You may have heard of Botox before but have you heard of its newest alternative? It’s called Dysport. This injectable treatment for smoothing wrinkles is made from the same exact neurotoxin (called botulinum toxin type A) as Botox. Dysport however, just hasn’t been around as long. Dysport was formerly called Reloxin.
In the spring of 2009, it got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used as a wrinkle treatment. But, unknown to us in the U.S., Dysport has been used for smoothing out facial folds and lines in Europe, South America, and elsewhere for several years now. Just like Botox, this particular injectable was originally developed in the decade of the 1990′s to treat neuromuscular disorders.
Do the results of Dysport injections last?
Results after getting Dysport injections will begin to appear noticeable within one to seven days after treatment. The average days for Dysport to stop the wrinkles once injected, is three days after. That means half the patients treated Dysport will see wrinkle-smoothing results before day three after injection, and the other half will see results after a period of 3 days.
Dysport contains less protein in it than its competitor Botox, so the body tends to break it down more slowly. This leads people to believe that the results are longer lasting than Botox. The studies comparing Botox to Dysport are mixed, however. So it is unclear whether the results from Dysport really do last longer than Botox.
Clinical studies that were sponsored by Dysport’s manufacturer and published in the March/April 2009 issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery reported that the effects of Dysport lasted more than 13 months in some people where as Botox results can last up to four months. Figure on Botox or Dysport working well for about three months before you’ll be noticing a reduced effect and wanting more.
Another study reported by ABC news showed results that might surprise some people. The anti-wrinkle injection Dysport actually proved better at reducing crow’s-feet the more popular competition, Botox. The study, published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, compared the two different kinds of botulinum toxins. In the 30-day compare, researchers injected 90 study participants with both injectables. Dysport was on the right side of the face and Botox on the left. Dysport was found to be more effective at reducing crow’s-feet lines when smiling than Botox, according to physicians and patients.
That being said, Botox remains the most popular for wrinkle smoothing injections and has yet to be unseated from its throne as the number one wrinkle-smoothing injectable. Many doctors and nurses offer both kinds of brands in their offices. It could be that people prefer Botox because it was the first on the market, therefore more recognized by patients and more frequently requested.
Dysport side effects
The risks for Dysport are similar to the risks with Botox. Because the injections are not permanent, the side effects that develop tend to be minor. A bad headache may occur. If the drug diffuses too widely or is injected too close to eyes or mouth, eyelids, eyebrows or lip may droop. If you decide to use Dysport to smooth out your wrinkles, be sure you receive treatments from a well-trained and experienced health professional who has been injecting Dysport for quite some time.
Cost of Dysport
While Botox is more popular than Dysport because its been around longer, the price point of Dysport of definitely competitive to the Botox price. It’s hard to quantify perfectly as some doctors charge per area injected, while others charge per unit administered but you usually don’t know what the rate of dilution was that they used when they mix up the potion.
Dysport is currently the only other injectable wrinkle-stopper in Botox’s class which finally gives Botox some stiff and much-needed competition. Competition is a beautiful thing because Botox users know that Botox becomes very expensive over time with the necessary repeated injections. The price of Botox injections can range anywhere from $300 – $500 per treatment. The cost of Dysport, on the other hand, tends to start out more firmly near the $300 mark. If you are willing to leave Botox, you can expect to save maybe 10% on Dysport. Hopefully if Dysport becomes more popular, the makers of Botox, Allergan, will have to reduce the cost of Botox to keep it competitive. One can hope.