How is Dysport different from Botox?
Dysport is an alternative to Botox that can be used to relax overactive muscles that create moderate to severe wrinkles and frown lines. It’s chemical name is abobotulinum toxin type A. Dysport is an injection to temporarily improve the look of wrinkles without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles will still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions in untreated areas. Dysport injections work faster, last longer than Botox but share many of the same benefits.
What results can I expect with Dysport?
As we age skin loses it’s elasticity and wrinkles deepen into hard lines. These creases in the skin can make you appear worried or angry when you are not. Dysport temporarily blocks the nerve impulses to the muscles that flex and crease your skin, but without an artificial frozen look. Dysport results in a natural and smooth appearance allowing your beauty to shine.
How long has Dysport been available?
Dysport was FDA approved in the U.S. in July 2009. It has been available in other countries for several years prior to FDA approval and has an excellent safety profile which is similar to that of Botox.
What areas can be treated with Dysport?
Dysport can be used to relax the muscles between the eyebrows (the glabella), the upper forehead (the frontalis), and the Crow’s feet – the area at the edges of the eyes. It can also be used to stop excessive sweating – a condition known as hyperhydrosis.
How long does it take for the Dysport to work?
Dysport begins to work as soon as 2-4 days after injection, and has its full effect in about 1 week. In comparison, Botox typically takes up to 2 weeks for full effect.
Is a Dysport treatment painful?
The injections are done using a very small needle. You may feel a slight prick, but often there is little to no discomfort at some injection sites. Any discomfort is over very quickly. Side effects are similar to Botox, with headache being the most commonly reported. If you experience a headache after Dysport injections, take whatever you would normally use for a headache and it should go away. Interestingly, many patients with chronic, frequent headaches notice a decrease in headaches after Dysport treatments.
Are there any patients who shouldn’t use Dysport?
Patients who have serious neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome could be at increased risk for complications. It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.