Dysport can address pretty much any concern you have caused by overactive muscles. This neurotoxic protein features the active ingredient known formally as abobotulinumtoxinA and can treat the most severe muscle overactivity effectively. At RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK, we’d like to answer some of the most common questions we receive about this incredible treatment, including how quickly it works and what, if anything, you can do to make it work faster.
How Soon Can I Expect This Treatment To Work?
How long you have to wait to see the results of your treatment depends on numerous factors. However, half of the people who receive these injections can enjoy the benefits of treatment within two to three days of their injections. The other 50% of people can expect to see their ideal results within 96 hours of treatment. In the most severe cases, a follow-up treatment is necessary to achieve the ideal results.
A Critical Note
It is crucial to understand that you should only expect to enjoy the results of this treatment in two to four days if you are addressing concerns that are cosmetic in nature. For example, this treatment delivers results in under a week when you’re smoothing away smile lines, forehead folds, and folds that extend from your nose to your mouth.
If you’re seeking treatment to address cervical dystonia, chronic migraines, or other medical concerns, you should expect to need at least two treatment sessions to achieve your ideal results.
How Many Sessions You Should Expect To Need to Achieve Your Ideal Results
Typically, people only need one round of injections to address moderate or severe cosmetic concerns. Only the deepest folds will require two or three rounds of injections to get the muscles to relax fully. If you need multiple rounds of injections, it will be a number of weeks before you can expect to enjoy the appearance you desire.
If you’re treating a debilitating medical condition, like cervical dystonia, you should expect to need at least two treatment sessions to enjoy lasting pain relief. For instance, one round of injections may result in fewer migraine headaches. Two or three sessions may be required to experience fewer migraine headaches and less severe symptoms.
What You Can Do To Enjoy the Results of Your Treatment Sooner
If you have a major event coming up, like a reunion or wedding, we strongly recommend scheduling your treatment a few weeks before the scheduled date. This allows you ample time to see if the results of one session are adequate and follow up if necessary. However, it is understandable to want to look young and feel confident now. Steps you can take to enjoy the results of your treatment as soon as possible include:
Massaging the Muscles That Were Medicated
Shortly following the completion of your treatment, massage the treated muscles very gently for 300 seconds. Repeat this four more times the day of your treatment. Then, repeat it for four more days or until you see your desired results.
Exercising the Muscles That Were Medicated
Exercising the muscles that were medicated is another great way to get the injected protein to settle quickly into the targeted area. The more you exercise the treated muscles, the more the medicine works into its final resting place. The results of extensive research indicate that you should exercise the treated muscles 40 times, wait 10 minutes and repeat the cycle twice more within four hours of your treatment session.
Since it doesn’t take much longer than a minute to squint or raise your eyebrows 40 times, you may choose to only exercise your treated muscles and not massage the treated area for 25 minutes per day. In fact, if you timed yourself, you would probably find that it only takes around a third of a minute to raise your eyebrows 40 times. If several muscles were treated, they can be exercised consecutively.
Why You Can’t Enjoy the Final Results of Your Treatment Immediately
Your muscles may feel a little more relaxed than usual immediately after your treatment. Nevertheless, due to how the medication works, you won’t be able to enjoy full relaxation right away. Dysport is made up of the whole neurotoxin.
This whole protein has to bind with another protein in your muscles. When these two proteins combine, acetylcholine can’t communicate with your muscles. Despite the neurotoxic protein being injected into the area with muscle hyperactivity, it takes anywhere from 24 to 96 hours for the two proteins to bind.
How Durable the Results Are
Despite hastening the final results of the injections, exercising facial muscles does not affect the durability of the treatment results negatively. What affects the durability of the treatment results is where the protein was injected.
When muscles that are used regularly are treated, the results of the treatment don’t last too long. When muscles that aren’t used very regularly are treated, the results of the injections are much more durable. Let’s take a look at how long you can expect the results of the treatment to last based on the muscles targeted for treatment.
The Upper Eyelids
You use the muscles above your eyes almost constantly for 15 to 17 hours per day. Every four seconds, the average person blinks for 0.1 seconds. Assuming you blink at the rate of the average person and you get seven hours of sleep nightly, you blink over 15,000 times per day. Due to how regularly the muscles above your eyes are used, they are exceptionally strong.
