Injectables: Dysport® Botox®and dermal fillers
Look younger and enhance your appearance
Dysport® and dermal fillers provide a natural looking way to enhance your appearance: as well as reducing wrinkles and fine lines, Dysport® and dermal fillers can also be used to enhance lips and other facial features.
The results can last for many months, yet the time taken for Dysport® treatments is only about 10 minutes to inject. And filler treatments take about half an hour. (Plus your consultation.)
Meet your Cosmedicine Nurse –
Deborah Barham, owner of Rubywaxx
As the owner of two bustling boutique beauty clinics and a mother of three adult children, I understand that when you do have time to get a wax, massage or any other treatment, you want it on time and with the best results.
At Rubywaxx, I’m incredibly lucky to have what I believe are the top beauty therapists available. They’re extraordinary! Together, we strive to deliver the best beauty therapy – no matter the client or the treatment - in the country.
Personally, my passion has always been helping people feel and look their very best. A registered nurse with decades of experience as a healthcare professional, it was a natural fit to move into the world of appearance medicine. Now, as the company’s senior Cosmedicine nurse, I specialise in effective non-surgical enhancements that appear natural and beautiful, using clinically-proven products.
Our customers are so important to us and I truly hope you feel comfortable, relaxed and at home in our clinics. Whether you’ve been popping in since 1998 or you’re a first time client, I hope your Rubywaxx experience is nothing but perfect, every time.
— Deb Barham, Registered Nurse and Owner of Rubywaxx
Answers to your questions about Dysport® and dermal fillers...
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® is the European brand of Botulinum Toxin Type A. (Botox® is the American brand for the equivalent product.)
Dysport® is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles on the forehead, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles.
Dysport® is supported by over a decade of clinical experience. Dysport® was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s to successfully treat a number of neurological and ophthalmic conditions. Since that time, with an increased understanding of the uses of Dysport®, thousands of treatments have been safely and effectively performed for a variety of conditions ranging from frown lines to axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits).
In New Zealand, Dysport® has been used for many years, by eye specialists and neurologists, to treat nervous tics and muscle spasms of the face and neck. In fact, Dysport® has been available in New Zealand for over 12 years for treating neuro-muscular conditions and was the first botulinum toxin Type A to be approved in New Zealand for medical use.
Dysport® is manufactured in Britain by Ipsen Limited.
What's the difference between Dysport® and dermal fillers?
Dysport® is used for relaxing the muscles on the face, and for minimising frown lines. Dermal fillers are quite different; they're used for when people lose volume in their face and need plumping up to look more youthful. Fillers are also used for lip augmentation treatments.
Collectively, Dysport® and dermal fillers are known as "injectables". When you have a consultation with Deborah at *rubywaxx*, we'll discuss your total beauty goals and you'll receive a treatment plan that uses the appropriate injectables for your needs.
Do these injectable treatments hurt?
Any treatment injected around the upper lip or the eyebrows tends to hurt somewhat, but with Dysport® it's injected with the finest insulin needle and is pretty painless.
Around the eyebrow it can feel a little bit like a tiny bee sting sometimes but it depends (like with waxing) on the time of the month and how stressed you are, if you are relaxed it hurts far less.
For fillers, I use a numbing cream and for anything around the mouth I actually also administer a numbing injection to ensure the least possible pain. Dysport® is not painful enough to warrant this. I also inject slowly to the person's needed pace so they don't feel pressured and anxious throughout the treatment.
What happens during a treatment?
With Dysport®, I will swab the areas to be injected and then do a series of tiny injections into the areas of the face that cause the movement and in turn the lines.
It takes up to 2 weeks to work, at which time I have you come in for a follow-up treatment to check that it is all perfect and if there is anything still moving that we don't want to, I fix it for free.
After this the treatment slowly starts to wear off and you have more and more movement so we need to check you at this least-moving period.
If you start before the age of 40 we have the best chance of completely removing any lines. After the age of 40 you still may have small crease lines but your deep lines will fade away. With fillers I will apply a numbing cream, and numbing injections if necessary, and then inject the fillers, and you will have an instant result.
Is there anything you should do (or avoid) prior to a treatment?
Nothing prior to treatment for Dysport®, but it is best, if you are having fillers to stop any fish oils, or flax oils that you are taking at least 1 week before treatment, preferably 2 weeks because these cause bruising which in turn can take about 2 weeks to settle.
Is there any downtime after the treatment?
After Dysport® we don't like you to rub the area or lie down for about 4 hours. Although the relaxing agent leaves your body within 3 hours, we like to be safe and ensure everything stays where we put it.
With fillers it is preferable that you don't exercise or go into hot spas because this can increase blood flow which in turn will make more bruising.
Are there any possible side effects?
With Botulinum Toxin Type A you may get bruising at the site of the injections. Some people get a headache for a few hours afterwards; in rare cases you can get a drooping eye but no-one has ever had that that I have injected. Some people can get flu-like symptoms which last up to 1 week but no-one who I have injected has suffered that either.
A very small percentage of the population do not achieve any change and the treatment simply does not work for them, we can't predict who these people will be prior to treatment. We will not inject anyone who is breast feeding or pregnant. There are some medical conditions where you shouldn't have treatment also but that can be discussed with your injector. With fillers, most are hyaluronic acids that are naturally occurring in the body, so the only side effects you are likely to experience are possible bruising and swelling in the area. Some clients of mine bruise at one treatment and at another have not the slightest dot of a bruise.
Will my face look ‘frozen’?
The frozen idea, I think comes from having an over-injection of fillers, more than Dysport® or Botox® injections. At 2 weeks, if you have Dysport® or Botox®, injected into your forehead, for example, you won't move in that area, but it gradually wears off and you begin to move about 2 weeks after that. No one seems to notice, much like if a man shaves off his beard, people notice he looks different but not quite what has happened.... with injectables, if they are done correctly, you just look fresher and relaxed, you might say you've changed your eye shadow, or you're sleeping better and people will generally believe you.
How often will I need to have my treatment topped up?
With Botulinum Toxin Type A you need a top up about every 3 to 3.5 months initially, but after regular treatments you can push it out longer and longer to about every 6 months.
With fillers you need treatments about every 3 months until you are at what I call a baseline. Then you just have to top up about every 6 months. Fillers last anything from 6 months to 2 years depending on the filler, but it settles into your face. Until you build it up to a 'baseline', you do need top-ups; however the pace you do it is completely up to you. Some people will have a lot to start with and then won't need anymore for quite a long time. Others will build into it and pace it having small amounts until they achieve the overall look they want. A lot of people will only have them about 6-monthly to a year.
Are there any benefits to starting treatments while you’re young and don’t have many wrinkles?
Some people may need to start earlier than others, in about your mid 30s most people definitely benefit from a refreshing enhancement. But it's entirely up to the individual. I would recommend starting before the age of 40 then you have more options but older people can also benefit a lot from treatments. Many people are starting in their 20s these days but I personally don't think this is a necessity, it's just personal choice.
Would you like to find out more?
Book a FREE appearance medicine consultation at *rubywaxx*.
We will discuss your beauty goals and give you an obligation-free quote for Dysport®, dermal fillers and lip augmentation.
Phone *rubywaxx* now on 09 302 1294 to secure your appointment with Deborah.
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Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are Prescription Medicines containing 100, 500 and 100 (respectively) units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to a doctor. A charge applies. Note: Botox® and Dysport® treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Arrange a consultation to discuss your own situation.