Dysport® treatment for frown lines –
Whenever you laugh, frown, concentrate or squint into the sun, your facial muscles contract and your skin creases. As you get older your skin loses its elasticity and those creases deepen into lines that become permanently etched on your face. Frown lines between your eyes can become particularly noticeable at a relatively young age, making you look angry or worried even when you’re not.
By temporarily immobilising the muscles you use to frown, Dysport® can smooth out those lines, restoring a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. Because you will be physically unable to frown after treatment, you may even lose the urge to frown. The lasting effect of treatment with Dysport® can differ between individuals after which further courses of treatment may be necessary.
Many people find after several treatments that they can extend the time between treatments because they have “unlearned” the habit of frowning or squinting that originally led to the development of these lines.
Dysport® can also be used to treat:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines
- Grumpy face lines (DAO’s)
- Gummy smile
- Jaw slimming/Teeth grinding (TMJ)
- Chin buckling (Mentalis)
- Neck bands/Platysmal Bands
- Excessive Sweating
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles. Dysport®, like Botox®, is a protein extracted from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The Dysport® protein was initially used for the treatment of motor disorders and various kinds of involuntary muscular spasms, including cerebral palsy.
How is Dysport® used?
Tiny amounts of Dysport® are injected directly into the facial muscles with small, almost painless injections for effective treatment. No local anesthetic is usually required, but if you are concerned, a numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment. Treatment is normally over in less than 15 minutes. Over the next few days, the muscles gradually relax allowing wrinkles to loosen and skin in the treated area to appear more youthful.
How does Dysport® work?
Dysport® blocks impulses from the nerves to the facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Dysport® relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin becomes smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Is Dysport® safe?
Dysport® injections have been used safely and effectively for over fifteen years to treat many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders. Numerous safety studies performed around the world have shown it to have an equal or more favourable safety profile than Botox®, however, while rare, some side effects can and do occur.
Side effects of Dysport® –
In US clinical studies the most common side effects were nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea. In some cases, Dysport® may cause serious side effects, such as swallowing or breathing problems, that may be life-threatening.
The most common side effects are temporary soreness and mild bruising around the injection site. Some people may experience a slight headache that lasts for several hours after treatment; it is safe to take a mild pain killer to relieve this. In a very small percentage of cases, there can be a complication called “ptosis” (a drooping eyelid) which may last a few days or up to 4 weeks. Ptosis is not considered to be a normal side effect and is normally due to injector error or lack of injector experience.
For more information on possible side effects of Dysport®, talk to your healthcare professional.
History of Dysport® and the latest trends –
Though approved in the United States in April 2009, Dysport® has a history of use in other countries since 1991. Dysport® has been available in Europe, Asia, and South America for over 10 years. First approved for aesthetic use outside the US in 2001, Dysport® has steadily gained in popularity around the world.
Dysport® was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s to successfully treat a number of neurological and ophthalmic conditions. It was further developed to treat a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders, for which it is licensed in over 60 countries.
Since that time, with an increased understanding of the uses of Dysport®, thousands of treatments have been safely and effectively performed for a variety of conditions ranging from facial wrinkles to axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits).
Today Dysport® is marketed and sold for aesthetic use in 36 countries (as of October 2009). With its approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, you, too, may join others worldwide who have been treated with Dysport®.
If you are interested in learning more about Dysport®/Botox®/Xeomin® use for any of these treatments, please contact Beautiphi on 022 3837 968 to schedule a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Medicine Nurses.