Trying to get rid of wrinkles can feel a little like going into battle. At Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX, we want to arm you with a tool that’s ready for any fight: Dysport. Approved by the FDA in 2009 for wrinkle reduction, this injectable is easy to administer and delivers precise results. But those aren’t the only reasons to get treatment. Here, we list a variety of benefits associated with this effective therapy.
How Can I Get Rid of Frown Lines? 11 Reasons to Get Dysport
1. Gently Relax Muscles
This treatment falls under the category of neuromodulators, a group of injectables that temporarily stop muscle contractions. They work by blocking the constant flow of communication between your nerves and muscles. Without the messages that signal their movements, muscles relax so fine lines and wrinkles stop appearing.
Dysport contains botulinum toxin as its active ingredient, which essentially attacks nerve cells by releasing a specific enzyme. That enzyme then binds to proteins in a way that prevents the information from passing between nerves and muscle cells. These effects are not permanent – they only last four to six months – but the result is smoother skin at the treatment site.
The Formation of Wrinkles
Wrinkles can develop for any number of reasons, including the repeated creasing of skin every time your muscles move. Facial skin is thinner than on any other part of the body, so it sits closer to muscles and moves more readily with each contraction. This is one reason why the face tends to age more quickly than, for instance, the arms or legs; the skin is constantly subject to repetitive movement. Stopping muscle contractions, therefore, also allows the skin to rest.
2. Stop Looking Angry
Frown lines, also referred to as glabellar lines or the 11s, form between the brows and above the nose during times of concentration, concern, or worry. But these lines can give the appearance of another emotion, anger, even when you feel blissfully happy because of the way they pull the skin.
Among patients 25 and older, frown lines rank at the top of skincare concerns. These lines are especially prominent in men (although women indeed get them, too) and can make them look less approachable. Dysport, with a targeted application, can smooth out the area and help you look younger.
3. Get Rid of Crow’s Feet
Not only is this injectable good for treating forehead lines and wrinkles, but it’s also the ideal way to smooth wrinkles around the eyes. Commonly known as crow’s feet, these wrinkles are caused by repeated muscle contractions and age-related changes to the skin – including collagen and elastin degradation.
Crow’s feet are known as dynamic wrinkles, meaning they develop with muscle movements like squinting, smiling, and laughing. But with time, crow’s feet can become deeper and transform from dynamic to static wrinkles. This means they show even when muscles are at rest. The problem is that crow’s feet can add years to your face, especially once they become static.
Science Offers Proof
Dysport has been shown in studies to treat this area more effectively than Botox. Participants said the injectable reduced the appearance of crow’s feet to greater satisfaction than Botox, and their physicians agreed. We caution our patients, however, that preference of one injectable over the other is subjective because both deliver convincing results.
4. Easily Maintain a Balanced Appearance
Dysport is more diluted than its Botox adversary with a formula made of smaller protein molecules. This makes it ideal for treating larger sites, such as the forehead, because the solution spreads more easily. And research indicates its success rate in eradicating wrinkles is more than 80 percent.
When it comes to the upper one-third of the face, some patients have lines that run horizontally across the forehead, others have the “11” lines we mentioned just a few moments ago, and still, others have both. If you happen to have one or the other, we may recommend you receive treatment in each area. The goal is to maintain balance with the way your facial muscles lift and pull, and relaxing the muscles in both sites is the best way to do this.
Focus on Symmetry
Treating just the forehead or just the area between your eyebrows interrupts that natural balance and can give the brow a heavy or angry look. To better understand, think of treatment in this way: if you have wrinkles on both sides of your face but only treat one, you acquire an irregular look. But treating both provides symmetry so your face looks soft and youthful in a very natural way. And the added steps take just moments.
5. Complete Treatment in No Time
Few patients have the time for long, labor-intensive treatments accompanied by lengthy and complicated recovery periods. This means surgery isn’t an option for most people, at least not without significant planning and time away from work. Whatever your busy schedule entails, this injectable is both fast and easy. The process is straightforward with dependable results, and treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.
