What is Dysport™?
Dysport™ is derived from the botulinum protein type A, and like Botox®, Dysport™ prevents the release of acetylcholine from nerve endings to achieve temporary relaxation of dynamic, wrinkle-causing muscles and effectively smooth and reduce wrinkles.
How does it compare to Botox?
Botox® and Dysport™ are both U.S. FDA approved to treat expression lines/facial wrinkles and have similar mechanisms of action. Dysport™ has been used in Europe since the early 1990’s and was approved by the FDA in April, 2009. The FDA approved Botox for treating crossed eyes and spasms in the eye muscle in 1989 and for treating wrinkles in 2002.
Is Dysport interchangeable with Botox?
One unit of Botox® does not equal one unit of Dysport™ so the dosing of each is independent of the other. Dysport™ is not stronger or more effective than Botox®. Most patients typically takes 2 to 3 times the amount of Dysport™ units as a comparable Botox® treatment. Typically either treatment are comparable in price.
If I have been treated with Botox® previously, can I be treated with Dysport™?
Yes. The treatment with Dysport™ will be a similar to the Botox treatment. Patients may prefer to stay with Botox because of its reliability and long history of safe, effective results; however, some patients prefer Dysport.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
Anyone who shows signs of aging is a good candidate for DYSPORT™ injections. To find out more about DYSPORT™ and to discuss your individual requirements, please contact us.
What are the benefits?
The muscles of facial expression are connected to the skin overlying them. After years of use, the muscles create visible lines and creases. By relaxing the superficial muscles attached to the skin, wrinkles "relax" and soften. The overall effect is a smoother, more serene, more youthful appearance.
Is it safe?
Dysport™ has been widely used for medical purposes (cervical dystonia) since 1991 in over 70 countries.
What wrinkles can be treated?
The most commonly treated areas are the forehead, around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Crow’s feet can be softened; the furrow between the brows can be diminished and forehead wrinkles can be lessened. Less commonly treated areas include the lips and lower face.
Can I still move my face?
Yes. Extreme movements of the forehead and eyebrows, which create the wrinkles, will be prevented, but other muscles in the face will not be affected.
How long will the treatment take?
A very small amount of the diluted drug is injected directly into the muscle in the desired treatment area. The procedure is very quick and is performed while you are sitting upright. It is important to remain in an upright position for two to three hours after the treatment so the DYSPORT™ will remain in the treated area.
Does it hurt?
Individuals vary in their response. Some people experience a slight stinging sensation during the injection, but there is rarely any pain following treatment.
How long will the results last?
Individual results vary but for most people the results last for three to four months. Facial muscles that are larger (men) or which are used a lot by facially expressive patients may require treatments more frequently. Often the facial muscles become trained so that over time, less treatment is needed to keep facial lines relaxed.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally a small temporary bruise at the injection site may occur.
Are there any medical exclusions?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should wait to be treated. We will review your medical history with you during your initial consultation prior to administering treatment.
How much does it cost?
The cost is dependant on the amount of Dysport™ actually used, and we only charge for the units used.
What should I do prior to treatment?
We recommend avoiding aspirin, aspirin-containing products and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for one week prior to treatment as these can increase the small chance of bruising.
What will I have to do following the procedure?
Remain in an upright position for two to three hours after treatment. Avoid alcohol, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least two days. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours.
How do I get started with Dysport™?
To find out more about Dysport™ and to discuss your individual requirements, please contact us.