Do wrinkles on your face deepen when you frown, squint, smile or laugh? Have you recently realized you have pesky wrinkles that you never noticed before? You’re not alone if you can relate to these problems. People often seek methods to reverse the effects aging has had on their skin. If you have started searching for a way to look younger, you may be familiar with Dysport. At Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX, we offer this treatment and many more.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is an anti-aging treatment that involves the injection of Bobotulinumtoxin A, a neurotoxin that is sometimes called ABO. ABO reduces muscle activity temporarily by impeding nerve activity in the treated muscles. When administered into areas of concern, it prevents the muscle contractions responsible for the formation of lines and wrinkles, as well as uncontrollable spasms.
How Long Do the Results of This Treatment Last?
Arguably, the two most significant benefits of this treatment are how quickly you see the initial results and how long the final results last.
Once you start to enjoy the final results of treatment, you can expect to enjoy those results for, on average, three to four months depending on where you received treatment. Put another way, you should only expect to need between three and four treatment sessions to maintain your ideal results.
Rapid Primary Results
As soon as the ABO is injected, it starts to work. You can enjoy smoother skin in the treated area immediately. Commonly, the final results of this treatment can be enjoyed two to three days following the injections. However, it can take up to four days following the injections to see the final results of ABO. Of all the cosmetic conditions this injectable treats, it is most commonly used to treat glabellar lines.
Glabellar lines are the vertical lines that appear between the brows due to repetitive intense concentrating, frowning or scowling. Since ABO prevents the treated muscles from moving as much as they usually do, the lines will be eliminated temporarily.
How This Treatment Works
As stated previously, ABO is a neurotoxin that impedes the ability of neurons to communicate with each other across synapses. This is achieved by the neurotoxin attaching itself to nerve muscles. This way, the brain can’t send signals to the treated muscles effectively.
This prevents excessive muscle contractions. One of our qualified physicians injects Dysport into the area experiencing muscle hyperactivity. The muscles are relaxed immediately. This results in softer skin and stops wrinkles from developing. It also prevents the occurrence of muscle spasms.
What Can ABO Be Used for?
ABO has several applications. Among these is the treatment of cervical dystonia, spastic limbs and the effects of aging on the skin.
The Effects of Aging on the Skin
ABO is most often administered to serve as an aesthetic treatment, eliminating lines and wrinkles related to aging. It is also commonly used to treat lines known as dynamic lines. Dynamic lines are lines that appear on the face due to repetitive emotive displays, such as laughing or smiling.
Other applications of Dysport include the elimination of crow’s feet and nasolabial folds, as well as the treatment of sagging neck skin and droopiness pulling down the corners of the mouth. Remember, this injectable first reduces lines and wrinkles in the treated area and erases them completely over time. The final result is smoother, more youthful-looking skin for three to four months.
Spastic limbs affect both children and adults alike. The condition occurs when there is damage to the nerve cells that transport commands from the brain to the muscles in your body. As a result, the affected limb muscles get incorrect messages from the brain. This results in limbs that contract and tense up excessively.
Muscle spasticity leads to muscle stiffness, soreness and tightness. This can make performing even the simplest of daily tasks difficult and painful. Strokes, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, can all lead to spasticity of the limbs. The injection of ABO into spastic muscles can treat muscle spasticity temporarily. It is FDA approved for use in the lower limbs of children who are at least two and the upper and lower limbs of adults.
Among the numerous neurological conditions that cause involuntary muscle spasms is cervical dystonia. Sometimes called spasmodic torticollis, cervical dystonia results in the neck muscles involuntarily contracting and spasming. These involuntary muscle contractions force the head to twist painfully, turn to one side or the other or tilt back and forth involuntarily.
These spasms can occur suddenly at any time and usually cause extreme pain. A single session of ABO injections into the muscles in the back of your neck can provide you with months of relief from the sudden, painful symptoms of cervical dystonia.
What Are Some Other Benefits of ABO Injections?
Besides how quickly ABO injections work and how long the results last, there are many benefits associated with treatment. For example, our clients love how safe, convenient, versatile and non-invasive it is. It is also incredibly effective, boosts self-confidence and enhances the quality of life of clients suffering from debilitating medical conditions.
