At last! When it comes to injectable treatments for reducing wrinkles and relaxing your facial muscles, you finally have an alternative to Botox.
Just this year, a new product called Dysport has been approved for use in the United States. It’s been used in Europe since the early 90s with great success, so I’m excited to see it arrive.
Dysport is very similar to Botox. In fact, they’re both botulinum protein A. But there are some very distinct differences between the two:
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1. The Dysport protein is somewhat smaller, so it works more quickly. European studies showed 25% of patients injected with Dysport noticed a difference on Day 1. Not everyone will get such quick results, but the median onset is only 2 to 3 days. Botox, on the other hand, takes 3 to 10 days to show results, with a median onset of 5 days.
2. Initial studies indicate that Dysport may last longer than Botox. Botox treatments normally last about 90 days. However, some studies indicate that Dysport treatments can remain effective for up to 120 days.
3. Dysport spreads out from the injection site more easily than Botox. This makes it a good choice for larger muscle groups, like the ones in your forehead. It also means fewer injections are needed to achieve results. However, keep in mind that if you’re trying to pinpoint small muscle, around the eye for example, it may not be your best option.
4. The cost of Dysport is much lower than Botox. This is partially because the unit size is 1/3 that of Botox. But since it diffuses farther from the injection point, you may be able to get more for your money with Dysport.
Now that you have an alternative to Botox, you may be considering an injection to relax your facial muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. If so, make sure to consult with a licensed professional who has experience with both Dysport and Botox.
Each has a role to offer, depending on the area that is being injected and your own muscular structure. So you’ll want your injector to be knowledgeable and well-versed in both methods.
Best Wishes for Health and Beauty,
Tara Smith, ARNP, NP-C[Ed. Note: Tara Smith, ARNP NP-C, is a board-certified nurse practitioner for Dr. Sears’ Center for Health & Wellness in Royal Palm Beach, FL. Her medical concentration is on aesthetics, teaching and family practice. Tara is conducting research trials into novel ways of naturally boosting HGH and working on a new book, on anti-aging for women.]
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