As we age, looking in the mirror can be discouraging. What used to be a smooth and vibrant complexion is now etched with lines and wrinkles. These signs of aging can give us an overall tired and aged look. You don’t have to live with these imperfections. Call Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to see if Dysport is the solution you’ve been looking for.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is an injectable that contains a purified form of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is considered a botulinum neurotoxin. It falls into the same family of neuromodulators that Botox and Xeomin do. This injectable disrupts the way a nerve communicates with a muscle. When strategically injected, it can prevent the nerve’s signal from reaching a targeted muscle.
How Does Dysport Work?
Because we’re constantly making facial expressions with the same muscles over our lifetime, our skin will become etched with the motion of those expressions. If you scowl when you’re upset, concentrating or reading, you can develop frown lines between your eyebrows. Over time, those lines won’t go away even when you think your face is relaxed.
These permanent expression lines can make you look upset or unhappy when you’re not. When your doctor injects Dysport into the muscles that cause these dynamic wrinkles, it forces the muscle to relax. Once the muscle is relaxed, the skin over it smooths and wrinkles soften and fade.
What Can It Treat?
As with other neuromodulators, doctors are finding new uses for this all the time. By manipulating muscles, different effects can be achieved. Each doctor is different and uses different techniques, so not all options will be available everywhere. Talk to your specialist to see where they recommend using this injectable treatment on you.
Dynamic Lines and Wrinkles
Any line or wrinkle caused by repeated movement and not gravity can be addressed with this injectable. This generally means lines on the upper face. Lines and folds on the lower face are often because of a loss of collagen and the result of gravity, so isolating muscles won’t improve their appearance.
This treatment is effective in addressing:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
- Bunny lines on the side of the nose
You don’t have to commit to the expense and downtime of an invasive procedure to get the eyebrow arches you’ve always wanted. When your doctor makes injections to the muscles underneath your eyebrows that pull them down, and the ones that affect the tail end of your brows, he can give you the effect of perfectly arched brows.
Chin Dimples and Lines
If you’re bothered by the appearance of what is known as an apple chin, this treatment can relax the muscles that cause it and reduce its prominance. You don’t have to get rid of an apple chin completely. It can be subtlety relaxed so you still have the character of it without its severity.
Over time, the muscles in our necks can bulk up and create thick bands that make us look severe and aged. Receiving treatment here will not only relax that effect but can even help in other ways. The neck muscles in question also pull on the superficial muscles of our faces. Treatment in this area has the potential to create a slight lifting effect for the bottom portion of the face.
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a condition where people sweat nearly every waking hour of the day, regardless of activity, stress or external temperature. This can lead to constant underarm dampness that can cause embarrassment and debilitating social anxiety. If you’re always wearing dark clothes to hide sweat stains and no anti-perspirant seems to work, this treatment could be for you.
This injectable works to block the nerves from activating the sweat glands. Patients report up to an 87% decrease in their sweating and a newfound sense of confidence and freedom. The injections are shallow and results can last up to six months.
What to Expect
Once you and your doctor have determined this is the right option for addressing your areas of concern, there’s no real preparation for you to do. Your doctor might ask you to stop taking blood-thinning medications and supplements a few days before if you have a tendency to bruise easily. These include:
- Fish oil
- Vitamins E and C
On the day of treatment, your doctor may apply a topical numbing agent to your skin to ensure you’re comfortable during the injections. After about twenty minutes, your skin will be numb and your doctor will be ready to administer treatment.
He will make small, shallow injections to strategically manipulate the muscles to reach your desired effect. Once the injections are finished, you’re done. There is no downtime associated with this treatment, so you can go back to your normal routine immediately after. This is often dubbed the “lunchtime treatment” because it lasts under 20 minutes and you can return immediately back to work.
When Will I See Results and How Long Will They Last?
What is making this treatment increasingly popular is how quickly clients can see results. Most people will see results in 24-48 hours. This is when your wrinkles will first start to smooth. As time goes on and your skin is allowed to relax, their appearance will continue to improve.
