Dysport® is an alternative to Botox®, a cosmetic injectable. The notable thing about Dysport® injections is that they were approved specifically to smooth away glabellar lines by the FDA. Dysport® doesn’t have as many protein molecules as Botox®, though it may have a protein found in cow’s milk. Dysport® works especially well on glabellar lines that are moderate or deep.
What Are Glabellar Lines?
Glabellar lines are those vertical lines seen between the eyebrows. They can easily be seen when a person frowns, scowls, or squints. They’re produced by the downward pull of the procerus muscle and the sideways pull of the corrugator supercilii muscle. The creation of glabellar lines also involves the orbicularis muscles around the eyes. Glabellar lines not only make people look older, but make them look cross even when they’re not.
Who Is a Candidate for Dysport® Injections?
A candidate for Dysport® injections to treat glabellar lines is an adult in overall good health. People who shouldn’t have Dysport® are either allergic or unresponsive to the active ingredient or are allergic to the protein in cow’s milk. During the consultation with our skin care specialist, the patient should let them know if they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, if they’re pregnant or breastfeeding, if they have swallowing or breathing problems or if they’ve ever had surgery on their face.
How It Works
Dysport® is a purified protein solution and works by targeting a protein called SNAP-25. This protein helps neurotransmitters communicate with the nerve cells. In the case of Dysport®, the neurotransmitter is acetylcholine, which helps to regulate how muscles contract. Doctors found out long ago that the solution interrupts this neurotransmitter and thereby relaxes the muscles that it controls. When this happens, the wrinkle above the muscle becomes less visible.
During the treatment, the solution is drawn up into a syringe through a fine needle, and the skin care specialist injects the Dysport® at precise points just under the patient’s skin. An entire session, not counting the time it takes for the numbing agent to work, takes about 20 minutes. The patient can leave the office immediately after the treatment.
Though it’s possible to go on about their usual business after Dysport® injections, most people go home and rest for a few days. Dysport® improvements usually last about four months.
Schedule a Consultation with Us for Dysport® Injections
If you have bothersome glabellar lines that won’t go away, consider us here at Atomic Dermatology in Pasco, WA. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!