Dysport and Restylane: Two Effective Wrinkle Reducers
Modern cosmetic dermatology gives people more options than ever for ridding themselves of wrinkles, lines, or sagging skin. Instead of automatically scheduling invasive surgery in the form of a face lift, you can now make your skin more smooth and youthful looking through injectable products. Let’s take a look at two popular choices, Dysport and Restylane, so you can determine which one makes the most sense for your needs.
Dysport: Relaxing Those Worry Lines Away
Dysport belongs to a family of medical products that employ the botulinum toxin in safe, effective dosages for cosmetic purposes. (If you’ve heard of Botox, you may already have some familiarity with these products.) The cosmetic practitioner injects tiny amounts of Dysport around your brow lines and where your brows meet the bridge of your nose. This part of the face tends to develop frown lines as the muscles tense up, making you look prematurely aged or stressed. The Dysport temporarily keeps these muscles from contracting, lightening those unwanted lines.
Dysport Benefits and Risks
Dysport is extremely effective at removing frown lines and other lines caused by muscle contracture in the majority of people who use it. Cosmetic surgeons recommend it for moderate to severe wrinkling in working-aged and middle-aged individuals. Dysport not only relaxes those muscles in the short term, but they also help to reduce long-time line and wrinkle formation when used regularly.
Risks and side effects may include inflammation, headaches, pain from the injections, muscle weakness, droopy eyelids, breathing issues and nausea. Rarely, the botulinum toxin can migrate from the safe environment of the facial skin to other areas, where it may create muscle spasms and other complications.
What to Expect from Dysport
Dysport treatment can be performed as an outpatient procedure and requires no recuperation time. The direct muscle-relaxing effects can last for months at a time. However, you’ll need to repeat the treatments for longer-lasting benefits. The more consistently you maintain your Dysport regimen, the more effectively you can prevent frown lines from getting progressively deeper over time. In this respect, you can consider Dysport a form of preventative care.
Restylane: Restoring Lost Skin Volume
Restylane belongs to the family of injectable fillers, which plump up the skin to fill out lines and smooth wrinkles. This particular product features hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occuring substance in the skin’s connective tissues. Cosmetic practitioners use Restylane to restore volume to areas of the face that have lost collagen and moisture.
Restylane Benefits and Risks
In addition to volumizing the tissue on its own, it also draws water to the treatment site for additional plumpness and smoothness. It’s especially effective at smoothing out laugh lines around the mouth, adding volume to the cheeks, and filling out the lips. If your eyes suffer from dark circles, Restylane can reduce that unsightly problem as well.
Restylane’s potential side effects and risks include temporary discomfort, bruising, or bleeding from the injections. Allergic reactions or infections can occur in some cases. Because bleeding counts as one of the side effects, you shouldn’t receive Restylane treatment while taking blood-thinning drugs.
What to Expect from Restylane
Like Dysport, Restylane requires no surgery and no significant post-procedure downtime. However, you might want to take a day to recover from multiple injections. Any mild side effects such as discomfort should fade within a week or two. During this time, you should stay out of the sun as much as possible, since sun exposure could make postoperative swelling and bruising worse. You can expect the beneficial effects of Restylane to last for anywhere from several months to 1.5 years before you need to undergo another treatment.
Babcock Dermatology Can Help
As you can see, both Dysport and Restylane can offer dramatic rejuvenating effects, only in different ways and on different areas of the face. Ultimately, you might even decide to make use of both for comprehensive non-surgical line and wrinkle removal. The Dysport can smooth your frown lines, while the Restylane can help with those other annoying lines around your mouth and cheeks. Together, they offer an attractive, reasonably-priced alternative to a surgical facelift, even if you have to repeat the procedures periodically.
If you need guidance on your path toward the new you, turn to Babcock Dermatology. Not only do we provide both Dysport and Restylane treatments, but we’re extending special offers on them throughout December — from $150 off your second syringe of Restylane to our $250 deal on Dysport. Contact us to learn more about these remarkable treatments, schedule a consultation, and discuss your needs and goals with us in detail.