In New York City, smooth skin can be a very important thing! That’s not to say we’re shallow or vain, but we definitely live in a society that values a youthful appearance. Some people can achieve that appearance through the use of make-up or other cosmetic products. Others tend to take on the wrinkles and lines a little more aggressively. The most famous way to do this is through the use of Botox–but Botox isn’t the only game in town!
With the number one skin concern in America being facial wrinkles, Dysport represents one of the increasing arrays of options to combat these problematic lines. It contains the same active ingredient as Botox (Botulinum Type A) and has been used successfully in Europe and 36 other countries for nearly 20 years.
Method of Action
Like Botox, Dysport blocks the transmission of nerve signals to muscles in the injection area, thereby preventing muscle contraction. Sensory signals, however, are spared, meaning there is no change in the sensation of the area. Stopping the motor movement diminishes the lines that are repeatedly formed by creating the expression. The result can be a smoother, more wrinkle-free skin surface.
In this way, Dysport works very much like Botox. Choosing to go with Dysport or Botox is a decision that you can discuss with Dr. Rokhsar.
Although the active ingredient in Dysport and Botox is the same, some patients have a preference for one or the other. Some studies have demonstrated that Dysport is quicker-acting and longer-lasting than Botox, but that it has the potential for becoming ineffective after repeated use. Dysport generally begins to work within 24 hours to 3 days, whereas Botox can take about 3-5 days. Dysport may also last a few months longer than Botox. However, Dysport cannot be used in some of the areas Botox is approved for, such as the underarms and palms.
The cost of Dysport is usually less than Botox, however more product is typically required, making the cost difference sometimes irrelevant.
*Results may vary.
When Can I Get a Dysport Treatment?
The first step in your Dysport injection treatment is a consultation with Dr. Cameron Rokhsar. Dr. Rokhsar will tell you what is possible and what might require additional or supplementary treatment. For example, many patients will pair an injectable treatment with a Fraxel laser treatment. To schedule this consultation, simply contact us. If you have more questions about Dysport and what Dysport can do for you, Dr. Rokhsar will be happy to answer your questions!
What is treatment like?
Similar to other injectables, a topical numbing cream will be applied for 20 to 30 minutes before the procedure. Dr. Rokhsar will then inject a customized amount of Dysport into the areas of concern. After the procedure, mild swelling, bruising, redness, or tenderness may appear and is temporary.
How often can I get Dysport injections?
It is recommended to separate Dysport injections by 90 days. Clinical studies have found that four repeated treatments yielded the best results.
What are the risks?
Risks include a slight headache, nausea, hematoma, facial pain, and ptosis (a drooping eyelid) for up to 4 weeks, or flu-like symptoms.
Am I a good candidate?
Almost everyone is eligible for Dysport. However, it is important to talk to Dr. Rokhsar about any medical conditions you may have, especially if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or have a neurological or chronic disease.
What are the side effects of Dysport?
Dysport can cause some side effects that are rare among patients, however, the most common and minimalistic side effects are nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site soreness, eyelid swelling, sinus inflammation, and nausea and most uncommonly; swallowing or breathing problems.
How much will Dysport cost?
The cost of Dysport is usually less than Botox, however, more product is required, making the cost difference sometimes irrelevant.
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