Dysport is a highly anticipated and newly FDA-approved alternative to Botox. This injectable treatment for wrinkles is made from the same neurotoxin (botulinum toxin type A) as Botox. Dysport received the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a wrinkle treatment in the spring of 2009, and although (like Botox) it was originally developed in Europe in the 1990s to treat neuromuscular disorders, it has been used for smoothing out wrinkles in many countries for several years. Like Botox, Dysport works by treating specific, “wrinkle-causing” facial muscles in order to eliminate the “dynamic wrinkles” caused by the action of these muscles. 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 activities 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.
How does Dysport work?
Dysport works by weakening the muscles of facial expression that insert onto the surface of the skin. Weakening the pull of these muscles, will decrease the tension that they place on the skin, allowing the wrinkles to flatten out. Over time, cumulative benefits are observed as a skin is allowed to remodel without the negative influence of the wrinkle-creating facial muscles.
What areas are commonly treated with Dysport?
Dysport is very effective in treating dynamic facial wrinkles. The areas most commonly treated by Dysport include the crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), worry lines between the eyebrows (vertical glabellar rhytids), and the lines across the forehead (horizontal rhytids). Dr. Vafa also uses Dysport for the treatment of “Gummy Smile” and bunny lines, and to create a brow lift or mouth lift (which is the lifting of the sides of the mouth).
How long does it take for Dysport to work?
The effects of Dysport are often seen as soon as the next day. In approximately 10 days maximal benefit will be achieved.
How long do the results of Dysport last?
Dysport lasts anywhere from 4-6 months.
If I’ve had Botox injections before can I switch to Dysport?
Yes. Since Dysport acts in a very similar fashion to Botox on a physiologic level, these products are interchangeable. Since the dosing is different, it is important to find a doctor that is experienced in both products and understands the conversion.
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.
Will Dysport make me Lose all facial expression?
Absolutely Not! Properly planned, performed and executed Dysport treatment can improve the appearance of your wrinkles and maintain a natural appearance.
How long does the Dysport injection take?
Dysport injections are performed by Dr. Vafa. The procedure takes between five to 15 minutes to perform. You may return to your normal activities immediately. We ask that you avoid any rubbing of your face.
Does Dysport hurt?
Patients are often apprehensive about the prospect of pain with injection. Dr. Vafa uses special techniques and equipment to minimize or eliminate the pain of the injection. In fact, most patients are often surprised at how little they felt.
Is Dysport safe?
Dysport is a very safe product that has been used for many years in Europe. Dysport has been approved and used in Europe for many years. In addition, Dysport has passed the stringent guidleines of the US FDA for its safety profile through large clinical studies.
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport ?
Since both Dysport and Botox treat dynamic wrinkles through chemodenervation their results are very similar. However, there are potential benefits to both products. Experienced with both Botox and Dysport, Dr. Vafa will help you select which product will be best for you.
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. This is a benefit of Dysport over Botox, which takes several more days to take effect. Final treatment results will be seen at around 10 days from the procedure.
Can Dysport lift my eyebrows?
Yes. Dysport, strategically placed, will achieve brow elevation and the apperance of a Brow Lift.
Do many people get Dysport treatments?
Absolutely. Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure performed. Millions of people safely receive treatments each year. Dysport is becoming increasingly popular and many patients have either started it for the first time or converted over from Botox.