At Knox Wellness Experience in Knoxville, TN, we are passionate about helping people improve their self-confidence. One of the most common problems people come in for help with is aging signs caused by overactive muscles. Since there is no one-size-fits-all solution for cosmetic concerns, we offer several solutions to this problem, including an injectable muscle relaxant called Dysport. That is what we will be focusing on today.
Dysport is a prescription medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 29, 2009. At first, it was approved for the treatment of cervical dystonia, a potentially debilitating medical condition that causes severe neck, shoulder, and head pain. Today, we know that this treatment is safe and effective for the treatment of many other problems, including other medical conditions and cosmetic concerns. Read on to learn more.
What Are the Benefits of Dysport?
It Is Convenient
The convenience of Dysport injections is one of its greatest benefits. For some people, treatment sessions only take five to 20 minutes to complete. For most people, treatment sessions are completed in under an hour. Factors affecting how long your treatment will take include how severe your cosmetic concerns are, how many areas you need to treat, and how large your targeted treatment areas are.
You can generally expect your session to take around five minutes to complete if you are only targeting a small area for treatment, like the outer corners of your eyes. If you are targeting larger muscles, it is more likely that your treatment will take closer to 10 to 15 minutes to complete. As a general rule of thumb, you should only expect your treatment to take closer to an hour to complete if you need to treat several large areas during one treatment session.
It Is Fast-Acting
Another reason people love this injectable muscle relaxant is that it starts working right away. You will not be able to see your final results right away, but you should expect to start seeing an improvement in your appearance just two to three days after your injections are administered. Additionally, you can feel pretty confident that your final results will become apparent within seven days of your injection session. However, you may have to wait 14 days.
If you are anxious to hasten the appearance of your final results, there are some things you can do to make your final results appear faster. For example, you can benefit yourself significantly by exercising the treated muscles 200 times daily. Typically, people break their muscle tension and relaxation sessions into five sessions of 40 repetitions.
It Is Long-Lasting
People also love this injectable muscle relaxant treatment because of its durability. Individual experiences vary, but you can generally expect your treatment results to last for approximately three to four months at a time. In some cases, results can even last for five months before starting to fade. Contrastingly, the results of similar treatments may last for only a couple of months. This incredible durability will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Note that there are several steps you can take to extend the longevity of your results. The stronger, healthier, and more supple your skin is, the longer it will take for it to wrinkle due to wrinkled muscles. Therefore, you should do as much as you can to maintain the integrity of the collagen that keeps your skin healthy. Some effective ways this can be accomplished include maintaining a healthy diet, protecting yourself from UV damage, and not smoking.
It Is Versatile
The versatility of this treatment is also incredible. It can be used effectively to relax away any wrinkles, lines, or folds that are caused by overactive muscles. It is most commonly used to erase glabellar lines. Also called Eleven’s or 11’s, these vertical lines develop between your eyebrows and make you look constantly concerned or upset regardless of how you are feeling.
You can also benefit from this treatment if you have such cosmetic concerns as forehead folds, nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, or smile lines. Nasolabial folds are the deep lines that form around your nose and mouth. Crow’s feet deepen when you laugh or smile and crinkle your skin around the outer corners of your eyes.
It Is Comfortable
Another great thing about this injectable muscle relaxant treatment is that you should not anticipate feeling any pain during your treatment session. We use a tiny needle to administer the prescription medication, so you should only expect to feel a bit of pressure when the injections are administered.
If needles make you feel a little uncomfortable, let us know during your initial consultation. We can numb your skin prior to your treatment, adding roughly 15 minutes to your treatment time.
It Is Easy To Recover From
Another great thing about this treatment is that the recovery process is a breeze. There is no downtime required, so you can generally expect to be free to return to work once we review your aftercare guidelines with you. There is an exception to this general rule, though. You will need to take time off from work if you cannot perform your job and adhere to the aftercare guidelines.
One of the most important aftercare guidelines you must adhere to is to avoid strenuous activity. If you don’t have a sedentary job, you will need to take off the rest of the day from work. You also must avoid unprotected sun exposure, excessive heat exposure, and sweating. It is also important that you don’t put too much pressure on the treatment area. Therefore, you will need to sleep on your back on the night of your treatment, but you shouldn’t lie down too soon post-treatment.
How To Bathe After Treatment
It is extremely important that you do not touch your treated areas within four hours of the injections being administered. However, it is safe to wash your face after that. Just make sure that you take a warm or cool bath.
It Is Safe
Another incredible benefit of this injectable muscle relaxant treatment is that it is incredibly safe for most people. You need to attend an initial evaluation with a medical expert before you can know for sure if this treatment is right for you. However, if you are a relatively healthy adult and concerned about the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, you will probably qualify. That said, there are some contraindications. For example, you may not qualify for this treatment if your skin is too thick.
Additionally, you will not be deemed a good fit for this treatment if you are pregnant, have a skin disorder, or have a severe allergy to bovine protein. Moreover, you should not consider this treatment if you have a known sensitivity to botulinum toxin. Also, you may not be considered an ideal fit for this treatment if you are over the age of 65 or take certain drugs and supplements.
It Is Easy To Prepare for
Due to the non-surgical nature of this anti-aging solution, it is very easy to prepare for. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on everything you have to do to ensure your treatment goes smoothly. One of the most important steps to take is to avoid taking any medications that may affect the treatment. For instance, you will not be able to take any oral muscle relaxants or certain sleep aids and antidepressants for 24 hours before your injections are administered.
Additionally, you may not take such blood-thinning drugs and supplements as vitamin E, fish oil, garlic, Warfarin and ibuprofen. Furthermore, you must refrain from smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol before your treatment session. These substances can affect your blood pressure and recovery. It is also important that you do your best to reduce the likelihood of skin irritation because your treatment will be postponed if you attend your appointment with irritation.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that there are many benefits of Dysport. For instance, treatment sessions do not take long, and the treatment starts working right away. If you think this safe, versatile injectable muscle relaxant can benefit you, contact us now at Knox Wellness Experience in Knoxville, TN to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to meeting you and tailoring a treatment plan that addresses all of your unique cosmetic concerns quickly and effectively.