Dysport is an FDA approved injection for treating facial lines. Like Botox, Dysport is derived from botulinum toxin, and is used to treat so-called “dynamic” wrinkles, which occur as a result of facial movement, such as frowning or squinting. These wrinkles can be much more difficult to treat than “static” wrinkles, which occur when skin begins to sag with age. Common examples of dynamic wrinkles are crow’s feet and frown lines, also called “glabellar” lines. Dysport acts to block the nerve impulses that direct the muscles to contract, and therefore prevent the facial lines from forming.
Treatment with Dysport takes only about 10 to 20 minutes, and involves injections of tiny amounts of the special solution beneath your skin, directly into the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles to form. In most individuals, 3 to 5 injections of the product are required in each area to achieve satisfactory results. Like any injection, there may be some slight discomfort with Dysport treatment, and our Practioners may decide to use a topical anesthetic lotion or cream to numb the area prior to treatment.
Dysport works much like Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A) in the treatment of wrinkles and static lines between the brows, on the forehead and around the eyes (crow’s feet). Like Botox, Dysport is recommended no more frequently than every 3 months, is contraindicated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, for patients less than 65yrs old, or for anyone with, or at risk of, peripheral motor neuropathic diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or neuromuscular junction disorders (e.g., myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
Dysport is also contraindicated in patients with infection at the proposed site, an allergy to cow’s-milk protein, or a known hypersensitivity to any botulinum toxin product (Botox) or its components.
Unlike Botox, Dysport’s onset can begin 24hrs after injection, with a 90% response by day 7. The results typically last for 4 to 6 months, and peak in 1 month. The effects of Botox are typically seen between 2 and 10 days, with the full effect in 14 days, and the results typically lasting for 3 to 4 months, peaking at 2 months.
There is also a difference in the potency units, dosage and dilution of Dysport. They are not interchangeable with other preparations of botulinum toxin products and, therefore, their units cannot be compared to or converted into units of Botox.
Typically, Dysport is priced 10-15% cheaper than BOTOX cosmetics. Some clients report that their Dysport results look more natural.
*Individual results may vary.
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