Your mother was right when she warned you about making those faces. As we age, our expressions become increasingly etched into our faces. Fine lines become deep set wrinkles over time, visible even when we are expressionless.
Working in a Plastic Surgery office gives me a front row seat to all the latest and greatest in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Here I share with you a tiny bit of my weekly discussions with the good Doctor, my friend, double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon,
So aging sucks. No one wants to look old, but most don’t want the ‘Real-House Wife’ look either. Is there a middle ground?
We hear the same thing from our patients all the time. No one wants to look old, yet many patients are fearful of having too ‘done’ a look. Certainly there is a middle ground. I recommend taking a conservative approach to begin with. Going back for more is always an option.
So what’s the first line of defense? What issue do you chase first and with what product?
Lines and wrinkles seem to be what first begin to bother people when it comes to the aging process. Beginning to appear for some people earlier than others, we see patients in their 20’s on up.Being proactive is the best way to stop the aging process. By weakening the muscles you prevent the lines from becoming permanent battle scars.
Botox and Dysport work by temporarily weakening the muscle into which they are injected. Given a break from the repeated furrowing and folding, the skin around the eyes, forehead and between the brows will relax, the lines will soften and over time, with repeated use, will diminish completely. The end result, a smooth, line free forehead and eye area.
Botox vs. Dysport?
Dysport begins to work quicker, covers more surface area, and lasts longer. Botox migrates less then Dysport. When patients have larger foreheads, Dysport works best. Airing on the side of caution however, with smaller browed patients, Botox might be a better choice.
You will begin to notice results with in 3-5 days with Dysport and see results lasting for 4 months on average.
Botox takes about 5-7 days or longer to work and it’s effects last an average of 3 months.
Afterward, what are the restrictions?
No bending forward or exercising for 4 hours as it can cause the product to migrate, Migration in the forehead can cause lower eyelid drooping and no one wants that.
This is a toxin right? What are the risks? Dangers?
says Rottman who explains that
the injection goes directly into the muscle right below the skins surface.
So what’s this miracle drug going to set a person back? Does anyone pay cash?
(Laughs) Yes, cash still works. We have plenty of patients who prefer to pay discreetly. The cost really varies dramatically depending on where you go and who you see. Anywhere from $275 an area to $500 an area. Rottman recommends always going to a board certified plastic surgeon for injections.
Dr. Steven J Rottman is a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon serving the Baltimore Washington Area. More information is available on his website.