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Unlocking the Full Potential of Dysport: Beyond the Ordinary (Part 1)


Dysport, a powerful and versatile neuromodulator, has gained widespread recognition for its ability to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, giving individuals a more youthful and refreshed appearance. However, its uses extend far beyond these well-known cosmetic applications. At VBoutique Aesthetics & Wellness, we believe in harnessing the full potential of Dysport to address a broad spectrum of both aesthetic and therapeutic concerns. By exploring and utilizing its multifaceted capabilities, we aim to enhance not only your beauty but also your overall well-being.

Our commitment to comprehensive care involves delving into the diverse and lesser-known indications for Dysport. From combating excessive sweating and providing migraine relief to jaw slimming and lip enhancement, Dysport offers solutions that go beyond traditional cosmetic treatments. Its applications in medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis and chronic migraines further underscore its versatility.

In part 1 of this comprehensive blog, we will discuss the many indications of neuromodulators such as Dysport and Botox (as well as other FDA approved neuromodulators including Xeomin, Jeuveau, and Daxxify) for use and facial aesthetics, and in the part 2 of the block we will delve deeper into the effect of neuromodulators in treating many skin conditions, as well as medical indications such as chronic migraines, hyperhidrosis, etc.

The Classic Use: Wrinkle Reduction

The most popular and widely recognized use of Dysport is, of course, wrinkle reduction. As we age, our skin undergoes various changes that contribute to the development of wrinkles and fine lines. One of the primary culprits behind these changes is the repetitive facial movements we make daily, such as frowning, squinting, and smiling. These movements create dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines and creases that appear when our facial muscles contract. Over time, these dynamic wrinkles can become more pronounced and persist even when our faces are at rest, making us appear older than we feel.

Dysport addresses this issue by targeting the underlying cause of dynamic wrinkles: the facial muscles. It works by temporarily relaxing the specific muscles responsible for these repetitive movements. By doing so, Dysport effectively softens the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, such as crow's feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, and forehead creases. The result is a smoother, more youthful complexion that enhances your natural beauty and radiance. Most common and typical uses of Dysport in this context include: Forehead lines, glabellar lines (frown lines), crow’s feet, bunny lines (lines on nose bridge), perioral lines (smoker lines), and marionette lines.

What sets Dysport apart is its ability to deliver these impressive results with minimal downtime and discomfort. The treatment involves a series of small injections administered by a skilled practitioner, targeting the muscles that contribute to wrinkle formation. The procedure is typically quick, often completed within 15 minutes, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

One of the key advantages of Dysport is its rapid onset of action. Patients often begin to see noticeable improvements within a few days after treatment, with the full effects becoming apparent within two weeks. These results can last for several months, typically around three to four months, depending on individual factors such as muscle strength and metabolism. Regular maintenance treatments can help sustain the youthful appearance achieved with Dysport, allowing you to enjoy smoother, more radiant skin year-round.

Dysport's wrinkle-reducing capabilities are not limited to women. Men can also benefit from this treatment to address common concerns such as forehead lines and crow's feet. The natural-looking results provided by Dysport make it an ideal choice for anyone seeking to enhance their appearance without the telltale signs of cosmetic intervention.

Retraining Muscles: Lifting effect

As an expert in the field of aesthetic medicine and neuromodulation, strategic placement of Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) can play a pivotal role in retraining facial muscles to achieve a more harmonious and lifted appearance. Dysport, like its counterpart Botox, functions by temporarily inhibiting the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, thereby reducing muscle activity. This property can be harnessed to alter the dynamic interplay between depressor and elevator muscles of the face. Here are some examples:

Marionettes, lifting mouth corners: When targeting the depressor muscles, such as the depressor anguli oris (DAO), strategic placement of Dysport can significantly reduce the downward pull they exert. The DAO muscles, responsible for pulling the corners of the mouth downward, can create a sad or aged appearance when overactive. By weakening these muscles, the natural lift provided by the zygomaticus muscles can become more prominent, leading to an elevated and more youthful appearance of the mouth and perioral area.

