What is Dysport and what can it improve?
Dysport is “the European version of Botox,” now FDA approved for cosmetic use in the U.S. It is a highly refined protein that is injected to reduce wrinkles on the upper face by eliminating muscle contraction. By weakening muscles so that they can’t contract, Dysport prevents lines from forming and “irons-out” existing wrinkles. With this product Dr. Davis can eliminate frown lines (vertical creases between the eyebrows), horizontal lines across the forehead, and crow’s feet (wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes). Dr. Davis will make your face look natural, peaceful and rested. You will look like you have had a good night’s sleep or just returned from vacation.
In general, the effects of Dysport last about 4 months. While Botox and Dysport are both derived from botulinum toxin, they have different formulations. Dysport has a faster onset of action than Botox. Improvement is seen within 24-48 hours after Dysport is injected; it generally takes Botox 7-10 days before full results are seen. Dysport also has a greater diffusion capacity; making larger areas (such as the crow’s feet) appear smoother.
What does a Dysport treatment with Dr. Davis entail?
A Dysport treatment is about a 15 minute office procedure. First, you will cleanse your face with soap and water and select the areas you wish to have improved. Then Dr. Davis will use a tiny needle to inject Dysport just beneath the skin into your facial muscles. Treatment is virtually painless and generally no topical anesthesia is necessary. Your procedure will be priced by the number of areas treated. Dr. Davis generally treats the frown, forehead, and “crow’s feet” (together considered one area). Other areas that can be corrected are a “wrinkled chin,” a “droopy,” down-turned nose, and the neck bands (muscles that extend down from the jaw). A post-op visit at 2-4 weeks is included to ensure satisfaction, and if additional medication is needed at this time it will be injected at no additional charge for the previously treated site(s).
There is little to no downtime after treatment, although you must remain upright for 1 hour and avoid wearing hats, etc. (see section below for Dysport aftercare).
How often do I need to get Dysport treatment from Dr. Davis?
For optimum results, we recommend treatment every 4 months. The more frequently you return, the better your results will be; since you want to prevent your muscles from returning to baseline contraction. By coming in for treatment just as muscle activity returns, you can continue to further relax the muscles and iron-out even the deepest of folds.
Is Dysport treatment safe?
Yes. Dysport has been FDA approved for cosmetic treatment of glabellar frown lines (the wrinkles between your eyebrows) the same as Botox. It has been used for cosmetic purposes in 34 countries for almost 10 years. Dysport has also been used for non-cosmetic purposes, to treat muscle spasms and movement disorders outside of the U.S.
Can I expect any side effects after my Dysport Treatment from Dr. Davis?
The most common side effect is bruising at the injection site. This is kept to a minimum if the avoidances listed below are adhered to. Other extremely rare side effects of Dysport include nose and throat irritation and headaches, which results from the spread of the drug. Eyelid swelling and drooping can also occur. These side effects are all very rare if the Dysport preparation and aftercare guidelines (below) are followed. Dr. Davis will explain all possible complications and proper prevention during your initial consultation.
How do I prepare for my Dysport treatment from Dr. Davis?
For a week prior to your procedure, we recommend avoiding the following items to help reduce bruising and bleeding, both during and after the procedure.
Avoid the following:
1) All pain relievers except Tylenol (acetaminophen): avoid Alleve, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, and even low dose baby aspirin (unless recommended by your physician).
2) Vitamin E and all multi vitamins containing Vitamin E. Foods high in Vitamin E should also be avoided such as: sunflower seeds, dry roasted almonds, olives, (including olive oil), papaya, spinach, arugula, broccoli, blueberries.
3) Cinnamon and horseradish.
4) Herbal remedies such as St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginger Root, Fish Oil, etc.
5) Alcoholic beverages (optional)
Take the following:
We recommend that you purchase Arnica tablets, which can be bought at health food and vitamin stores. Follow the instructions on the package; you can start as early as a few days before your procedure. We suggest that you take them at least the day before and the day of the treatment. You may also want to take them after. The topical gel is not nearly as effective.
An alternative supplement to minimize bruising after your treatment is Bromelain (pineapple extract). You can take 500mg twice a day for 3 days following a procedure. You should begin taking Bromelain the day of your treatment, after the procedure has been completed. Bromelain can be taken in addition to or instead of Arnica tablets, though Bromelain should not be taken before the treatment, only after.
Is there any special care that needs to be taken after a Dysport treatment from Dr. Davis?
We recommend the following after your Dysport procedure.
1) You must be upright for the first hour after treatment.
2) If you wish to read, make sure you bring the document, magazine, book, etc., up to eye level.
3) Work the Dysport into the muscles treated, i.e. frown (move brows in and out), forehead (raise and lower your eyebrows) and crow’s feet (smile and relax) repeatedly.
4) Do not wear a hat, baseball cap, visor or a headband as this will push the Dysport down, resulting in a lower brow.
5) Do not exercise for at least 48 hours after the treatment. Avoid cardio training such as elliptical, treadmill, biking and running. Avoid yoga and Pilates. You may do stationary weight training, as long as your head remains still.
6. If you wish to apply makeup post treatment, make sure you apply it upright on your forehead and downward on your crow’s feet.