Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most frequently asked questions are listed below. If you have a question that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to send an email.  Or... not to worry, as we offer free 15 minute consultations. During your consultation Annette will listen to your beauty visions, complete an assessment, and make recommendations based on your wants and needs! 

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What is Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®?

Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® both contain a slightly different variation of botulinum toxin, a protein derivative of the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. They work by temporarily blocking the transmission of nerve impulses, thereby, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. Both products can help decrease unwanted wrinkles while preserving natural facial expressions. 

How long does Botox®/Dysport® last?

Both Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® typically last on average anywhere from 3-4 months, but ultimately it is patient dependent. Both Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® are neuromodulators that are injected into certain muscles of the face to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Patients typically prefer one over the other, however, both equally provide amazing results which is why we offer both to accommodate our clients wants and needs! I like to think of them as Kleenex vs. Puffs, both are great products, so it is just a preference! 

Where Can Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® be injected?

 There are many areas that can be treated by both Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®. Some of the areas are:

  • The “11 line” between the brows called the glabella
  • The horizontal lines across the forehead
  • The crow’s feet area around the sides of the eyes
  • The lines on the sides of the nose called the “bunny lines”.
  • The pebbled look of the chin (mentalis muscle)
  • We can turn the corners of the mouth up
  • We can treat gummy smiles
  • The contracted vertical platysmal lines of the neck
  • The wrinkles on the chest
  • The underarms to treat excessive sweating
  • The masseter muscles to help treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) related tension and jaw pain, often eliminating headaches resulting from teeth grinding.  Treating the masseter muscles also results in slimming of the jawline so the lower face isn’t so squared. Years of overusing the masseter muscles over develops the masseter (main chewing muscle), leading to a square face.

What do I need to do to prepare for my Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® treatment?

We recommend that you avoid any Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and alcohol 5-7 days prior to your treatment. This will help reduce your risk of mild bruising from your treatment. 

Is there any downtime with Botox® Cosmetic/Dysport® treatment?

There is no downtime with Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® injections. Honestly, many people come in during their lunch break from work and head right back after their appointment. Immediately after injections you may have small little “botox bumps”, this is the medicine in the muscle. With contracting your muscles by making the different facial expressions will help it absorb. These little bumps last about 10-15 mins after injections and are usually gone by the time you leave the office. There is always a risk of minor bruising with injections, and fair skin/blonde haired/blue eyes tend to be at higher risk for bruising. Bruising is usually minimal and can easily be covered with makeup. 

Are Botox® Cosmetic/Dysport® treatments painful?

Everyone has their own pain tolerance. Honestly, it is minimal discomfort and it is lessoned with the use of my Gold Beauty Bar. This Gold Beauty Bar is placed near the injection sites and helps distract your mind from when I am injecting by the vibration at the site. 99 percent of clients say this makes the treatment super easy with almost no pain. There is typically minimal to no pain post injections. If mild bruising occurs it may be tender at the site for a few days. 

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What are the most common side effects/risks of Botox® Cosmetic/Dysport®?

The most common side effects are mild bruising, bleeding, or tenderness at injection site. Some less common that are reported would be headache. Uncommon side effects are allergic reactions or dropped brow (ptosis). 

Are there any contraindications to Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® Injections?

Anyone who is allergic to Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® should not be treated. Also, anyone who is ill/sick or on antibiotics. If you are sick or on antibiotics, we will need to reschedule your treatment. 

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What are fillers?

 There are many different fillers on the market. My favorites to use are Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found throughout the body, with the highest concentrations found in the joints, eyes, and skin. In the skin, hyaluronic acid attracts water which hydrates the skin. The HA fillers that I use are synthetic version of hyaluronic acid that your body makes. They resemble almost a gel material, and decisions on which fillers to use are really determined on the consistencies needed in certain areas and wants/needs of my clients. 

Where can I have fillers injected?

  • Cheeks
  • Under eyes
  • Lips
  • Lower face / around mouth
  • Nasolabial fold (smile / laugh lines)
  • Jaw line
  • Neck lines (Tech - Neck)
  • Earlobes
  • Hands

How do I know what filler I need?

Each filler is indicated for different areas of the face and depending on the patient’s specific needs and wants this will be determined. I love, and only use hyaluronic acid fillers as they are the safest options on the market today. I choose from the Juvéderm® and Restylane® family of fillers to customize your treatment. 

How long does filler last?

How long the effects of dermal fillers last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. In general, the denser the product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it will last. On average most hyaluronic acid fillers typically last from 6-18months. Some fillers such as Volluma is formulated to last up to 2 years in areas like the cheeks.  

What should I do to prepare for my filler appointment?

Please avoid all Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Fish oil, Vit E, Alcohol for 1 week or more prior to your appointment. If you have a medical condition for which you are taking these medicines on a daily basis we would not want to stop them without prior authorization from your primary care MD. 


If you have ever had or commonly break out with herpes (cold sores) we will pre-medicate you with Valrex. Please notify us of this prior so that we can call in a prescription for you to take prior to your appointment. 

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What is Vitamin B12 for?

Vitamin B12, is a water soluble vitamin that is essential for building blood cells and maintaining healthy nerve cells in the body. Vitamin B 12 injections can help with anemia, reducing fatigue, weakness, constipation, improves metabolism, and for weight loss. Most of us do not get adequate levels of Vitamin B 12 from our diets so injections once a week can easily provide your body with what it needs to function better. 

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