• Dysport – An Alternative to Botox

    by Lauren Aycock, FNP-BC
    on Oct 22nd, 2018

 Many have heard about Botox but not everyone is familiar with Dysport and how it can be used to achieve the look you’re seeking. Dysport treats moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows by reducing specific muscle activity. Wrinkles are caused by repeated movements and muscle contractions, which means they can even develop in younger adults. And since wrinkles aren’t your style and the stiff-faced-celebrity-look isn’t your style either, you want to use a product that will give you the most natural look possible.

Dysport was initially marketed as the most natural option of the neurotoxic protein products available for fighting wrinkles, however what works best and looks best varies from person to person. Because of this we typically encourage a consultation with our provider to discover what product is what will work best for you.

Dysport treats moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows by reducing specific muscle activity. The reason it reduces the muscle activity is because wrinkles are caused by repeated movements and muscle contractions, which means that extremely animated individuals can develop wrinkles and age lines at a much earlier age. One injection into each of five points above the eyebrows temporarily prevents muscle contractions that cause frown lines, leaving the rest of your face to move naturally. In other words, it targets the offending muscle groups while leaving the rest of your face free to move about. This allows you to control your look without your look controlling you. The majority of users see improvement in just 2-3 days following the injections, and the look endures for up to 4 months. All this can be done from a 20-minute visit and with very minimal downtime afterwards! Another exciting feature with this product is that results of repeat Dysport treatments may be comparable to the first visit. This is one of the many reasons that 97% of Dysport users stated that they would use the product again in the future.

So, what is the difference between Dysport and Botox? As briefly mentioned above, these two products are incredibly similar: they both rely on a type of botulinum to restrict movement, both last for up to 4 months, and both are used to treat frown lines and other pesky wrinkles. Probably the biggest difference between the two is how they are measured. For example, a forehead that needs 50 units of Dysport might only need 20-25 units of Botox. Keep in mind that the number of units needed depends on the individual being treated and is not the same from person to person. Another difference is Dysport’s ability to spread, so it is easier to tackle larger surface areas with fewer injections. Lastly, Dysport is not FDA approved for “crow’s-feet” treatment, but many providers use it off-label to treat those areas.

If you have any of the following, Dysport may not be right for you:

 

There are not too many providers in the area that offer Dysport, so we are excited about being able to provide it to those who have a need for it! The product can be purchased by visiting either Kristen Richardson or myself. The price per unit at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center is $13.

 

If frown lines are something you wish you could tame, then schedule a consultation with us today! We have locations in Petal, Hattiesburg, Ellisville, Collins, & Columbia. At Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center you can love the skin you’re in.

Author Lauren Aycock, FNP-BC Pine Belt Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

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