Say No to BOTOX with 'No-Tox' GFX Treatments

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While BOTOX continues to be the leading cosmetic procedure for both men and women, thousands of people are turning towards other injectable fillers to lose the wrinkles and freshen up their appearance.

The liquid facelift is becoming a popular alternative to face lift surgery, and involves a series of injectable fillers - Juvederm, Restylane, Artefill and Evolence - applied to key facial compartments.

Now, some doctors believe GFX treatments are valuable anti-wrinkle procedures, and are particularly effective in reducing frown lines.

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GFX (Glabella Furrow Relaxation) makes use of radio frequency energy to soften the skin, give the brows a lift, smooth out the skin and reduce the activity of the nerves causing frown lines and wrinkles.

The procedure costs approximately $2000 - $3000 per treatment according to, and results can last up to 18 months.

Dr. Jeffrey Adelgass, one of the first doctors to introduce GFX treatments at his surgery center in North Dallas, Texas suggests that:

"GFX patients might still receive periodic Botox® injections in other forehead areas (GFX is currently only FDA-approved for the glabella), sometimes keeping the glabella relaxed can, over time, soften wrinkles in other forehead areas, as well." (Source:

The GFX system received FDA approval in March 2008, and is steadily gaining interest at medispas and cosmetic surgery centers across the country.

Is it time to say no to injectables in favor of high-energy waves instead? For now, GFX treatments may be a complement to BOTOX and other injectables, helping to deactivate key nerves in the forehead and slowly eliminating lines and wrinkles.

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Further Reading

  • Reducing the signs of aging with facial treatments such as microdermabrasion and dermal fillers can provide temporary results, but innovative procedures such as Fraxel C02 Laser Treatment show more promise for those who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles for the long-term.

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?