There’s no denying the inevitability of the aging process. However, sometimes, we’re a little surprised to see how quickly our face is aging. If you’ve been thinking about using Dysport to erase forehead wrinkles, you may be wondering how much is required to achieve your desired look. Today, our aesthetic experts at Rejuvenate Med Spa in Oak Brook, IL are discussing everything you need to know about this treatment.
How Much Dysport Is Needed for Forehead Wrinkles?
Depending on the severity of your forehead wrinkles, you may need anywhere from 30 to 60 units of Dysport. Regardless of the dosage you need, this injectable muscle relaxant will be administered to five strategic points in the targeted area. Therefore, you may need six to 12 units of this medication per injection location.
How Quickly Does This Treatment Work?
Understanding How Dysport Works
You need a solid understanding of how Dysport works to understand the typical timeline better. Essentially, this injectable muscle relaxant is an isolated and purified protein derived from botulinum type A. When it is administered into the forehead or another area of concern, the targeted muscles no longer receive all of the communication signals sent from the brain.
The neurotoxic protein in the formula binds to some of the motor receptors in the treatment area’s muscles, so your muscles will still contract when you want them to. In other words, you can emote freely, but hyperactivity will cease. Once the treated muscles are relaxed for a while, they smooth out. Once the wrinkled muscles smooth out, the wrinkled skin will smooth out. This may take anywhere from two to three days.
What Is the Scope of This Treatment?
This treatment can be administered to any area with overactive muscles. It is most commonly used to erase forehead folds, but it can also be used to erase glabellar lines that form between the eyebrows.
Dynamic lines typically develop more quickly than static lines. They develop due to excessive muscle contractions, such as when you furrow your brow, frown, squint, or talk. These lines and wrinkles should disappear when you stop using the muscles. However, after decades of muscle use, the dynamic lines that once disappeared as quickly as they appeared once you stopped emoting become permanent fixtures on your face.
As with all types of wrinkles, you are more likely to experience severe dynamic wrinkles if your diet results in nutritional deficiencies, you smoke, you drink copious amounts of alcohol, or you don’t wear sunscreen. Here’s a closer look at the scope of this treatment.
Also known as frown lines, glabellar lines are deep vertical lines that make your brow look permanently furrowed. This is a very popular treatment location because these lines are among the first dynamic lines to develop, and they usually become severe very quickly. Dysport is powerful enough to treat the deepest glabellar lines, but it can also be used as a preventative treatment to delay the formation of glabellar lines between the brows.
Other Uses for the Browline
This injectable muscle relaxant isn’t just an effective way to erase lines between the brows. It can also be used to lift sagging eyebrows non-invasively and erase horizontal lines that form below and above the eyebrows.
Typically, when you’re treating forehead lines, you can go five months between sessions. However, this depends significantly on your lifestyle and the severity of your forehead lines. People may feel intimidated when considering treatment for their forehead wrinkles.
At the hands of an unskilled Dysport provider, your forehead muscles may become mostly frozen. However, we have the experience to administer the appropriate dose so you can emote naturally without worrying about permanent dynamic lines.
Nasolabial folds, like other dynamic wrinkles, start off mild. However, they quickly deepen because the muscles between your nose and mouth are used so frequently.
Sometimes, these permanent lines become so deep that you look like you’re constantly frowning, even if your mouth is resting in a neutral position. Typically, when treating nasolabial folds, you can expect your ideal results to last for three to four months.
The Jawline and Neck
Depending on the thickness of your skin and the severity of your concerns around the jawline and neck, you can expect your ideal results to remain for at least two to three months. If your skin is thicker, your results may last longer because thick, elastic skin is more resistant to wrinkling.
Also, you can expect your results to last longer if the sagging, wrinkled skin is mild or moderate rather than severe. Among the ways this injectable can improve the appearance of the neck and jawline are:
- Eliminating horizontal rings around the neck
- Sculpting and recontouring the jawline
- Lifting the jawline
Other Common Applications
Clearly, the scope of this treatment goes far beyond frown lines across the forehead. It is an incredibly versatile treatment designed to restore your self-confidence by relaxing away wrinkles and lines that make you look older than you are. Instead of making you look frozen or fake, it helps you look like you did several years ago. Besides the applications we’ve already mentioned, this treatment may also be used to reverse:
- Lipstick lines around the mouth
- Fine lines beneath the eyes
- Crow’s feet
Factors Affecting the Longevity of the Results
There are several factors that affect the longevity of your results. Everyone has a unique response to this treatment, so it can be a little hard to predict how long the treatment will last for you. Nevertheless, we can advise you on some of the most significant factors affecting the longevity of the results.
Age is a major contributing factor. Younger individuals usually enjoy their ideal results for longer than older clients. This holds particularly true when treatment is sought to prevent the development of dynamic wrinkles instead of treating dynamic wrinkles.
Also, younger clients tend to have milder dynamic wrinkles. Mild cases tend to be reversed for roughly six months. Older clients may find they need to receive treatments every two to four months depending on the region being treated. Older clients usually have thinner skin than younger clients, and they also tend to have less facial fat.
As a good typical rule, the more severe facial lines are, the sooner they will reappear after treatment. However, you should rest assured your wrinkles will reappear gradually. You won’t notice deep wrinkles again overnight two to four months after your treatment. You can schedule a follow-up session as soon as you notice dynamic wrinkles beginning to develop again, or you can wait until your wrinkles are severe.
As noted above, thicker skin is more resistant to wrinkling as a result of wrinkled underlying muscles. Also, the more elastic your skin is, the more resistant to wrinkling it is. During your initial consultation, we will assess the health of your skin to give you a better idea of how long your results should last.
The skill of your dermatologist will also affect the longevity of your results. We have the training and experience to administer the appropriate dose so your muscles aren’t completely frozen but your muscles will relax for several months at a time. We also have the knowledge and experience to administer the neurotoxic protein into the most strategic locations in the targeted area, like the forehead, for the most effective results.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You need to attend a virtual appointment to determine whether you will qualify for this treatment. However, as a good general rule of thumb, you will qualify for this treatment if you are in fairly good health and concerned about the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles. For example, you may not qualify for this treatment if you can’t stop taking blood-thinners, muscle relaxants, or certain sleep aids for a few days to prepare for your treatment.
We also need to know about your health history, including any incidents of anaphylaxis that you may have had. Depending on what triggered your severe allergic reaction, you may not be a good fit for this injectable muscle relaxant.
Discover How To Smooth Your Forehead Today
Typically, 30 to 60 units of Dysport are required to smooth away forehead wrinkles. To discover if this treatment is appropriate for you, contact us today at Rejuvenate Med Spa in Oak Brook, IL to schedule a virtual appointment.