Everyone should love what they see in the mirror, no matter what their age. If you've noticed that your frown lines aren't leaving your face, even when you're not frowning, it may be time to talk to a professional skincare specialist. Call us today and ask about the easy, effective and exciting treatment, Dysport.
What Causes Expression Lines?
In a word, movement. It's a little more than that, but the main reason we get what are called “dynamic” wrinkles is that we make the same expressions repeatedly over our lifetime and use the same muscles every single time. Those muscles will get really strong and very trained to make those expressions. A frown line may become more deeply etched because you now make that expression when you're studying something, listening intently, or are worried or tired. There will come a point when those lines don't go away after you think your muscles have relaxed. Why? Each time those muscles made movement, your skin came along for the ride, and now it serves as a roadmap of those expressions. Also, your muscles aren't truly relaxed because you make micro-expressions all the time and those expressions cause lines to deepen.
Aging always plays a role in wrinkles. When you're young, you have plenty of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid—the three powerhouses that keep our skin looking young. About the time we turn 25, our production slows down by about 1%. This may not seem like much, but our skin tells us it is.
Our skin is 80% collagen, and it's responsible for the enviable look of young skin. It keeps the middle layer of our skin, the dermis, strong. As long as that middle layer remains strong and smooth, so will our faces. Collagen is a fibrous protein that holds all of our skin cells together, including the layers of our skin. When everything is packed tightly, everything remains smooth and taut.As we age, collagen production slows down and that smooth road our face has been lying upon weakens, forming cracks and potholes. Gravity pushes the skin of our faces down into those weakened areas, causing wrinkles, lines, and folds.
As you can guess from the name, this protein is responsible for our skin, and other organs, being flexible and able to retain their shape. When we're young, elastin works with collagen to make sure our skin anchors firmly to the foundation of our skin. Even when we pinch, pull and stretch it, it will snap right back to place; until we get older.When our production of this protein declines, our skin can no longer return to its normal position and starts to sag. Because collagen keeps the skin glued together, when it breaks down the layers aren't packed tightly together and elastin can't bounce our skin back anymore.
This naturally produced sugar is the powerhouse of hydration for our eyes, connective tissues, and skin. Its molecules hold 1000 times their weight in water, so when it's at its peak, it gives our young skin its dewy and supple appearance. When the production of collagen and elastin decreases, so does our hydration level. Our skin loses its radiant plumpness and we can look dull and dry.
Redistribution of Fat
Our collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid levels ensure the underlying, thin layers of fat and fat pads stay put and our faces have proportional padding that plumps our skin from within. As we age, gravity pulls the fat layers and pads in our faces down and we lose volume in our foreheads and cheeks.This can cause us to lose our prominent cheekbone and apple cheeks. It also pushes everything downward so we gain that fat in our mouth and jaw areas, causing sagging. When this fat moves, our skin has lost elasticity and can't bounce back from the stretching this causes. We end up with jowls and lost definition in our jawline.
Now that you know how these wrinkles and lines become etched into our skin, it's time to do something about it! When you have a conversation with your medical and skincare professional, talk to them about Dysport.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is an FDA-approved injectable make of bobotulinum toxin A and considered a neuromodulator. Other neuromodulators in this family are Botox and Xeomin. These all work by blocking nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in or prevention of muscle activity.This treatment not only provides successful cosmetic results but can treat medical conditions that involve involuntary muscle spasms and movement, like spasms in the neck muscles and in the upper and lower limbs.
How Does It Treat Wrinkles?
When this treatment is injected into the muscles that cause expression lines, the signal from the nerve to the muscle is temporarily blocked. When the muscle's movement is decreased or prevented, the muscle relaxes, allowing the skin on top of it to relax. When the skin relaxes, the lines and wrinkles that have been etched on it soften and can diminish over time. This smoothing of the skin and relaxation of the muscle prevents the lines from becoming deeper or new lines from forming.
