With older age comes fine lines and wrinkles, and while these imperfections can affect both your appearance and self-confidence, they’re often easily treatable. Dysport®, which we offer here at Bala Aesthetics & Medispa in Bel Air, MD, has proven to be an effective and safe therapy for these types of issues, and the effects can last a surprisingly long time before you’ll need to return for touch-up treatments.
How Long Does Dysport® Last?
The results of this treatment typically last about four months, though they can last much longer for some patients. Many factors can play a role when it comes to this, including your age, metabolism, diet, exercise activity, and lifestyle factors. Those who see longer-lasting effects, sometimes for as long as six months, are normally patients who have been receiving treatments regularly three to four times per year.
With regularly scheduled treatments, the muscles can become progressively relaxed, which makes them more responsive to this treatment and often leads to a longer duration of effects. Eating healthy, lightly exercising, drinking plenty of fluids, and not smoking or drinking alcohol can all help to extend the effects of this medication.
How Does This Therapy Work?
In older age, our bodies produce lower levels of collagen, which is a protein that’s vital to our skin health. This decline in collagen production is what often leads to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other tell-tale signs of aging.
Facial expressions that stretch the skin, such as smiling and frowning, cause more wear and tear when collagen levels are lower and the skin can no longer easily recover. Dysport® injections relax the muscles involved in facial expressions, which allows the skin to also relax, leading to many visible improvements in one’s appearance.
What Issues Can Be Treated With Dysport®?
Horizontal lines found on the forehead are normally caused by the frontalis muscles, which are quite large, so the lines they cause normally are as well. Because these lines are often more prominent when a person is under stress, they’re often referred to as “stress lines.”
Two muscles between the eyebrows, the corrugator and procerus muscles, contract when frowning or scrunching the face. These muscles, as well as the same frontalis muscles that cause large forehead lines, can lead to the appearance of glabellar lines, which are commonly known as “frown lines.”
Lateral canthal lines, also known as “crow’s feet” or “smile lines,” are mostly caused by the tiny orbicularis oculi muscles found in the eyelids, which contract and can cause lines when you’re making certain facial expressions, such as smiling.
Regardless of where you may be experiencing lines, wrinkles, or other issues, we’ll assess them during your appointment with us to determine how likely they are to respond to this treatment or whether we’ll need to use other treatments instead.
What Should I Expect During My Appointment?
1. Brief Consultation
Before we begin with the injections, we’ll carry out a brief consultation to discuss this therapy, as well as your expectations and medical history. We’ll also want to ensure that you’re not taking any medications that may interfere with the results, and we’ll examine any lines, wrinkles, or other imperfections you have to gauge how well they might respond to this treatment.
2. Muscles Are Treated
The treatment process is quick, usually taking less than 15 minutes, and while the injections themselves aren’t usually painful, we’ll apply a numbing agent to the skin beforehand if you prefer. Each muscle will receive anywhere between one to six injections, as this treatment is highly precise and we’ll be targeting specific areas within the muscles. There’s no downtime, so you’ll be able to return to most everyday activities immediately after your treatment session.
How Can I Ensure I Get the Best Results?
After the injections, we’ll recommend the following precautions:
- Avoid rubbing your face for 4 hours
- Refrain from lying down for 4 hours
- No strenuous activities for 24 hours
- Don’t drink any alcohol for 24 hours
- Avoid some medications for 24 hours
When Will I See the First Results?
You’ll start to notice the first results of this treatment quickly, with some patients experiencing improvements within the first few days after receiving injections. However, the full results can take about two weeks to take effect, as your muscles can take a bit of time to respond to this medication.
During this time, you’ll likely feel a difference in your face as the muscles relax and facial tension dissipates. After this, the skin gradually responds while lines and wrinkles usually start to fade and become less noticeable.
What’s the Best Age To Start This Therapy?
As a versatile treatment, Dysport® can be beneficial for adults of all ages, young and old. However, some age groups may benefit more from this treatment than others, which can depend on your aesthetic goals and other factors. Those who want to prevent the signs of aging before they appear will get the best results from this treatment by starting it earlier in life while staying consistent by scheduling appointments every three to four months.
Once wrinkles or lines are present, you can still take a preventative approach to delay or prevent some of those that haven’t developed yet, but any cosmetic issues that have already appeared will likely need regular corrective treatments to stay minimized.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Dysport®?
Minimized Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles, two of the most common signs of aging, typically respond quite well to this medication. With just a few injections into each target muscle, most of these imperfections can be minimized.
A Healthier Overall Appearance
In recent years, research has shown that Dysport® injections can not only relax muscles but can also stimulate collagen in aging skin. This can help to give the skin a younger, healthier-looking appearance.
The Injections Are Highly Precise
Because we only use conservative amounts of this medication, there’s no risk of it spreading to other areas of your body. Only the muscles we intend to treat are paralyzed while all surrounding areas are left unaffected.
The Results Are Natural Looking
There are no incisions or structural changes made with this therapy like there are with surgical procedures, and the visible improvements are caused by muscles relaxing. The results are therefore natural looking, with no permanent alterations made.
There’s No Significant Pain
As a minimally invasive treatment, this therapy uses small needles to inject the medication into your muscles. This makes it a relatively painless process, where the only thing you might feel is a brief pinprick sensation with each injection, and this can be avoided with a topical anesthetic..
Treatment Is Quick and Easy
Each therapy session is quick and typically lasts less than 15 minutes. Also, this therapy is done on an outpatient basis, so you can return to your everyday activities the same day of your appointment and won’t have to worry about being sedated or having trouble driving home.
It’s Been Thoroughly Tested
This treatment has become one of the most popular anti-aging injectables worldwide, meaning that it has been thoroughly tested in both labs and real-world scenarios. This makes it a safe treatment with a strong track record of producing results.
It Can Be a Confidence Booster
After the full results begin, many patients report other improvements in their everyday lives, as this treatment often boosts self-confidence. This can lead to improvements in everything from your relationships with others to your professional work life.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Therapy?
If you have tell-tale signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, you’re likely a perfect candidate for this treatment. However, this therapy isn’t for everyone, as some medications and health conditions are contraindicated with it. Because injections are used, you shouldn’t be taking anticoagulants or any other medications that can affect blood flow at the time of treatment.
If you’re currently taking these medications, you’ll need to ask your prescribing doctor if it will be safe to temporarily stop these before receiving this treatment. If you’re pregnant, nursing, or have any conditions that would make you sensitive to needles or the ingredients of this medication, you should avoid this treatment.
Get Started Today
Although the effects of Dysport® gradually wear off, making it safer than permanent treatments, the effects normally last a long time and the benefits can be immeasurable. To schedule your initial consultation, contact us at Bala Aesthetics & Medispa in Bel Air, MD, and start your path toward a rejuvenated appearance today.