Monday, April 29, 2013

Botox vs Dysport


Most everyone is familiar with Botox, from celebrities praising it to women denying it, Botox, and its alternative Dysport, have become popular go-tos to eliminate the appearance of stubborn wrinkles. With a new competitor on the loose what are the differences and how do you choose? 

 BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause hard to erase wrinkles (frown lines, crows feet, etc). Botox works by reducing the muscle’s movement causing wrinkles to relax and look softened. While designed, over 20 years ago, to reduce appearance of lines between the brows BOTOX is used for many areas today, as well as for multiple purposes (sever underarm sweating, chronic migraines, and eye twitching to name a few.) The procedure is simple and noninvasive- small injections of the product are placed in areas of which the treatment is desired. There is no down time, bruising and minimal pain (nothing an aspirin can’t cure).  You can see results within 3 days of treatment and one treatment will last anywhere from 4-6 months.

Dysport is also an injectable treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It uses the same method of relaxing muscles to soften lines, approved by the FDA in 2009. So what’s the difference? Not much. The main differences are a quicker onset than Botox (usually 1-2 days), and Dysport is more diluted than Botox offering  a larger ‘spreading’ area. So for instance, if you want to eliminate a large area of treatment such as the armpits using Dysport would require fewer injections. This quality can be beneficial for some areas and not for others. Dysport is the first ‘competitor’ for Botox, but it is really more a counterpart.  

When deciding which to choose the answer is really a personal preference, for instance do you prefer Aleeve or Advil for your headache. Our office currently offers both Dysport and Botox and Dr. Germain is more than happy to help you decide which may be the best fit for you, but as you can see the way it works, the results, and the side effects all stay pretty much in line with each other.

It is much more important to have a trained professional administering your treatments than which brand you choose to use. Dr. Germain is a BOTOX Platinum Plus level injector and has become a national and international BOTOX trainer of physicians (administered the same way as Dysport just in different dosing units). Dr. Germain performs all injections. 


Friday, April 19, 2013

Be 'In the Know' when Choosing Sunscreen for the Season


With the Charleston beach season approaching it is important to be up-to-date with the facts for 2013 sun protection and summer skin care. In 2011 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) presented significant changes to sunscreen products. These changes were made in order to help us purchase the correct products for the protection we desire.

One of the most important adjustments was a stricter ruling on which products where allowed to present as “Broad Spectrum” on labels. Broad spectrum sun protection protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and are blocked by window glass. If the products do not pass the broad spectrum testing they must now be labeled with “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.”


Another key update to labels is the time (in minutes) the sun block will protect you during swimming or sweating. Waterproof, sweat proof and the term sun block is no longer accurate. This will greatly help with knowing when to reapply to be sufficiently protected from the sun’s ray.

When applying sunscreen use enough to generally cover all skin that is not covered by clothing or not protected by UV shielded clothes (as we have mentioned before the sun’s rays can penetrate lower quality swimwear and materials). The American Association of Dermatology suggests, “Follow the guideline of “one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass”, which dermatologists consider the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.” Make sure to apply AT LEAST a 30 SPF DAILY, and apply to dry skin AT LEAST 15 minutes before going in the sun.

We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful Charleston Summers, but to do it safely. When choosing sunscreen make sure to read the labels and choose the right one for your lifestyle and skin type. Germain RX offers a wide variety of Sunscreens for your specific skin type, including this wonderful Sheer Sunscreen for optimal protection with a hardly there feel.

And when preparing for a day out don’t forget about your lips! Lips are prone to skin cancer as well- purchase your chapstick with just as much caution and reapply often. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

You're Invited: Ultimate Ultherapy Night


Have you been thinking of Ultherapy but not quite sure? Join us for our Ultimate Ultherapy Event Thursday, April 25th 6:00pm. Dr. Germain, herself, will be doing a presentation on this innovative procedure, plus food & drinks for all! Make sure to RSVP as space is limited- 843-881-4440. 


Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin's surface. New collagen is naturally created and restores skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look. 
Ultherapy is an uplift, NOT a Faceflift.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Treat Yourself this Month

Being Beach ready has never been so easy! 



Botox $9.75/unit 
BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over! 
Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.

   Dysport $3.00/unit
   Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.

 SCULPTRA buy 3 vials for $2,000 (and get a $50 Rebate per vial!)
      Dermal fillers can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance. 

  Perfect 10 Peel- One Intermediate and One Advanced for $450! 
    Turning back the hands of time has never been so easy thanks to all the advancements in peels. Unveil clearer and more even skin tone with this most advanced chemical peel.

    CoolSculpting 20% off! 
      CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body's normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless.