What is Dysport?
Dysport and Botox are both Botulinum Toxin A but are made by different companies. Botox has been available for longer, but Dysport is now FDA approved and has been found to be as safe and effective as Botox.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Dysport?
Dysport is approved to treat “elevens”, or frown lines between the eyebrows. Also called glabellar lines, the muscles between the eyebrows can be relaxed using Dysport in order to decrease the appearance of lines and creases between the eyebrows.
Is Dysport Approved?
Dysport was FDA-approved for use in the USA on April 30, 2009.
How Does It Work?
Dysport is an injectable neuromodulators, which means it works by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses of the target muscle. Dysport , like Botox are made from botulinum toxin type A however, they differ by the number of proteins that surround the active molecules. Due to Dysport having less protein than Botox means that this injectable spreads over a wide range better than Botox. This allows for quicker absorption and less needle sticks for such areas like the forehead and armpits.
Facts About Dysport
Dysport treats moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows by reducing specific muscle activity. One injection into each of the 5 points between and above the eyebrows temporarily prevents muscle contractions that cause frown lines, leaving the rest of your face to move naturally. In just one 10- to 20-minute treatment, Dysport may help improve the look of your frown lines between the eyebrows. There is minimal downtime after your treatment, which means you can get back to your day faster.
Studies have shown that results can be seen as early as 1-2 days and last up to 6 months.
Is Dysport Used To Treat Non Cosmetic Conditions?
Yes, Dysport is used to help treat Upper Limb Spasticity (ULS), which is a condition that affects the way you move your arms. It is also used to treat Lower Limb Spasticity (LLS), which is a condition that affects the way you move your legs. Wither these conditions, the muscles in the arms or legs become stiff and may twitch or even move in an uncontrolled manner.
Dysport is also used to treat Cervical Dystonia (CD) also known as spasmodic torticollis. This condition is a rare neurological disorder in which the muscles in the neck contract and spasm involuntarily causing abnormal movements to the neck and head.
What Are The Risks/Side Effects?
In some cases, the effects of Dysport and all botulinum toxin products may affect areas not related to the injection site. These effects can cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. Symptoms of botulism can occur hours to weeks after injection and may include swallowing and breathing problems, muscle weakness all over the body, blurry or double vision and drooping eyelids, loss of voice or hoarseness, difficulty speaking, and incontinence. To read the full Important Safety Information pamphlet from the product manufacturer, please come into our office or click here.