In Miami, the land of the "Beautiful People" - where sun and sand mean that skin is always exposed, Dr. Andrea Trowers, Board Certified Dermatologist based in North Miami Beach, helps enhance all of her client's beauty.
Dr. Trowers exclusively addresses many of your biggest skin care questions in our ongoing series of columns. Here's her latest column on Botox and Dysport Myths. This is a must read for anyone who is considering getting an injectible treatment! - RLB
Botox and Dysport Myths
As a Dermatologist, I hear a number of urban legends about Botox and Dysport every day. The fact is that both of these products are extremely safe neurotoxins that relax wrinkles and have been proven in a number of studies to boost self-esteem. Below I have listed the top 5 myths about these products (that I hear almost everyday from my patients!) and my responses.
Myth #1 “Botox and Dysport injections will leave your face frozen.” Actually the goal of these products is not to leave your face looking like a mask. By relaxing the muscles in the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes a more youthful and relaxed facial expression can be achieved. Of course an overzealous injector can produce a “frozen” look, so it is important to research the physician you choose and make sure their aesthetic goals match yours.
Myth #2 “The effect of the injections is there one day and gone the next.” Actually both Botox and Dysport take three to four months to wear off. This process does not happen all of sudden, instead the loss of the neurotoxins effect is gradual. Some patients prefer to be re-injected before they have returned to baseline, while others wait until it is completely gone. The benefit of earlier re-injections is that you can prevent etched in wrinkles from reappearing.
Myth #3 “The treatment is very expensive.” The cost of treatment ranges from $300 to $350 for one area (the forehead, the area between the eyebrows and the crows feet of both eyes is each considered one area). The benefit of competition is that since Dysport’s introduction both Botox and Dysport have come out with coupons that can save the patient $50 to $75 dollars.
Myth #4 “When the effects wear off my wrinkles will be worse than before.” After three to four months your wrinkles return to the appearance they had before. They look no worse and in many cases are much softer than they were before.
Myth #5 “The effects are immediate.” After injection the effects can take up to one week to be visible. So don’t book an appointment the day before your class reunion.
Myth #6 “Nobody else I know does it.” Actually all the friends that you keep thinking look great are getting it done and just not telling you!
I hope this dispels some of the common myths about Botox and Dysport. If you have any other concerns about this treatment, please discuss them with your local Board Certified Dermatologist. - Dr. Andrea Trowers
*Italics editor's own
Dr. Andrea Trowers is a Board Certified Dermatologist who has a private Dermatology practice in North Miami Beach. After graduating from Georgetown University, she completed medical school at Emory University. Her residency in Dermatology was completed at Case Western University, where she was Chief Resident. She then was selected for a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at the University at Miami, where she later joined the faculty in the Department of Dermatology. She is an expert in conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails and strives to provide personalized expertise and treatment to each of her many patients. Dr. Trowers' practice also includes cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Dysport and fillers. Her approach to cosmetic treatments is a 'natural aesthetic' that enhances a patient's existing beauty.
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