Have you been looking into cosmetic injections to address fine to moderate lines and wrinkles? Our professionals at Knox Wellness Experience in Knoxville, TN are here to help you better understand what being treated with Dysport involves, and what you can expect.
What Does the Dysport Treatment Involve?
The Five Points of Treatment
The first thing we’d like to explain when it comes to your treatment is the “five points” which will be targeted during your appointment. One dose of Dysport is divided between five points of the face. Generally speaking, you can expect to receive two injections above each eyebrow, and one over the bridge of your nose, in-between your eyes.
What Kind of Wrinkles Does It Address?
This injection excels at addressing the lines around your eyes, forehead, and eyebrows. It can help reduce the appearance of both static and dynamic wrinkles.
Understanding Dynamic and Static Wrinkles
The lines around your eyes and upper face start out as dynamic wrinkles. They appear when you make an expression such as squinting, furrowing your brow, laughing, or raising your eyebrows in surprise. When it comes to dynamic wrinkles, as soon as your face returns to its neutral expression, these lines smooth out and vanish.
Static wrinkles are any line or wrinkle that remains on the face regardless of your expression. Static wrinkles can affect many parts of the face or neck and are a natural part of aging skin. The static wrinkles best addressed by this treatment are the ones that started out as dynamic wrinkles, and due to the repeated use of the muscles around your eyes and forehead, eventually set in permanently to become static.
Frown lines are one of the most common areas of concern when seeking out treatment. These lines settle between the eyebrows and can reach down to the top bridge of the nose. These lines are often associated with a furrowed brow, frown, or confusion.
When patients start to notice their frown lines becoming static, it can sometimes make them feel as though they are expressing annoyance or irritation even when their face is neutral. Having frown lines smoothed over can help patients feel as though their face has almost lightened.
Crow’s feet are a kind of “laugh line” that spread out from around the outer corners of your eyes and can extend past the cheekbone. They are most noticeable when you smile or squint. These fine lines are a common candidate for treatment. With the right treatment, patients can expect their crow’s feet lines to be gently smoothed over without stiffening the face.
How Long Do Treatments Take?
You can expect your treatment to take around 10 to 20 minutes. The length of treatment can depend on factors such as what you are hoping to achieve from treatment, your individual face, and the severity of the lines being addressed.
At Knox Wellness Experience, we offer a complimentary consultation, during which we can discuss your goals and how long your treatment may take. This should help us pave the way for you, so that when it comes time for your treatment day you should be able to be in and out of the door with as much ease and as little stress as possible.
What Effects Can You Expect From Your Treatment?
Before making any sort of treatment plan, it can be helpful to have a general understanding of what you can expect from your injections. Having an idea of the effect it’s going to have on the treated areas can help you make the call about whether or not it’s a good fit for your needs.
It Looks Natural
One of the biggest concerns patients often have is whether or not the treatment is going to make them look stiff and shiny like plastic. This treatment is formulated and administered with great care to work with your skin and the structure of your face. It is known for its ability to maintain the natural look and feel of your face without compromising on the results you’re looking for.
It Works Fast
Most patients are able to start seeing results in as little as two to three days. From that point on, you will continue to notice it gradually improving the appearance of your lines and wrinkles. Not only can you expect quick results, but your results can also be expected to improve with time. At about three weeks, it will be at its full effect and you will be able to enjoy your results at their best.
The Effects Are Long-Lived
It may reach its full effect at two to three weeks, but that hardly means your results will be over by then. The opposite is true, with many patients reporting that they were happy with their results for up to five months.
No Surgery, No Downtime
If you don’t want to dedicate an entire day to your treatment, that’s not a problem. Most patients can expect to be up to all of their regular activities right after their appointment is done. Life can be busy and hectic, fitting in “me time” can be a real challenge. This treatment keeps all of that in mind and provides results that are easy and convenient to achieve.
What Exactly Is Dysport?
Like Botox and Xeomin, it is a derivative of the botulinum molecule. It is known as abobotulinumtoxinA.
How Does It Work?
Botulinum neurotoxins, when injected into the muscle, cause the muscle to relax. It does this by interrupting the oncoming chemical signals telling the affected muscles to move. With these signals no longer giving any orders, the nerves of your facial muscles have no reason to react and remain still. This is one reason botulinum molecule injections have also been used to treat certain movement disorders affecting the muscles.
