Dysport — An Alternative To BOTOX
Facial wrinkles form over time, they are a natural part of aging. However, over centuries, people have attempted to find different ways to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Now, modern technology plays a large role in the aesthetics and beauty sphere. One of these advancements that can help with wrinkles is called Dysport. If you haven’t heard of Dysport, you’re probably not the only one. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2009 and is considered an alternative to the very popular BOTOX Cosmetic.
We at CüR Laser and Skin now offer Dysport to all patients and we want you to know all about it. The more informed you are, the more prepared you are to decide whether it’s for you or not. Let’s take you through the world of Dysport.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is an injectable treatment made from botulinum toxin type A, the same neurotoxin that the BOTOX Cosmetic is made from. It’s been used in other parts of the world for decades but has only recently gotten traction in North America.
How Does Dysport Work?
The way Dysport works is similar to BOTOX. Whenever your face moves—whether you make an expression or otherwise, your muscles contract and the skin over those muscles creases. Over time, as you age, those creases deepen and get visibly more noticeable—to the point that they create wrinkles. When Dysport is injected right into those muscles, it temporarily weakens them. The injection goes after the particular muscles that form creases on your face when you frown. Typically, only 3 to 5 injections are needed to produce a smooth result. But this depends on the amount of surface area being treated. Injections can be done in 15 minutes or less and the results could take days or sometimes up to a week to first see.
Long Lasting Results
Results are typically seen 1-7 days after treatment. Half of our patients usually see results before the 3 day mark and the other half see results after it. The desired effects of Dysport typically last longer than BOTOX. It’s been reported that Dysport lasts about 4-5 months but that is certainly subjective. For example, a clinical trial done in 2009 by a Dysport manufacturer found that Dysport results last up to 13 months, while BOTOX results lasted just 4 months. Again, this can vary from person to person.
Are There Side Effects Of Dysport?
Ensuring that the person injecting Dysport is indeed a professional is important. Why? If Dysport spreads to nearby muscles, it could potentially cause other side effects. The potential for accidents can be mitigated by ensuring the procedure is done by an experienced professional. At CüR Laser & Skin, all of our Dysport injections are performed by certified professionals.
BOTOX vs Dysport
In, comparing BOTOX to Dysport, it’s been concluded that they are both essentially the same. Both are made from the same neurotoxin and achieve the same effect. The difference between the two lies in the composition of the protein within. They both have the same active molecule which is a protein encased in non-toxic proteins. Where Dysport differs, is that it has fewer of these protein molecules than BOTOX. So it’s a smaller molecule which means that it distributes a little more product and therefore, may take effect sooner.
How Much Does Dysport Cost?
At CüR Laser and Skin, we charge $14.25 per unit of Dysport.
What to Discuss with Your Specialist
When undergoing any sort of cosmetic procedure, it’s wise to come prepared with important questions and discussion topics for the specialist conducting your procedure. Here are some topics that we think are imperative to bring up before you consider a cosmetic procedure:
When was the product mixed or reconstituted?
When it comes to BOTOX and Dysport, it is important that the product being used in your body was mixed the same day or very recently prior to your procedure in order to get the best results from that product.
Ask your specialist about their experience and product knowledge.
It is beneficial for you to know how many years of experience your specialist has had in the procedure you’re interested in getting and how many similar operations they’ve performed. This will give you a better idea of their level of expertise and whether it’s a good idea to go with that specialist.
Your specialist should always discuss the potential of risks and complications of all procedures with you—they should also discuss management of these complications in the event that they occur.
It’s definitely exciting to have a beautifying procedure done—you may have a strong impulse to hit the town and show off your new look as soon as you leave our clinic! However, make sure that you get clear, detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure and follow those orders closely in order to achieve the best possible results and to avoid any medical issues. Request a consultation in the form at the top right of this page, or simply call (604) 662-7368 to schedule a consultation.
*Results of Dysport injections may vary from person to person.