If you asked 100 random people if they had heard of the brand name Botox, probably over 95 of them would say yes. What about Dysport? Probably one or two.
Dysport is a neuromodulator, just like Botox, and it works in the same manner. But while Botox is famous across the globe, Dysport isn’t. But Dysport offers some subtle differences from Botox, and this can be beneficial for certain patients. That’s why Dr. Saltz offers Dysport in addition to Botox at his Salt Lake and Park City offices.
What is Dysport?
Like Botox, Dysport is a neuromodulator. It is made primarily from the botulinum toxin type A, as is Botox. These are the same bacteria that can cause botulism, but the botulinum toxin is also found throughout the natural world. Back in the 1950s scientists discovered that when the botulinum toxin was injected in minute doses into a muscle it temporarily stopped the muscle from contracting. It does this by blocking the acetylcholine, the nerve messengers in the muscles. Since the acetylcholine cannot deliver the message to the brain to contract the muscle, the muscle remains at rest.
Whereas Botox received its initial FDA approval for aesthetic use in 2002, Dysport didn’t come on the market until it received FDA approval on May 1, 2009. That approval was the same as Botox’s initial approval — for the treatment of frown lines and forehead wrinkles. Since then, Botox has also received FDA approval for the treatment of crow’s feet. Dysport can be used off-label for this area.
How is Botox different than Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are very similar, but they have some subtle differences. Both work the same way on dynamic wrinkles. Some people think Dysport lasts one month longer than Botox, but that hasn’t been clinically proven. The two products are diluted differently, so it takes more Dysport to achieve that same results as Botox, but the price is cheaper, so it equals out in the end. Dysport is made of smaller molecules compared to Botox. This allows Dysport to start working a day or so faster than Botox. It also allows Dysport to be spread to a larger area. But the smaller molecules also make Dysport more difficult to work with when treating smaller areas.
What are the risks involved with Dysport?
Like Botox, since its FDA approval in 2009 Dysport has proven to be highly effective and safe. The main risks or side effects with Dysport are slight redness and swelling at the injection sites. This usually resolves within the first day. Some patients can develop a headache for a day or so after their injections.
The main risk with Dysport is having it injected by an inexperienced injector. That’s because if Dysport is injected into the incorrect muscle it can create problems such as a drooping eyelid. This is why you need to trust these injections to a board-certified plastic surgery like Dr. Saltz. His extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and experience with injectables ensures you’ll love the results of your Dysport injections.
If you want to erase your frown lines and forehead lines, Dysport could be a good option for you. Call us at Saltz Plastic Surgery in our Salt Lake office, (801) 274-9500, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612, to make your appointment.