With the popularity of Botox® Cosmetic there was bound to be some competition. Dysport® (formerly known as Reloxin®) is an alternative to the highly-requested wrinkle treatment that has received international attention. This product is made by the same company as Restylane® and now is available at Cosmetic Laser Center of Irvine. Dr. Morris Ahdoot specializes in non-surgical facial rejuvenation technique. He has extensive education and training focused specifically on the face, so he is specially qualified to help you decide if Dysport® treatment is right for you.
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What are the benefits of Dysport®?
Time is not always on our side, especially when it comes to maintaining a youthful looking face. Facial wrinkles are often one of the first signs of aging. If you aren’t ready for cosmetic surgery but would like to perk up your look, having Dysport® at Cosmetic Laser Center of Irvine could be just right for you. Commonly treated areas include: Horizontal forehead creases, wrinkles around the outside corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and the vertical line between the eyebrows.
How does Dysport® work?
Dysport® is a modern wrinkle treatment similar to Botox® Cosmetic, made from purified clostridium botulinum. It effectively treats “dynamic wrinkles” which are caused by facial muscle movement. Dysport® temporarily relaxes the targeted facial muscles preventing them from contracting and causing lines and wrinkles. Soon after the treatment the muscle movement ceases and the wrinkles begin to smooth out. Improvements from Dysport® are not permanent so you will need to return for additional injection every few months to keep them up.
What are the differences between Dysport® and Botox® Cosmetic?
While Dysport® and Botox® Cosmetic injectable wrinkle treatments are similar in many ways, there are some noticeable differences between the products as well. They both contain the same active ingredient, purified clostridium botulinum (botulinum toxin type A) ; however, Dysport® is suspended in lactose and Botox® is suspended in sodium chloride. Additionally, Dysport® differs in the following ways: In U.S. clinical trials, Dysport® was shown to take effect within 1 to 2 days instead 3 to 5 days for Botox® Cosmetic: it also may last longer, especially in younger patients.
The wrinkle-relaxing effect of Dysport® have been found to spread farther from the injection site than with Botox® Cosmetic, which can reduce the number of injections but also the precision.
Dysport® may be a more affordable choice over Botox® Cosmetic for some patients.
What are the side effect and risks of Dysport?
Dysport® treatments can cause unwanted effects. These are rare, but can include temporary soreness or mild bruising around the injection site. Some people may experience a slight headache that may last for several hours after treatment. In a very small percentage of cases there can be a complication called “ptosis” (drooping eyelid) which may last a few days or up to 3-4 weeks. Rarely, an allergic reaction can cause a skin rash or “flu like” symptoms. Contact Dr. Ahdoot immediately if you experience any of these side effects. You should not have Dysport® treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or at all if you have a neuromuscular disease such as Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome or you are allergic to cow’s milk protein or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.