Dysport® is a wrinkle reduction product that can be injected into certain areas of the face to smooth the skin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the injectable in April of 2009 for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines (the frown lines between the eyebrows) in adults under the age of 65. The product works similarly to BOTOX® Cosmetic injections; it contains botulinum toxin Type A, an ingredient that paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles.
According to the manufacturer's website, Dysport® is indicated for use on the frown lines that develop on the forehead between the eyebrows. Patients that have mild to moderate wrinkling of the forehead are good candidates for Dysport® injections. Those that have deep wrinkles in the forehead may be better candidates for the browlift procedure.
- Patients are not good candidates for Dysport® if they:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients found in Dysport®
- Are allergic to cow's milk protein
- Experienced an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product (such as Myobloc® or Botox®)
- Have a skin infection at the planned injection site
- Are over the age of 65
When patients visit a specialist for Dysport® injections, the treatment area will be cleaned with an alcohol wipe to prevent infection. In some cases, a local anesthetic such as lidocaine will be used to numb the treatment area. In the majority of cases, however, Dysport® is injected without the use of numbing cream. The Dysport® treatment process involves one injection into five sites that run above and between the eyebrows.
While both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® injections can be used to reduce wrinkling of the forehead, the results of Dysport® are typically seen within 24 to 48 hours and they last for four to five months. Conversely, the results of BOTOX® Cosmetic are seen within three to five days and last for three to four months. However, it is important that patients realize that the outcome of each type of treatment will vary by patient.
Dysport® Side Effects
Dysport® treatment is associated with some side effects and complications, including:
- Pain at the injection site
- Reaction at the injection site
- Eyelid swelling
- Eyelid drooping
- Nose and throat irritation
- Sinus inflammation
- Upper respiratory tract infection
The typical cost of Dysport® injections is between $300 and $400. Although Dysport® injections are less expensive than BOTOX® treatment, Dysport® contains a smaller amount of botulinum toxin. This means that patients may need an increased amount of Dysport® injected into the treatment area to achieve desired results. The increased amount of product means that the cost of Dysport® treatment may be higher than BOTOX® Cosmetic.
There are a number of treatment alternatives to Dysport®. BOTOX® Cosmetic is another non-invasive treatment that targets forehead wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing, laser skin tightening, and chemical peels may also reduce the appearance of brow creases without surgery. Forehead lift and eyelid surgery are great treatment options for patients with severe wrinkling in the upper third of the face.
Contact a Dermatologist
If you are interested in learning more about the differences between Dyport® and BOTOX® injections, contact a dermatologist in your area to schedule a consultation. An experienced physician can discuss the risks and benefits of each treatment with you so you can make an informed decision about which product is right for you.
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