What Is Dysport Used for?
Do you notice lines and wrinkles forming on your forehead, around your eyes, or on your neck as you grow older? Are you unsatisfied with initial signs of aging and seeking a non-invasive, fast-acting treatment to restore your youthful appearance? If so, Dysport may be the wrinkle-erasing injection you’ve been waiting for! At Nubo Spa in Berkeley, CA, we’re proud to offer this safe and effective treatment alongside our other top-quality services.
What Is Dysport Used for?
Dysport is an FDA-approved injectable treatment for smoothing and fading mild, moderate, and severe wrinkles and lines between the eyebrows. These lines, often called frown lines, can deepen with age and often become more noticeable when you make different expressions. This product is injected into the target muscles in a quick, virtually painless appointment. The result is the temporary pause in muscle movement, which can highlight lines and wrinkles in the skin.
Like Botox, this product is created using the neurotoxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. However, this injectable treatment takes effect faster than Botox when it is injected into the muscle, temporarily freezing movement and minimizing wrinkles. Treatment can be combined with additional anti-aging or skin-rejuvenating treatments. Final results, which can last for several months, appear completely natural and effectively erase lines and wrinkles in the target areas.
Can It Erase All of My Wrinkles?
While this treatment is considered effective for treating lines and folds in the skin, it actually targets a specific type of wrinkle called a dynamic wrinkle. This type of wrinkle may be slightly visible when your face is at rest. However, dynamic wrinkles become deeper and more noticeable when you make an expression. The muscles under your skin tighten and pull your skin into folds, which can create the appearance that you are older than you really are. These dynamic wrinkles can make you feel less willing to share your emotions and make your full range of facial expressions.
Static wrinkles, which are the wrinkles in the skin which do not change with expression or muscle movement, are not effectively treated with this product. They are not affected by the neurotoxin injected into the muscles during treatment and do not change in appearance for most patients. However, one of our talented doctors can recommend an additional treatment that can be combined with Dysport to erase both dynamic and static wrinkles and help you achieve your ideal results.
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
While this product was first created to address frown lines, it can be effectively used in other areas of the face and neck. One of our doctors will examine your areas of concern to determine whether this treatment option is right for you. In the past, our patients have found great success in treating forehead lines and furrows, frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and wrinkles and skin bands on the neck. As long as the areas treated exhibit dynamic wrinkles, this treatment may be able to improve their appearance.
More recently, Dysport has also been used to treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating in the underarm area, with impressive results. It is also able to manage symptoms of cervical dystonia, such as neck soreness and muscle spasms. Our doctors can determine your candidacy for treatment if you experience one of these conditions.
Will My Results Look Natural?
Over the years, neurotoxin treatments have gotten some bad press for creating “frozen” or surprised expressions. Unfortunately, this is most often caused by an untrained doctor injecting too much product or treating the wrong muscles. This can create a plastic, unnatural appearance in the face and restrict facial movement. In addition, patients can accidentally spread the product to other areas of the face and cause unwanted temporary muscle paralysis if they fail to follow their doctor’s directions during recovery.
When you choose an experienced and trained team like ours, you can rest assured that our goal is to create attractive, natural results with this versatile product. Our doctors are careful to inject the product strategically so that it will only affect the target areas. We choose and treat the facial muscles carefully to keep a normal range of motion and expression. After treatment, your typical facial expressions will not be affected. Best of all, no one will be able to tell that you had treatment unless you choose to tell them.
How Does This Treatment Compare to Botox?
Although Botox and Dysport share the same basic neurotoxin ingredient, they offer different results and recovery times. This treatment typically takes effect more quickly than Botox, which can take over a week to begin temporarily paralyzing the treated muscles. In addition, this product may last longer than Botox, giving you more time to enjoy your new look. If you’re unsure which product may be right for you, one of our doctors can explain the similarities and differences in more detail during an initial consultation.
How Does This Product Compare to a Facelift?
Some patients want to know if their results with this product will be comparable to those of facelift surgery. While there is no permanent solution for signs of aging, a facelift is considered the most effective, long-term treatment for moderate to severe wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin. However, this surgery is expensive, requires significant recovery time, and comes with serious risks for each patient to consider.
