Dynamic Wrinkles and the Injectables That Smooth Them

Growing older means getting wrinkles. The natural elements that keep our skin looking youthful eventually come up short, resulting in less flexibility and elasticity and ultimately leading to the formation (and deepening) of lines and creases. Although these changes are basically inevitable, there are ways to smooth out wrinkles that have formed.

The ideal strategy depends on what caused the wrinkles in the first place. Facial lines and wrinkles that appear due to facial muscle movement respond best to injectable neuromodulators. These include DYSPORT®, XEOMIN®, and BOTOX® Cosmetic at Charleston’s Germain Dermatology. The team offers all three FDA-approved injectables to address crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles.

Each injection contains a small amount of purified botulinum toxin. The prescription cosmetic is injected into specific muscles that cause the formation of facial lines and wrinkles. The active ingredient causes the muscles to relax so the skin sits at rest instead of moving into folds. As a result, facial lines are less visible—and can even diminish over time.

It’s important to remember that not all wrinkles are the same. In addition to “dynamic” wrinkles that appear due to the repetitive pull of muscles when making certain facial expressions, there are also “static” wrinkles that form on the face due to age-related loosening and a decrease in skin moisture as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin diminish.

The team at Germain Dermatology has extensive experience with neuromodulators and understands that each Charleston-area patient has a unique goal and expectations. A professional assessment is essential so your injector can recommend the ideal treatment, whether BOTOX®, DYSPORT®, or XEOMIN®—or another strategy entirely.


Results from neuromodulator injections are temporary, with effects lasting up to three to five months—though initial visible improvements are noticeable within three to seven days. An added benefit of repeated treatments is that results tend to last longer.

BOTOX®, DYSPORT®, and XEOMIN® injectables have proven over and over again to be an ideal cosmetic solution for restoring the look of more youthful skin.

Find out more about options for smoothing out wrinkles, including BOTOX®, in the Charleston, SC, area by calling Germain Dermatology at (843) 881-4440 or sending a message online.

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. 

Falling for September Specials

Like we mentioned in last week’s post, it’s time to pay attention to your skin. And there’s no better way than taking advantage of our September Specials. Remember, all injections are done by Dr. Germain and no one else. It’s important that you do your homework when investigating injectables knowing if the person who administers them are a physician and properly trained. Dr. Germain injects the most Botox in the state of South Carolina. Another reason you should trust your skin to Germain Dermatology. 

Make your appointment with us today 843-881-4440 

Start the New Year Off With New Skin

Ring in the New Year with a younger, fine line-free face by coming in to see Dr. Germain for BOTOX or Dysport. If you’re sick of looking at those stubborn crow’s feet wrinkles near your eyes or the 11s between your eyebrows, BOTOX could be the solution. These injections work by relaxing the muscles that contract to cause those annoying facial lines. Dysport is a BOTOX alternative that might be recommended by Dr. Germain at your consultation. 
Dr. Germain and our team are extremely skilled at these two procedures and make the process feel like a breeze for their patients. Dr. Germain is Platinum Level Provider of Botox and performs this procedure herself on EVERY patient. This quick procedure is recommended every 3-4 months to maintain your beautiful, wrinkle-free face. Start 2012 off right and call us now (843) 881-4440, to set up your consultation with our team! Take advantage of our January Specials Today! 

Dr. Marguerite Germain, Board Certified Dermatologist 

Botox: $10.00/unit, Dysport:$2.80/unit
Dermal Fillers: Buy 1 syringe, get the 2nd syringe 25% off
New Year, New Body! 20% OFF CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting® is a revolutionary new body contouring treatment that precisely targets the stubborn fat you want to lose. It’s never been easier to sculpt the body you want – naturally, safely and without surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting is FDA–cleared with undeniable results after just one treatment.   
Laser Illumination Peel $375 ($75 savings)
Unveil your underlying youthful glow by peeling back layers of dead dull skin.
Go For the Glow! Silk Peel and Calming Laser Treatment combo $400
Rejuvenate and minimize redness with Dr. Germain’s personal favorite combination!
Thanks for visiting Germain Dermatology! Find out why Dr. Germain is voted Charleston’s Best Dermatologist, call us for your appointment (843) 881-4440

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve is here and we are spending time with our loved ones, families and friends. All of us at Germain Dermatology want to wish a you a very Merry Christmas. We will be closed on December 26 in honor of the Christmas holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, December 27. 

During your weekend if you find yourself cruising the internet, don’t forget to vote for Dr. Germain for Best Dermatologist for the Charleston City Paper’s Best Of 2012. Dr. Germain has won Best Dermatologist for the last 6 years and couldn’t be more grateful, and she would be delighted to make it win number 7! 

To vote, go here! 

Here’s 7 Reasons you should vote for Dr. Germain: 

1. She’s caring. She doesn’t hesitate to give her cell phone number to her patients when they need her. Day or night, she’s there for them. 

2. She has a big heart. Dr. Germain lights up when she sees her mom, Mimzi. Mimzi is the light of her life and Dr. Germain works hard to make sure they enjoy every minute they can together. 

3. She’s helpful. She has helped many patients when they’re at wits end…from acne to hair loss, from scarring to wrinkles…she there to help. 

4. She’s smart. As a board certified Dermatologist, Dr. Germain continues to expand her knowledge and education by attending conferences and classes on the latest in Anti-aging advances, skin cancer and more. 

5. She’s happy. When you make an appointment with her, she is always happy to see you. She loves to hug her patients and wants them to know they mean a lot to her. 

6. She’s discrete. Many women don’t like to admit they get wrinkle reducing procedures like Botox, Dysport and fillers and that’s why Dr. Germain’s office was specifically designed with two separate waiting rooms, giving patients the privacy they deserve. 

