Early signs of facial aging can seem to come out of nowhere. Skin that was once smooth and supple suddenly looks dull and lifeless, with worrisome lines that appear every time you make an expression. Those first creases around your eyes or furrows between your brows may not yet be severe enough to warrant surgical correction, but you may still find them concerning and want a solution.
Dysport® is a minimally-invasive injectable treatment that can reduce facial wrinkles and help your complexion defy the passage of time. When injected around your problem areas, Dysport® relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles and restores a smooth, neutral expression. Dr. Anthony Terrasse is a skilled aesthetic surgeon who understands the importance of achieving your cosmetic goals while respecting your unique facial structure and your natural beauty. If you’re interested in learning more about Dysport® or other injectables offered at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, please visit our contact page or call us at 847-234-2400 today.
What Is Dysport®?
Like Botox, Dysport® is a neuromodulator formulated with a type of botulinum toxin type A. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein that can interrupt the nerve signals that tell your muscles to contract. When it is injected into an overactive muscle, it temporarily limits muscle movement and permits the skin over the muscle to relax. Dysport® differs from other neuromodulators because it contains smaller particles of the neurotoxin, allowing for its effects to take hold quicker. Dysport® is FDA-approved to minimize frown lines and deep wrinkles between the brows. It is also routinely used to treat other facial wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and horizontal forehead creases.
Dysport® is specifically intended to treat lines that are caused by excessive muscle movement. These lines, also known as “dynamic” or “active” wrinkles, occur when repeated facial movements form grooves in the skin that may eventually be visible even when the face is relaxed. Active wrinkles appear in very mobile areas, like the forehead, which move when you squint, smile or frown. Dysport® may not be the best option if your wrinkles are due to collagen loss or sun damage. These lines are referred to as “static” or “passive” and are more effectively corrected with dermal fillers.
Neuromodulators have been around for decades and have a proven track record of producing beautiful cosmetic results. With their widespread popularity and long history of patient satisfaction, you can have peace of mind knowing that they’re both safe and effective.
Ideal Candidates for Dysport®
Although wrinkles are a natural part of growing older, many people view them as imperfections and are eager to keep them at bay. Most men and women who are struggling to accept the appearance of wrinkles on their face make great candidates for Dysport®. Dysport® can help smooth the following lines without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face:
- Glabellar lines, also known as “11” lines or frown lines
- Crow’s feet caused by years of squinting
- Deep creases that form across the forehead
- A gummy smile
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While Dysport® is most well known for its cosmetic uses, it also has therapeutic applications. Medical concerns that can be addressed with Dysport® include:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits or palms)
- Muscle spasticity in the upper and lower limbs
- Cervical dystonia
Dysport® is not recommended for patients who take muscle relaxants. Because the injection affects the nerve receptors in the muscles, it can have unwanted side effects when mixed with these medications. Dysport® should also not be used in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and in anyone who has an allergy to ingredients in the product. You can find out if Dysport® is your best option by booking a consultation with Dr. Terrasse and having your concerns evaluated in person.
The Dysport® Procedure
During an initial consultation, Dr. Terrasse will examine your areas of concern and discuss the kind of results you are hoping for. This will help him choose the right amounts and placements for your injections to ensure that wrinkles are reduced while your face retains natural mobility. If he determines that Dysport® is not right for you, Dr. Terrasse may recommend another neuromodulator or a dermal filler that can help you reach your goals.
A Dysport® treatment consists of a series of tiny injections, placed carefully around your face in targeted locations. Dr. Terrasse may ask you to scrunch your face or make expressions so he can identify your most visible lines and determine the optimal injection sites. After your face is cleansed, the injections will begin. Dr. Terrasse will use an ultra-fine needle to administer small doses of Dysport® directly into the facial muscles. You may feel a small pinching sensation, but overall treatment with Dysport® is relatively painless. A numbing agent can be applied before the injections if you are concerned about discomfort. The whole treatment typically takes less than 30 minutes.
Dysport® Recovery and Results
Dysport® requires no downtime. You can go home immediately after an injection session and return to normal activities. You may notice some redness or swelling in the treated area, but these effects are mild and temporary. Other potential side effects of Dysport® include headache, nausea, sore throat or an allergic reaction. Dr. Terrasse will make sure you understand the risks and benefits of Dysport® before the procedure.
You’ll see the results of your Dysport® treatment emerge over the first week after your appointment. As the botulinum toxin takes effect, your facial muscles will slowly relax and the creases in your skin will soften. Dysport® results typically last three to four months before muscle movement gradually returns and additional injections are required to maintain your youthful appearance. Dr. Terrasse can work with you to create a maintenance plan that meets your needs and keeps you looking your best.
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For some, expression lines are a sign of character and a life well-lived. For others, they are an unwanted reminder of the passage of time and a source of insecurity. Dysport® is an excellent treatment for correcting wrinkles and creases caused by years of facial expressions. If you would like more information about Lake Forest Dysport® or any of the injectables offered at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, feel free to reach out online or give us a call at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terrasse.