Patricia Gao, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Patricia G. Gao, MD

Primary Care Physician located in Glen Burnie, MD

Botox Specialist

If achieving a youthful look is your priority, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia G. Gao at her office in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Dr. Gao administers both Botox® and Juvederm® injections to help patients in Glen Burnie enjoy smoother, more vibrant-looking skin.

Botox Q&A

by Patricia G. Gao, MD

What is Botox?

Botox is the name of a toxin created by the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. Small, diluted amounts of this substance are injected into targeted muscles. This action causes a controlled relaxation of the affected muscles.

How does Botox work?

Botox blocks signals from your nerves to your muscles. As a result, injected muscles aren’t able to contract as forcefully. This causes wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is regularly used to diminish:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Lines in the nose
  • Skin bands on the neck
  • Skin bands around the mouth
  • Downturned corners of the mouth

Botox doesn’t fill your existing wrinkles. It simply relaxes the muscles that are causing your skin issues/

How is a Botox injection administered?

Dr. Gao utilizes a fine needle to inject Botox into targeted muscles. No anesthesia is necessary. The procedure is complete in a few minutes. Dr. Gao may recommend you quit taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs 2 weeks before your Botox treatment. You should also abstain from alcoholic beverages 1 week prior to your appointment with Dr. Gao.

How long does a Botox injection last?

After receiving a Botox injection, expect to see natural and younger looking skin within 24-72 hours. Your treatment should last 3-6 months. When your muscles become active again, your lines and wrinkles will likely reappear. To maintain your youthful appearance, you’ll need to schedule additional Botox injections with Dr. Gao. Fortunately, after receiving repeated injections, your lines and wrinkles may appear less noticeable. Your muscles become trained to relax.

What is Juvederm?

Unlike Botox, Juvederm is a facial filler. During a Juvederm injection, your problem areas are filled with hyaluronic acid, which is a natural part of your skin’s connective tissue. Because of its safety and effectiveness, hyaluronic acid is the most popular filler utilized in aesthetic medicine. As you age, your lips become thinner. Dr. Gao administers Juvederm injections to help patients achieve fuller, youthful looking lips. Juvederm can also minimize the folds between your nose and your mouth. Smokers often develop tiny wrinkles above their lips. Juvederm injections can fill in these bothersome wrinkles.

Insurance

We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

AARP
Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
APWU
Assurant Health
Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
Care Improvement Plus
CareFirst
CHAMPVA
Cigna
CoreSource
Corvel
Coventry Health Care
GEHA
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Thorough, listens, takes appropriate time and attention. I searched a very long time for an exceptional primary care physician... Well worth the search!"

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    "Dr. Gao and her physician's assistant create a courteous, professional atmosphere... We recommend her to anyone seeking personalized, competent medical treatment."

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  • Demandforce

    "Went in to have Taylor draw a blood sample for analysis. It was quick and Taylor is excellent... and fun to talk to. I am not sure I even felt the needle."

    Ray M.
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    "With Dr. Gao and her clinic staff's close monitoring and follow up on my health... I lost 45 pounds. I feel great."

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    "She has a very kind demeanor and takes time to listen. She treats the "whole person". She is quick to see me in an emergency. Also her staff is excellent!"

    Sharon M.
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    "I am so glad that my wife recommended Dr. Gao. I look forward to her and her staff providing for my health needs. Very pleasant."

    James H.
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    "Taylor knows how to draw blood! That is such a plus in my book! She is kind, willing always helpful and gets the job done. She is an asset to Dr Gao's practice."

    Linda S.
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    "Staff was very friendly and kind, Dr. Gao was as well. She was patient while i explained my symptoms and was very insightful; definitely would recommend!"

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    "Another outstanding visit. Dr. Gao has been a lifesaver for me and my wife for many years."

    Walter M.
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    "Dr. Gao is very kind and insightful. She took the time to talk to me about any and all concerns I had. I would definitely recommend others to her."

    Consuela A.
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    "Easy to get an appointment for my preoperative procedures. Taylor and Dr. Gao are great! Great bedside manner, kind and caring."

    Cheri S.
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    "I just had out-patient surgery at Dr. Gao's office to have a cyst removed. Dr. Gao was very professional as well as her assistant. I felt no discomfort at all."

    William M.
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    "Clean office, friendly staff, hardly any waiting time, Doctor was attentive and thorough. Look forward to my follow up!"

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    "For those of you who are seeking medical care that provides patient priority services this is the place to go!"

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    "Dr. Gao is the best Dr I've ever gone to. Her experience and professionalism is amazing. I would never go to any other doctor."

    Sarah S.
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    "Dr. Gao is thorough, attentive, with an excellent patient awareness that relaxes patients receiving treatment or involved in problem diagnosis."

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    "I always have a good experience when I have an appointment with Dr Gao. She is always pleasant, listens to me, and most of all she is a very caring doctor."

    Mary B.
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    "Great service always provided by office personnel. When needed, an appointment is always available... always a pleasant and informative visit with Dr. Gao."

    William T.
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    "My visit was handled efficiently and thoroughly by Dr. Gao and her assistant."

    David W.
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    "Dr. Gao has always shown sincere concern for me and my family and gives us all the best treatment and counseling. I am blessed to have her as our primary care provider."

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    "I have been with Dr. Gao for 13+ years. She is a patient and caring doctor who will listen to your concerns and take action."

    Christopher S.
Location
Patricia Gao, MD
203 Hospital Drive, Suite 210
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Phone: 410-702-5552
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410-702-5552