One of the most common procedures at Lissom Spa & Beauty, Dysport® is a derivative of Botulinum toxin, which works by weakening the muscles of facial expression that result in wrinkles. Once the resting tone of the treated muscles is weakened, the pull of the muscles relaxes and the overlying skin flattens. By physiologically weakening the muscles, wrinkles are lessened naturally.
In New Zealand, botulinum toxin is registered for use most commonly for frown lines between your eyebrows and on the forehead. It is also successfully administered in the ‘crow’s feet’, smokers’ lines around the mouth, and treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), for tension-migraine headaches and many other facial and neck areas.
Dysport may also be used to correct platysmal bands, or wrinkles that occur in the neck. Dysport can safely and effectively treat dynamic wrinkles and help stave off static or permanent wrinkles in both men and women, however men tend to require a greater quantity of Dysport, due to greater muscle tone.
A full medical history will be taken prior to your treatment and you will have an opportunity to discuss any aspects with our registered nurse, who possesses 30 years' experience in the nursing industry, 11 years as a nurse injector for appearance medical clinics, and is fully covered with doctor's oversight. You will need to complete a consent form before treatment.
Your nurse will determine exactly where to use the product to achieve the best results for you. No local anaesthetic is required, although you may apply a topical anaesthetic cream beforehand if desired. Tiny amounts are injected into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Discomfort is minimal and only lasts for a few seconds.
There is no downtime or recovery period needed after your Dysport treatment, and you may return to work and normal daily activities immediately. Redness and swelling at the injection site may occur, however this will typically resolve within a few hours. Avoiding NSAIDs such as motrin or alleve before and immediately after Dysport treatment will help you avoid bruising, but should bruising occur, it will resolve completely within a few weeks depending on how quickly your body heals. Arnica is a homeopathic remedy which is particularly helpful for bruising from these injections Additionally, rubbing the injection site, participating in vigorous exercise and any movement that causes blood to rush to the head should be avoided for the remainder of the day following your Dysport treatment. Dysport results are initially visible within a few days following treatment, however it may take one to two weeks to see the full effects.
The specific risks and the suitability of Dysport® Cosmetic for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Complications are rare and usually temporary but may include paralysis of a nearby muscle, resulting in its temporary loss of function (e.g., a drooping eyelid). Major complications resulting from Dysport are extremely rare and have never occurred at Lissom Spa & Beauty.
You may see results in as early as 2-3 days, however typically improvement is noticed in 5-7 days. The peak effect is between 10-21 days after treatment.
Dysport or Botox?
Dysport is a newer alternative to the older and better known Botox. Like Botox, Dysport targets dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that appear after muscle movement. These wrinkles typically fade when muscle movement (a smile or frown) stops, but over time the dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles that are permanently visible. To reduce dynamic wrinkles and slow the rate at which static wrinkles develop, Dysport uses a neurotoxin (botulinumtoxin A) to temporarily paralyse and weaken hyperactive muscles that control facial expression. Once the resting tone of the treated muscles is weakened, the pull of the muscles relaxes and the overlying skin flattens. The effects wear off after about three to six months, and repeat injections are necessary to maintain results.
Dysport injections can be administered quickly and are virtually pain-free. The product does disperse after it is injected, so it is extremely important that Dysport is injected with precision and care, especially around the eye area. It’s method of action is different than the other local treatments for the ageing face which work by filling in the wrinkles or depressions. These fillers are frequently not as effective as Dysport® in removing wrinkles in the upper third of the face, and Dysport injections are often combined with these injectable fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane to provide more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
The units for Dysport are different than Botox units at about twice the number of units required, however the actual volume of product injected and total cost are about the same. What may surprise you is the earlier onset of Dysport, which is as early as two days in some patients.
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If you are interested in Dysport® plastic surgery or have any questions, email us or book directly online to secure an appointment. To book online, scroll through the menu options to 'Clinical Treatments', and select the first option, 'Dysport / Filler / Threading Consultation' for a half-hour consultation ($50), reimbursable upon booking and receiving your treatment during the same session.
Note: Our nurse is currently available every Friday for bookings.