Even though we all know the aging process happens, we’re never quite ready for those first lines and wrinkles. When you see wrinkles staring back at you in the mirror, you don’t have to live with that reflection—there is a solution that can give you back a smooth and more youthful complexion. Call Atomic Dermatology in Pasco, WA and ask about Dysport.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is an FDA-approved injectable designed to reduce the appearance of glabellar lines that appear between the eyebrows each time we frown or make other facial expressions using those muscles. Dysport is non-surgical and minimally invasive, so it is well-tolerated by most people and is suitable for any skin type and tone. It is a fast, easy and less expensive option for targeting wrinkles than more invasive procedures.
Dysport is known as a neuromodulator and is made of botulinum protein type A. Neuromodulators work by blocking nerve signals from reaching certain muscles. When this treatment is injected into the targeted muscles, those muscles’ ability to move is inhibited and they relax. When those muscles relax, the wrinkles attached to those muscles smooth.
This particular neuromodulator is well-liked because clients can still make facial expressions, so their results are natural-looking and they never appear “frozen”.
Why Choose Dysport?
There are several neuromodulators on the market, so why choose Dysport over others on the market? Frown lines are one of the major areas where wrinkles form that can change the way people perceive us. If you have significant frown lines, you can look unhappy or even angry when you’re not. Dysport is specifically formulated to address only those frown lines, unlike others on the market that can be a blanket fix for multiple areas.
This treatment tends to work faster than others on the market with results kicking in for some clients after just one to two days—other injectables in the neuromodulator family can take up to a week for results to appear. Clients can expect to experience results that last four months, but with this injectable, peak results have been reported for up to six months.
There have been studies that suggest people are less likely to develop a tolerance to this particular injectable than others in the same family.
What to Expect
Once you and your provider have decided this is the right treatment to address your specific concerns, there isn’t any preparation needed. The only request your skincare specialist may have it for you to pause taking any blood-thinning supplements, herbal supplements or over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen for about a week before your appointment. This will just reduce the already low likelihood of bruising.
During your session, your provider may apply a local numbing agent to ensure you are completely comfortable. Once the area is numb, a series of small injections will be made into the targeted muscles between and above the eyebrows.
After your appointment, there is no downtime, so you can return to your usual work, exercise and social routines right away. Many people find this quick and easy appointment something they can plan during their lunch break and return to work immediately after.
It will only take a day or two for you to notice the results. The longer those muscles are relaxed, the smoother the skin over them will become. Because this is a treatment for moderate-to-severe frown lines, results are remarkable and can be dramatic.
Results can last up to four months, but if you follow your practitioner’s recommended follow-up appointment schedule, you can enjoy continuous results. It’s generally recommended to receive this treatment every three to four months, but each person’s results are different. Some may need more or less frequent appointments based on their biological response to treatment.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Because this is a non-invasive, non-surgical option for frustrating frown lines, most people who are disheartened or discouraged by the appearance of these lines are good candidates for treatment. This is an appropriate treatment for all skin types and tones and well-tolerated by most adults.
People with milk allergies may not be a good fit for this treatment, but only your doctor or specialist can truly determine if you’re a good candidate.
You may have concerns about other signs of aging in addition to your frown lines. If you do, your provider will go over all your options so you can decide on your best course of treatment. Many treatment plans include more than one injectable because each one is formulated to do different things and provide different results.
BOTOX is the most requested cosmetic procedure in the world. BOTOX is well known because it is the first FDA approved injectable neuromodulator to address dynamic wrinkles. We make the same facial expressions our whole lives with the same muscles. Over time, the skin over those muscles will form wrinkles solely based on the repetition of our facial movements. These are called dynamic wrinkles.
When injected into target muscles, BOTOX blocks the nerve’s signal from reaching the muscle. Those muscles are then given time to relax as the signal to move is disrupted. When the muscle is still, the skin on top smooths out. Results for BOTOX appear 3 to 5 days after treatment and last up to four months.
