. It's not poison, it's medicine."
Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone: "Botox is a neurotoxin that paralyzes the muscle. After people use it, they start losing volume in their face, and that accelerates the appearance of aging."
"WHAT WORKS FOR ME"
Dr. Frederic Brandt: "I do Botox on myself, of course, every three-and-a-half to four months, and I use my skincare products every day. I've done laser treatments and very light chemical peels, and I also use [the injectable filler] Restylane because, as you reach a certain age" he's 58 you need to add volume to your face."
Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone: "I've never administered or used Botox. I [believe in edible and topical] antioxidants and anti-inflammatories for the skin," like omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and nuts. Perricone, 59, credits his youthful glow to using his products and eating salmon up to six times a week no face-lift required.
BOTOX GONE BAD
Dr. Frederic Brandt: "It matters how and where, precisely, you inject it." Depending on the administering doctor's skill, you'll see the occasional "Dr. Spock" eyebrows and in the worst cases, crooked mouths or droopy brows with heavy eyelids.
Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone: "Someone who's been on Botox for a while is going to look like a wrinkle-free older person"i.e., they're expressionless, and their facial features are flattened.
Dr. Frederic Brandt: BOTOX: national average is $435 per procedure about every four to six months.
Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone: NO TOX: about $200 per month for his program of diet, supplements, and topicals.