A Step by Step Review
Injectables start with a consultation, and we use this first meeting to examine your skin, review your desired results, and craft a treatment plan. Before the session ends, we’ll provide you with instructions on how to prepare for treatment; for instance, we may recommend you briefly stop certain medications so they don’t interfere with your results.
We’ll start your session by cleansing the treatment site. We may also apply a topical numbing agent, if necessary, to keep you comfortable. Treatment is then administered in a very controlled and targeted manner. Individual sessions vary, but for the most part, injections can be finished in just 10 to 20 minutes. Once complete, you’re free to go home and begin your aftercare, following the guidelines we provided and watching your results develop.
6. See Rapid Results
In speaking of results, it’s important to note Dysport works rapidly. Most patients see the effects take place within just a day or two. Full results will continue developing over the next seven to 10 days, but it doesn’t take that long to see some visible improvement in wrinkles. This speed helps explain why injectables of all kinds are so popular.
Now is a good time to mention results are also subtle. We can easily assuage any fears you have that treatment will alter your appearance, because it doesn’t. What it does do is smooth your skin for a fresh, youthful canvas. You can think of it as working in a similar way as going on vacation; you’ll look relaxed and refreshed without any dramatic changes.
7. Works When Botox Doesn’t
Botox remains one of the most frequently requested treatments of all cosmetic therapies, and there’s a reason for that: it works. For a very limited number of patients, however, Botox does not yield the expected results. The reason is owed to a protein complex included in the injection. While very safe, this protein causes some people to respond with antibodies that neutralize the effects of Botox and essentially render it fruitless.
This is not necessarily a bad thing as it reflects the protective nature of the human body. But it does mean the few patients who experience this need an alternative treatment, which Dysport neatly provides. It contains what’s called a “naked” formula because it doesn’t contain the protein Botox does. Ultimately, because it contains fewer ingredients, this treatment works when Botox does not.
8. Stave Off Wrinkles
We often say it’s easier to prevent wrinkles than treat them, which is why some patients use Dysport as a preventative measure. This means you don’t need to wait and start treatment after wrinkles appear. Just the opposite, early injections can help train muscles not to make certain expressions. This reduces the number of fine lines and wrinkles that develop with repetitive movements and helps you keep common signs of aging at bay.
9. Enjoy Lasting Results
This injectable will give you lasting results with just one treatment. All patients are unique, so your outcomes may vary slightly from those of another, but most people enjoy their results for five or six months. With an average of two or three treatments every year, you can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in a way that is both safe and effective.
Keep in mind this treatment is not designed to be permanent, so it’s perfectly normal to see a gradual tapering in the results. Your face will gradually return to its previous appearance, but we recommend you not wait to reach that point before coming in for maintenance sessions. A better plan is to schedule sessions every four to five months, and your face will in turn keep its smoother appearance.
10. Can Be Used by Most People
Thanks to easy administration, gentle results, and a high safety profile, most people can trust this injectable to erase their wrinkles. Patients are usually under 65 and have concerns like moderate-to-severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and other dynamic wrinkles.
Ideal for Men
It’s also ideal for men who, as we mentioned earlier, develop lines and wrinkles just like women do. The stigma once attached to cosmetic treatments is now gone, with therapies like lip augmentation and facials becoming commonplace. People no longer even hide when they’ve had “work” done because we all are seeking ways to look our best.
For men, this means they can come in for treatment without fear of embarrassment; we’re happy to treat all patients with realistic goals and reasonably sound health. Having said that, we don’t recommend this injectable for pregnant or nursing women. It’s also not suitable for people who:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients
- Have skin infections in the treatment site
- Previously experienced reactions to injectables
- Have certain skin issues and medical conditions
11. Plays Well With Others
Today, this treatment is approved for use in 69 different countries and yields a 97 percent satisfaction rating with patients. But one quality that perhaps doesn’t get the attention it deserves is Dysport’s affable nature; it pairs well with other treatments, including dermal fillers, to give you the truly sculpted and youthful appearance you desire. This means effects like lifted cheeks and fewer wrinkles are within easy reach.
An Injection That Works
Any number of reasons will conclusively help you love this treatment, but at the end of the day, it’s best to remember it delivers real results. It’s also safe, fast-acting, and low maintenance. Call Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX, today to schedule your consultation.