There will come a time when your body no longer produces enough collagen and elastin to keep your skin firm and smooth. When this takes place, many people begin to develop wrinkles in areas such as the forehead and at the corners of their eyes. For these individuals, there are now more treatment options than ever to quickly and safely soften these wrinkles for upwards of six months or longer. Here is a look at Dysport® and BOTOX®, two of the most popular injectables for treating facial wrinkles.
Dynamic Wrinkles vs. Static Wrinkles
Many patients are surprised to hear that there are a few different types of wrinkles, and each of these wrinkles should be treated in a slightly different manner. Dynamic wrinkles take place when you are making facial expressions such as laughing, frowning or squinting your eyes.
When you are no longer making the facial expression, collagen and elastin will allow your skin to return to its normal position. Over time, however, your body will begin to produce fewer of these proteins, and the dynamic wrinkles will become static wrinkles. These are folds and lines in your skin that can be seen at all times.
Treating Dynamic Wrinkles
Instead of dermal fillers that add volume to one’s skin, Dysport® and BOTOX® injections actually relax the muscles that are causing the wrinkles. While it can take upwards of a week for the muscles to finally relax, the results will often last for six months or longer.
Choosing the Right Injectable
Choosing between Dysport® and BOTOX® is a decision that patients will need to make after speaking to our team. These two injectables are incredibly similar and are often used to treat nearly identical issues. The primary difference between these two treatments is the fact that Dysport® molecules spread out over a larger area.
For larger treatment sites such as the forehead, this can be a good thing. Alternatively, it can be more difficult to control the results with smaller treatment areas such as lines at the corners of the eyes.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Patients will be glad to hear that the entire treatment can often be carried out in a short time. Those who are worried about discomfort can request a topical anesthetic. Preparing for this procedure requires nothing more than cleaning and marking the injection sites.
After your appointment, it will take a few days for your muscles to relax and the wrinkles to fade. While there have been cases of the results lasting for a year or longer, most patients will need to reschedule additional treatments every six or seven months.