This Treatment Is Safe
An excessively large dose could cause the affected muscles to “freeze,” nonetheless, you don’t have to worry about your muscles freezing after ABO injections. Most people receive a dose of just 0.05 ml of ABO. This will affect neither your skin nor your muscles negatively.
This Treatment Isn’t Invasive
Another great thing about ABO injections is they allow you to improve the appearance of your skin without surgery. They are not invasive at all. During your treatment, your physician injects the neurotoxin into the area targeted for treatment so it reaches the problem muscles quickly.
Furthermore, since this treatment is non-invasive, there is very little downtime or recovery period required following the injections.
This Treatment Is Convenient
Another benefit of this treatment is its convenience. Unlike invasive procedures, you don’t have to spend the night in a hospital for observation. In fact, you don’t have to go to a hospital at all. Your entire treatment is performed in our comfortable, sterile office.
In actuality, a single ABO injection session will only take between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the size of the area being targeted and how many doses are required. Furthermore, there is virtually no downtime following treatment. You are free to return to your usual routine as soon as we ensure you understand the few post-treatment restrictions you have.
This Treatment Is Versatile
As we’ve touched on briefly already, there are many applications for ABO injections. They can effectively reverse several signs of aging skin, providing the perfect non-invasive cosmetic solution to lines, wrinkles or folds. Additionally, it is an effective way to treat debilitating medical conditions that rob quality of life, like cervical dystonia and spastic muscles.
This Treatment Provides Incredible Cosmetic Results
Since we only use a tiny amount of ABO during your treatment session, the results of the treatment look incredibly natural. The results of treatment are even better if you exercise the treated muscles after they are injected. You can see the final results of treatment a full 24 hours sooner because the ABO works deeper into them faster.
The ABO simultaneously softens the muscles and smooths wrinkles away while letting you maintain your ability to express your emotions. In other words, you don’t need to worry about your face looking “frozen,” a very real side effect associated with other neurotoxin-based treatments. Regardless of where you are treated, you can laugh, smile and frown just like you could before treatment; you just won’t have to worry about lines or wrinkles while making facial expressions.
This Treatment Improves Your Self-Confidence
Confidence often comes with age but nobody likes lines and wrinkles. When lines and wrinkles are worsened by making facial expressions, you may be so self-conscious that you don’t emote like you usually would.
This life-changing injectable restores self-confidence by erasing existing wrinkles and preventing new wrinkles from appearing. This provides you with the ability to interact with others and look at your reflection in the mirror with confidence.
This Treatment Improves Your Quality of Life
Medical conditions that affect muscle movements, including cervical dystonia and spastic limbs, affects your quality of life negatively. The simplest of tasks is impeded when you suffer from pain, soreness, stiffness, muscle tightness and sudden uncontrollable muscle spasms. This treatment alleviates symptoms associated with cervical dystonia and spastic limbs so you can live in comfort and restore your independence.
Am I a Good Candidate for ABO Injections?
There are criteria we must assess to determine if you are a candidate for ABO injections because the treatment involves injections. Moreover, some conditions may make you a poor candidate for ABO injections.
Signs of a Good Candidate
To be considered an ideal candidate for ABO injections, you must suffer from lines, wrinkles or sagging or drooping skin on your face, neck or other regions of your body and wish to restore your youthful countenance. Such a candidate is in fairly good health and possibly suffers from moderate or severe lines between the eyebrows.
The ideal candidate for a cosmetic treatment is at least 19 years old; the ideal candidate for the treatment of spastic muscle conditions may be as young as two years old depending on the condition being treated.
Signs of a Poor Candidate
Adults who are lactose intolerant or allergic to one or more of the ingredients in the ABO should also not receive this treatment. Furthermore, certain medical conditions may exclude some people depending on their unique health situation. These include:
- Mild lines and wrinkles
- Deep scars
- Keloid scars
- Weak facial muscles
- Active cold sore in the treatment area
The Key Takeaway
Lines, wrinkles and drooping, and sagging skin can make self-confidence difficult. A lack of self-confidence can make connecting with others difficult. If you’d like to learn more about how Dysport can benefit you, we encourage you to reach out to us and schedule an appointment with our experts here at Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX. We look forward to the opportunity to help you restore your youthful countenance and the quality of life you deserve.