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Dysport

Dysport is an injectable product that is used to minimize the appearance of certain facial lines and wrinkles. The active ingredient in Dysport is a special toxin that works by reducing muscle activity in the area where it has been injected. After the medicine has been injected, it temporarily blocks the muscle contractions that cause lines and wrinkles. Within a few days of treatment, facial lines and wrinkles in the targeted area will be far less visible. Meanwhile, the rest of your face is free to move, allowing for a very natural appearance.

Dysport can be used to treat lines and wrinkles in the following areas:

Forehead and eyebrows
  • Vertical lines between the eyebrows (“frown lines”)
  • Horizontal lines across the forehead
Eyes
  • Crow’s feet (the fine lines that spread outwards from the corners of the eyes)
  • Droopy eyebrows or heaviness on upper eyelids
Mid face
  • Vertical lines around the lips (“smoker lines”)
  • Vertical lines around the nose
Lower face and neck
  • Vertical and horizontal neck lines
  • Dimpling of the chin

How is Dysport different from Botox?

Dysport and Botox are very similar. In both treatments, a form of botulinum toxin type A is injected to reduce muscle activity, helping to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles in the treatment area. Botox uses onabotulinumtoxinA, while Dysport uses abobotulinumtoxinA. Botox was the first neuromuscular toxin to be approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. Since its approval in 2002, it has gained widespread popularity thanks to its safety record and efficacy. Because it has been in use 7 years longer than Dysport, the Botox name is more recognizable.

Recent studies have shown that Dysport has a slightly quicker onset. Patients typically see results from Dysport 2 – 5 days after treatment, while the results of Botox are usually seen within 4 – 7 days. Dysport tends to spread more easily than Botox. As such, there are certain situations where Dysport may be more appropriate than Botox. For example, Dr. Russo likes to use Dysport when treating wider areas of concern, such as horizontal lines across the forehead. Because the dosages of Dysport and Botox are not the same or interchangeable, it’s important to work with a practitioner who is highly experienced in using these drugs. Dr. Russo has been administering both Botox and Dysport to his Champaign patients since they were released. Based on over 20 years experience, he is able to recommend the preferred treatment with these agents.

Ideal Candidates for Dysport

If you are unhappy with your appearance due to facial lines and wrinkles, you may be a candidate for Dysport. Men and women alike can benefit from the wrinkle-smoothing abilities of Dysport. It should not be used on anyone who has had a previous adverse reaction to Botox, as it is likely to occur with Dysport too. Like Botox, Dysport cannot be given to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you’d like to know if Dysport is the right treatment for you, we encourage you to contact our Urbana office today to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Russo.