Like the more well known Botox® brand, Dysport® is an injectable used to temporarily improve the look of frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas. Over time, the use of muscles above and between the eyebrows cause wrinkles. Injecting Dysport® into these areas blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles, reducing muscle activity. The result is temporary softening or elimination of visible wrinkles/lines.
Both Botox and Dysport are made with botulinum toxin type A proteins and work in a similar fashion. The Dysport® protein is slightly smaller allowing it to work more quickly; 2-3 days after treatment. For people wanting to look good for an event, trip, etc. with short notice, Dysport® might be a better option since results can be seen faster than with Botox®.
Dysport® can last up to 4 months. This will vary from person to person. You should not be treated more than every 90 days. Dysport® does require more units compared to Botox®, but it is priced much lower. In most cases, the cost ends up being very similar to one another. Dysport® does take affect quicker than Botox®.
Many people think Dysport® is used to treat lines and wrinkles due to aging. While age can be a factor, repeated facial movements, such as frowning or squinting, can also create frown lines, which means they may develop even in younger adults. Some people have stronger more active muscles resulting in visible lines at younger age. Treating wrinkles and lines due to muscle activity is key to maintaining your appearance. The longer they are left untreated the deeper, more severe they become, requiring more product and increased frequency of treatments.
Dysport® may be a good option for patients who have become resistant to Botox® due to repeated treatment over long periods of time.
If this is your first time being treated, you will speak with our expert nurse injector or one of our board-certified plastic surgeons about your concerns and aesthetic goals. Once it has been determine Dysport® is right for you, the areas being treated will be sterilized. A very small needle will be used to administer the Dysport®. You may feel a light pinching sensation. Most people do not require topical numbing when being, however this is an option if you are less tolerant of needles. The injection time usually takes around 20 minutes.
After treatment, you may experience temporary redness and small bumps around the injection sites. This will go away within the following hour or so. You can resume your daily activities upon leaving our office, however we do ask that you avoid working out or other strenuous activity for up to 4 hours after treatment. You should notice results within 2-3 days with a maximum result around 2 weeks. Dysport® has been shown to have a more rapid onset than Botox®.
We recommend making your next Dysport® appointment before leaving our office. It is important to be consistent with your follow up treatments to maintain a good result and to minimize the amount needed at each visit. Schedule your next appointment 90-120 days apart.
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