The Difference Between Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®

Although Botox® is one of the most well-known filler procedures, it isn’t the only cosmetic solution. Dysport® and Xeomin® are similar products that are readily available and frequently used by the nation’s top facial plastic surgeons. But, which of these fillers is right for you? Below we discuss each of these options:

Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are all neuromodulators that temporarily relax or alter muscle nerves. By halting the natural nerve impulses of the muscle, they essentially freeze your muscle and keep it from creating wrinkles or sagging. Not only are these treatments corrective, but they are preventive as well, tightening the muscles and preventing deeper frown lines. When applied correctly, the effects are limited to the specific treatment area, giving desirable results.

The use of Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® varies, but they can be used to treat a variety of issues including:
·     Horizontal forehead lines
·     Frown lines around the brows (the “Elevens”)
·     Crow’s feet
·     Nasal squint lines
·     Neck lines
·     Sagging eyebrows
·     Excessive sweating
·     Migraines

The Difference Between Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®
The difference between these three dermal fillers lies within their makeup. Although they all contain Botulinum Toxin A or bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, Xeomin® features a far different and cleaner formula. Released as an alternative to Botox® and Dysport®, it is the newest product and contains no additives, consisting only of the single ingredient Botulinum Toxin A.

Botox®

Botox® is one of the most sought-after beauty treatments. This injected botulinum toxin temporarily freezes the muscles that create wrinkles and fine lines. The injection is a simple, quick, and relatively pain-free procedure that will give you a fresh, more youthful appearance. The treatment only takes a few minutes to perform, and there is no downtime. The effects of the injections generally last anywhere from three to six months.

Dysport®

Dysport® is a neuromodulator that relaxes muscles in the face that cause age-related indentations in the skin. Some wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and lines on the forehead, develop when your facial expressions pinch the skin. Over time, the skin loses its elasticity. Dysport® works to correct these signs of aging. Results from Dysport® injections may last four to six months.

Xeomin®

Xeomin® works to prevent the body from forming resistant antibodies. That means it keeps working over time. Xeomin® is preferable for those currently receiving treatment for neuromuscular conditions because while Botox® and Dysport® can interfere and change due to certain medications and procedures, Xeomin® does not. Similar to Botox® and Dysport®, Xeomin® typically lasts anywhere from three to four months.

If you are interested in learning more about these fillers, give us a call today at (850) 312-5168. Our team at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics can provide a custom consultation and treatment plan to help give you the results you desire.

 

Start 2019 Tattoo-Free

There are many reasons why you may want a tattoo removed. Perhaps it was an impulse tattoo from when you were younger, maybe it isn’t as high quality as you’d like it to be, or perhaps it is simply a distraction. Whatever the reason may be, start the new year off tattoo-free with our tattoo removal service.

How does tattoo removal work?

Tattoo removal works by administering a specific wavelength of intense light into your skin. The light is only absorbed by the tattoo pigments, and your skin remains unharmed. The light energy breaks apart the pigments, which are then absorbed by your body and eliminated. Laser energy is applied to the tattoo in short bursts. The sensation of a laser treatment is similar to a small pinch on your skin. Some pigments may require multiple passes with the laser, and we are always aware of your comfort level. If you are unable to tolerate the experience, we can numb the skin to help you feel less discomfort.

Is tattoo removal safe?

Laser tattoo removal is safer and more effective than other tattoo removal methods. Anyone who is generally in good health is a candidate for the procedure. To make sure that laser treatment is right for you and to better understand your tattoo removal goals, we will do a thorough consultation.

How effective is laser tattoo removal?

The effectiveness of treatment and the number of sessions you will need depend on a variety of factors. The length of the removal process will depend on the shape, size and color of your tattoo. For instance, simple designs with only black pigments may only take one or two treatments. With more complex tattoos that have several colors, you may need multiple treatments to gradually fade the design over time.

Additionally, the location of the tattoo can make removal difficult. Before we begin treatment, we will assess your tattoo and give a rough estimate of how long the treatment will take.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

There is some discomfort associated with tattoo removal, however, most patients report that it is bearable. Because laser tattoo removal works so quickly, the discomfort will be over in just a couple of minutes. After each treatment, we provide instructions on how to protect the area to allow the skin to heal.

Give yourself a fresh start this year by removing any unwanted tattoos. For more info on the procedure, or to start your tattoo removal process, contact us today.

