Do you notice lines forming between your brows? Do friends and family ask if you if you’re frustrated or upset even when you feel perfectly fine? If so, you could benefit from treatment with Dysport, a specialized neurotoxin injectable with the power to temporarily erase this common sign of aging. At Kagan Institute in Los Angeles and Encino, CA, we offer this product to meet your anti-aging needs.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is an injectable that is derived from the same neurotoxin as Botox: abobotulinumtoxinA. This product is specifically formulated to target glabellar lines between the brows. Sometimes called frown lines, these signs of aging usually grow deeper over time and are challenging to correct with traditional anti-aging treatments.
With an injectable, you could see these lines diminish or even disappear. A typical appointment takes just 15-25 minutes and involves several easy, pain-free injections in the brow region. There is no downtime required during recovery, and your results will usually appear within 2-3 days of treatment.
A majority of patients find that their treatment delivers smoother, younger-looking skin and gives them a significant boost in their confidence.
What Causes Glabellar Lines?
Glabellar lines are a type of dynamic wrinkle, which means that they are connected to repetitive muscle movement. At first, these lines may not be noticeable when your face is at rest. When you smile, laugh, or frown, these lines become more visible. Over time, these regular muscle movements from your normal facial expressions can cause deep lines to form between your brows.
Because every patient is different, some may notice glabellar lines forming earlier than others. Most patients see signs of aging like dynamic wrinkles begin to appear in their 20s or 30s. As glabellar lines deepen, they may become a permanent addition to your expressions and may make you look tired, angry, or upset even when your face is at rest.
While aging is a natural part of life, you don’t need to let signs of aging affect your self-esteem or satisfaction with your appearance. In many cases, early anti-aging treatment can slow or prevent the development of dynamic wrinkles, keeping your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Patients who pursue treatment later in life can also find success in achieving a more youthful appearance thanks to this top-quality product.
What Are Neurotoxins?
Neurotoxins are often used in small doses to cause temporary paralysis in specific facial muscles. In the case of products like Botox and Dysport, this can help smooth glabellar lines by keeping connected muscles from emphasizing these signs of aging.
The specific toxin used, abobotulinumtoxinA, is a byproduct of bacteria and is refined to deliver optimal results. Over time, your neurotoxin treatment will begin to wear off. You will notice your treated muscles begin to move normally, at which point most patients choose to pursue ongoing appointments to maintain their ideal results.
This treatment is considered safe and effective for most patients and is considered a long-term, reliable solution to this area of concern.
Can This Product Treat Other Types of Lines and Wrinkles?
Because glabellar lines are a prevalent form of dynamic wrinkles, this product has been carefully developed to offer you the best results possible. In some cases, our doctor may recommend this injectable for other areas of the forehead that exhibit dynamic wrinkles.
Your specific treatment plan recommendation will depend on your areas of concern. This product is not intended for the treatment of static wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity, which develop due to collagen and elastin breakdown in the skin and are unaffected by muscle movement. These aging concerns are typically treated with dermal fillers.
In many cases, patients can combine neurotoxin and dermal filler treatments to address various concerns in one simple appointment. Our doctor can provide more information during your initial consultation.
Will My Results Appear Natural?
In the past, neurotoxin injectables gained a negative reputation for creating frozen, unnatural results. Unfortunately, it is very easy for unskilled providers to inject too much product, which could paralyze multiple facial muscles and impact your normal expressions.
This is just one reason why finding a trained and experienced doctor to perform your injections is vital for a safe, successful treatment. Our doctor ensures that you are an ideal candidate for treatment before you schedule your first appointment.
Then, our trained staff member makes several strategic injections in the muscles connected to glabellar lines. We also provide you with detailed recovery instructions to help you experience the best results possible. In the end, your final results will appear completely natural and blend effortlessly with your expressions.
How Does This Product Compare to Botox?
While these products are similar, Botox is used more widely to treat dynamic wrinkles in various areas of the face, while Dysport is used primarily to correct glabellar lines in the brow region. This treatment is proven to deliver results slightly faster than Botox, which often takes 1-2 weeks to fully restrict muscle movement.
