What is DYSPORT ? Why Dysport instead of BOTOX?
For clients seeking a non-invasive, natural-looking solution to frown lines between or above the eyebrows, problem underarm perspiration, uncontrollable neck spasms, or certain other large-area issues, the newly-approved Dysport injectable may be the answer. It’s subtle, non-permanent, affordable, and based on the same compound as the better-known Botox.
Why try something new, when there’s a well-understood and widely available standby like Botox for the same issues? There are several reasons one might choose Dysport over Botox, beginning with the lowered risk of allergic reactions. You will want to discuss the best option for you ahead of time, and weigh the alternatives.
If your body readily forms antibodies to Botox, there’s a chance that the lower protein content of Dysport will allow it to pass unnoticed by your immune system, meaning that the effect of the treatments will last longer and there will be less irritation at the injection site. This is of particular interest to former Botox patients who are now seeing reduced results, as their body attacks the injectable with which it is now familiar. Anecdotal evidence from Europe, where Dysport has been in use for years, indicates that results may last somewhat longer than Botox as well.
Additionally, there’s a price differential. Dysport is somewhat less expensive than Botox, and each injection site affects a broader area, meaning fewer shots are necessary to treat larger areas such as the forehead. This also means it’s less suitable than Botox for finely detailed work, such as around the eyelids themselves, and must always be handled by a doctor well trained in its behaviour, lest it spread into areas not intended for treatment.
Studies indicate that Dysport takes effect faster than Botox, as quickly as 24 hours after treatment, so if time is a factor (eg you’re leaving on vacation, your reunion is coming up, etc) then it may be a better choice for you. Botox normally takes a week to create visible results.
In short, Dysport is an intriguing new alternative to Botox, based on the same chemical, the same science, and the same mechanism of putting the nerves responsible for wrinkles “to sleep” for months at a time.
Every client, every face, is unique. Please book a consultation with Doctor Sutton so that we can discuss which alternative will give you the most natural-looking, most effective results to help you look your very best.
What to do before your Dysport treatment
Dysport is minimally invasive, so the advance preparations are minimal as well. The most important thing is for you to have consulted with our staff and gotten answers to all your questions. You should feel confident in your choice. There is no replacement for an aware, informed client, and our experts are here to help you make the best decisions for your unique situation.
The area where you will recieve the injection should be healthy, free of infections, muscle wasting, or other such problems. You’ll have previously done an allergy test to ensure you are not actively allergic to the botulinum toxin or cow’s milk. You should be of legal age, of course, and not pregnant or suffering from a nerve problem such as ALS.
It’s your choice whether to show up bare-faced or with makeup, but if you do wear makeup, be prepared to wash your face and re-apply before leaving the office. This may not be necessary, depending on the site and extent of treatment.
What to do after your Dysport treatment
For the first 4 hours after treatment:
- Keep your head upright (do not lie flat, do yoga, or get a massage)
- Do not apply pressure to or massage the treated areas
- Do not participate in strenuous exercise
- Do work the muscles in the area that was treated (frown, squint, raise eyebrows) as much as possible for the first 30 minutes after injection
- Pinpoint bleeding may occur and will resolve quickly.
- Rarely, patients may develop mild bruising or sensitivity around the injection site. This will usually resolve within the first week after treatment.
- Any immediate redness or swelling will typically subside within an hour and may be covered with makeup.
- You may wash your face, apply make-up, sunscreen and/or moisturizer immediately after treatment.
- You may resume mild to moderate exercise the day after your treatment.
There may be slight irritation at the treatment site afterward, so a concealer of some kind may be helpful. If treated around the eyes, sunglasses are a popular option.
As with any medical procedure, it’s a good idea to bring a friend or family member along, both to soothe any treatment-day nerves, and to drive you home afterwards. You may indeed be perfectly fine to drive, but we as medical professionals prefer that you relax after any treatment and allow yourself to be looked after, at least for a few hours. Treatment around the eyes may absolutely preclude driving, in which case having someone there to do it for you, or taking a cab, may be not just the best choice, but the only choice.
Keep your doctor’s advice in mind over the next three days, as results slowly develop. You may want to keep track of your feelings and appearance in a private blog or Notes on your phone.
What to expect
Rarely, transient headaches are reported. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) may be taken as needed. It is unlikely that each treatment will result in this experience. In fact, Botox injections are indicated for relief of chronic headaches and migraine.
Your results will appear gradually over a period of two to ten days, depending on your choice of injectable, and should last approximately three to four months.
Dysport and Botox are both treatments which can be tweaked over time to get the perfect result for you, and we want you to be happy. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns: 604.428.6692