The Benefits of Microneedling with Radiofrequency

There are many different facial procedures that can help to restore the look and feel of your skin, but one of the most popular is Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF). Microneedling with RF offers skin care benefits, and newer, younger-looking skin, without the discomfort of other skincare treatments.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a collagen-inducing treatment that can help with facial scarring and other cosmetic improvements. This procedure involves using very fine needles to puncture the skin. Most of the time a dermaroller will be used. This tool rolls many tiny needles over your face at a time. Although your skin will take a little time to heal from the punctures, you will look radiant, healthy, and youthful.

What is Microneedling with RF?

Microneedling with RF takes the procedure one step further. During this process, the radiofrequency energy is delivered to the face via needles. The RF helps the skin tighten and stimulates deeper collagen production. The results of Microneedling with RF are more dramatic and noticeable than just Microneedling on its own.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling with RF?

Microneedling with RF has many benefits. It can help eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, reverse scarring from acne, and clear up problems with your skin tone and texture. This procedure is fairly quick, lasting only about an hour, and involves minimal pain and discomfort. Depending on your personal skin care needs, multiple sessions may be needed to reap the full benefits of the procedure. When you schedule a consultation, the professionals at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics will evaluate your skin to determine just how often you will need to come back for additional treatment

Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF) can reverse the signs of aging and have your skin looking young and healthy in no time. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, or think that you would benefit from it, contact us at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today to learn more.

 

Best Facial Procedures for Fall

At Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, we are committed to helping you look and feel your best. This fall, keep your skin healthy and vibrant with some of our favorite facial procedures.

Fat Transfers

A fat transfer for facial rejuvenation is a safe and popular option for reducing the appearance of facial aging. Fat transfers use fat harvested from your own body to fill fine lines and wrinkles, plump thinning lips, or to rejuvenate aging hands. This safe procedure has a reduced risk of adverse reactions because the injection is comprised of fat from your own body.

Fat transfers offer long-lasting and natural looking results. This the perfect procedure to give your skin new life this fall.

Skin Resurfacing

This treatment is a great way to help your skin recover from the damage of harsh summer UV rays. At Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, a carbon dioxide laser, or a chemical peel, is used for skin resurfacing. This procedure can drastically improve the look of your skin, revealing younger, healthier skin that’s hidden underneath sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scars. This procedure has very natural-looking results. Because skin resurfacing requires you to stay out of the sun in your post-op recovery, fall is a great time to consider this treatment.

Facelift

If you’re looking for dramatic results addressing wrinkles, sagging skin, or loss of facial definition, a rhytidectomy, better known as a facelift, may be a treatment option for you. Dr. Daniel Daube can restore the youthful appearance of your face with this surgery. And, because his practice concentrates on facial plastics, he uses the Gold Standard for this procedure

Because a facelift is a comprehensive solution to the most stubborn signs of aging, it is important to find the right time in your schedule to plan this procedure. Generally, fall months offer more downtime.

Bellafill

Bellafill gives similar results to other fillers you may have tried, with one amazing advantage: it lasts five years! This innovative, injectable filler softens facial wrinkles, smile lines, and acne scars in an instant. With its unique collagen formula, the results are natural, immediate, and very long lasting.

If you are interested in trying any of these facial options or learning about additional treatments that we offer, contact us today!

Is Microneedling Right for You?

Microneedling is a simple cosmetic treatment used to help rejuvenate the look of facial skin. This therapy can restore the quality of skin and combat of the signs of aging. Best of all, microneedling is not surgical and does not require much downtime.

The Microneedling Procedure

To generate more of the skin’s natural collagen production, a handheld instrument known as a dermaroller is rolled across areas of the face and other parts of the body where the skin’s quality has been compromised. This dermaroller, which resembles a small paint roller, is made up of small needles that gently penetrate the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen production. The increase in collagen can make skin look more youthful by filling in areas that appear hollow due to aging. Microneedling is an outpatient treatment that can be completed in a single office visit.

After the Treatment

Your skin may look red and swollen immediately following your procedure; however, you should also expect your treated area to have a more buoyant and refreshed appearance. To maintain results, your treatment provider may recommend you return every four to six weeks for additional sessions. 

Additional Benefits

In addition to increasing skin buoyancy and youthfulness, microneedling can hide the appearance of scars and pockmarks caused by acne. This treatment can even remove blackheads, blemishes and excessive skin oil. If you experience hyperpigmentation, microneedling has the ability to even skin tone. The procedure is helpful in reversing some of the effects of sun damage as well.

