Introducing a Fresh New Choice, Dysport – the Botox Alternative is here!
Patrick L. McGee DDS would like to introduce to you a new Botox alternative called Dysport. Dysport is not really new…It’s been in used in Europe for over 18 years with over 2 million users. Dysport is new to the US having just been released by the FDA for public use in May 2009. Patrick L. McGee DDS is excited about Dysport because our clients can now have a choice on which product to use.
The Dysport Difference
Dysport is very similar to Botox in many ways. They are both from the same drug family, Abobotulinum Toxin A, and perform similarly in results. Dysport can be more cost effective as the cost per unit is less. There is also evidence that Dysport injections may be more effective with large muscle groups, like foreheads and armpits.
Injections of Dysport® are performed with a very fine needle. Dysport® treatments typically take no longer than 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and can be performed over your lunch hour.
Like Botox, Dysport is administered via injections at the site of wrinkles and acts by temporarily weakening the facial muscles, which then smooth and soften the facial wrinkles and lines caused by excessive action of these muscles. The result is a face that looks fresher and younger.
Dysport may provide a little faster onset of action and has a greater ‘spread’ (giving a more ‘natural’ look) compared to Botox. There are also claims and suggestions that Dysport results may last up to a month or even two beyond that of Botox.
Although there will be some temporary swelling and redness after Dysport® treatment, you should be able to return to your normal daily routine immediately. Of course, anytime a needle is used, however fine, bruising is a possibility. This is minimized by avoiding aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (eg. Ibuprophen) for 1 week prior and 2 days after injection, when possible. Results are often the most apparent about one week after treatment, and typically last three to four months. Once the effects of Dysport® begin to fade, you can keep the results going with occasional “touch-up” treatments.