Dysport® & Botox® Injections
What is Dysport?
Prescription Dysport® is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for temporarily lessening or eliminating moderate-to-severe frown lines. Dysport is injected directly into the muscle underneath a furrow, weakening the muscle to the point where it cannot contract. Also known as Reloxin, Dysport is made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
What is Botox?
Botox® is similar to Dysport in that it is a prescription drug, injected into the muscle, and made from a safe form of botulinum toxin A. When injected, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Patients can receive Botox for cosmetic reasons or for medical problems and Botox injections are the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.
What is the difference between Dysport and Botox?
Although made from the same bacterium, there is anecdotal evidence that Dysport injectable may last longer, spread farther and take effect more quickly than Botox Cosmetic.
Botox & Dysport Treatment Areas
Medically, Dysport and Botox treat excessive underarm sweating, symptoms of cervical dystonia, which include neck pain and abnormal head position, and muscle spasms. Cosmetically, these injections treat forehead furrows, frown lines, crow’s feet, and skin bands on the neck.
Candidates For Cosmetic Injections
Candidates for Dysport and Botox injectables are adults younger than 65 years old who want to temporarily improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows or glabellar lines. It may not be suitable for those with the following:
- Allergies to injectable ingredients
- An allergy to cow’s milk protein
- Surgical facial changes
- Very weak muscles in the treatment area
- A face that looks different on each side
- Droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds
- Deep facial scars
- Thick, oily skin
- A neuromuscular disease
- Anyone pregnant or breastfeeding
- Wrinkles that cannot be smoothed when spread apart
- Inflammation or infection in the treatment area
The Injection Process
Using a very fine needle, Dr. Hunsaker will inject Botox or Dysport directly into the facial muscles causing furrows and lines. Patients do not require anesthetic, but some patients choose to numb the area with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. The whole procedure only takes a few minutes and patients can leave the office afterward. It is important to note that patients should only receive injections from a qualified medical professional, such as Dr. Hunsaker.
Botox & Dysport Results
Typically, patients can see results within a few days of treatment. These results can last up to 4 months. However, areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer.
Side Effects Of Botulinum Toxin Injections
Side effects of Dysport and Botox injections are usually mild and temporary, and normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections. Injection-site side effects include the following: