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Everyone has heard of BOTOX®; it’s become one of the world’s most famous brands. But at Saltz Plastic Surgery we carry another neuromodulator you may not have heard of — Dysport®. While Dysport® is quite similar to BOTOX®, there are some differences that could make it a better choice for you.
Here’s some information about this less famous wrinkle eraser.
What is Dysport?
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.
The FDA approved Dysport® for cosmetic use for the treatment of frown lines and forehead wrinkles on May 1, 2009.
Where can Dysport be used?
In its FDA approval, Dysport® was cleared for use on glabellar lines (also known as the 11s between the eyebrows) and on forehead lines. It can be used for crow’s feet, although technically this is “off-label” usage. This is exactly the same path that was taken by BOTOX®, which didn’t receive FDA approval for crow’s feet until 11 years after its initial FDA approval for frown lines and forehead lines.
How long does a Dysport session take?
Dr. Saltz injects Dysport® with a very small, thin needle, and the sessions only last 10-15 minutes.
How long before I will see results with Dysport? How long will they last?
Dysport® is made from smaller molecules, so it can get to work temporarily paralyzing the muscles it is injected into a little faster than BOTOX®. Generally, Dysport® relaxes the muscles and erases the corresponding lines in 3 days after being injected.
Dysport® erases wrinkles for about 4 months. This can vary somewhat by the individual, as a person’s metabolism can affect the duration.
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 is the difference between Dysport and dermal fillers?
While all of these are injectables, Dysport® is a neuromodulator. It works by relaxing muscles that create wrinkles on the surface skin when they contract. This happens when we make certain expressions. When injected, Dysport® stops the contractions, so the wrinkles don’t form. Dermal fillers, such as the Juvéderm® line we offer at Spa Vitoria, have no effect on dynamic wrinkles.
Dermal fillers — the two most popular are Juvéderm® and Restylane® — work in an entirely different manner. When injected, they simply “fill” in lost volume. The most popular fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. When a filler like Juvéderm® is injected, the hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules, instantly adding volume and pushing the wrinkled skin upward, erasing the wrinkle. Dysport® doesn’t work on static wrinkles.
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 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.
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