The latest in Wrinkle Reduction..
Dysport is the latest cosmetic injectable approved by the FDA to treat facial wrinkles. As we age, dynamic wrinkles form in the upper regions of our face. Dynamic wrinkles include those lines across the forehead (horizontal rhytiaround the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the eyebrows (glabella).
Dysport works by treating specific, wrinkle-causing facial muscles in order to eliminate the dynamic wrinkles. In the proper hands Dysport can provide a very natural appearing and dramatic improvement in your appearance. Dysport treatments are performed in the comfort of our office. There is no down time with this procedure, and you can return to your regular daily activiteis immediately.
What is Dysport?
Dysport is a medically derived subunit of botulinum toxin called abobotuliunum toxin. This acts as a “chemodenervation” agent, which means that it weakens the muscles into which it is placed. The precise placement of Dysport into specific areas of the face will improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The FDA has approved Dysport to treat forehead wrinkles and frown lines, making it only the second drug to be approved by the agency as a wrinkle treatment.
Dysport (formerly known as Reloxin) is made from the same active ingredient as Botox (made by Allergan), Clostridium botulinim toxin type A. Botulinum toxins temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles by restricting the muscle actions that cause creasing and frown lines.
Like Botox, Dysport is administered via an injection at the site of forehead wrinkles. According to Ipsen Biopharm Ltd., which makes Dysport, the FDA based its approval on clinical trials involving about 2,900 people at 80 study sites.
One clinical trial showed 93%-95% of participants noticed an improvement in the appearance of forehead wrinkles within seven days after treatment, and multiple treatments produced effects that lasted for more than 13 months.
Dysport treats deep lines and wrinkles by immobilizing muscles, similar to Botox. Developed in the United Kingdom in the early ’90s, Dysport has been used overseas for many years. Dysport was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in April 2009 for the treatment of head-and-neck muscle spasms and deep lines between the eyebrows.
What You Need To Know About Dysport Vs. Botox
- Dysport is made from the same botulinum toxin Type A as Botox and is injected in the same way as Botox. Both work by temporarily immobilizing muscles, which reduces lines and furrows.
- Dysport is injected around expression lines — the creases caused by frowning, scowling, smiling or looking surprised — to diminish their appearance or keep them from forming.
The three most common areas for Dysport injections are between the eyebrows, the forehead and next to the eyes, where “crow’s feet” form. Dysport can improve your appearance and prevent the formation of deep expression lines that make you look older. It will not help fine lines or wrinkles that are not due to facial expressions.
- Dysport has fewer proteins surrounding the toxin and so should stimulate a weaker immune response to break down the toxin. This may make it a good choice for Botox patients who find Botox no longer works because their body has developed antibodies.
- There are some claims that Dysport works faster and lasts longer.
- Dysport is said to be slightly cheaper than Botox. Just having a competitor to Botox may bring prices down.
Botox stopped working on me, will Dysport help?
Yes. Dysport is often used to treat patients who have stopped responding to Botox. It can be very effective and beneficial in these cases.
How long until I see the effects of the Dysport treatment?
The effects of Dysport are seen as early as the day after your procedure. Final treatment results will be seen at around 10 days from the procedure.
In addition, the FDA has approved Dysport to treat cervical dystonia in adults to reduce the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain caused by the condition.
Since both Dysport and Botox treat dynamic wrinkles their results are very similar. However, there are potential benefits to both products. Experienced with both Botox and Dysport, Dr. Fontana will help you select which product will be best for you.
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