Ideal Candidates

If you are in good health and have no current infections, you are likely a good candidate for microneedling. This treatment is generally not recommended for children and teens. If you are pregnant, take certain medications, or have had skin radiation therapy within the past year, microneedling is not recommended for you. You should also avoid this procedure if you have a skin condition such as rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis.

Microneedling offers many benefits and can dramatically enhance the look of your skin. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, contact Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today to schedule a consultation!

The Ins and Outs of Laser Hair Removal

Removing unwanted hair is not always as easy as it sounds. Waxing and shaving can be both painful as well as time-consuming. Fortunately, permanent hair removal options are available at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics.

Laser hair removal involves using highly concentrated light beams on hair follicles. The follicles absorb the light, which ultimately eliminates them and helps to prevent future hair growth. This treatment is safe and can be used on a variety of areas on the body.

Step 1: The Consultation
If you are interested in laser hair removal, you must start with a consultation. Dr. Daniel Daube will assess the condition and thickness of your hair, and provide you with an estimate of the number of sessions you will need to complete the process. He may perform a test on a small patch of your body to determine if there may be an adverse reaction to the treatment.

Step 2: The First Appointment
During the first treatment, you’ll be given safety goggles to protect your eyes from the bright light produced by the laser. Dr. Daube will then mark your skin to section off the area the laser will be targeting. A gel will be applied to make it easy for the laser to glide across your skin.

You may feel discomfort during the procedure in areas where your skin is the most sensitive, like the bikini line or your upper lip. As you continue with your sessions, you’ll find your discomfort will decrease.

Step 3: Recovery
After your laser hair removal procedure, it is important to avoid direct sunlight; therefore, fall and winter months are typically the best time to receive this laser treatment. You may experience redness after the procedure; however, this will fade over time

In the days after your first treatments, you’ll see the hairs on the targeted areas start to fall out. As your sessions continue, you’ll realize that your hair is relatively non-existent in most areas, and in others, the hair is barely noticeable.

If you are tired of dealing with body hair, laser hair removal may be right for you. Contact us at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics to schedule your consultation and say goodbye to unwanted hair for good!

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy Year-Round

Just as the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. Due to the changes in temperature, sun exposure, and moisture in the air throughout the year, it is important to modify your skincare routine accordingly. Keep these tips in mind when planning your skincare regimen:

Clean and Clear in Fall

After the intense heat of the summer sun begins to fade, your skin needs to repair itself, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors. The shift into the cooler months of the year is the perfect opportunity to focus on rejuvenation.

During the fall, look for ways to let your skin rest and treat any blemishes or damage from the sun before attempting deep exfoliation treatments. Creamy moisturizers and gentle antioxidants are recommended during this time of year to prepare your skin for the dry, cold months ahead.

Hydration Throughout Winter

As the temperature drops in winter, the air becomes drier. Chapped cheeks, lips, and hands can become an issue without proper hydration. Make sure to drink enough water so you can hydrate your skin from the inside out. Foam or cream cleansers can help restore moisture in your skin.

Renew and Refresh in Spring

Wake up your skin in the spring with a routine that includes more exfoliation to get rid of any winter dullness and dead cells. This is the perfect time of year to try a more vigorous cleansing routine since the return of ambient humidity, combined with colder air, doesn’t leave your skin as susceptible to drying out.

Spring is also the time to prepare your skin for the sun exposure it will receive in the approaching summer months. Consider scheduling any important skin care procedures before the hot weather sets in(,) when the risk of sun damage increases. The transition from heavy winter moisturizers to lighter lotions that keep you hydrated without feeling greasy. Our practice has specially formulated products to fit any skin type. Ask our Aesthetician for details.

Sun-Kissed Glow for Summer

While sun protection is a year-round need, the summer months present the highest risk for sun damage, so make sure you find products that work best for your skin. A higher SPF doesn’t have to mean a thick, oily formula that can leave a filmy or sticky residue behind. It’s okay to use one protective moisturizer for your face and another for your body, especially if you’re already prone to breakouts.

Stay cool and clean with face and body mists that refresh and hydrate you throughout the day, and don’t forget to moisturize well after every shower. Frequent exfoliation will keep your skin healthy and bright to retain that summer glow. However, without proper toning and hydration, you may increase the chance of damage during this season.

The needs of your skin will change drastically throughout the year, so it is important to change your routine with the seasons. By adjusting for temperatures and seasonal shifts, you can make sure your skin is healthy and vibrant all year long!

How to Properly Plan for Your Facial Plastics Procedure

Before undergoing facial plastic surgery, there are a number of steps you should take to prepare yourself. Any surgery can feel somewhat overwhelming, but the more informed and educated you are, the better you will feel about having the procedure.

