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As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, leading to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Dysport, an FDA-approved treatment, is an effective solution to these common signs of aging. Similar to BOTOX injections, Dysport is a form of botulinum toxin type A and works by temporarily relaxing facial muscles, thereby softening expression lines and preventing the formation of new wrinkles. Particularly effective in treating frown lines between the eyebrows as well as crow’s feet, Dysport is a favorite among those seeking a minimally invasive way to refresh their look. Dr. Sarah Mess, a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Baltimore, Columbia, and DMV areas of Maryland, along with her team of skilled aesthetic injectors, is proud to provide Dysport to individuals aiming to diminish the appearance of age-related wrinkles while maintaining a natural facial expression. Their expertise ensures that patients receive tailored treatments that align with their unique aesthetic goals, ensuring a rejuvenated and radiant complexion.

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Candidates for Dysport

Good candidates for Dysport are adults, typically over 18, seeking a non-surgical method to soften moderate to severe frown lines and facial wrinkles. Patients should be in good general health, without any neurological disorders or allergies that conflict with botulinum toxin treatments. Dysport is particularly appealing to those desiring quick, noticeable results with minimal downtime, and candidates must have realistic expectations about the temporary nature of the effects. This treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. A consultation with Dr. Sarah Mess is essential to confirm suitability and discuss individual aesthetic goals.

Preparing For Dysport

To prepare for Dysport injections, it’s important to avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E, as well as alcohol, at least 24 hours before the procedure, to reduce bruising risks. The treatment area should be clean, and free of makeup and lotions. Patients should inform their provider about any skin issues in the area to be treated.

The Dysport Treatment

During a Dysport treatment at our medical spa, patients can expect a swift, minimally invasive procedure typically lasting less than 30 minutes. The experience begins with a brief consultation, where Dr. Mess or a trained injector reviews the patient’s aesthetic goals and the treatment plan. The targeted areas are then cleaned and marked for precision. Using a fine needle, small amounts of Dysport are injected into the specified muscles, causing minimal discomfort often described as a slight pinch or sting. No anesthesia is required, but a topical numbing cream may be applied for comfort if needed.

Dysport Recovery & Results

After a Dysport treatment at Dr. Sarah Mess’ medical spa, patients can generally expect a straightforward recovery with minimal downtime. Mild redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites are common but typically subside within a few days. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous physical activity, exposure to heat, and lying down for 4-6 hours post-treatment to prevent the spread of the toxin. The full effects of Dysport usually become evident within 2-3 days, with the peak impact visible at around two weeks. Results vary but typically last for about 3-4 months. Patients often report a noticeable smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines, leading to a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Throughout the recovery process, Dr. Mess and her team are available to address any concerns and ensure a satisfactory treatment outcome.

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FAQs About Dysport

How long does a Dysport treatment take?

Dysport treatment is quick and efficient, typically taking about 10-20 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on the number of injections needed and the areas being treated.

Is the Dysport treatment painful?

Most patients report only minimal discomfort during Dysport injections, often described as a slight pinch. A topical anesthetic can be applied beforehand to help minimize any discomfort.

What facial areas can be treated with Dysport?

Commonly targeted areas include glabellar lines or frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, bunny lines on the sides of the nose, and perioral lines around the mouth. Additionally, Dysport can be used to smooth chin dimpling and to address Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source A Review of AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport) Aesthetic Surgery Journal Go to Source vertical neck bands.

Are there any side effects of Dysport?

Are there any side effects of Dysport?
Common side effects include minor pain at the injection site, swelling, redness, headache, nose and throat irritation, and eyelid drooping or Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Abobotulinumtoxina (Intramuscular Route) Mayo Clinic Go to Source swelling. Most side effects are mild and temporary.

How often can I have Dysport injections?

How often can I have Dysport injections?
Typically, Dysport treatments can be repeated every 3-4 months. However, the frequency may vary based on individual needs and the advice of your provider.

What should I do after getting Dysport injections?

After treatment, avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area for 24 hours to prevent the spreading of the toxin. Also, stay upright and avoid strenuous activities for a few hours post-treatment. You can return to your normal activities immediately, but follow any specific aftercare instructions given to you by your injector.

How does Dysport differ from BOTOX?

While both Dysport and BOTOX are forms of botulinum toxin type A used to treat wrinkles, they have different formulations and dosing units. Dysport may take effect faster for some Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Dysport vs Cleveland Clinic Go to Source patients. Your provider can recommend the best option for your needs.

Is a consultation necessary before getting Dysport?

Yes, a consultation with Dr. Mess or one of our nurse injectors is essential before receiving Dysport. This allows for a thorough assessment of your suitability for the treatment, a discussion of your aesthetic goals, and an understanding of the potential risks and benefits.

Can I combine any other treatments with Dysport?

Yes, Dysport can often be combined with other cosmetic treatments for enhanced results. Popular combinations include dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM or Restylane for added volume and contouring, microneedling for skin texture improvement, and laser treatments such as HALO or MOXI for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. Patients often combine Dysport injections with laser hair removal or even plastic surgery procedures such as facelift or liposuction. During your consultation, your Dr. Mess or a nurse practitioner will consider factors like your skin type, the condition being treated, and the desired outcome to create a personalized treatment plan that includes recommended skin care to maintain optimal results.

Contact Dr. Sarah Mess for Dysport Injections in Columbia, MD

Experience the rejuvenating benefits of Dysport with Dr. Sarah Mess and her dedicated team. We are devoted to offering exceptional care and detailed information about advanced non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and discover if Dysport is the ideal solution for your aesthetic goals.

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2 Mayo Clinic. Abobotulinumtoxina (Intramuscular Route). Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/abobotulinumtoxina-intramuscular-route/side-effects/drg-20073026?p=1. Accessed January 15, 2023.

3 Cleveland Clinic. Dysport vs. Botox: What’s Better for Wrinkles? Available: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dysport-vs-botox. Accessed January 15, 2024.

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