Among anti-aging skin therapies for treating wrinkles and lines, Dysport has become a widely popular option for adults of all ages. This treatment can minimize the signs of aging in a matter of days and can be administered within minutes here at South Lake OBGYN in Clermont, FL.
Depending on your needs, it can also be used for both corrective and preventative purposes, allowing you to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while preventing new ones from forming. So if you’re looking for a safe, minimally-invasive solution for these types of issues, here’s how this therapy works and what it can be used for.
How Does this Treatment Work?
With older age comes less collagen production and skin that’s less resilient and more susceptible to environmental factors like excessive sunlight. This reduction of collagen levels in the skin, along with muscle contractions, leads to long-lasting wrinkles, creases, lines, and sagging skin. These noticeable defects are normally temporary in younger age and only appear while making certain facial expressions, but they can become more obvious and prominent with aging.
Because Dysport relaxes muscles and boosts collagen levels, this can help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles by giving the skin a smoother texture. It also prevents these issues from developing in the future if they haven’t already.
What Is Dysport Used For?
If you have existing wrinkles or lines and would like to minimize their appearance, Dysport can be used for corrective purposes to do this. The most common type of lines treated with this therapy are glabellar lines, which are those found between the eyebrows, but it also has a number of other applications.
If the lines you’d like treated are particularly deep, it may take a while before results are seen. As mentioned, this therapy can relax muscles and stimulate collagen production. Deeper lines can benefit from both of these mechanisms because relaxation of the facial muscles can smooth out wrinkles and increased collagen in the skin can do the same for lines and crevices.
If you’re younger or simply don’t have any facial lines or wrinkles yet, you can still take advantage of this treatment to prevent issues that can develop later in your older years. By keeping the skin supple and smooth with regular therapy appointments, you may be able to stave off the usual signs of aging that most people start to encounter in their late 30s and early 40s.
Even if you do have current skin issues or are older in age, you can still use Dysport to prevent additional lines and wrinkles from forming or to keep existing lines from worsening. New wrinkles and lines can appear at any age and existing fine lines can become deeper and much more noticeable over time when left untreated.
What Happens During Treatment?
Before we administer Dysport, we’ll want to have a pre-treatment consultation with you, which allows us to gauge your skincare needs and come up with a treatment plan that will work best for both your skin issues and skin type. Some patients have more prominent lines and wrinkles than others or skin types that may require larger dosages of this medication than others.
During your treatment session, we’ll administer the medication using tiny, small-gauge needles, and the process itself normally only takes a few minutes for each treated site. There’s normally no pain and all of this is done in a comfortable setting with one of our professionally trained and experienced practitioners.
After Your Appointment
A few simple precautions should be taken once you’ve left our office, such as refraining from alcohol, not wearing hats, and holding off on any strenuous exercise routines. You’ll want to avoid all of these things for the first 24 hours after your treatment, and you’ll also want to avoid lying down for at least four hours.
Also, you may be tempted to rub or massage the treated areas afterward, but you should refrain from doing so because this can push the medication into other nearby areas. While this is normally harmless and will wear off within a few months, it can weaken the overall effectiveness of the treatment.
How Long Will the Effects Last?
While the effects of this therapy are temporary, they can often last a very long time depending on different factors. Most patients can expect to see results last for around three to four months before needing to return for retreatments. When this medication lasts longer, it can be due to your metabolism, your lifestyle, or how many prior treatments you’ve received.
What Can Prolong the Effects?
Results can last anywhere between three to six months with this treatment and sometimes this just depends on your skin type. However, the following are a few things you can do to guarantee the most optimal results:
Your skin benefits from a healthy diet because it needs nutrients to produce collagen, elastin, and other proteins that help keep it supple and looking fresh. While this medication is known for stimulating collagen production, it can’t do so without the appropriate nutrients. Ensure you’re eating healthy, and because the effects can also be prolonged with zinc, you should ensure you’re including lots of zinc-rich foods in your diet,as well.
Avoid Excessive Heat
While fair amounts of sunlight won’t affect the results and can even be healthy for the skin, activities that involve excessive sun exposure, such as tanning, should be avoided. This is because excessive sunlight or heat can dry out the skin and lead to deeper lines, and more noticeable wrinkles.
The amount of medication we inject during each session can play a role in how long the effects last, which is why we carry out an initial consultation to gauge exactly how much you’ll need for each treated area. While we may start with a conservative amount to see how your muscles relax before increasing your dosage, you can still expect the results to last at least a minimum of three months with each treatment.
Having a slow metabolism can lead to a longer-lasting effect from this therapy than having a fast metabolism. If you regularly exercise, this can also have an impact on how long this treatment lasts, since exercise can stimulate your metabolism and lead to a quicker breakdown of medications in your body.
Stress and anxiety can impact collagen production, which can cause your skin to become less vibrant over time, leading to more long-lasting wrinkles, lines, and grooves in the skin. Stress can also accelerate your metabolism, which leads to a quicker breakdown of this medication in the body. You should therefore reduce stress in your life as much as possible to see greater results.
Returning for regular treatments over time can lead to a residual effect where the muscles become more and more receptive to treatment as they learn to relax, which can also prolong the effects after each session. Many of our patients only need to return to us every five to six months, as they’ve received regular treatments for years and their muscles have become re-trained over time.
How Safe Is Dysport Therapy?
This therapy is considered to be one of the safest options available when it comes to anti-aging treatments for the following reasons:
Because we use microneedles, which are much smaller than the types commonly used to draw blood, this treatment is a minimally invasive one that’s normally completed in less than five to ten minutes.
Unlike whole-body treatments, such as oral medications, or those that cover wide areas of the skin, this medication is targeted, meaning it normally remains exactly where we inject it and doesn’t typically affect other nearby muscles or areas of skin.
Although you may notice long-term benefits if you’re using this treatment for preventative purposes, the effects are normally temporary, so you can stop regular treatments at any time without any long-lasting changes. This makes this medication a much safer option than surgeries and some other skincare therapies.
Schedule Your Consultation
Whether you’re looking to revitalize your appearance or prevent additional wrinkles and lines from showing up, Dysport can be an effective and safe solution for both scenarios. Contact us today at South Lake OBGYN in Clermont, FL to schedule your consultation with us, and get ready to feel confident about your appearance again.