Welcome to the Glow Aesthetic Center blog. Today, we’ll discuss Dysport, a popular neurotoxin injection treatment that offers a fantastic alternative to Botox.
At Glow Aesthetic Center, we are excited to offer this fast-acting and non-invasive solution to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, giving our patients smoother and more youthful-looking skin.
What is Dysport?
Dysport, also known as abobotulinumtoxinA, is a highly effective neurotoxin injection treatment designed to address fine lines and wrinkles in adults.
Developed by the renowned pharmaceutical company Galderma, also known for its popular cosmetic filler treatment Restylane, Dysport has earned its reputation as a trusted and safe option for rejuvenating the appearance of the skin.
With a history of over 25 years, Dysport has received approval as a treatment in an impressive 69 countries worldwide. This widespread acceptance and usage underscore the reliability and success of Dysport in delivering remarkable results to countless individuals seeking to enhance their facial aesthetics.
How Does Dysport Work?
So, how does Dysport work its magic?
When injected into targeted areas, Dysport acts as a neurotoxin that explicitly inhibits nerve signals from reaching the facial muscles. This mechanism of action effectively “paralyzes” the treated muscles, causing them to relax temporarily. Consequently, the visible lines and wrinkles in the treated areas begin to soften and smooth out, creating a refreshed and more youthful appearance.
Dysport is particularly well-suited for treating fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face region. Popular treatment areas include:
- The forehead
- Crow’s feet (wrinkles on the side of the eyes)
- Elevens (wrinkles between the eyebrows)
These are the areas where facial muscles’ dynamic movements often result in lines forming over time.
The remarkable speed at which Dysport takes effect is another aspect that makes it highly desirable. Patients typically start noticing noticeable improvements within two to three days after treatment. These prompt results contribute to the popularity of Dysport among individuals seeking a quick and effective solution to combat the signs of aging.
Dysport offers a significant advantage over invasive surgical procedures and treatments that require lengthy downtime for recovery. As a non-invasive option, Dysport provides a convenient and efficient way to address moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles on the upper half of the face. This makes it attractive for individuals seeking a rejuvenated appearance without extensive recovery periods.
In addition to its efficacy in treating facial lines and wrinkles, Dysport has proven versatile in its applications. It is an FDA-approved treatment for cervical dystonia and adult spasticity, showcasing its potential to address various medical conditions beyond cosmetic concerns.
Dysport can effectively treat teeth grinding (TMJ) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), providing comprehensive solutions for different patient needs.
The Advantages of Dysport
Effective Treatment for Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Dysport is particularly effective in treating the upper face region, including the forehead, crow’s feet, and elevens (between the eyebrows). Its fast-acting nature means noticeable results within two to three days after the treatment.
Non-Invasive and Reliable: Unlike plastic surgery and other invasive procedures, Dysport offers a non-invasive option to address moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles on the top half of the face. It is a safe and reliable treatment with minimal downtime.
Versatile Applications: Dysport is suitable for fine lines and wrinkles and FDA-approved for cervical dystonia and adult spasticity. Additionally, it can be used to address teeth grinding (TMJ) or hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Preparing for Your Dysport Treatment
Here are some of our tips on how to prepare for your Dysport treatment
Timing and Frequency
As you prepare for your Dysport treatment, it’s essential to understand the timing and frequency of follow-up appointments to maintain consistent and long-lasting results. Typically, the effects of Dysport last around three to four months, but individual factors such as metabolism and muscle strength may influence this duration.
We recommend scheduling your next Dysport appointment approximately three months after each treatment for optimal and continuous results. Adhering to this timeline can prevent facial wrinkles from returning and maintain a more youthful appearance.
However, patients with smaller or weaker facial muscles may have the option to space their injections further apart, providing flexibility in the treatment schedule while achieving satisfying outcomes.
Your safety and well-being are of paramount importance to us. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, Dysport is not suitable for use during this time.
While Dysport is generally a safe and well-tolerated treatment, discussing any medical conditions, allergies, or medications you are currently taking with our expert clinicians is crucial.
By sharing this information, we can ensure Dysport is the right choice for you and avoid potential complications.
To maximize the effectiveness of your Dysport treatment and minimize any possible side effects, we recommend the following pre-treatment preparations:
Stop Medications and Supplements: One week before your appointment, discontinue using medications and supplements that may increase bleeding and swelling at the injection sites.
Common examples include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and fish oil.
Avoid Alcoholic Drinks: For 24 hours before your Dysport treatment, it’s best to abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can thin the blood, potentially leading to complications during the procedure.
Eat a Healthy Snack: On the day of your appointment, have a healthy snack before your treatment. This can help reduce the chance of feeling lightheaded during the procedure.
Freshly Washed Face and No Makeup: Arrive at your appointment with a freshly washed face, free from makeup or skincare products. This ensures a clean treatment area for the injections.
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After Your Dysport Treatment:
Here is what to expect after your Dysport treatment:
Normal Post-Treatment Reactions
Following your Dysport treatment, you may notice some normal post-treatment reactions. These can include small nodules at the injection site, mild dryness, and itching. These reactions are temporary and generally subside within a few minutes to a few hours after the injections. There is no need to be concerned, as these are typical responses to the treatment.
Avoiding High Heat
For the first 24 hours following your Dysport session, we recommend avoiding direct high heat, such as hot showers, saunas, or sun exposure. Avoiding high heat during this time helps ensure that the Dysport settles into the intended muscles properly, maximizing the treatment’s effectiveness.
Mild headaches may occur after the Dysport injection, but rest assured, they are usually a result of the needle’s insertion rather than the Dysport itself. Over-the-counter pain medications can help alleviate these headaches if needed. However, it’s essential to avoid aspirin, as it can thin the blood and potentially cause complications.
In some cases, minor bruises may appear at the injection sites, but these typically fade within a few days. If you wish to conceal them, you can use makeup to cover the bruises until they naturally subside.
By following these post-treatment guidelines, you can ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery process, allowing you to enjoy the full benefits of your Dysport treatment with confidence.
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At Glow Aesthetic Center, our expert clinicians can help you achieve a more youthful appearance with Dysport.
Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards a smoother, more confident you.