If you have cosmetic concerns caused by overactive muscles, they can be corrected by Dysport. At The Botox Bar in Dallas, TX, we proudly offer this injectable muscle relaxant to help our clients look and feel their best. Today, we’re answering many of the questions we receive about this treatment, including how quickly this anti-aging injectable works.
How Quickly Does Dysport Work?
Several factors affect how quickly Dysport will work for you. Half of the people who get this treatment can expect desirable results within 48 to 72 hours of treatment. The other half of people will enjoy desirable results within 96 hours of treatment. That said, if you have severe dynamic wrinkles and folds, you may need a second session to achieve your desired results.
An Essential Note
You must understand you should only expect your desired results within four days of treatment if you are seeking Dysport for cosmetic concerns. For instance, you should expect your desired results, barring severe cases, within four days if you are treating the following concerns:
- Forehead folds
- Frown lines
- Smile lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Smoker’s lines
- Laugh lines
- Crow’s feet
On the other hand, if you are trying to treat a medical concern, such as chronic migraines or cervical dystonia, you should expect to need two sessions to experience relief.
Will I Ever Need Three Sessions to Achieve My Desired Results?
Yes, it is possible to need three sessions to achieve your desired results. However, this does not apply to cosmetic treatments. Rather, it applies to severe muscle-related medical concerns, such as extremely frequent and debilitating chronic migraines.
How Can I See My Results Sooner?
If you need to attend a major event, such as your daughter’s wedding or your 25-year high school reunion, we advise you to schedule your appointment at least three weeks before your scheduled event. This gives you plenty of time to see if one treatment session is adequate or you need a second session to get the smooth skin you desire. That said, if you are chomping at the bit to look years younger immediately, here are some steps you can take:
Massage the Treated Muscles
Shortly after your session is over, you can massage the treated muscles with very gentle pressure for five minutes. After that, you should massage the treated muscles very gently for five minutes four more times. Continue massaging your treated muscles very gently five times daily for five minutes at a time until you see your desired results. You may cut your waiting period for ideal results by 25 to 34%.
Exercise the Treated Muscles
Another excellent way to see your final results sooner is to exercise the treated muscles to help the muscle relaxant settle into your muscles quickly. The bottom line is the more you exercise your treated muscles, the sooner the muscle relaxant will bind to some of the motor receptors in the muscles. The results of rigorous testing in clinical trials have shown that you should exercise the treated muscles 120 times.
This should be done in three sets of 40 repetitions with 10 minutes of rest between sets. Once you have completed three sets of exercises, wait a couple of hours and complete three more sets of 40 reps. Then, wait two more hours and complete three more sets of 40 reps. You can exercise muscles consecutively if you treat several muscle groups. For example, you can go straight from raising and lowering your eyebrows to smiling or squinting.
Why You Have to Wait for Ideal Results
As soon as your session is over, you will notice that your muscles feel more relaxed than they did before treatment. That said, it takes several days to see the final results of your treatment because the neurotoxic protein that makes up the injectable muscle relaxant doesn’t settle in and bind to some of the motor receptors in your treated muscles right away.
The neurotoxic protein in Dysport in Dallas has to bind with other proteins in your muscles before acetylcholine can no longer communicate with your muscles “effectively.” To be clear, you will still be able to emote normally. However, the neurotoxin impedes just enough communication from your brain to your treated muscles that your muscles won’t move when you don’t want them to. This relaxes the wrinkled muscles, treating existing dynamic wrinkles. It also stops the formation of new dynamic wrinkles.
How Long the Results of This Treatment Last
Be advised, exercising your treated muscles only hastens the final results. It does not reduce the longevity of the results. The injection location affects the longevity of the final results. The stronger and larger the treated muscle is, the sooner you will need a maintenance session.
The Upper Eyelids
Your upper eyelid muscles are incredibly strong because they are used almost constantly. The average person spends approximately 1.5 seconds blinking every minute. Extrapolating this, the average person blinks 90 times per hour. Regardless of how much sleep you get every night, it is safe to say you blink well over 1,000 times per day.
