As we age certain changes begin to take place in our body. These changes are both internal and external. Externally, we begin to show our age via wrinkles and fine lines in our face, neck, and hands. The glabellar area, also known as the “11’s”, is the area between our eyebrows above the nose. This area tends to have sometimes deeper wrinkles than the forehead due to “furrowing” our eyebrows. We also begin to have crow’s feet around the outer corner of the eyes as well as lines begin to develop around our lips.
These fine lines and wrinkles are due to many factors such as: genetics, sun exposure, frowning and even laughing a lot. These all can contribute to the appearance of aging.
There are some cosmetic procedures one can do to reduce the appearance of aging. Of course, there is always plastic surgery but most people do not want invasion into the face if it can be prevented.
One temporary solution is seeing your dermatologist for treatment with a botulin toxin such as Dysport™, which paralyzes the muscles which cause the wrinkles and fine lines. Dysport™ was approved by the FDA in 2009 for the temporary treatment of the glabellar lines (frown lines). It is a neurotoxin and will block the communication between the muscle and nerve so decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dysport™ is only meant for the upper face however, it has been used in very small amounts around the lip area to slow down the wrinkling of the mouth.
Dysport™ can be injected into these trouble areas to help smooth the face and result in a natural looking feature. Dysport™ will not completely “freeze the face” as this looks unnatural. Dysport™ usually lasts 4 to 6 months and has minimal discomfort from the injections. Good news is there is absolutely no down time so one can have the Dysport™ injections at lunch hour and return to work or normal activity immediately.
It is always important you have a professional consult to determine whether or not you are a candidate for Dysport™!
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