Is It Safe?
Dysport is FDA-approved and also approved in 68 other countries. It has over 25 years of clinical experience. In an extensive clinical study, over 97% of women who had this treatment said they would seek out treatment again. They were asked at three weeks and again at four months, and at each point had the same positive outlook.
What Areas Does It Treat?
This injectable is used to decrease or diminish the appearance of expression lines caused by movement. It is successfully used to treat:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead lines
- Crow's feet
- Bunny lines on the side of the nose
There are other “off label” uses for this injectable. Off label means the FDA hasn't approved it for these areas yet, but the community of medical professionals have deemed it safe and effective for treating these areas. Speak to your medical and skincare professional about which areas are right for this treatment.
Because this treatment works so well in preventing the movement of some muscles, it means that a skilled hand can manipulate the area around your brows, giving you a non-surgical eyebrow lift. When injected into the muscles that pull your brows down, it activates the muscles that pull them up, giving you an enviable arch. Patients say this opens their eye area and gives them the youthful eyebrow arch they've lost with time (or always wanted).
If you show more of your gums than you'd like when you smile or laugh, this treatment can help. By gently relaxing the muscles that pull your lips up, you can have a smile that reveals your teeth but not the gums you'd prefer not to show. You'll still be able to smile, but your lips won't be over-pulled. Over time, as gravity pulls everything down, the corners of our lips can become down-turned. This can give the permanent appearance of being unhappy or sad when you're not. By manipulating the muscles that are pulling the corners of your mouth down, this treatment activates the muscles that pull them up. This gives you a slightly upturned mouth when your face is at rest, creating a pleasing and happier appearance.
What to Expect
During your consultation, you and your medical professional will go over your areas of concern and the results you'd like to achieve. Your specialist will do an examination of the treatment areas to ensure the condition of your skin is right for this treatment. Once you've decided this is the treatment for you, there isn't any preparation for you to do.Because this is a minimally invasive treatment with zero downtime, the only instructions you may be given are intended to reduce the already low likelihood of bruising. If you bruise easily, you may be asked to stop taking any over-the-counter blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements like:
- Fish oil
- High doses of vitamin E
- Gingko Biloba
On the day of your appointment, your skincare specialist may apply a topical numbing cream to ensure you're comfortable during your session. They will then make a series of small injections to the treatment site to achieve the results you've agreed on. Once the injections are complete, you're done. Many clients schedule this treatment in the middle of their busy day and go right back to their normal routines, including work, as soon as they leave the office. The only aftercare instruction will be specific to your treatment and at the discretion of your specialist.
You'll see results with this treatment in two to three days as your wrinkles and lines soften. Results can last up to five months, although all results vary between clients. You'll work with your skincare specialist to decide on the best schedule of maintenance appointments.The more often you return to keep your results seamless, the better the long-term results you'll experience. The longer your skin can relax, the smoother it will become.
Dysport vs Botox
We all know the benefits of Botox. It's the number one requested and performed cosmetic treatment in the world. So why choose Dysport over Botox? These treatments are very similar with a few small differences.The first difference is that Botox is measured differently and can require over double the amount to attain the same results.Dysport also tends to spread a little more than Botox, so it may make treating large areas, like the forehead, easier. Results with Botox may take two to three days longer to appear, so if you have an event in three days and you're hoping for soft results, Botox may not be the way to go.
Although there hasn't been enough research to say for sure, there is a school of thought that believes some clients can build up a tolerance to the specific form of the purified protein Botox uses. There is no real data to say who this may happen to and after how long, if ever, it could happen.
Restore a Youthful Appearance Today
If you're unhappy with the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and want to restore a smoother, more youthful complexion, there's no reason to put it off. You deserve to look and feel your best. Call the medical and skincare professionals at CrisWell Medical Spa to schedule your appointment. We're focused on your vision and will customize treatment to deliver the lasting results you deserve. We believe looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic and wellness goals!