Dysport is a neurotoxin injectable designed to correct wrinkles in the forehead, eyebrows, and glabella lines (the area between the eyebrows). It is the first FDA-approved competitor of Botox, equally as effective at eliminating frown lines with fast results. It is recommended to have a maintenance schedule of re-injection every three to four months, but this timeline will vary for everyone. At Madison Medispa in Waunakee, WI, our highly trained team can help you develop the perfect treatment plan.
How Often Do You Need to Get Dysport?
Since everyone’s body responds differently to restorative therapeutics, some will require touch-up treatments sooner than others. After their initial treatment, some patients can wait up to 90 days before needing a touch-up, while others may need re-injection after about two weeks into areas that require a little more attention.
There is some variation in results for older people as opposed to younger people. More mature skin responds less quickly and experiences a shorter duration of results than younger skin. Studies have shown that many younger patients experience full correction within 24 hours, not requiring a touch-up for four to six months. It is difficult to definitively identify the reasons for these individual differences, but some factors could include photodamage, delayed muscle response, and redundant skin.
The Difference Between Neuromodulators and Dermal Fillers
While both are referred to as “injectables,” neuromodulators and dermal fillers work in very different ways. Neuromodulators are substances that affect a nerve response or action. Dysport works as an inhibitory neuromodulator, meaning that it prevents the muscles from contracting. This results in muscle relaxation in the treatment area so that wrinkles do not form.
Conversely, dermal fillers actually “fill” the wrinkles they treat by augmenting areas of lost collagen. They are injected into the skin’s layers, getting underneath the wrinkles to fill the area and lift the skin upwards.
How Dysport Works
This product is made of botulinum toxin, a bacteria-derived substance that can be used in small amounts to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.
As a neuromodulator, this chemical blocks the nerve messages from the brain to the muscle, so the muscle never receives instructions to contract. Fewer contractions mean less wrinkling and a more youthful appearance.
Botox Versus Dysport
While both products are types of botulinum toxin injections and are safe and effective for the temporary treatment of wrinkles, there are a few differences that can make one a better choice for you than the other.
Although they work much the same way, they can differ in the amount needed for effective treatment, and the amount of time for each one to take effect.
Studies suggest that Dysport has a 90 percent efficacy once injected, and may have more immediate effects than Botox.
It has also been reported to be more effective in reducing lines to a significant degree during maximum facial contraction than Botox.
The biggest difference between the two that you are likely to notice as a patient is the number of units you will need. Dysport is more diluted than Botox, which means that you will receive more units during treatment.
This is because this product consists of smaller protein molecules that are less likely to be broken down in the body, which is an advantage for most patients. These protein molecules also vary in molecular weight, which allows this product to diffuse across larger surface areas.
Texture and Consistency
Because of its spreadability, this product is beneficial for treating a wider area, such as the forehead, including frown lines and crow’s feet. Despite the more diluted formula, this ability to diffuse easily over large areas can actually result in needing fewer injections to achieve your desired results.
In addition, continued use can actually train your muscles to relax more easily, meaning some patients can go longer between treatments after the first year.
Builds Less Tolerance
The immune system’s job is to protect the body from foreign invaders and mount an attack against anything it doesn’t recognize. While this is great for staying healthy, it’s not so great for the longevity of botulinum injections.
Because this product contains fewer trace proteins, the body’s immune response does not kick in as strongly to fight the neurotoxin, which allows it to accept treatments for a longer duration of time.
Treatment sessions take only a few minutes and are completed in-office as an outpatient service. You are free to go home or return to work as soon as your appointment is over. Despite what you may have heard, you do not have to keep your face still or avoid moving muscles after treatment.
Aside from avoiding strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours or so, you can resume normal activities and move your face as you normally would. You will see results within two to three days and can return for an easy touch-up after a couple of weeks if necessary.
This treatment is considered non-invasive due to its accuracy, good safety profile, and highly comfortable patient experience. It has a long track record in dermatological procedures and has been used safely by millions of people. One study reports that more than 95 percent of users thought their results looked natural with only two sessions per year and claimed that they felt more confident and attractive with minimal treatment.
In addition, nearly everyone can safely have this treatment. The neurotoxin in this product is purified, which minimizes the risk of side effects. If you have received Botox before, you will likely tolerate this treatment well. Allergies to this product are rare.
Combines With Other Treatments
We already know this product builds less of a tolerance to treatment than similar products, but another popular way to get the most from your injections is to alternate treatments with dermal fillers. By using products that lift and fill wrinkles in between neuromodulator injections, you can prolong your treatment results and continue to use botulinum injections for years to come.
Suitable for Nearly Everyone
While the majority of patients who seek treatment are women, the number of men exploring botulinum injections is increasing every year. With a higher emphasis on men’s physical appearance in modern society, this is a safe and effective way for them to maintain a more youthful profile.
Most people who use injectables are between the ages of 35 and 65, but many younger people are now choosing non-surgical methods as a proactive way to delay the aging process. The good news is that whatever your skin type or age, you are likely a suitable candidate for this treatment.
Strong Safety Profile
Multiple studies have attested to Dysport’s low-risk, high-efficacy safety profile. In addition, it has a favorable side effect profile as well, dramatically reducing the chances of any complications. There are no remaining scars like other intrusive treatments, and muscles will return to normal after the treatment wears off. In addition, this treatment leaves no excess wrinkles after long-term use.
In the hands of a highly-skilled injector, this product has no deleterious effects and is one of the safest and best-studied cosmetic services available. Therefore, it is important to choose the most experienced and qualified professionals. Our team at Madison Medispa have substantial training in neuromodulator injectables and continuously update our education and skill set to administer this treatment safely.
Why Consider Dysport?
Many hope to avoid intrusive treatments, but can no longer rely on anti-aging creams and lotions to give them the results they desire. They reach a point where improving the look of moderate to severe frown lines requires a more targeted approach. Neuromodulator injectables can provide the middle ground for these patients.
In addition, frown lines and wrinkles develop due to the frequent activity of repeated muscle movements over time. This can occur at any age for any individual. For people who want a natural, not “frozen,” facial appearance, this product provides a way to soften the brows for long-lasting, natural results.
Is Dysport Right for You?
The best way to determine if this product is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our certified nurse injector. She will take into consideration any prescription or nonprescription medications you are currently taking, any pre-existing medical conditions, and any supplements or herbal remedies you use. Our experts are experienced in problem-solving just about any skin challenge and formulating the perfect plan for you.
That being said, if you are over 18 and in good general health, you are likely a good candidate for this treatment. As a rule of thumb, general caveats to this include pregnancy, autoimmune conditions, and a history of sensitivity to botulinum toxin.
We Want to Help
Dysport has a more diluted formula than other neuromodulator injectables, giving it a subtler, more natural effect. It has an excellent safety profile and an early onset of action, giving fast results. There’s no need to put off the experience of a more youthful appearance. Call our skilled medical professionals at Madison Medispa in Waunakee, WI to schedule your consultation today.