As people age, they can develop wrinkles on their forehead, in between their eyebrows, and on the outside of their eyes (crow’s feet). These wrinkles can come from animated expressions such as frowning, smiling, or raising the eyebrows. While developing wrinkles on your face is the natural result of aging, you may be feeling self-conscious about them. Whether you want to feel your best for a big event or you want to prevent wrinkles from forming, Dysport® may be the right treatment for you. At Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD, we offer Dysport® treatments for reducing frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles.
What Is Dysport®?
Dysport® is an injection of Botulinum toxin type A that is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It is FDA approved to treat frown lines (also known as glabellar lines), but it can also be used for crow’s feet, laugh lines, and forehead lines. It works by relaxing certain muscles in your face. Since these common types of wrinkles are caused by muscles contracting when you smile, frown, or make other expressions, relaxing these muscles may help smooth out some of those lines. The goal of treatment for many people is a way to smooth out wrinkles that looks more natural and is less invasive than other treatments.
Is Dysport® the Same as Botox?
Dysport® and Botox® both use Botulinum toxin type A as the active ingredient. However, they are not interchangeable products and they have some key differences that could make each a better product for your particular situation. The dose of Dysport® is different than other Botulinum toxin type A products. It is more diluted than Botox®, and it is formulated to spread faster. Dysport® may be better if you are hoping to treat larger areas.
What Are the Benefits of Dysport®?
While you will consult with us to find the best treatment for your situation, Dysport® has unique benefits that could make it a good option for you.
Dysport® Can Work Quickly
While results can vary, Dysport® typically works more quickly than other similar products. Often, wrinkles can start to reduce in as little as 2-3 days. Most people start to see the full benefits after about 2 weeks so you should consider this timeline if you are interested in getting Dysport® for an upcoming event.
Dysport® Can Last a Long Time
If you are looking for a way to smooth out your wrinkles for several months, Dysport® may be the right choice. It typically lasts 3-4 months but can last up to 5.
Dysport® May Help Prevent Wrinkles
Dysport® isn’t just a treatment for smoothing out pre-existing wrinkles. It can also be used in younger patients to help prevent wrinkles from forming. While smiling or frowning, the muscles in your face can cause your skin to crease together. Like a piece of paper that has been folded in the same spot over and over again, these creases in your skin can start to become more permanent. Dysport®, when used regularly, may help to prevent wrinkles in areas such as your forehead or next to your eyes. Dysport® is only approved for use in people who are 18 or older.
What to Expect From Your Dysport® Treatment
Before Your Treatment
Before your first Dysport® treatment, you’ll have a conversation with us to make sure the treatment is right for you. We’ll discuss your goals and your expectations and answer any questions you have about the treatment.
To help avoid bruising from the treatment, we may recommend that you avoid certain medications or activities prior to your appointment. The most common things that can cause bruising are blood thinning medications, aspirin, fish oil, and alcohol.
During Your Treatment
We always try to make you as comfortable as possible for your Dysport® treatment. The needles used are small, but if there is discomfort, we can apply a topical anesthetic. Then we will inject the area that we are targeting with the treatment. The process usually takes less than 30 minutes.
After Your Treatment
Most people can get straight back to their day after Dysport® injections. The treatment is fast and non-invasive, and some people can even get it done during their lunch break. You shouldn’t expect to see results right away. It will take a few days before you’ll start to notice a difference and up to 2 weeks to see the full effects.
After your treatment, you should take care of yourself. Try not to touch the skin or itch the injection site. You should also stay away from harsh sunlight, facials, or massages so that the treatment has a chance to settle in. You should also stay upright without lying down for at least 4 hours after the treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects to Dysport®?
As with any medical procedure, there can be side effects to using Dysport®. Most side effects reported are very mild and can include itching or redness at the injection site and some bruising or swelling. Some people also report a mild headache after the treatment. These side effects usually go away within the first two days.
More serious, but rare, side effects can include muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, blurred vision, and trouble swallowing or breathing. Make sure to only get these treatments from a reputable medical provider with a good reputation who will use an authentic product and proper techniques.
Are You Interested in Dysport® Treatments?
If you live in Severna Park, Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville, Arnold, or the Eastern Shore and you are interested in getting Dysport® for wrinkles, we look forward to hearing from you! At Adoro Medical Spa, we offer Dysport® treatments to patients who are looking for a solution to frown and smile lines. Call us today to set up a consultation.