As the nerves and muscles relax, this reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles over the treated areas without affecting the functionality of the face or the movement of untreated muscles.
Who Would Be a Good Candidate?
Skin can age at different rates for different people. Young adults may find that static wrinkles are setting in earlier than expected. You may also hope to delay dynamic wrinkles from making that transition into static wrinkles.
Regardless of now fine or deep the lines you’d like addressed are, treatment can be successful for a wide range of ages and skin types. Both men and women have experienced great success in having their facial lines addressed.
Will It Stiffen My Whole Face?
The short answer? No. The long answer is the treated areas shouldn’t look stiff either. The injections are very successful in reducing the appearance and severity of lines, but it should do so without making it look like you’ve had anything done at all. You’ll still be able to wiggle your eyebrows, laugh, and smile, all while enjoying a face with fewer wrinkles.
Will It Change the Look of My Face?
The treatment is meant to look both natural and discrete. The results begin to show up around day two, and the gradual improvement from then on ensures that there will be no shocking overnight change. Unless you tell them, no one should be able to guess your rejuvenated face has anything to do with having received your treatment.
How Does It Compare to Alternative Treatment Options?
While looking into your options, it can be overwhelming how many wrinkle treatments are being marketed. To help sort through them, we’ll cover some of the most common alternative treatments you may come across.
A tempting at-home option, some wrinkle creams can help reduce the appearance of facial lines. However, before you take a cream home, make sure you properly scrutinize it. Wrinkle creams can contain ingredients that can damage the skin. If a cream has damaging ingredients, you’ll find yourself having to use more and more cream to address the wrinkles being made worse by unhealthy skin.
When it comes to safety, there are hoards of wrinkle creams on the market, but few have been FDA approved. Rather than risking skin damage that could be permanent, we recommend receiving treatment for wrinkles from a medical professional.
Botox is also made from the botulinum bacteria. In comparison to Botox, the protein molecules found in Dysport tend to be smaller, which means it is a more diluted option than Botox. This dilution means that Botox can sometimes be a bit more expensive. In addition, results from Dysport can sometimes show up quicker; its dilution means that it spreads more easily, allowing you to see it working quickly.
Xeomin, also known as incobotulinumtoxinA, is another variant of the botulinum injections. It is the newest option on the market, but it doesn’t tend to show its results as quickly as the others.
While facelift surgery can have dramatic and lasting effects, there are some significant downsides when it comes to surgery. One is the obvious downtime that comes with surgery. There is no avoiding the fact that you will have to take time off to heal. Another downside is the cost of surgery can be very prohibitive, whereas injections can be very affordable.
How Often Will I Need Treatment to Maintain My Results?
Most patients are happy with their results for up to five months or more. Only receiving injections twice a year can be a realistic expectation, but some factors can influence the longevity of the injections. Some of these factors include your individual skin type, and how your body reacts to the treatment. It can also be affected by skin age and the severity of the wrinkles you hope to have addressed.
How Can I Encourage the Best Results for My Face?
Healthy skin can help delay the onset and severity of wrinkles. Having a healthy, balanced diet and drinking plenty of water both can have a great effect on skin health. Extended exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, so wearing sunscreen and spending time in the shade can help protect you from premature skin aging.
Other things you can do to further protect your skin are to give up smoking, use soaps that are gentle on the skin, properly cleanse and moisturize, and apply shaving cream or a comparable gel or lotion before and after shaving.
Understanding Aging Skin
Understanding how age affects the skin can be helpful in determining which treatment to pursue. The loss of facial fat from the cheeks is one of the first signs of an aging face. This facial fat is then redistributed to the jaw and mouth area.
This redistribution can weigh down the skin of the face, which will make the appearance of wrinkles more exaggerated. Treating upper facial lines and wrinkles can help your face feel more full and youthful, and can aid in restoring confidence.
If You’re Ready to Restore Your Skin, Contact Us Today
If you are ready for treatment you can trust, contact us at Knox Wellness Experience today to set up a free consultation. At Knox Wellness, in Knoxville TN, we believe in providing treatment with care and experience, so patients can feel comfortable that they’re in good hands. Our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you!