Dysport® has become a popular treatment for frown lines and other signs of aging, and more men are choosing it over other therapies because it’s safe and offers fast-acting results. Here at Tru-Male Medical in Oak Brook, IL, we’ve treated many men with this therapy with excellent results, and while it can be effective for both lines and wrinkles at just about any age, those who start earlier in life can still take advantage of its preventative effects.
What’s the Best Age for Getting Dysport®?
Both younger and older men can benefit from this therapy, though there are some obvious advantages for younger men who start treatment sessions before too many age-related issues have developed.
If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may not have any lines or wrinkles yet, but you can still treat the areas where they’re likely to appear. This can help delay the signs of aging while keeping the skin smooth and supple, even into your 40s and 50s.
If you’re in your 40s or older, chances are you’re already dealing with some of the signs of aging, whether it’s fine lines near the eyes, wrinkles across the forehead, or issues elsewhere. While you won’t be able to prevent any of these issues once they’ve already appeared, you can still have them treated while preventing future issues.
How Does Dysport® Therapy Work?
As a muscle-relaxing therapy, Dysport® is capable of paralyzing muscles, which can improve many conditions caused by aging skin or hyperactive muscle contractions. While it’s used to treat many different types of medical conditions, its use as an anti-aging therapy has made it popular with men of all ages. It can reduce the appearance of both wrinkles and fine lines, and the results normally last quite a long time until additional treatments are needed.
Many imperfections that come with aging are the result of both muscle contractions and a loss of collagen, as our bodies produce smaller amounts of collagen as we get older. This therapy can address both of these issues by reducing muscle contractions while encouraging the body to produce more collagen, all of which can lead to a revitalized appearance and fresher, brighter-looking skin.
What Types of Issues Can Dysport® Treat?
This therapy can be effective for many types of lines and wrinkles but is especially effective at treating frown lines, also known as glabellar lines. These are the vertical-running lines that develop between the eyes and just above the nose, and while they’re quite common in men, this therapy usually works very well at treating them with just five injections.
If you have other types of lines, wrinkles, or age-related skin issues, we can normally treat these, though we may recommend other treatments, such as BOTOX® or dermal fillers, depending on your needs. During your consultation, we’ll examine your skin to determine which treatment approach will work best for you.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
During your appointment, there’s an initial consultation, which is then followed by treatment.
During your initial consultation with us, we’ll assess your skin and any lines, wrinkles, or other cosmetic conditions you might have. We’ll want to know about your reasons for wanting Dysport® therapy, and we’ll also ask about the following:
- Medications you’re currently taking
- Any active skin infections or diseases
- Allergies to Dysport® or its ingredients
- Your health status and medical history
The injections that we make during your treatment session are quick, relatively painless, and only involve small amounts of the medication. If you think that you may be sensitive to needles, you can let us know so that we can apply an anesthetic cream or ointment beforehand to numb the treated areas. The injection process should only take about 10 minutes, and you’ll be able to drive yourself home immediately afterward.
Is There Any Downtime Afterward?
Other than a few minor precautions that you’ll want to take after your injections, there is no downtime with this therapy, so you can resume activities as soon as we finish. We’ll provide some instructions for what to do and what not to do after treatment, but some basic recommendations will be to avoid alcohol, excessive sun exposure, strenuous activity, and rubbing the treated areas immediately after your treatment session.
How Soon Will I Notice a Difference?
The effects of this treatment often start within just a few days after the injections, though this depends on several different factors, from your genetics to the way your nerves work. Everybody’s bodies are different, and your metabolism can also factor in when it comes to how quickly this treatment works.
Regardless, every patient should begin to see the full results within two weeks after treatment, though some may continue to see even more improvements after this. However, one of the main differences between this treatment and many other injectables is that Dysport® is known for acting much more quickly. So, while it may take a few weeks for optimal results to occur, significant improvements can and do occur for some patients within 24 to 48 hours after their injections.
How Long Will the Effects Last?
While the effects of this therapy typically last about four months, many patients experience longer-lasting results after receiving long-term treatments. When many first start this therapy, their muscles have been conditioned to stay tense all the time. This can be due to chronic stress, which can be caused by the everyday things many of us worry about in life. Dysport® effectively relaxes these tense muscles, and over time, this can help the muscles to relearn how to stay relaxed at all times.
This medication is normally very efficient at relaxing muscles, but when the muscles become retrained to stay naturally relaxed, they then respond even better to this treatment, and the effects tend to last longer. It’s not uncommon for those who have been receiving treatments for many years to experience strong results for up to five to six months between treatment sessions.
Is There Any Way to Extend the Results?
While some things that affect how long this treatment lasts are beyond your control, such as your metabolism, doing the following things can help to extend the results:
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Your diet has a direct effect on your skin because the food you eat affects your skin’s ability to protect itself and stay supple. Vitamins, minerals, and healthy blood flow are all needed to keep the skin healthy, and your diet can affect these things, which can also impact the effectiveness of this medication and how long the effects last.
Keep the Skin Moisturized
For your skin to respond in the most optimal way to this treatment, you’ll want to take care of it before and after starting treatment. Keeping your skin moisturized with dermatologist-recommended moisturizers can help extend the results of this treatment by keeping the skin in a soft, healthy state where it’s more responsive to this medication.
Avoid Damaging UV Rays
Excessive sunlight can damage your skin because of its harmful UV rays, and while some sunlight is recommended to stay healthy, too much can weaken the effects of this therapy by worsening lines and making them harder to treat. When spending a lot of time outdoors, you should apply sunscreen lotion with SPF protection to protect your skin.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol can cause problems for the skin in multiple ways, all of which can shorten the duration of effects seen with this treatment. Alcohol can dehydrate you, which damages the skin and leads to a cracked texture with more lines. It also works against the muscle-relaxing effects of this treatment by causing muscle tension once the initial effects of the alcohol wear off.
Exercise Daily and Consistently
Although exercise can cause your body to metabolize and break down this medication faster, the benefits that daily exercise has on the skin far outweigh this effect and can help to extend the results. By improving circulation through exercise, your skin receives more oxygen and nutrients, which can help to keep it healthy and responsive to this treatment.
Schedule With Us Today
Regardless of your age, Dysport® can be effective at both treating and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Contact us today at Tru-Male Medical in Oak Brook, IL to schedule your initial consultation, and we’ll be able to assess your skin while developing a treatment plan that’s personalized to your needs.