Dysport in Brownwood, Texas
Dysport Before and After Photos
Everyone has heard of Botox®; it’s become one of the world’s most famous brands. But at Creative Image Laser Solutions we carry another neuromodulator you may not have heard of — Dysport®. While Dysport® is quite similar to Botox®, there are some differences that could make it a better choice for you.
Here’s some information about this less famous wrinkle eraser.
What is Dysport?
Dysport® is a neuromodulator. It is made primarily from the botulinum toxin type A, as is botox®. These are the same bacteria that can cause botulism, but they are also found throughout the natural world. Back in the 1950s scientists discovered that when the botulinum toxin was injected in minute doses into a muscle it temporarily stopped the muscle from contracting. It does this by blocking the acetylcholine, the nerve messengers in the muscles. Since the acetylcholine cannot deliver the message to the brain to contract the muscle, the muscle remains at rest.
The FDA approved Dysport® for cosmetic use for the treatment of frown lines and forehead wrinkles on May 1, 2009, but only for dynamic wrinkles.
Dysport® only is effective on wrinkles that are the result of muscle contractions under the skin. These are known as dynamic wrinkles, and they occur on the upper third of the face. When we make expressions, such as frowning or showing surprise, this engages the muscles around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. Over time and hundreds of thousands of these contractions, a wrinkle begins to form on the surface skin above the muscle. When Dysport® is injected into that muscle, it keeps the muscle relaxed so the wrinkle on the surface skin doesn’t form. This lasts for about four months.
How is Botox Different than Dysport?
Botox® and Dysport® are very similar, but they have some subtle differences. Both work the same way on dynamic wrinkles. Some people think Dysport® lasts one month longer than Botox, but that hasn’t been clinically proven. The two products are diluted differently, so it takes more Dysport® to achieve that same results as botox®, but the price is cheaper, so it equals out in the end. Dysport® is made of smaller molecules compared to botox®. This allows Dysport® to start working a day or so faster than botox®. It also allows Dysport® to be spread to a larger area. But the smaller molecules also make Dysport® more difficult to work with when treating smaller areas.
What are the Benefits of Dysport?
Frown lines, colloquially known as the 11s, form between our eyebrows and can make us look older. Forehead lines have the same effect. By erasing these wrinkles, Dysport® smoothes the forehead. We also use Dysport® to relax crow’s feet at the outside of the eyes, although technically this use is “off-label” for this area. To date, only botox® has received FDA approval for use on crow’s feet.
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Am I a Candidate for Dysport?
Whether Dysport® is right for you depends on the type of wrinkles you’re looking to erase. As mentioned above, Dysport® and botox® only work on dynamic wrinkles that form due to endlessly repeated muscle contractions on the upper third of the face. If you’re looking to address forehead lines, the 11s, and crow’s feet, then Dr. Butka can inject Dysport® to relax the muscles and erase the wrinkles.
However, if you’re looking to address lines and wrinkles on the middle to lower face, Dysport® is not the right option. These wrinkles need dermal fillers instead.
Are Dysport Injections Painful?
Dr. Butka injects Dysport® with a very fine needle, and it is not injected to great depths. Our Creative Image Laser Solutions patients equate the feeling of Dysport® injections to a pinprick, and they typically don’t ask for any topical numbing anesthetic. However, if you would like to have the injection sites numbed we can do that; it simply adds about 30 minutes to your session to allow the numbing cream to take effect.
How Long Does a Dysport Session Take?
These sessions take just 10-15 minutes. You can go right back to work or your other normal activities.
How Long Before I will see results with Dysport?
Because Dysport® is made with smaller molecules than botox® it can start working a little faster. Generally, Dysport® fully takes effect in about three days. From there, it relaxes the injected muscle for about four months.
What is the Difference between Dysport and Other Dermal Fillers?
While all of these are injectables, Dysport® is a neuromodulator. It works by relaxing muscles that create wrinkles on the surface skin when they contract. This happens when we make certain expressions. When injected, Dysport® stops the contractions, so the wrinkles don’t form. Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®, have no effect on dynamic wrinkles.
Dermal fillers — the two most popular are Juvéderm® and Restylane® — work in an entirely different manner. When injected, they simply “fill” in lost volume. The most popular fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. When a filler like Restylane® is injected, the hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules, instantly adding volume and pushing the wrinkled skin upward, erasing the wrinkle. Dysport® doesn’t work on static wrinkles.