As we age, we begin to notice what years of expressing our range of emotions does to our face. You may see fine lines and wrinkles beginning to develop across your forehead or between your eyebrows from frowning. While wrinkling and loss of skin elasticity is a natural part of aging, it’s not untreatable. Dysport is a prescription injection able to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles without changing the look or movement of your face. It’s proudly offered at Jon Ric International Health and Wellness in Edmond, OK, where you can find solutions to all of your body and health-enhancing concerns.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is similar to treatments like Botox; it’s an FDA-approved injectable botulinum toxin which can dramatically smooth and improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and frown lines. Also called a neuromodulator, this treatment temporarily interrupts chemical signs sent by the nerves to the facial muscles, which causes the muscles to relax instead of contract. This allows the lines and wrinkles formed by repetitive facial expressions over the years to smooth and soften, ultimately restoring a younger, more vibrant appearance.
While it’s similar in composition to other neuromodulators, this treatment delivers unique, natural, and convenient results. Thanks to its typically-higher dosage delivery, this treatment is injected fewer times than competitors like Botox.
Treatment sessions are quick and easy. In just 10-15 minutes, you’ll be in and out of the chair. Best of all, it requires zero downtime after injections, and results are typically visible within 3 days of your session. It’s a safe, effective treatment and no one will be able to tell that you had a Dysport session unless you tell them!
How Does It Work?
This treatment targets specific nerves; typically those controlling muscles in the forehead, and interrupts signals sent to the muscles telling them to contract. This reduces muscle activity in the target treatment area and allows your skin to remain smooth, preventing wrinkles from deepening.
The rest of your face moves naturally, so there’s no “frozen” look sometimes associated with botulinum toxins: just your normal expressions with reduced wrinkling in your forehead and between your brows.
When you first discuss anti-wrinkle treatments with your doctor, they may recommend this treatment due to its proven success in smoothing forehead wrinkles. Make sure to ask any questions you may have about the treatment plan and results to ensure that this is the treatment for you. Your doctor will also evaluate you for any skin conditions which could lead them to recommend a different course of treatment.
Some examples of issues you might discuss with your doctor are a history of prior facial surgery, significant facial scarring, abnormally weak muscles in the treatment area, and unusually thick skin.
During your session, your doctor is able to apply a numbing cream to your forehead for your optimal comfort if you’d prefer. They will inject Dysport into the targeted treatment area. This often involves five injection sites across your forehead directly above your eyebrows. That’s it. Your session is over, and it’s been less than 20 minutes since you sat down.
This treatment has zero downtime required. You’re able to return to your normal routine immediately with no side effects. Later, we’ll share some things to avoid to help your treatment deliver the best results. In addition, you should carefully follow your doctor’s instructions for post-session care and activity.
Results can appear as early as 2 days after your session. You may experience a heavy sensation in your brow, which signals you that the treatment is beginning to fully interrupt your nerve signals. This sensation typically subsides within a week when your final results become visible. After this point, you’ll notice that your brow remains wrinkle-free when you express yourself, keeping your skin smooth and preserving elasticity. If you don’t see any results within 7 days of treatment, contact your doctor.
Your results can last for up to 4 months. You’ll begin to notice the effects of the botulinum toxins begin to wear off and normal muscle activity will return to your brow. Depending on your desired results, you should discuss with your doctor a recurring treatment plan that’s right for you.
How Do I Achieve the Best Results?
There are several ways to ensure that you see optimal results from your treatment; this involves preparing for your session and remembering some useful tips after the treatment is over. You should also talk to your doctor about any special instructions they have for you after treatment.
Prepare for Success
About a week before your treatment session, you should plan to start avoiding blood-thinning pain relievers like ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce bruising. You should avoid alcohol 24 hours before your treatment for the same reason. You should also avoid irritating the skin around your treatment area–don’t wax, pluck, or bleach hair, and stop using anti-aging creams and treatments containing ingredients like Retinol for 2-3 days before treatment.
Once your session is over, keep these helpful tips in mind to ensure that your results appear just the way you want them.
Make Some Faces
Immediately after your session, try making some faces in the mirror. Moving your face in expressive and dramatic ways can help work the botulinum toxins into your muscles and deliver faster results. Some suggestions for expressions include smiling wide, making a surprised face, clenching your jaw, grimacing, and frowning.
