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How does it work?
Dysport® blocks nerve impulses to the injected muscles, so muscle contractions are reduced, and so are the wrinkle lines of expression.
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® (pronounced DISS-port), also known as abobutlinumtoxinA, is a purified protein that is similar to Botox® in that its active ingredient is a form of botulinum neurotoxin Type A. Dysport® is used for aesthetic purposes in 36 countries, and on April 29, 2009 was FDA-approved in the United States for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in adults less than 65 years of age. This is the same indication for which Botox Cosmetic® was approved. Like Botox®, Dysport® has therapeutic indications as well, and is sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in its medication guide.
Medicis Aesthetics, the company that brings us Restylane® and Perlane®, markets Dysport® in the United States for cosmetic use. Ipsen markets Dysport® in the United States for the therapeutic indication of cervical dystonia.
What should I expect for my initial visit?
For your initial visit we give you extra time to discuss your concerns with the doctor, and so he can see whether you have any health conditions or circumstances that could interfere with your treatment. Should you decide to proceed with treatment, a small needle (30- to 32-gauge) will be delicately used to inject a few drops (typically 0.05 to 0.08ml) of reconstituted Dysport® into the muscle that causes the wrinkle. This eventually relaxes the muscle to reduce the creasing of overlying skin during facial expression. Over time, static wrinkle lines (the ones at rest) may relax and soften. Dysport® relaxes muscle. It does not pull, nor does it fill the skin.
How long will it last?
Although results will vary from patient to patient, a Dysport® treatment will generally last about three months. Like BOTOX®, Dysport® is injected into carefully selected sites based on your specific anatomy. Sometimes, the duration of your treatment results may depend on the dose given, though higher doses will not always make your results last longer. The doctor will strive to treat you with the dose appropriate for you.
It is recommended that you not be retreated in less than three months time.
Dysport® temporarily affects the nerve endings. Nerve impulses that trigger muscle contraction are blocked until the nerve endings repair themselves and work just the way they did before. Treatments do not affect your ability to feel sensation.
What should I expect after treatment?
Most people do not notice a significant difference the day after treatment. Like Botox®, a Dysport® treatment will take several days for you to see its maximum results. However, some people feel that Dysport® may begin to show improvement quicker than BOTOX®. This may have something to do with the size of accessory proteins that surround the active portion of the toxin molecule.
The effect of each Dysport® injection will spread to a small area (about the size of a quarter) surrounding the injection point(s). With BOTOX®, the area of spread is generally smaller. The doctor will consider these differences when selecting the points to inject. In some cases, where the area of treatment is big, such as in a person with a large forehead, it may be preferable to use a product that has a larger spread of effect. When the treatment area is more confining, a product that has a tighter area of spread might be preferred. Patients often feel Dysport® works well to treat the crow’s feet wrinkles near the sides of the eyes, where the muscles encircle the eyes. This is an “off-label” indication that is commonly treated.
With repeated treatments, the beneficial effects may last longer. With regular use, Dysport® may reduce the size of treated muscle until you begin using the muscle again. This is known as reversible disuse atrophy and occurs naturally when a muscle is not exercised. This helps keep wrinkles slightly more relaxed during facial expression. At rest, the wrinkle itself may soften over time, because treated muscles do not constantly crease the skin. In essence, this allows the skin to repair the wrinkle.
Is It Safe?
Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A (BoNTA) has been studied for over 100 years. Dysport® is a form of BoNTA that has been used in the United Kingdom since 1991, and has marketing authorizations in 75 countries for multiple therapeutic uses. It has been estimated that its use in patients is above two million single treatment cycles, representing over 840,000 patient years of treatment. The doses required that are used for cosmetic use are much lower than those typically used for other therapeutic uses.