Results can last up to six months, but each patient is different, and results can vary. Talk with your doctor about a maintenance schedule so you can enjoy continuous results.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face caused by muscle movement or would like to enjoy other benefits of this treatment, you’re probably a good candidate. Adults in good general health typically tolerate this treatment very well. Things that may prevent you from having this treatment are:
- An allergy to any ingredient of the injectable
- An allergy to cow’s milk protein
- A previous reaction to other botulinum toxin products like Botox
- A skin infection at the injection site
Only your doctor can determine if this is the right treatment for you. During your consultation, a brief health history will be taken and an examination of the treatment site will be done. If this isn’t the right treatment for you, your doctor can make other treatment recommendations.
Botox vs Dysport
You’ve probably heard about Botox and all the wonderful cosmetic and medical applications it has. Maybe you or someone you know have gotten Botox treatment. After all, it is the number one physician-administered cosmetic treatment in the world. So, what’s the difference? The main difference is in the speed of seeing results and how long those results last.
Botox promises results in three to five days, and those results can last three to four months. Dysport can deliver results in one to two days, and the results can last up to six months. For some, this difference is good enough to make the switch.
One study, in which 90 people with an average age of 54 each had half their face injected with Botox and the other half with Dysport, highlights these differences. In the study, neither the patient nor their doctors knew which side had which injected. The side injected with Dysport was reported to have slightly better results.
There is data to show people can form a tolerance to Botox. Some studies suggest that after a certain number of treatments, for some people the muscles build up a tolerance to Botox and its effects will lessen. This hasn’t been shown to happen with Dysport, though it’s unclear if that is because there is no tolerance level or if it just hasn’t been around as long to report the same results.
While we’re on the subject of injectables, let’s talk about the amazing and immediate results patients everywhere get from dermal fillers. Most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid suspended in a smooth and pliable gel. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar produced by your body to keep your skin and connective tissues hydrated and lubricated. This ingredient makes filler’s results look natural and healthy.
If you are struggling with signs of aging and would like immediate results, talk to your doctor about making an appointment for filler injections. These are well known for improving multiple areas of concern.
Lines, Wrinkles and Folds
If you’re suffering from moderate to severe lines and folds on your face, fillers can provide an immediate plumping of the area, greatly reducing the appearance of:
- Nasolabial folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Marionette lines from the mouth down the chin
- Chin wrinkles
- Vertical lines around the mouth
If you find yourself green with envy when you see the full lips of certain celebrities or models, just know that most of them weren’t born with those lips. Our lips thin as we age: so much that sometimes they can just appear as thin horizontal lines. Certain dermal fillers are formulated to give clients the pillowy and full lips they’ve always wanted.
These fillers are designed to be smooth and pliable, so your results will always look natural and only enhance the natural shape of your lips. You don’t have to worry about looking overfilled or like you’ve had work done. People will just notice your beautiful smile. Lipstick and gloss will wear better too because you’ll have more lip definition and won’t have to deal with vertical lines that cause your lipstick to bleed.
As we age and collagen breaks down, the natural fat pads we have that give our upper face definition are pulled downward. This can cause areas of lost volume in our cheeks, cheekbones, and temples. When this happens, we can look tired, aged and gaunt. Some dermal fillers are made to restore larger areas of volume, restoring youthful and prominent features we’ve lost with age.
The same is true for the back of our hands. Besides our faces, nothing can betray our age more than our hands. When we lose volume here, veins and ligaments become visible and our hands can look bony. Ask your doctor about using dermal fillers for hand rejuvenation treatment and restore a youthful look to this very visible area.
Why Wait for Results?
If you are bothered by any signs of aging when you look in the mirror, why wait to achieve results? Call Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to schedule a consultation to discuss all the options we can offer you. We’re proud to be the premier cosmetic treatment and procedure destination in the Midwest. We look forward to being able to help you look and feel your best by working together to achieve all your aesthetic goals.