All You Should Know about Dysport Treatment Before You Make an Appointment!
Dr. Numb shares some specific tips on Dysport that every skincare addict should know about.
All of us are mostly acquainted with Botox and its effects, but new treatments keep appearing every day, offering more modern, even area-specific solutions. Dysport is one of these innovative procedures, designed to treat wrinkles, especially glabellar lines: the vertical wrinkles which mostly appear at the forehead and between your eyebrows.
I’m interested – but what exactly is Dysport?
Dysport was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 2009, and since then became one of the go-to procedures to reduce wrinkle appearance. Dysport belongs to the class of injections called neuromodulators, just like Botox and Xeomin. These formulas all use botulinum toxin, but in different ways, therefore targeting different areas.
Dysport relaxes and limits the movement of the muscle, so that the skin above them becomes smoother, which reduces the wrinkles. The effect of the treatment is only temporary, so you will need to repeat it after a certain period of time. During the treatment your doctor will inject dysport directly into a muscle, so you may need some topical numbing which will help to cope with pain.
What’s the difference between Dysport and Botox?
Meanwhile both of these injections are types of botulinum toxin and both are used to treat wrinkles and muscle spasms in certain health conditions, there are certain differences between them. The active ingredient for both Dysport and Botox is the same, but the amounts of trace proteins can vary, which makes one treatment more effective than the other for different people, depending on personal unique skin properties.
What areas can I treat with Dysport?
If you have a habit to frown a lot or that your face reflects any the stress you experience, you may have the so-called glabellar lines: vertical wrinkles on your forehead and in the area between your eyebrows. Glabellar lines may start to form in your early adulthood, but with the time, as the skin loses elasticity, they become more visible. While naturally occurring, glabellar lines may become noticeable during times of relaxation too as we age and the skin loses collagen. These wrinkle lines are the target for Dysport treatment.
Dysport treatment is approved to treat glabellar lines of moderate or severe intensity: so, if you have light or mild wrinkles, you may not be the candidate for this procedure. Your dermatologist will help you to tell the difference between light and moderate wrinkles and advice which treatment you shall choose.
How does a Dysport procedure go?
Dysport is an in-office treatment, performed by specialized doctors, such as dermatologists and aesthetic surgeons.
To prevent pain, the doctor will apply some topical anesthetic to the area. Dr.Numb 5% Lidocaine Topical Numbing Cream offers a strong formula, which takes effect already within 20 minutes, meanwhile numbing lasts up to 2 hours.
Once prepped and numbed, the doctor will inject Dysport formula in different target areas: the number may vary, but usually up to 5 different areas in one session. Meanwhile the process of preparation may take some time, the procedure itself is complete within 10 to 20 minutes: the doctor will just make several quick injections in defined areas and, if no side effects are observed, you may return back to your daily routine right away.
Are there any side effects?
Dysport is considered an effective and pretty safe treatment, but depending on personal conditions and skin type, some of the following symptoms may be observed:
• pain at the injection site
• allergic reactions at injection site, such as rash and hives
• sinus issues
• sore throat
• eyelid swelling
• upper respiratory tract infection
In most cases, these symptoms are light to mild and tend to resolve by themselves. Although, stay attentive to your condition and if any of the symptoms worsen or your overall condition gets affected, consult your doctor immediately.
Do I need to book a follow-up session?
Usually, the results last up to 5 months, so you may want to book another session after that period of time. The results of repeated treatments are comparable to the first use.
How do I know if Dysport treatment is not for me?
You may not be the candidate for Dysport treatment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this formula, as well as cow milk protein.
Also, if you previously had face surgeries, if the injection site is inflamed, you have deep facial scars or if the wrinkles can’t be smoothed by spreading them apart, you may need to consider an another treatment. In any case, before making a decision to receive a Dysport injection, consult with your healthcare provider.
As skin treatments continue to advance and improve its techniques and methods, it is important to stay informed about different options, as well as about the ways how to make any procedure go smoothly and pain-free.