7. She’s giving. From helping the Center for Women to being a drop off location for the Toys for Tots to sponsoring Women’s Wellness Night at the Charleston RiverDogs game, Dr. Germain is part of the community and continues to help. 

For the last 6 years, our community has voted for her, and we hope you will make it lucky number 7! 

Thanks again! Merry Christmas! 


Dr. Germain & her mom, Mimzi wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Diving into Dysport

Long before Juan Ponce De Leon, people have been searching for the fountain of youth. Funny when we were in our 20s & 30s, we often didn’t take the proper care of our skin like we should have, and now as we reach our 40s, 50s, 60s and so on…we work hard to nourish our skin and bring it back to the way it was in our 20s and 30s. If only we would have known then, what we know now or at least would have listened! 
With advancements in education and science, we’ve learned the importance of sun protection and regular skin checks. Having a good relationship with your dermatologist is key because your skin is your largest organ, so taking care of it is vital. 
But just as education and science has improved, so has our knowledge in the cosmetic dermatology side of things. Not only does our office see many patients for medical dermatology, often our patients inquire about some of the latest procedures today that can take years off your looks. 
Recently, one of our patients in her mid 30s had a strong set of 11s in between her brows. Every time she would sit down to write a story or get stressed under deadline, she would scrunch her eyebrows together when she concentrated, leaving two fairly deep wrinkles that even stuck around when she wasn’t stressed. She also had crow’s feet surrounding her eyes. After living for years out West as a snowboarder, the harsh sun and winter weather really affected the skin around her delicate eyes. To say she was nervous to try anything would be an understatement, which is completely understandable!  

We make sure that we have a complete consultation with each patient so they understand any risks when undergoing any procedure in our office. So we sat down with our snowboarder and suggested Dysport. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. 

No, it’s not our
It’s the Dysport
Get the Facts Gal! 
Recently mentioned as Botox’s “younger cousin” in several magazine articles, Dysport is still new to the ears of our patients but works similarly to Botox. Dysport blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles, ultimately resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines. 

Our snowboarder got the Dysport injections and recently sent us this, “Thanks so much for holding my hand when I took the Dysport plunge! I just came back from my hairstylist and he kept asking what I’m doing to myself because I look so refreshed. I admitted I got Dysport but told him that it’s our little secret! That and my highlights! Thanks Dr. Germain!” 

Now we know this won’t be for everyone but it’s always great to see how self esteem, attitude and your overall confidence can change when you invest in taking care of yourself. It doesn’t have to be injections, it can just be investing in a good skin care line like Germain Rx or getting a Silk Peel.  

Check out some Before and After Photos of Dysport: 

Here’s a good story from the NBC affiliate in DC from Washington DC’s DCDermDocs.com about Dysport. 

For the rest of March, we have some great deals on Dysport: 
Get Dysport for only $2.50/unit (plus an additional $50.00 rebate) OR 1/2 price ($2.00/unit) with the purchase of $100 or more of Germain Rx Products! (plus an additional $50.00 rebate). If you don’t know if you’re a candidate for Dysport or Botox, call for a consultation and we’ll be happy to sit with you and discuss all the options. 


Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! 

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas week is here and many people are still scratching their heads wondering what to buy their loved ones. We often get the question, “Is it weird to buy people gift certificates for botox or juvederm for Christmas?” as if you may offend them by giving them this–but really, it’s a great gift! Many women want beauty treatments like botox, silk peels or dermal fillers but usually don’t put themselves first on the Christmas list..so once again they get a robe or a bad Christmas sweater. Yikes! 

So here’s some great Christmas gift ideas for you last minute shoppers to bring beauty into your loved one’s holiday: 

Botox injections or Dysport injections are a quick and simple procedures done in our office in minutes. With no downtime from work or other activities, results are fast and sometimes amazing. Most people who have had Botox or Dysport are extremely satisfied. We jokingly say that the one side effect of these is how much they love their results. Also, for you bargain hunters out there, Dyport is offering a $50 rebate when you get your injections until December 31, 2010…so book your appointment today! 

Get a face that is smooth as silk with SilkPeel. It is one of the most dynamic skin treatment available today. It is in the only procedure featuring Dermalinfusion™, the non-invasive exfoliation and delivery of skin-specific solutions, leaving patients with fresher-feeling and better-looking skin. SilkPeel is safe and painless. In addition, SilkPeel is unique because it does not use crystals or other abrasive particles that can irritate the skin. And good news, we’re offering a great holiday special — Buy one, get one free!! 


Our patients are in LOVE with our exclusive line of products. Germain Rx has been designed exclusively for the specific needs of our patients. Using the latest in skin care technology, this line includes the highest pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and is made at an FDA-regulated facility. Germain Rx includes products for anti-aging, acne and problem skin, sensitive skin, and rosacea. It also includes a complete sunscreen line and body products. Some of the products we love: Magic Eyes,  Skin Enhancement Treatment Pads, Hydrating Serum, Skin Tone Enhancement Therapy, Green Tea Serum, Collagen Growth Accelerator, Trifusion Miracle Face Cream, Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45 and so many more! We have patients from around the nation who swear by our products, one of them as far as Japan – she makes her sister send her a product care package every 6 months! 

Gift certificates are always a safe bet when it comes to buying for those who like to pick out their own treatments. We’re offering buy $100 gift certificate and get a $10 gift certificate free! 

So from the Germain Dermatology family to yours, Merry Christmas and thanks for being such wonderful patients. 

Be sure to check out our brand new website at www.germaindermatology.com, created by Geeks in a Box and Nelwater Consulting. We’ll be adding a shopping cart to it in the new year, so it’s easier for you to shop our great Germain Rx products from the comfort of your own home. 

Merry Christmas!