With advances in medical technologies, both men and women have the ability to address imperfections on their body with simple, easy treatments. Injectables have been used by dermatologists to reduce the signs of aging on the face and assist patients in feeling more youthful and self-confident. Common injectables such as Botox have been on the market for years and have received FDA approval for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Other similar formulas such as Dysport have also been released and approved, and can provide the same benefits of stopping the muscle contractions that result in folds and imperfections on the face.
Dysport is a prescription medication that is made of abobotulinumtoxin A and is approved for the use of smoothing moderate to severe glabellar lines (the “frown lines” between the eyes) for patients age 65 or younger. They can be used as a preventative in younger patients and as a way to turn back the hands of time for those who have had these lines etched into their skin for several years.
Dysport is administered in injections directly into the muscles. This keeps the muscles from contracting, thus smoothes the area of skin and provides a younger appearance and benefit. The proper amount of Dysport should be injected to allow patients to have natural results and still be able to move the muscles for necessary facial expressions. However, reducing the muscle movement can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the eye area.
Dysport can be used in conjunction with other injectables such as dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid gels also offered at our practice that help fill these lines and provide results for up to a year or longer, depending on the type used. When patients schedule a consultation appointment with their dermatologist to discuss using injectables to bring forth a younger look to their face, the use of a combination of treatments may be suggested. Some patients benefit from one injectable while others can achieve results that are more dramatic by using a combination of treatments. These are often called “liquid facelifts” and they can take years off one’s appearance.