How to Determine if You Are a Good Candidate

The first step in planning for your facial plastic procedure is to determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery. Ask yourself if you believe you are in good enough health to undergo a surgical procedure? Do you have any medical conditions that may cause your health to be jeopardized during surgery? It is very important to consult a primary care physician regarding your health and eligibility before pursuing facial plastic surgery.

Know the Outcome You’d Like to Achieve

There are a plethora of facial plastic surgeries available to you; therefore, it is important to have a clear goal in mind as to what you want to achieve with the surgery. Once you understand what you want, research the pros and cons of each procedure you are considering. After doing your research, schedule a consult with Dr. Daube and make sure the options you desire are viable for your facial structure

Pick a Surgeon You Trust

Successful facial plastic surgery starts with an experienced surgeon. Dr. Daube is double Board Certified and Fellowship trained; plus, he is the only Facial Plastic surgeon in the Northwest Florida region. Be certain to bring a list of questions to your consultation so you do not forget to ask about any important details.

Know the Care Needed Before and After Your Procedure

Each procedure requires different post-operative care. It is imperative that you understand what care is needed after your procedure to ensure your recovery goes smoothly.

The more prepared you are for your facial plastic procedure, the better you will feel. If you are considering facial plastic surgery, call Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today!

Skeletal Contouring: What Is It? And, Who Is a Candidate?

Skeletal contouring is a procedure used to subtly change an individual’s facial structure by manipulating the shape of the facial bones. Skeletal contouring focuses mostly on the nose, jawline, cheeks, and forehead.

What is Skeletal Contouring?

The method of skeletal contouring varies greatly from patient to patient. In all cases, facial bones are changed in some way. Grafting can be used to increase the size of a section of the face. The procedure can also involve bone shaving to decrease or sharpen facial sections, or to simply reshape the bone. Skeletal contouring can give patients a stronger jawline, more or less prominent facial features, and a different nose shape.

Who is a Good Candidate for Skeletal Contouring?

A person may be a candidate for skeletal contouring for several reasons. If you have been involved in an accident or suffered trauma to the face, skeletal contouring can be used to help cover up the damage and return your face to its original appearance. Or, if you simply do not like the appearance of your jawline, nose, or cheeks, skeletal contouring can be used to perfect your features.

What to Expect During the Skeletal Contouring Procedure

Prior to surgery, patients will be given a general anesthetic. Once the procedure has been completed, there may be some noticeable bruising, which should go away in one to four weeks.

After surgery, it is important to keep your head elevated to assist with blood flow. Do not lay flat or sleep on your back. Avoid bending or picking up heavy objects. Also, avoid direct sunlight so your incisions can heal properly

If you have suffered facial trauma, or simply want to change your facial features for cosmetic purposes, skeletal contouring may be for you. Call our office today to set up a free consultation!

The Benefits of Skin Resurfacing

Keeping your skin healthy and vibrant is something many people struggle with. One treatment that can help fight the effects of aging and damaged skin is skin resurfacing. Skin resurfacing uses a carbon dioxide laser to combat a variety of issues. Some of the benefits of skin resurfacing treatment include:

Minimization of Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Both aging and sun exposure can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. These are especially prevalent around the eyes and mouth. Skin resurfacing can reduce the appearance of these creases, and give your face a healthier and smoother appearance.

Reduction of Enlarged Pores

Large pores are often attributed to age and genetics. Larger pores cause the skin to appear bumpy and uneven. Skin resurfacing evens skin tone and improves skin texture, mitigating the appearance of enlarged pores. Your skin will have a smoother, more even look with skin resurfacing.

Treatment of Discoloration, Redness, or Spots

Skin discoloration, redness, and spots can be the result of aging, sun exposure, or issues with skin pigmentation. Regardless of the cause or the particular type of discoloration, skin resurfacing can assist in correcting pigmentation and help eliminate any brown spots, providing you with a more balanced, even skin tone.

Encouragement of Collagen Production and Skin Tightening

Unfortunately, as you age, your skin can begin to lose its elasticity. Skin resurfacing combats this in two ways. First, it enhances skin tone, tightening the skin so it appears youthful once again. Second, it encourages new collagen production in those areas of treatment. It also promotes greater collagen absorption in areas surrounding the treated sections.

 

If you suffer from any of these skin conditions, or just want to improve the general appearance of your skin, skin resurfacing may be an option for you. Call Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today to learn more about how your appearance can be enhanced by skin resurfacing!