However, hyperactivity in the muscles above your eyes doesn’t just lead to wrinkles. It can affect your vision negatively. Uncontrollable upper eyelid muscle spasms can rob you of independence by making safe driving impossible. Dysport can result in upper eyelids that no longer spasm uncontrollably for roughly a third of a year.
The Muscles Above Your Eyebrows
You may be surprised by how frequently you use the muscles above your eyebrows. For instance, these muscles are used when you raise an eyebrow while questioning something. You use these muscles to frown. You contract these muscles when you are faced with needing to solve a challenging conundrum. Both of your eyebrows shoot up simultaneously when you are surprised by something.
These muscles also happen to be the largest muscles in your face. Taking both of these factors into account, there is ample opportunity for severe forehead folds to develop above your eyebrows. Similar to treating your very strong upper eyelid muscles, the results of slowing your overactive muscles should remain for roughly a third of a year. If you have moderate concerns rather than severe concerns, your muscle slowing may remain for up to half of a year.
The Muscles Around the Corners of Your Eyes
You can expect to enjoy wrinkle-free skin for approximately half of a year if you are using Dysport to treat the muscles around the corners of your eyes. These muscles, when overactive, create aging lines known as crow’s feet.
You can extend the longevity of your treatment results significantly by tinting your windscreen and the windows in your car, wearing a hat with a brim or visor when you go out during daylight hours and, wear sunglasses. Sometimes referred to as laugh lines, crow’s feet deepen when you squint or laugh.
Your Nasolabial Folds
You can expect flawlessly smooth skin for roughly five months if you use it to treat severe nasolabial folds that extend from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Nonetheless, it is very important to visit us for a primary evaluation to make sure this anti-aging injectable is right for you. Dermal fillers will be the appropriate anti-aging solution if your nasolabial folds are caused by a significant lack of collagen.
Upper Lip Augmentation
Usually, people seek out this injectable to address overactive muscles triggering moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds. However, it can also be used for other applications. For example, it can be used to achieve a natural-looking upper lip augmentation without needing to undergo an invasive procedure. When injected into the muscles above and around the upper lip, this medication relaxes the lip and rolls it upward just a little.
This results in a plumper, more luscious mouth. The great thing about using this injectable muscle relaxant to augment your upper lip is the results of this muscle relaxation last over half of a year. This is incredible because you use the muscles around your upper lip regularly. Think about how many times you talk, sip through a straw, smoke, sing or laugh in a day!
The Head, Shoulders, and Neck
This injectable muscle relaxant can treat many other medical conditions besides upper eyelids that spasm uncontrollably. Cervical dystonia is just one such condition. Cervical dystonia is a chronic condition. Among the symptoms of this condition is extreme pain that begins in the neck and radiates up to the head and down to the upper back and shoulders.
We can safely and effectively inject this neurotoxin into your head, shoulders, neck, or a combination of affected locations. The appropriate injection locations will depend on your unique experience with the condition. Due to the severity of this medical condition, the results of treatment only remain for approximately 10 weeks. For the best results, we strongly encourage you to consider coming in every eight weeks. This allows the new dose time to start working.
Is This Treatment Appropriate for Me?
Remember, you need to come in for a primary evaluation to find out if this injectable muscle relaxant is appropriate for you. When you come in for your first appointment, we will determine the trigger of your aesthetic issues and discuss your unique cosmetic goals. Dermal fillers will be required if the lines and wrinkles that bother you are caused by a significant lack of collagen.
If overactive muscles are triggering your folds and wrinkles that are moderate or severe in nature, Dysport may be the ideal solution for your cosmetic concerns. We will discuss the history of your health if we determine that this injectable will address your aesthetic issues effectively. To be considered a good candidate for this treatment, you should not be immunocompromised. Furthermore, you should not be lactose intolerant.
Discover How To Rejuvenate Your Appearance With Dysport Today
You don’t have to settle for looking disinterested or tired at all times. You don’t have to throw away money on ineffective, incredibly expensive over-the-counter anti-wrinkle creams. Dysport can help you rejuvenate your appearance. To learn if this fast-acting treatment is right for you, book an appointment with us at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK.