Preventing unwanted symptoms of aging is often easier than correcting them after they have already formed. With the rapid advancements made in modern cosmetic treatments, injectable wrinkle relaxers have quickly taken over as one of the most popular anti-aging treatments available. Dysport is an FDA-approved Botox® alternative that has proven successful for many patients interested in quick, safe and effective results.
At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, we proudly offer Dysport treatments to our patients. Our Dysport injections are administered by Saratoga board-certified plastic surgeons who were selected as National Allergan Trainers, ensuring you receive treatment from qualified and experienced experts. During your in-person consultation, our physicians will take the time to examine your facial anatomy and discuss your desired goals to create a treatment plan that is right for your needs.
The natural degradation of the body’s supply of hyaluronic acid during the process of aging, coupled with weakened collagen and elastin fibers, leads to progressively deeper wrinkles that eventually become permanent fixtures on your face. When you smile, frown and laugh, your facial muscles move to form expression, creating folds and creases in the skin called dynamic wrinkles. When you relax your face, these creases are intended to smooth over and even out. Unfortunately, a loss of skin hydration and youthful elasticity causes the skin folds to stay pronounced even after relaxing your face, turning them into static wrinkles that are evidence of aging.
Like Botox®, Dysport focuses on preventing wrinkles before they form. Dysport is derived from botulinum toxin type A, a versatile neurotoxin that can temporarily immobilize small facial muscles when injected into muscle tissue. When administered by a qualified professional, Dysport can be used to selectively target specific areas of the face to freeze small muscle movements and prevent wrinkles from forming. While some patients worry about receiving a “frozen” appearance that looks unnatural, our skilled injectors can inject Dysport precisely to eliminate wrinkles without you losing your natural facial expression.
Dysport is FDA-approved for use in treating glabellar lines, the wrinkles located between your eyebrows that are also referred to as frown lines or 11’s. Dysport can also be used off-label by an experienced injector to target other areas of wrinkles throughout the face. Injectable neurotoxins are often the preferred treatment for mild to moderate wrinkles, although dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® are typically indicated if you have experienced volume loss.
During your consultation, we will discuss all of your options with you and determine if Dysport treatments are the best choice to target your concerns. Our team can help you settle on a personalized treatment plan and decide just how much volume of product is necessary to successfully eliminate your signs of aging. Be sure to also ask us about our Brilliant Distinctions Patient Loyalty Program which will earn you points toward rebates on future treatments every time you come in for an injectable appointment.
Your Dysport Treatment
We inject Dysport using very fine needles that do not cause an overly painful treatment. Many patients find their injections to be comfortable without anesthesia, although we are more than happy to provide a topical numbing cream upon your request for further comfort.
Appointments usually last 15 to 30 minutes. Your physician will strategically inject the product into mapped out injection points, taking care to spread the effects of the Dysport evenly for natural-looking results. With a thinner and smoother formulation than Botox®, Dysport tends to spread out better and create a more subtle, diffuse effect.
Recovering from Dysport Injections
Following your Dysport injections, you are free to immediately return to work or resume your normal schedule. With no downtime and limited side effects, Dysport treatments create a minimal amount of disruption to your busy life while providing satisfying results. Results will develop quickly in about two to five days, slightly faster than Botox®’s three- to seven-day wait. Final results will be visible in two weeks or less. We will schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Cheng to assess your results once they have completely developed.
Some patients experience some mild side effects from their Dysport treatments, including bruising, swelling or soreness. Side effects will fade quickly in a day or two and can be covered up using makeup as desired. Patients will not need to take any downtime. Once fully developed, the effects of Dysport will last about three to four months. Most patients schedule their maintenance appointments about three months apart to ensure continuous, long-lasting results.
Call the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation today at 408-255-3223 to schedule your Dysport appointment. Our expert injectors will work with you to answer any questions you may have, including the difference between Botox® and Dysport and which is better for your beauty goals. If wrinkles woes have got your feeling down, book your Dysport appointment today to learn how we can help you look as young as you feel.