Lifting Neck and Jowls: Similarly, addressing the platysmal bands, which often become more pronounced with age, can have a substantial impact on the appearance of the lower face and neck. The platysma, a broad sheet-like muscle, extends from the chest up to the lower jaw and can contribute to a sagging jawline and neck. Dysport injections into these bands can relax the muscle, thereby reducing the appearance of neck bands and creating a smoother and more defined jawline.

Brow lift: In the context of eyebrow positioning, careful Dysport injections can inhibit the activity of the depressor muscles, such as the corrugator supercilii and procerus, which are responsible for frowning and pulling the eyebrows downward. By reducing the activity of these muscles, the natural lifting action of the frontalis muscle in the forehead, which elevates the eyebrows, can be enhanced. This results in a more open and refreshed eye appearance, often referred to as a chemical brow lift.

Non-surgical nose lift: Furthermore, strategic placement of Dysport can also address the nasalis muscle, which can create horizontal lines across the nose when overactive. Relaxing this muscle can smooth the nasal bridge and contribute to an overall more refined facial aesthetic.

The key to effective use of Dysport in these applications lies in a deep understanding of facial anatomy and the dynamic interactions between muscles. By carefully mapping out the individual patient's muscle activity and tailoring the injection points accordingly, we can achieve a balanced and natural-looking result. This approach not only enhances the aesthetic outcome but also helps in retraining the facial muscles to maintain a more lifted and rejuvenated appearance over time.

Enhancing the Lips: The Lip Flip

A subtle but effective use of Dysport is the lip flip. By injecting small amounts of Dysport into the muscles around the upper lip, it can create a slight upward curl. This results in giving the lips a fuller and more youthful appearance, enhancing their natural shape and volume.

This technique is ideal for those looking to enhance their lips without the use of fillers, as it provides a natural-looking enhancement that highlights your smile. The lip flip offers a minimally invasive option for achieving a more attractive and balanced lip contour, making it a popular choice for individuals seeking subtle yet noticeable improvements. Furthermore, it can be combined with lip fillers, often in the same session, which will enhance the results.

Perfecting Your Smile: Gummy Smile Correction

For individuals who feel self-conscious about a gummy smile, where too much gum shows when they smile, Dysport can offer a highly effective solution. A gummy smile can detract from the overall harmony of the face and cause self-consciousness during social interactions. People with this condition often find themselves covering their mouths when they laugh or smile, avoiding photographs, or feeling generally uncomfortable in situations where they need to express joy and happiness openly.

Dysport works by relaxing the muscles that elevate the upper lip, specifically the levator labii superioris, or the Obicularis Oris muscle (depending on the type of gummy smile) which can be overly active in individuals with a gummy smile. By injecting Dysport into these muscles, the upper lip can be subtly lowered, reducing the exposure of the gums and creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile. This adjustment can have a profound impact on one's appearance, transforming the smile into one of the most attractive and confident features of the face.

One of the significant advantages of using Dysport for a gummy smile is that it provides a non-surgical alternative to more invasive procedures such as gingivectomy or orthognathic surgery, which involve reshaping the gum tissue or jawbone. These surgical options often require extensive recovery time and come with higher risks. In contrast, Dysport offers a safer and more convenient solution with minimal downtime. Patients can typically return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment.

The confidence boost that comes from having a more balanced and appealing smile can be substantial. Smiling is a fundamental aspect of human interaction, and feeling good about your smile can enhance your overall sense of well-being and how you are perceived by others. Many patients report increased self-esteem and a greater willingness to engage in social activities following their Dysport treatment.

Furthermore, the effects of Dysport are not permanent, allowing for flexibility in treatment. If desired, adjustments can be made during follow-up appointments to achieve the perfect balance for each individual. The results typically last between two to three months, after which repeat treatments can help maintain the desired appearance.

Chin Improvement: Correction of Dimples and Lines

Dysport and Botox injections when skillfully applied to the chin area, can have transformative effects. The mentalis muscle, located at the tip of the chin, plays a crucial role in the appearance of the lower face. Overactivity of this muscle can lead to unwanted chin dimpling, also known as "orange peel" or "pebble" chin, as well as the formation of lines and wrinkles.

By strategically injecting Dysport into the mentalis muscle, we can achieve a targeted relaxation of this muscle. This relaxation smooths out the dimpling, creating a more even and refined chin contour. Additionally, the reduction in muscle activity diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles that often form due to repetitive movements and muscle contractions over time.