If you have recently noticed wrinkles forming around your upper eyelid, it is important to seek treatment quickly. Exceptionally strong upper eyelid muscles don’t just cause cosmetic concerns. Over time, they can affect your quality of life significantly by leading to drooping upper eyelids that rob you of your vision. Additionally, upper eyelid spasms can make driving safely impossible, stealing your independence. Upper eyelid treatments can last approximately four months.
The Glabellar Muscles
Surprisingly, Dysport can treat deep forehead folds for up to six months. This is surprising because the glabellar muscles are used quite frequently. For example, you contract your glabellar muscles every time you raise an eyebrow, frown, or concentrate deeply.
These muscles are also used when you express surprise or shock. They are also your largest facial muscles. Note, the severity of your concerns at the time of treatment also affects how long the final results will last. If you have severe forehead folds, your results may only last four months.
You can expect crow’s feet to be eliminated for approximately six months after an injectable muscle relaxant treatment. To drastically extend the longevity of these results, take steps to minimize squinting. For example, wear a brimmed hat or sunglasses when you go outside and it is bright.
Additionally, you should tint your vehicle’s windshield and windows or wear sunglasses when driving during the day. Relying on the sun visor in your car may not be adequate to prevent squinting. Furthermore, you may benefit from amber eye protection when driving at night if you are affected by lights at night.
Dysport can erase deep vertical folds that run from your nose to mouth for approximately five months. That said, your initial evaluation is crucial because your nasolabial folds may not be caused by overactive muscles in the area. Rather, they may be caused by extreme volume loss. That said, we also offer injectable dermal fillers to reverse volume loss-related signs of aging.
Typically, injectable dermal fillers are sought to eliminate dynamic lines, folds, and wrinkles. However, these injectables can also be used to augment the upper lip. When injected into the muscles around the corners of the mouth and above the upper lip, the lip is relaxed and it rolls up slightly. This results in a more luscious, smooth, plump pout. People love using an injectable muscle relaxant to augment the upper lip because they don’t have the time or money to undergo an invasive procedure.
In some cases, a dermal filler is injected directly into the lip for even more dramatic results. Furthermore, dermal filler injections may be necessary around the corners of the mouth to perfect your appearance. If you use an injectable muscle relaxant to improve the appearance of your lips, you can expect the results to last for half of a year.
Head, Neck, and Shoulders
As noted above, injectable muscle relaxants may be used to treat such medical conditions as cervical dystonia. Depending on the type of cervical dystonia and symptoms, this injectable muscle relaxant can be injected into the head, neck, or shoulders safely and effectively. You can expect this medication to relieve symptoms for several months at a time.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
To determine whether you qualify for this treatment, you need to come in for an initial evaluation. When you attend your first appointment, we will diagnose the cause of your cosmetic concerns. If they are caused by overactive muscles, we will discuss your medical history and current health. If your cosmetic concerns are caused by volume loss, you are a better candidate for dermal fillers.
In addition to looking at your medical history and current health, we will talk about the drugs and supplements you are currently taking. You may have to speak with your primary care physician about discontinuing certain medications temporarily. For example, oral muscle relaxants and sleep aids may contraindicate injectable muscle relaxants. Additionally, to qualify for this treatment, you should be able to stop taking NSAIDs, MAOIs, and other blood-thinning drugs and supplements safely for several days.
How Should I Prepare for This Treatment?
To reiterate, you should prepare for this treatment by discontinuing the use of certain medications and dietary supplements, including those that affect your blood viscosity and pressure. You should also stop taking oral muscle relaxants and certain sleep aids. However, this is not the full extent of the pre-treatment preparation that must take place. For instance, it is important that your skin is not irritated when you come in for your session.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure this is to wear adequate sun protection when you go outside. We will need to reschedule your appointment if you are suffering from sunburn at the time of your appointment. Additionally, you should take antiviral medication if you have a history of viral skin infections. Preventative acne medication is also advisable as long as it does not contain retinol.
Enjoy the Smooth Skin You Deserve and Desire
Dysport is a fast-acting injectable muscle relaxant designed to reverse the signs of aging caused by overactive muscles. Although individual results vary, you can expect desirable results within 48 to 96 hours of injections. To find out if this injectable muscle relaxant is right for you, please reach out to us today at The Botox Bar in Dallas, TX to schedule your initial consultation.