Dysport is so similar to Botox Cosmetic that it is referred to as Botox Cosmetic’s twin or first cousin.
This new wrinkle relaxer is approved to treat forehead wrinkles and frown lines in the U.S., and has been used to treat neurological disorders outside the United States for more than 15 years. Dysport is approved to treat wrinkles in 23 countries.
And there is certainly a market for it. People can’t get enough of Botox Cosmetic. In 2008, Botox Cosmetic was the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure performed in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
How does Dysport work?
Dysport is injected directly into the muscles that cause facial wrinkles, temporarily immobilizing them. It specifically targets the glabullar muscles – the ones that form creases on your forehead when you frown.
Dysport diffuses a bit farther from the injection point than Botox Cosmetic: one to three centimeters compared to Botox Cosmetic’s one centimeter. This means that fewer injections are needed, but it also means that the health professional doing the injections must be very skilled to ensure that the drug does not spread to nearby muscles and cause eyelid and/or eyebrow drooping or other unwanted side effects.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results begin to appear within one to seven days after treatment, with day three being the median. (In other words, half the patients treated see wrinkle-smoothing results before day three, and half see results afterward.) Dysport contains less protein than Botox Cosmetic, so the body tends to break it down more slowly.
Are There Any Side Effects?
As with Botox Cosmetic, any side effects that develop tend to be minor. Headache may occur, and if the drug diffuses too widely, eyelids or eyebrows may droop. If you choose Dysport to smooth out your wrinkles, be sure you receive treatments from a well-trained and experienced health professional.
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