Maintaining a consistent schedule of follow-up appointments can improve and extend results. The longer those muscles relax, the better your results will be. Talk to your provider about the results you can expect from BOTOX as it addresses:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Eyebrow lines
- Marionette lines
Fillers are an extremely popular injectable treatment because they can offer immediate results that are relatively long-lasting. When you’ve developed moderate to severe facial lines and folds or have lost volume in areas like your cheeks, cheekbones, and temples, dermal fillers can help restore a youthful profile, contour and smooth appearance.
Most fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a sugar our bodies naturally produce to help our skin attract moisture and stay hydrated. As we age and our production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid decline, our facial structure weakens leaving small voids that our skin collapses into. This creates wrinkles and hollow areas.
When these fillers are injected into problem areas, they are plumped, leaving skin looking and feeling naturally smooth. If your cheekbones and temporal areas have lost volume, fillers can minimize the look of those hollows, taking away hard edges and gaunt features. It restores the look of fullness and a more structurally sound foundation. Fillers are a great option for:
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Chin wrinkles
- Under-eye troughs
- Lost volume in the cheek, cheekbone and temporal areas
- Vertical lip lines
We’re not all born with a perfect set of full lips, and age can make thin lips even thinner: but that doesn’t mean we have to live with it. Some dermal fillers are designed specifically to plump your lips, leaving them natural-looking and full.
Whether you were born with thin lips or are slowly losing volume as the years pass, you and your provider can decide on the best look and shape of your ideal lips. Sometimes our lips are out of proportion with the rest of our face—lip enhancement can correct that. These fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and are pliable and smooth, so your results look natural and can be tailored to exactly the shape and volume you want.
As your lips are gently plumped, vertical lip lines can also be erased. These lines form naturally over time and can be hastened by too much time in the sun or smoking. These wrinkles make wearing lipstick or gloss frustrating because the makeup bleeds onto the surrounding skin. Fillers can give you a pleasing pout that holds moisture and makeup for a definite wow factor.
Wrinkles, lines and skin laxity aren’t the only concerns we face as we age. As our years in the sun show on our face and body, it can steal our youthful glow and leave us self-conscious about dark spots and uneven skin tone. An intense pulsed light, or IPL, photofacial is a state-of-the-art treatment that can counteract the effects of years in the sun and the natural discoloration age can bring.
During treatment, pulses of light are delivered to the skin where they target melatonin. Melatonin causes the pigmentation of dark spots on the skin. When the light is absorbed by the darker pigmentation, it breaks it down on the cellular level. Over the course of your treatment plan, those dark spots are replaced with healthy and glowing skin cells. This is an effective treatment for:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Dull skin tone
We all know our faces aren’t the only place that can show our age. Even though it’s popularly used on the face, IPL technology can tackle other areas of the body where we’re self-conscious of dark spots and the aged look they bring with them. Other areas to consider for treatment include:
One of the most dreaded signs of aging we face is sagging skin on our necks and chin. It can dramatically change our appearance and profile and leave us with anxiety and discomfort. There is an exciting new technology that can lift and tighten sagging skin on the chin, neck and eyebrow area. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to target the very foundation of the skin, forcing it to rebuild itself from the inside out.
This is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that allows clients to go right back to their routines immediately after their session. Because your provider will be using ultrasound imaging, they can see exactly the tissue they’re targeting, maximizing your results. Results happen gradually over the course of three to four months and can last years.
Collagen growth is kick-started in the deepest layers of your skin, so the cell regeneration starts there and slowly builds stronger, tighter layers of skin, giving you a more youthful profile. This is a great option for people who are not yet ready for surgical intervention or who want to extend the results of a previous face or neck lift. Because results happen gradually, clients like that there’s not an immediate, jarring result. Instead, over time they develop a more sculpted and defined profile.
Call for an Appointment
You don’t have to grin and bear the signs of aging that are causing you to be self-conscious or uncomfortable with parts of your appearance. Call the compassionate and experienced professionals at Atomic Dermatology in Pasco, WA and schedule your consultation. Our goal is to ensure every client feels cared for, listened to and completely satisfied with every step of their treatment. We are committed to offering you the latest technology and treatments to help you reach your personal aesthetic goals.