As we get older, we learn how to better take care of our skin, though lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging are issues that seem to be unavoidable. However, we live in modern times with newer forms of therapies available, including Dysport, a safe and effective treatment that can both prevent and correct these issues. Here at H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK, we’ve been having excellent results in treating adults of all ages with this therapy.
While its effects may take some time to become noticeable, once the results become clear, many of our patients are surprised by just how successful this treatment can be at hiding their true age from others while diminishing lines and wrinkles. So if you’re looking for an anti-aging therapy with a strong track record of proven results, here’s what you can expect during your first treatment and how quickly it normally takes to work.
Does Dysport Work Immediately?
While everybody’s bodies are different and some may respond more quickly than others, most patients can expect to see the full results of this therapy within a few weeks after treatment. Because this medication has two mechanisms of action, relaxing muscles and stimulating collagen, you may notice some effects occurring before others. Typically, the muscles relax first, and this then leads to tighter, smoother skin.
Lines and wrinkles normally take a bit longer to become less noticeable as collagen levels begin to increase and the skin starts to bounce back in the areas where it’s been displaced for years. It’s not uncommon for some of these effects, such as relaxed muscles, to occur within a few days after treatment, though many individual factors can affect this, including your age, skin type, and muscle tone.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is a unique anti-aging medication because it doubles as both a muscle-relaxing and skin rejuvenation treatment. While it’s known for reducing lines and wrinkles by temporarily relaxing facial muscles, it also has collagen-stimulating properties that can give skin a softer, smoother, and more youthful look.
Although it’s a neurotoxin, it’s created in an FDA-approved lab and only minimal amounts are used, making it one of the safest cosmetic therapies available today. While being treated with it, you’ll still be able to laugh, smile, and make facial expressions as you normally would, though the relaxation of your facial muscles can lead to amazing results where the reduction of lines and wrinkles can make a person appear years younger.
What Types of Lines Is Dysport Effective For?
While there are many different types of lines that can appear on the face, the two most common types, dynamic and static lines, can both be treated with this therapy. However, treatment can be more effective for one type over the other because they differ in the following ways:
These are the lines that appear whenever you make facial expressions, though they typically go away just as quickly when you relax your face because they’re only linked to the movements of the muscles in your face. People of all ages have dynamic lines, even children, as it’s the contraction of facial muscles that causes these lines.
Static lines are lines that remain on the face at all times, even when you’re not making facial expressions. Although facial expressions can contribute to these lines over time, the main reason they last longer than dynamic lines is that we lose elastin and collagen as we age, and the skin becomes less supple and flexible as a result, so it doesn’t bounce back as easily. Sun damage and other factors can also play a role.
Although Dysport is effective in treating both of these types of lines, it can be much more effective in the treatment of dynamic lines because it relaxes muscles, which are normally the only contributing factor when it comes to these lines. However, because Dysport can also increase collagen production, it’s sometimes very effective for static lines as well, as it can revitalize the skin and restore some of its natural bounce back.
What Happens During Treatment?
The therapy process is short, easy, and painless, and normally involves a consultation and exam, which are then followed by your treatment session. The process normally goes as follows:
Exam and Consultation
Just before we begin your therapy session, there will be a quick consultation so we can discuss your reasons for wanting treatment, your expectations, and your medical history. We’ll want to know about any medications you’re currently taking, and we’ll then examine your facial features to gauge how much medication we should use based on your skin type, muscle tone, and other factors.
The therapy session itself is quite simple and normally takes less than 10-15 minutes, though this will depend on the number of injections you’ll be receiving. If you’d like us to treat multiple conditions or more than one area of your face, the minimally invasive nature of this treatment allows us to do all of this in a single session, though we can always wait to treat some areas during a follow-up appointment if you prefer.
After using a gentle sanitizer to clean the target areas, we’ll then use a very small needle to inject the medication, which shouldn’t be painful because it’s much smaller than the standard types of needles normally used to take blood.
Is There Any Downtime?
After your treatment session, there will be no downtime and you’ll be ready to return home or to work as soon as we finish, though we’ll recommend that you avoid any strenuous exercising or activities that will make you sweat, as this can open the pores while the medication is still working its way into your facial muscles and can potentially weaken the treatment results.
How Long Do the Results Last?
This treatment can last anywhere between three to six months, and this depends on a variety of factors, including your age, metabolism, lifestyle, and your overall health. As a first-time patient, a three- to four-month time frame is more realistic, as your muscles may be tense and your skin may not be as soft as it could be.
With repeated treatments, the muscles often become more responsive to the medication as they learn to relax and collagen production in the skin increases, leading to longer-lasting results in many cases. Many patients start to notice the results lasting between five to six months after two years of regular treatments, and you can typically receive regular treatments every three to four months, or whenever you start to notice the effects wearing off.
Preventative vs. As-Needed Treatments
You have the choice of taking either a preventative or as-needed approach, depending on your needs and aesthetic goals.
Because this treatment can help delay the signs of aging by preventing some lines and wrinkles from developing, many patients of all ages choose to use it as a preventative treatment, where they proactively schedule follow-up treatments every three months or so, even before the effects of a previous treatment have worn off.
If you opt for as-needed treatments, this simply means that you’re returning only when you notice lines or wrinkles developing that you’re dissatisfied with. This can be more convenient for those who have busy schedules, but it doesn’t carry the same preventative benefits as one might achieve with preventative treatments.
What Types of Conditions Can Be Treated?
Dysport is a versatile treatment that can be used to treat the following conditions and more:
- Crow’s feet (near the eyes)
- Worry lines (across the forehead)
- Frown lines (between the eyebrows)
- Bunny lines (on the nose)
- Pebble chin (on the chin)
- Gummy smile (the open mouth)
- Lipstick lines (above the upper lip)
- Marionette lines (both sides of the mouth)
How Safe Is Dysport Therapy?
This therapy is considered to be one of the safest anti-aging treatments available today, and this reputation is one of the reasons it’s become popular with adults of all ages worldwide. It’s safe for all of the following reasons:
- Highly precise injections
- Effects wear off with time
- Minimally invasive treatment
- Used by millions worldwide
- Administered by a professional
- No recovery period or downtime
- No permanent changes to the face
Book Your Consultation Today
Dysport has effectively restored the confidence of many of our patients by reducing lines and wrinkles while rejuvenating the skin. Contact us at H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your initial consultation, so we can get started in assessing your condition to come up with the perfect treatment plan that’s personalized to your needs.