The Dermatology Clinic is committed to helping every patient we see look and feel their best. No matter how diligent a person is with skin care throughout their lives, fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging. With Dysport treatment from The Dermatology Clinic, patients can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Dysport is an FDA-approved neurotoxin used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Though relatively new in the US (it received FDA approval in 2009), it has been used in Europe and South America for decades. Dysport acts as a neuromuscular inhibitor and is injected into muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles. It temporarily paralyzes the muscles, relaxing them and resulting in smoother skin.
Dysport and Botox are very similar in both their effects and application. Both are varieties of botulinum toxin type A that relax facial muscles. For years, Botox was the only botulinum toxin treatment available in the United States. Dysport is a new competitor on the market. Dysport has a smaller protein load, meaning the body mobilizes fewer antigens to combat the toxins. In theory, this means the effects of Dysport will last longer than Botox, though this has yet to be clinically proven. Dysport also “spreads” more after injection. This means that it can be applied to large areas like the forehead with fewer injections, but it also means that imprecise application could cause Dysport to spread outside the desired treatment area, causing droopy eyebrows and other unwanted side effects.
Dysport is appropriate for the same treatment areas as Botox, namely the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. These areas benefit from the muscle relaxing effect of Dysport.
Dysport is administered using a small needle for a subcutaneous injection that is generally no more painful than an insect bite. A topical anesthetic may be applied to reduce the pain. Dysport has a slightly quicker onset than Botox, with patients noticing results within 2-5 days (as opposed to 4-7 for Botox). The wrinkle-reducing effects of Dysport typically last between 3 to 6 months.
Dysport has possible side effects but these are generally avoidable and/or temporary. Possible side effects can include numbness at the application site, a burning sensation during the application, headaches, swelling, and temporary droopy eyelids or uneven eyebrows.
If frown lines and wrinkles are keeping you from looking your best, consider Dysport as a treatment option. The talented team of doctors and aestheticians at The Dermatology Clinic can help walk you through the process, from consultation to treatment, and answer any questions you may have. Request an appointment today.