The benefits of treating the mentalis muscle extend beyond mere aesthetics. A smoother chin not only enhances facial harmony but also contributes to a more youthful and balanced profile. Patients often report feeling more confident and satisfied with their overall appearance following these treatments.

Neck Rejuvenation: Treating the Platysmal Bands

The platysma is a broad sheet-like muscle, extending from the chest up to the lower jaw, and can contribute to a sagging jawline and neck. The neck often reveals signs of aging, with prominent vertical bands known as platysmal bands, which represent enlargement of this muscle over time. These bands also becoming more noticeable by the natural thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity, and can create an aged appearance that contrasts sharply with a more youthful-looking face. Addressing these visible signs of aging in the neck area is essential for achieving a cohesive and overall rejuvenated appearance. Furthermore, the constant contraction of the platysma muscle in the neck causes breakdown of collagen, wrinkling, and sagging tissue not just in the neck, but also along the jawline. In time, this can create loose, sagging skin in the jawline.

Dysport can be used to relax the platysma muscles, which are responsible for these changes. By targeting these muscles, Dysport injections can smooth out the neck's appearance, resulting in a more youthful and refined profile. This treatment is a fantastic complement to facial rejuvenation procedures, ensuring that your neck looks as youthful and rejuvenated as your face. With a smoother neck, the overall harmony and balance of your facial aesthetics are enhanced, providing a comprehensive anti-aging solution that boosts confidence and enhances natural beauty.

Jaw Line: Tightening and Lifting

Recent studies, including those conducted by Dr. Sebastian Cotofana, have shed light on innovative approaches that enhance the lifting effects in the midface through strategic injections along the jawline.

Dr. Cotofana's research highlights the significant role that the platysmal bands play in the overall appearance of the lower face and neck. These bands, which extend from the jawline down to the collarbone, tend to become more prominent with age, contributing to a sagging jawline and an aged appearance. By injecting Botox or Dysport along these bands, we can effectively relax the downward pull they exert. This relaxation allows the opposing elevator muscles in the midface, such as the zygomaticus major and minor, to function more effectively, lifting the soft tissues and creating a more youthful contour.

The impact of this approach is multifaceted. Not only does it result in a tighter and more defined jawline, but it also facilitates the upward repositioning of midface tissues, which can create the appearance of added volume in this area. This is particularly beneficial for patients seeking a non-surgical facelift effect, as it addresses both the sagging jawline and the loss of midface volume that often accompanies aging.

Moreover, the strategic use of neuromodulators along the jawline can enhance overall facial harmony. As the platysmal bands relax and the midface tissues lift, the face gains a more balanced and refreshed look. Patients frequently report an improvement in their facial profile and a more youthful appearance without the need for invasive procedures.

Jaw Slimming: Contouring the Lower Face

For individuals seeking a more contoured and slenderer jawline, Dysport can be a game-changer. The desire for a well-defined, aesthetically pleasing jawline is common, as it contributes significantly to the overall harmony and balance of the face. A strong, square jawline can sometimes give the appearance of a more masculine or broader face, which may not align with an individual's aesthetic goals. This is where Dysport comes into play as a highly effective, non-surgical solution for facial contouring.

Dysport works by targeting the masseter muscles, which are one of the muscles used for chewing. Over time, these muscles can become hypertrophic, or enlarged, due to frequent use and grinding of the teeth, leading to a wider, more pronounced jawline. By injecting Dysport into these muscles, we can temporarily relax them, reducing their activity and allowing them to decrease in size. This process is known as masseter muscle reduction or jaw slimming.

The result of this targeted treatment is a more refined and balanced look, with a slimmer and more contoured lower face. This transformation can be particularly beneficial for individuals with a square or overly prominent jawline, helping to create a softer, more oval facial shape that enhances overall facial symmetry and aesthetics. The effects of Dysport for jaw slimming are not immediate; they typically become noticeable within a few weeks as the muscles gradually shrink and the jawline becomes more defined. Luckily, the results here can be more long-lasting, with patients enjoying the benefits for up to a year.