Don’t Hit the Gym
For at least 24 hours, skip your normal workout in favor of a slower, low-intensity workout that won’t make you sweat too much. This could include a brisk walk or a bike ride. Avoid any strenuous exercise such as running or lifting weights and avoid exercises that involve excessive bending over like yoga.
Keeping your workout light and easy will help your treatment reach its full potential. You can ask your doctor specific exercise-related questions to make sure your workout routine is a good option for the day of and after treatment.
Wait to Apply Makeup
You may experience some mild swelling after your injections. This is completely normal and can be calmed with an ice pack, which can also help prevent any potential bruising. It’s a good idea to wait until any swelling has subsided before you apply your normal makeup. This allows your skin time to begin healing before you add any products.
For best results, you should avoid lying down for 4-6 hrs after your treatment. This allows your body to properly receive the treatment and ensures that your end results will be even and effective. You might consider scheduling your Dysport session early in the day to make sure you’re up and active for the whole time period.
Keep the Pressure Off
Give your skin a chance to rest after your session. This means keeping it clean and free from any accessories which might add pressure, like hats or sunglasses. When applying makeup and skincare products, use a light, gentle touch and avoid poking or pressing the skin in your treated area, which could negatively affect the results. You may also try sleeping on your back for a couple nights instead of sleeping on your face.
Over 90% of skin-related cosmetic issues (aging and wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer) are caused by harmful sun exposure. It’s important that you keep your skin healthy after your treatment by applying sunscreen whenever you’ll be outside in the sun. In addition, you should re-apply sunscreen every 4 hours that you’re in the sun to protect your skin. This is a good habit to adopt in your everyday life. Your skin will thank you for it!
Don’t Combine Treatments
If you’re in a pampering mood, you might consider another facial treatment to complement your Dysport session. However, it’s advisable to wait at least 24 hours before pursuing treatments like laser hair removal, micro-needling, or facials.
Talk to your doctor about when you can schedule your next skincare appointment to protect your new results. You can also discuss other treatments that may be helpful in reducing wrinkles or signs of aging in other areas of your face.
Use Additional Anti-Aging Products
This treatment can work wonders for the appearance of wrinkles on your brow, but don’t neglect the rest of your skin. Keeping your skin hydrated and protected from the sun are two great ways to combat signs of aging, and you can start as young as you want. In addition, there are many products available to help reduce signs of aging or smooth your skin.
Talk to your doctor about other treatment options which could be combined with Dysport to help you achieve your ideal results, or use a facial cream or moisturizer with anti-aging ingredients to nourish your skin at home.
Commit to Maintenance Sessions
If you’re ready to say goodbye to the stubborn line between your brows, this treatment probably sounds like a great option. However, best results are achieved when you have routine sessions and build on the success of your treatments. Your doctor will recommend a possible treatment schedule depending on your treatment goals and your dedication to seeing results that leave you looking younger and feeling great.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
Dysport is a perfect treatment option for both men and women concerned about the appearance of lines and wrinkles on their forehead. Because wrinkles are formed by repetitive movement and can be negatively affected by factors like harmful sun exposure, there’s no age minimum for this treatment. It’s appropriate for any adult and delivers excellent results across a wide range of ages.
This treatment is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. In addition, it may not be the right choice for you if you’ve had an allergic reaction to a product containing botulinum toxin or cow’s milk protein or if you are allergic to any of the other ingredients of this product. Your doctor will evaluate your skin and wrinkles to help you choose the best treatment option for your personal situation; if you have had facial surgery or have significant facial scarring, this treatment may not be as effective as other options.
Signs of aging are a normal part of life, but you may feel unsure of how you can feel comfortable and attractive in your own skin when you’re so aware of problematic wrinkles. Dysport can put your mind at ease by offering a safe treatment that is easy, quick, and leaves you looking and feeling younger.
You’ll see natural-looking results as the lines on your forehead seem to disappear. You’ll also feel your confidence grow as you express your emotions without worrying about wrinkles. If you’re ready to learn more, contact the professionals at Jon Ric International Health and Wellness in Edmond, OK to set up an initial consultation.