I'm considering getting Dysport but I want to know what the typical recovery is like. Is a couple of hours enough? Or will there be bruising or swelling that will require a longer downtime?
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No Down-time Recovery with Dysport
Besides the visible wanted effects of the treatment, little swelling or bruising should be apparent after a treatment.
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Easy Recovery from Dysport
The best way to avoid the side effects of bruising and swelling is to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or Omega-3s for several days before your treatment. We also recommend a homeopathic oral tablet, Arnica, to help reduce the degree and length of time of bruising.
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Downtime for Dysport
If this is your first time getting Dysport, the vast majority of patients have mild redness and swelling for 2-6 hours. Bruising is very rare, but if you do get a bruise, it is usually pinpoint in nature.
No Downtime for Dysport
There is no downtime and no "recovery time" is needed after Dysport injections. Usually, there is minimal redness that subsides within 5-10 minutes after the injections. As with any needle injection procedure, there is a slight risk of bruising.
Downtime After Dysport
Dysport injections have virtually no recovery time, and no dressings or bandages are needed. You may have small, red bumps at the injection sites that subside in 15-30 minutes. Go ahead and return to work- just stay upright and avoid alcohol and exercise for several hours , since excess movements can jolt the solution out of place. Pain is minimal- patients may experience brief, tolerable pain during the injection and a minor amount of tenderness after treatment. Drugstore pain relievers like ibuprofen can alleviate any aches afterward.
After several days and up to one week, you should see the full results of your Dysport treatment. The wrinkles at the treatment site should be greatly reduced and your apparent age may also decrease as a benefit. The positive wrinkle-reducing effects of your treatment can last up to six months. Many patients choose to return within this time to undergo touch up treatments to extend the wrinkle reducing benefits.
Typically, there may be some swelling and redness at the injection sites immediately after injections. For some, bruising may occur, and this may last for a few days to a week.
Most patients are able to continue with their day after having dysport or botox. I always warn patients that they may get a bruise or some redness. But it's nothing that make up can't cover (this is true for men also). I ask my patients not to drink alcohol, exercise vigorously or go shoe shopping (bend down) immediately after the injection - all increase the chance of bruising.
Most patients resume normal activities immediately following the procedure. There is usually no discomfort after the procedure. Unfortunately, some patients may experience some bruising that can last several days or longer. This is uncommon when treating the frown lines and is more common when treating the Crow's feet.
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