Neurotoxin injections are an excellent, cost-effective alternative to surgery for most patients. A typical Dysport injection can last 4-6 months, and this product can be used routinely to minimize wrinkles and prevent new or deeper dynamic wrinkles from forming. A normal appointment takes less than 30 minutes with zero downtime required after treatment, making it an easy addition to even the busiest schedule. Best of all, this treatment is considered a safe and effective option for almost every patient.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are a man or woman between 18-65 years old seeking an easy, non-invasive solution for dynamic lines and wrinkles, you may be an ideal candidate for treatment. While many of our patients are over 40 years old, our younger patients who notice signs of aging developing as early as their mid-20 have found great success in routine treatments.
This treatment is not ideal for those who are pregnant or nursing. In addition, it may not be ideal for patients with a neuromuscular disease, allergies to any ingredients in the formula, previous facial surgeries, weak muscles in the target area, skin inflammation or infection in the target area, or severe facial wrinkles or lines which cannot be erased when the skin is stretched apart. If you have any questions about your candidacy for treatment, one of our doctors can help you evaluate your unique concerns during an initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
If you’re considering treatment with Dysport, our team of experts is ready to walk alongside you through the treatment process and answer any questions you may have. Every patient’s experience is different, but here is a general idea of what you can look forward to when you pursue treatment at our professional office:
Before your first treatment, we always sit down with you for an initial consultation. This appointment allows one of our doctors to examine your face and areas of concern, review your medical history, and ask you questions about your desired results and ideal image. You will also be able to ask your doctor any questions you have about the treatment, recovery period, or results. In addition, your doctor can recommend a suitable treatment plan for your unique situation, which may include routine injections 3-5 times per year to maintain your results.
As long as there are no medical or cosmetic concerns that may disqualify you, your doctor will approve you for treatment and give you a detailed list of instructions to follow as you prepare. You can begin looking forward to your very first appointment once your consultation is complete!
On the day of your appointment, we recommend that you avoid wearing makeup or other topical skincare products in the target areas. Your doctor will cleanse your skin and may use ice or a gentle topical anesthetic to numb your skin and ensure your comfort during treatment. They will then use a small, thin needle to inject the product directly into the target facial muscles that cause your dynamic wrinkles. Depending on the number of areas you have treated, your appointment could last anywhere between 5-30 minutes.
Your doctor will give you instructions for your recovery period, which usually lasts just a few days. It’s important that you follow these instructions to ensure optimal results. Once your treatment is complete, you are free to return to your normal daily activities with zero downtime.
It’s important to avoid touching, pressing, or rubbing the treated area for at least 48 hours. Any disturbance to the injected product could spread it to surrounding facial muscles and result in additional temporary muscle paralysis. This could impact your final results.
For most patients, results begin to develop during the first week. You can check your progress in a mirror by making some of your normal facial expressions. You should notice that the treated area does not move normally, even when you make extreme expressions. This is a good sign that your final results have appeared.
Final results can develop anywhere between two to five days after treatment. Your treated muscles should remain immobile, even when you make your normal expressions. This should prevent dynamic wrinkles from appearing or deepening. Thanks to our doctors’ expert injections, your results should appear completely natural. They will last between four and six months, after which point you will begin to experience the movement of your treated muscles return, along with dynamic wrinkles. Most of our patients opt to have follow-up treatments at this point to maintain their ideal results.
While this treatment does not offer permanent results, you can enjoy new, rejuvenated skin for years to come by maintaining your results with regular appointments. These appointments are typically scheduled three to five times per year, depending on how long your final results last and your own personal preferences. Our patients find that they experience a serious boost in their confidence when they see their wrinkles disappear and can express their emotions freely without worrying about their appearance.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let dynamic wrinkles steal the joy from your life. With Dysport, you can say goodbye to frown lines and say hello to smoother, youthful skin. To learn more about this treatment, contact the experts at Nubo Spa in Berkeley, CA to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you soon.