One of the significant advantages of using Dysport for jaw slimming is that it offers a non-surgical alternative to traditional facial contouring procedures. Unlike surgical options, which can be invasive and require significant downtime, Dysport injections are minimally invasive, quick, and relatively painless. The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes, making it convenient for individuals with busy schedules.

Nasal Contouring: From flaring nostrils to lifting nasal tip

The strategic application of Dysport or Botox compounds can effectively address various aesthetic concerns, providing subtle yet impactful enhancements to the nose's appearance.

One of the common issues patients seek to improve is nasal flaring. Excessive widening of the nostrils can be managed by targeting the nasalis muscle with Dysport. By carefully injecting Dysport into this muscle, we can reduce its activity, thereby decreasing the flaring of the nostrils. This results in a more refined and balanced nasal appearance, which complements the overall facial harmony.

Another significant benefit of neuromodulators in nasal contouring is the ability to lift the nasal tip. Over time, or due to genetic factors, the nasal tip can droop, affecting the profile and overall aesthetic of the nose. By injecting Dysport into the depressor septi nasi muscle, which pulls the nasal tip downward, we can relax this muscle and allow the tip to elevate slightly. This subtle lift can make a noticeable difference, giving the nose a more youthful and uplifted appearance.

Additionally, Dysport can be used to smooth out bunny lines, the horizontal wrinkles that appear on the nose bridge and the sides of the nose when smiling or scrunching the nose. These lines are formed by the repetitive movement of the nasalis muscle. A few precise injections of Dysport can relax this muscle, reducing the appearance of these lines and creating a smoother, more refined look.

What to Expect During Your Dysport Treatment

If you're considering Dysport, you may be wondering what to expect during the treatment process. Here's a brief overview of what you can anticipate:

Consultation: Your journey begins with a thorough consultation, during which our practitioners will discuss your goals, medical history, and any concerns you may have. This is a crucial step in developing a personalized treatment plan.

Treatment: On the day of your treatment, the targeted areas will be cleaned, and Dysport will be administered via a series of small injections. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort. Most treatments take less than 30 minutes, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

Aftercare: Following your Dysport treatment, you may experience mild bruising or swelling at the injection sites, but these side effects typically subside within a few hours to days. It's important to follow any aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner to ensure the best possible results. We recommend avoiding massage or Yoga for the next day or two.

Results: The effects of Dysport can become noticeable within a few days, with full results typically appearing within two weeks. The longevity of results varies depending on the treatment area, dosage and individual factors, but most patients enjoy the benefits for three to six months.

Experience the Benefits at VBoutique Aesthetics & Wellness

At VBoutique Aesthetics & Wellness, we are dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive care. Our expert team is well-versed in the diverse applications of Dysport, ensuring that you receive treatments tailored to your unique needs and goals. Whether you're looking to enhance your appearance or address specific medical concerns, Neuromodulators such as Dysport offer a versatile solution.

Our approach to Dysport treatments is rooted in a deep understanding of facial anatomy and a commitment to delivering natural-looking results. During your consultation, our skilled practitioners will assess your individual concerns and develop a customized treatment plan that aligns with your aesthetic and therapeutic goals. We prioritize safety and efficacy, using advanced techniques to ensure optimal outcomes.

Why Choose VBoutique Aesthetics & Wellness?

At VBoutique Aesthetics & Wellness, we pride ourselves on offering the highest standard of care. Our team is comprised of experienced and highly trained practitioners who are dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic and wellness goals. We use only the finest products and the most advanced techniques to ensure that you receive the best possible results.

In addition to our expertise, we are committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment where you feel comfortable and cared for. From the moment you walk through our doors, you'll be greeted by our friendly staff and treated with the utmost professionalism and respect.

Dr Neda Vanden Bosch Master Injector Dysport


Dr. Vanden Bosch

Dr. Neda Vanden Bosch ("Dr. V") is an accomplished physician with over 17 years of practice and training in dermal fillers, collagen stimulators, laser and radiofrequency treatments, and skincare.  Dr. V holds medical licenses in 7 states and is board-certified by The American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.  She is recognized nationwide as a top 1% injector of Sculptra Aesthetic and Restylane fillers.

"Advocating the proverbial 'ounce of prevention' approach, I favor doing 'a little bit all along' rather than waiting for substantial changes that make correction more costly."


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