In addition, this treatment offers results lasting 1-2 months longer than Botox on average due to slight differences in the product formulation. Our doctor can help you decide which product will best meet your needs during your initial consultation at our professional practice.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Each patient’s final results will vary, but Dysport typically lasts 4-5 months after each treatment.
There are several ways to enhance and prolong your final results, including scheduling touch-up injection sessions, additional anti-aging products and treatments, and good skincare and sun protection habits. Our doctor can give you an estimate of how long your results may last during your initial consultation.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re an adult man or woman who wishes to correct glabellar lines or other dynamic wrinkles in the brow and forehead region, you could be a perfect candidate for Dysport.
A good candidate should be generally healthy and free from any allergies to the neurotoxin used in this product. In addition, they should have educated expectations about the results they may experience after treatment.
This treatment is not ideal for patients who wish to correct static lines and wrinkles. You may be able to pursue treatment with a dermal filler to address these concerns. It is also not recommended for any patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding while pursuing treatment.
What Can I Expect?
Are you interested in this treatment option? Here’s a general idea of what is involved in a typical treatment process at our practice:
Before your first treatment, our doctor will meet with you to discuss your treatment goals. They will examine your areas of concern and review your health history to make sure that this treatment is right for you. They will also explain the treatment process and give you a general idea of anticipated results in your unique situation.
Once you are approved for treatment, our doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your ideal image. This will include instructions for preparing for your first treatment, which you can schedule after your consultation is complete.
In order to prepare for your first appointment, we recommend that you keep the target skin calm and free of irritation. Because this treatment is most often used in the skin between the eyebrows, we ask patients to avoid plucking, waxing, or otherwise removing hair from this area for at least 1 week before treatment to avoid unnecessary irritation.
In addition, you should avoid harsh exfoliants and other products which may cause your skin to become more sensitive. You should also limit your time in direct sunlight to keep your skin from burning. Similarly, you should protect the target skin from tanning for 1 week before treatment. You may also wish to avoid trying any untested makeup or skincare products on the target skin to avoid a negative reaction.
1-2 weeks before your appointment, you should stop taking certain anti-inflammatory medications, herbal remedies, and supplements to lower your risks of bruising during the healing process. Our doctor will indicate which medications you should avoid after reviewing your medical history during your consultation.
Before your first appointment, you can complete your normal skincare routine to ensure that your skin is clean and makeup-free. Our trained staff member will cleanse the skin between your brows before applying a topical numbing cream.
Once your skin is numb, our staff member will use a thin needle to inject the neurotoxin product into the target muscles. This process is virtually painless and takes less than half an hour for most patients.
After our staff member has finished the injections, they will give you instructions to follow during your recovery period. While your results will not be visible for the next few days, you can return to your normal activities without any required downtime immediately after treatment.
The most important thing to remember during your recovery is to avoid touching the treated area for at least 1 week. This prevents you from accidentally distributing the injected neurotoxin to other areas of your forehead, which could result in the partial paralysis of other facial muscles.
You should use a gentle cleanser on the treated skin to avoid irritation and continue avoiding blood-thinning medications for approximately 1 week. Most patients begin to notice their results develop 2-3 days after treatment.
A good way to see the visible progress of your treatment is to stand in front of a mirror and make several exaggerated facial expressions. As you move your facial muscles, you should notice that the muscles between your brows remain static. This will prevent glabellar lines from appearing without impacting your full range of expressions.
Your final results should be visible within 1 week of treatment. Once your muscles are fully paralyzed, you can expect to experience largely the same results for the next 4-5 months.
Some patients experience longer-lasting results, while others choose to schedule follow-up appointments sooner to maintain their results.
After your results begin to fade, you can schedule your first follow-up appointment to keep your glabellar lines and other dynamic wrinkles from reappearing.
Thanks to the long-term results offered by this product, most patients find that they need just 2-3 appointments per year to maintain their ideal image. Our doctor can also recommend additional anti-aging treatments as needed to meet your ongoing cosmetic needs.
Contact Us to Learn More!
With Dysport, you could say goodbye to glabellar lines and dynamic wrinkles in a matter of days. This versatile treatment can deliver excellent results for most patients, giving you the confidence you need to live your life to the fullest without worrying about signs of aging.
If you’re ready to learn more, contact our team of experts at Kagan Institute in Los Angeles and Encino, CA to schedule your initial consultation today!