Fine lines and wrinkles can leave you feeling like less than your best in your own skin. While regular sunscreen use and an advanced skincare routine can help you delay unwanted signs of aging, they can only take you so far. Fortunately, Botox and Dysport injections can stop aging in its tracks by preventing wrinkles from forming in the first place.

At Time 4 U Med Spa, board-certified Dr. Lisa Gulcher proudly provides her patients with wrinkle-eliminating Botox and Dysport injections. Injectable treatments deliver satisfying results without the need for surgery, making them a popular choice among patients of all ages. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn how we can help you banish your wrinkles using popular, nonsurgical treatment options.

What Causes Wrinkles?

Whenever you smile, laugh or frown, your brain sends signals to your small facial muscles to form expressions. Every small facial movement folds your skin and creates creases. Youthful and well-hydrated skin will quickly fill in and smooth over these creases whenever you relax your face, but aged skin may be slow to do so. These creases, called dynamic wrinkles, only appear when you move your facial muscles. Over time, however, these repetitive movements and the gradual aging of your skin will cause the creases to become fixed features on your face known as static wrinkles.

Static wrinkles develop thanks to a variety of factors, many of which are uncontrollable. As skin ages, the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin begins to decrease. Additionally, the underlying collagen and elastin fibers that keep skin tight and elastic break down due to years of sun exposure and other environmental variables. A lack of a proper skincare routine can also allow skin to become dehydrated, increasing the speed at which wrinkles appear.

With so many variables involved in the formation of wrinkles, attempting to combat the forces of aging can feel daunting or even impossible. Thankfully, fine lines and wrinkles that form over time can be corrected using nonsurgical Botox and Dysport injections.

How Do Botox & Dysport Work?

Botox and Dysport are two types of injectable wrinkle relaxers, also called injectable neurotoxins or neuromodulators. Both products are derived from botulinum toxin type A. When used in small doses and injected by a qualified professional, botulinum toxin can safely and temporarily freeze small muscles in the face by blocking nerve impulses sent from the brain to facial muscles. Wrinkle relaxers can be used to directly target the facial muscles responsible for creating frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet, preventing wrinkles from forming in the first place.

When performed by a qualified technician, Botox and Dysport injections may also be used off-label to safely target other areas of concern throughout the face. Dr. Gulcher can discuss off-label uses for wrinkle relaxers during your consultation.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox & Dysport?

Wrinkle relaxers can be safely used by adult patients of all ages. More and more younger patients are turning to Botox and Dysport as part of a prejuvenation treatment plan that counteracts the effects of aging before they begin to become apparent. Middle-aged patients often turn to wrinkle relaxers to help target their signs of aging and to prolong the need for cosmetic surgery. Older patients often receive Botox and Dysport injections to complement their cosmetic surgery and ensure their results are long-lasting.

Overall, patients desiring to counteract the effects of aging at nearly any age can benefit from Botox and Dysport injections. Interested patients should have realistic expectations about the results of their treatments. Dr. Gulcher can determine if either product is right for you following an in-person evaluation of your skin and discussion of your desired results.

What Are the Differences Between Botox and Dysport?

Both Botox and Dysport are FDA-approved for targeting and reducing facial wrinkles, although they are approved for different uses. Dysport is approved for eliminating mild to moderate glabellar lines, also known as frown lines, located between the eyebrows. Botox is also FDA-approved for treating glabellar lines, as well as forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Results from Dysport injections tend to become apparent more quickly than Botox, usually after about two to five days. Botox requires an average of four to seven days before results start to become visible. Both products last about the same amount of time and will require re-treatment every three to four months for sustained results.

Botox and Dysport are derived from the same source, although their formulations are different and can produce varying results. Dysport’s thinner and smoother formula may be better for some patients, while others may prefer Botox for their anti-aging treatments. Sometimes, the decision of which product to use is simply left up to personal preference. Dr. Gulcher can explain all of the differences between the two products to you, helping you come to an informed decision about your treatment.

What Should I Expect During My Treatment?

During a Botox or Dysport appointment, Dr. Gulcher may apply topical anesthesia or ice to the treatment area to ensure patients are comfortable and experience little to no pain. Dr. Gulcher will then begin administering the product to the unwanted wrinkles, injecting it in small amounts to provide thorough and even coverage. Once the necessary amount of product has been injected, patients are free to leave their appointments and resume their normal routines. Most Botox and Dysport treatments last 30 minutes or less.

Wrinkle relaxer treatments may also be combined with other treatments, including injectable fillers, for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Dr. Gulcher can discuss all of your options with you during your appointment and help you decide which treatments are right for your needs.

What Are the Potential Side Effects?

As a nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment, Botox and Dysport injections cause minimal side effects. Commonly, patients experience some mild to moderate swelling, bruising and skin redness. Most side effects will fade within a day or two and can be covered up with makeup if necessary. Adverse side effects or allergic reactions are rare and Dr. Gulcher will discuss all risks and side effects with you during your appointment.

Do Botox and Dysport Injections Require Any Downtime?

Injectable wrinkle relaxer treatments are gentle and safe, requiring no downtime whatsoever. Patients are free to return to work and other normal activities as soon as desired. Patients should wait about 24 hours before exercising, however, after receiving their treatment.

What Kind of Results Can Be Expected?

When administered by a qualified and experienced injector, wrinkle relaxers produce naturally youthful results. Wrinkles that are treated with Botox or Dysport will diminish quickly. Your ability to form facial expressions should not be negatively impacted. While some patients worry about receiving a “frozen” appearance that looks unnatural, Dr. Gulcher is capable of delivering satisfying results that are localized to the targeted areas. Once results have fully developed, you can enjoy a rejuvenated appearance free from your unwanted wrinkles.

How Long Do Results Last?

Once results have developed, patients can expect them to last about three or four months. Only a single treatment session is typically necessary for most patients to achieve their desired results. The body will harmlessly absorb the neurotoxin over time, causing movement to gradually return to the treated muscles. Most patients schedule regular maintenance appointments every three months to continue enjoying their results well into the future.

Patients who undergo routine Botox and Dysport injections may even find that their results last longer and require less product with successive treatments. Muscles treated with injectable neurotoxins may gradually over time shrink due to disuse, requiring less frequent treatment. Dr. Gulcher can help you create an individualized treatment plan during your consultation.

Smooth, Wrinkle-Free Skin at Time 4 U Med Spa

Growing older should feel like a privilege, but fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging can sometimes make it feel like anything but. At Time 4 U Med Spa, we are committed to helping you look and feel your best from the inside out. If your wrinkles have left you feeling anything less than stellar, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gulcher. Together, she will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns. Call us today to book your appointment and learn how Botox and Dysport injections can help you look and feel your best.

The information about Botox & Dysport was reviewed by Dr. Lisa Gulcher. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.