Though 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 faster and longer-lasting than Botox, but that it has the potential for becoming ineffective after repeated use. Dysport generally works in 24 hours to 3 days, whereas Botox can take 3 to 5 days until visible results. Dysport may also last a few months longer than Botox. However, Dysport is not used in some of the areas Botox is approved for, such as the underarms and palms.
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.