After years of successful use throughout Europe, Dysport® has finally been FDA approved in the U.S. as a competitor to Botox® in the treatment of wrinkles. Generically known as Abobotulinum Toxin, Dysport® is a different sub-type of the well known muscle relaxer. Although similar in many ways, Dysport® has some differences in onset of action, longevity, and in the actual result of treatment. Neither better nor worse than its name brand competitor, Abobotulinum toxin may suit some patients better than others. Ask Dr. Tanne which one is best for you!
How does the treatment work?
Dysport temporarily reduces the contractions of the muscles that cause wrinkles. By relaxing the muscles, the overlying skin becomes smoother. Several tiny injections are administered directly into the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Susan Stevens Tanne, M.D. will determine where those muscles are located, and will discuss appropriate treatment options with you.
Is Dysport safe?
Dysport is safe and have very few side effects. Rare side effects include headache, flu symptoms and temporary eyelid droop.
Will there be any downtime?
You may resume normal activities immediately. Vigorous exercise or lying flat may be restricted for a few hours following treatment. Many patients undergo Dysport treatment during their lunch break and return to work after treatment.
What are the benefits of Dysport?
Dysport has no downtime as opposed to other wrinkle reducing methods. Also, following treatment there is no pain or discomfort. Results can be seen within 1 – 5 days depending on several factors.
How long does Dysport treatment last?
Dysport treatment takes only a few minutes and depends on how many areas are being injected and the size of the treated areas. Most of the time used by Dr. Tanne is spent assessing how you move your facial muscles and in planning your treatment.
Is Dysport treatment painful?
The only pain or discomfort is a slight pinprick sensation from the small needle injecting the Dysport.
How long do results last?
Results of Dysport vary and can last up to four months. Generally, most people can expect three months of improvement. Treatments should be repeated every three to four months for maintenance.
Who are candidates for Dysport?
Candidates for Dysport injections are age eighteen and older, interested in improving the appearance of their face. Many candidates are seeking relief from wrinkles and brow furrows, and looking to achieve a more rested, relaxed appearance.
Who should avoid Dysport?
Do not use Dysport if you have an infection in the areas to be injected, are allergic to any of the ingredients in Dysport or are pregnant. Some conditions may increase the chance of infection, so Dr. Tanne should be advised of your medical history before receiving Dysport.
What are the alternative treatments?
An alternative treatment to Dysport is skin resurfacing, which includes many types of laser therapies and chemical peels. This will, however, not relax the lines created when muscle movement occurs. These procedures can be painful and may have a much longer recovery time than Dysport. Other alternatives include surgery such as a brow lift.
Is additional treatment necessary?
Generally, after three to four months, the Dysport effects will begin to fade and facial features will gradually return to their former state. Maintenance treatments are necessary to keep the effect for long periods of time.
What are the limitations of Dysport?
Dysport is not a permanent answer to reducing wrinkles. Also, results vary and occasional problems with asymmetry may occur.
Who provides the Dysport treatments?
All Dysport treatments at Cosmetic Laser MD are performed by Dr. Tanne.
Instructions before treatment:
Avoid alcoholic beverages and anti–inflammatory medications, especially aspirin, before treatment. Schedule a Dysport appointment at least two weeks prior to any special events to allow time to heal.
Instructions after treatment:
Treat any mild discomfort with Tylenol, and expect temporary swelling. Do not massage the treated areas because it may move the Dysport around and create a different effect. It is generally recommended to remain upright for four hours after injections and avoid aerobic activity for a few hours.