Dysport is a popular wrinkle treatment that can help control aggressive signs of aging in patients. It is one of many cosmetic injectables that can help you appear younger. Other types of cosmetic injectables include dermal fillers.
What’s the difference between the two, and when should you get one over the other?
Dysport is a member of the neurotoxin cosmetic injectables family. One of Dysport’s active ingredients is the neurotoxin botulinum type A, which is a muscle relaxer and paralytic.
How Neurotoxins Work
Neurotoxin cosmetic injectables like Dysport and Botox work by disrupting specific types of communication in your neural pathways. The neural disruption results in paralyzed muscles.
Botox and Dysport help treat dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles in your face that come from repeated, habitual expressions.
Types of dynamic wrinkles include:
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Mouth lines
- Smile lines
Dynamic wrinkles are not the same as gravitational wrinkles, which are what dermal fillers treat.
There are many different types of dermal fillers out there, but they all operate on a similar principle. This particular wrinkle treatment involves injecting a chemical substance under the skin in order to fill out and plump up the treated area.
Your body is constantly working against the forces of gravity – and your skin is no different.
One of the reasons skin shows signs of aging is because as you get older, your collagen stores begin to deplete.
Losing collagen in your skin results in your skin becoming thinner, saggier, and looser. Lost collagen also makes your skin more vulnerable to gravity, which is why jowls and saggy fine lines and wrinkles begin to form.
Types of wrinkles caused by gravity include:
- Nasolabial folds
- Hollow cheeks
- Sagging under the eyes
- Sagging around the jaw and neck
- Thin and wrinkled lips
Dermal fillers help smooth out wrinkles and make you appear younger by injecting biodegradable chemical compounds under the skin.
How Dysport Works
Dysport is best known for its ability to treat forehead lines, which are the horizontal lines that run across your forehead.
These lines are often the most aggressive and deep-set, and they can make you appear much older than you actually are.
When injected into the muscles on your forehead, Dysport weakens and paralyzes those muscles so that they cannot wrinkle your skin.
Dysport preserves the natural fluidity of your regular facial expressions, so you will not appear frozen or unnatural. It simply helps control the movements of the expressive muscles that cause wrinkles in your skin.
This wrinkle treatment is usually used in the forehead because of the way Dysport is formulated.
The Dysport formula is a bit more fluid than other neurotoxin cosmetic injectables like Botox. Where Botox is more controlled and doesn’t spread, Dysport was created to spread so it can treat larger surface areas.
Of course, Dysport can be used on more areas than just the forehead, but its success rates for treating forehead lines are impressively high.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Typically, it can take about a week to start noticing results from Dysport. This is because it takes time for the formula to work with your body to achieve its goals.
How Long Do Results Last?
Dysport results last for three to four months, on average. After this time period, your body absorbs the formula and communication in your neural pathways is restored.
This is why maintenance treatments are recommended for patients to continue to enjoy their results.
When to Get Dysport
We do not have an “either, or” philosophy when treating patients. Instead, we use many tools to achieve results.
So if we recommend Dysport for you, we will likely recommend it in conjunction with other treatments like dermal fillers.
In general, though, Dysport is probably a good treatment option for you if you have mild to moderate lines in your forehead. If these lines are always visible even when your face is relaxed, you’re likely a candidate for Dysport.
Dysport and Dermal Fillers Used Together
Here is one example of a treatment plan for a patient:
A patient comes to our clinic wanting to treat forehead lines, hollow under eyes, nasolabial folds, and thinning lips.
For this patient, we would likely recommend units of Dysport for their forehead and dermal filler injections for their under eyes, nasolabial folds, and thinning lips.
Combining these treatments results in well-rounded, youthful-looking results that appear natural and well-balanced.
What to Expect at Your Dysport Appointment
When you come to Revive Clinic for Dysport treatment, expect to be treated with the highest caliber of attention and care possible. Our team of medical professionals are experts in Dysport cosmetic treatments and can help you map out a unique, custom treatment plan just for you!
During your Dysport appointment, you will likely be at our clinic for around 30 minutes. The appointments are quick and efficient, allowing you to get in and out as smoothly as possible.
After your Dysport injections, you don’t have to worry about recovery or downtime. Instead, you can get right back to your regular life and let the treatment work from the inside out!
We do recommend avoiding anti-inflammatory medications for the first 24 to 48 hours following your initial treatment session. We will provide you with a full post-procedure care plan when you come in for a visit.
Getting Started with Dysport Wrinkle Treatment
To get started with Dysport and to take your first step toward a more wrinkle-free complexion, contact Revive Clinic in Oklahoma City, OK!