Most dermatologists will tell patients that there is no recovery period after Dysport when used as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Under normal circumstances, there is not. Doctors do advise patients to abstain from one specific activity and to engage in another over the first few hours of "recovery," in order to receive optimal results from the Dysport injections. For the most part, patients may carry on with their normal daily activities.
Doctor's Suggestions for Recovery after Dysport
Patients should abstain from touching or rubbing the treated area for several hours after the procedure. Since small doses of Dysport are administered via a thin needle, the skin will undergo tiny punctures at the site of injections around and within the treatment area on the face. These punctures in the skin need time to heal. The patient may experience soreness or tenderness in this area and/or slight bruising may occur. Makeup may certainly be used to cover up any bruising that may arise post-procedure.
Dermatologists also recommend that patients engage in "exercising" the muscles of the treated area for the first few hours upon treatment. Contracting the muscles that have been injected will foster easier, more even absorption so that the patient will receive the most effective results from their procedure.
The positive effects of these injections have the potential to last anywhere from 3 to 6 months and the more adherence to the doctor's few suggestions for recovery, the longer these effects may last. An individual's recovery period depends on many factors: age, condition of the skin, reaction to the initial injections, and other possible side effects.
Suggestions for Less Frequent Side Effects after Dysport
If a post-Dysport patient suffers a headache, doctors advise that mild over-the-counter pain killers may be taken to ease the temporary discomfort. Other side effects that have occurred with less frequency are a stuffy nose, rash, injection site pain, eyelid ptosis (drooping eyelid), sinusitis and nausea. In these instances, patients should notify their healthcare provider immediately and follow the individualized recovery instructions provided by the doctor.
Once the procedure is finished, the patient should have someone else drive her home, in the rare case that she experiences any of the previous side effects. The time to recover is usually minimal as there are typically little to no side effects associated with these injections.
The procedure is very simple and takes very little time - between 10 and 20 minutes - however, patients should still adhere to doctor's orders when it comes to post-procedure instructions for recovery.