Dysport is an anti-aging injectable that’s become favored by many patients and health professionals alike because of its remarkable ability to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Although the effects are temporary, they can last quite a while, and you can maintain the results by scheduling regular treatments with us here at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA. So if you’re thinking about revitalizing your appearance with this therapy, here’s how long you can expect the results to last.
How Long Does Dysport Last?
After the effects of this therapy have fully kicked in by the second week after your treatment session, the results should last at least three to four months. Certain factors, such as whether you’re avoiding stress in your everyday life and taking care of your skin, can help to extend the effects, and in some cases, they can last as long as six months.
Scheduling regular treatments three to four times a year can also eventually lead to longer-lasting results. As this medication relaxes your muscles, they often require less medication over time and stay relaxed longer after treatment sessions.
How Often Will I Need Treatments?
How often you decide to return for treatments is your choice, and you have two options to choose from: as-needed treatments and consistent treatments. These two approaches differ in the following ways:
If you go with as-needed treatments, this means that you’re only making appointments when you have wrinkles and lines that are obvious and that you’d like to have treated. While this can be more convenient to schedule appointments regularly, it may not be ideal for those who would like to maintain their youthful looks year-round.
Staying consistent by scheduling appointments every three to four months can help prevent the return of issues that you’ve already corrected, so there’s no gap between treatments where others might start to notice these issues again. This approach can also have preventative benefits, as keeping the muscles relaxed can prevent new lines and wrinkles from developing.
What Should I Expect During My Appointment?
Consultation and Exam
When you arrive at our clinic for your appointment, the first thing we’ll do is conduct a consultation where we’ll ask about your medical history and aesthetic goals. We’ll examine any fine lines or wrinkles that you have to determine how much medication should be used, and we’ll also want to know about any blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medications that you might be taking, as these are contraindicated with treatment.
We’ll start your treatment session by cleaning and marking the areas where the injections will be made. Then, we’ll administer the medication with a microneedle that’s much smaller than the types of needles you may have had your blood drawn with in the past. You can expect each session to take anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes, though this can vary depending on how many muscles we’ll be treating.
Is the Recovery Process Long?
Unlike surgical procedures, there is no downtime with this treatment, and because there are no incisions made, there’s also no recovery period. Although you may have a slight bit of redness from the injections, this will quickly fade within two to three days. You’ll be able to carry out everyday activities immediately after treatment, though you should avoid excessive heat exposure and don’t rub the treated areas for a few days.
How Soon Will I Notice the Results?
Although Dysport can sometimes take a bit of time to work, you may start to notice the effects within just a few days. The first signs that it’s working are normally a relaxing feeling in the face, followed by a softening of wrinkles. By the second week, you should start to see the full results, which is when lines will typically become less visible and your skin may even become more supple.
Your metabolism is one of the main factors that determine how quickly this treatment works, though other factors can also play a role. If you’ve been stressed for a long time before receiving treatment, you may have very high levels of the muscle-contracting neurotransmitter acetylcholine circulating in your body, and this too can have an effect on how quickly the effects are noticed.
What’s the Difference Between Dysport and Botox?
Dysport is quickly becoming a popular alternative to Botox, and while both injectables are very similar, they have a few differences. Dysport is more diluted, so it can be a bit more versatile in how it’s used. There’s less medication being used to treat larger areas of muscles, and many patients who have tried both have reported that this often leads to longer-lasting results.
Because of the dilution differences, Dysport can sometimes act more quickly than Botox as well. Botox typically takes at least a week before the effects are noticed, while this therapy can take as little as a few days before you might notice some positive changes. This can be ideal for patients who want fast-acting results because of professional or social situations that might call for it.
What Types of Issues Can Dysport Treat?
This therapy is extremely versatile, so most lines and wrinkles associated with muscle contractions can be treated with it. The following are some common issues that may respond well to this treatment:
Next to the eyes are where lateral canthal lines appear, which are also known as “crow’s feet.” While these lines can suddenly appear at virtually any age between a person’s 20s and 60s, most adults first develop them in their late 30s and early 40s.
Wide-spanning horizontal lines found on the forehead are normally caused by muscle contractions and are known as “worry lines.” The frontalis muscle, which contributes to these lines, is one of the largest muscles found in the face, though it’s also quite responsive to Dysport injections in most cases.
Frown lines are also known as “11 lines” because they often look like the number 11 between a person’s eyebrows, just above the nose. While you might only notice some occasionally when making certain facial expressions, they can become more static and permanent when left untreated.
Bunny lines might have a cute-sounding name, but there’s nothing cute about these lines when they become more obvious with older age. They typically appear directly in the middle of the nose, which is why they can become such a nuisance for those who suffer from them.
A rocky-looking chin with dimples all over it is known as a “dimpled chin,” though it’s also known as a cobblestone chin and a pebble chin. Uncommon earlier in life, this condition often develops when a person is in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, and despite its tough-looking appearance, it often responds quite well to this treatment.
Deep lines that extend outward and downward from the nose to the outer areas of the mouth are commonly known as “marionette lines,” though their technical name is nasolabial folds. These creases sometimes respond well to this therapy, though we may need to combine these injections with dermal fillers or other treatments, depending on their severity.
When puckering your lips, you may notice lines appearing just above your upper lip. These are known as lipstick lines or smoker’s lines, and they’re typically caused by the perioral muscles found near the mouth. These lines are much more common for patients who are in their 50s and 60s, though they can sometimes appear as early as a person’s early 40s.
Several different muscles located above the mouth can pull the upper lip area, which can expose more of your gums than you probably prefer when smiling. Known as a “gummy smile,” this condition can often be treated with this therapy by relaxing these lip elevator muscles.
Sagging eyebrows can be caused by hyperactive orbicularis oculi and corrugator muscles, which can pull the brows downward. By paralyzing these muscles with this treatment, we can often achieve a lifted effect where your eyebrows will stop sagging, leading to a more energetic and less tired look.
Schedule With Us Today
Dysport is a safe form of therapy that’s highly effective at treating the signs of aging, and its effects can last quite a long time before you’ll need touch-up treatments. To schedule your first treatment session, contact us today at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA. During your initial consultation we’ll be able to assess your skin while answering any questions you might have about this therapy.