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Dysport is an alternative treatment procedure to Botox that entered the U.S. market very recently. Presently available only in the northern half of the country, Dysport is already in demand among people all over the world. This procedure reduces fine lines and wrinkles on the face by relaxing the muscles between the eyebrows and around the eyes.
Dysport is effective for those who have just started developing fine wrinkles on their foreheads. As compared to Botox, Dysport provides a naturally soft look and is also less expensive.
Dysport is a protein extracted from Clostridium Botulinum, a bacterium. This protein was traditionally used to treat involuntary muscular spasms such as cerebral palsy and other motor disorders. Dysport is licensed in 60 countries to treat different neuromuscular disorders. It offers many cosmetic and health benefits.
Treat Muscle Spasms
Dysport is used by neurologists and eye specialists to treat muscle spasms and nervous tics of the neck and face.
Dysport has low protein concentration and therefore offers a better spreading effect as compared to Botox. Even spreading provides a more natural and softer look to the forehead.
Facial wrinkles are addressed by this procedure through injection of minimal amounts of Dysport directly into the muscles on the face. Effective treatment necessitates 3 to 5 very small injections that do not cause any pain.
No Anesthesia Required
As the procedure is practically painless, no anesthesia is recommended. However, doctors may numb the surrounding treatment area if you have any concerns.
Cosmetic Benefits of Dysport
As for the cosmetic benefits of Dysport, it is injected into the facial muscles that, when constricted, cause the glabellar lines (known as the frown lines) between the eyebrows. Dysport has non-cosmetic uses as well in those with cervical dystonia, a condition in which the muscles of the neck contract without the patient's knowledge and resulting in heavy pain.
Minimal Side Effects
Effectiveness tests conducted before launch showed that the Dysport procedure offers reduced side effects as compared to Botox. The procedure requires administering an injection that disintegrates in a few months' time.
Some of the common side effects of this treatment include mild abrasion or bruising around the site where the injection is administered and temporary soreness. Certain patients may experience a mild headache for a few hours after the procedure, but this usually disappears with a mild pain killer.
Certain patients have reported allergic reactions such as flu-like symptoms and skin rashes. These are temporary and usually disappear in a short period of time. Inform your doctor of any troublesome and prolonged side effects immediately.
Dysport Is Useful for Those Who No Longer Benefit from Botox
With prolonged use, Botox injections are no longer effective, as they cause an immune response in patients. Immune response processes the toxins after breaking them down. Simultaneously, immune response also releases antibodies that counteract the toxins in your blood. As the antibodies increase, the effectiveness of Botox treatment goes down.
Dysport uses lesser amount of proteins and patients elicit a milder immune response. Those who find Botox no longer effective may benefit from Dysport treatment.
Shannon Braslavsky is licensed as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in the state of Arkansas. In addition, she is also the owner of Refine Medical Aesthetics which specializes in Botox, Fillers, Peels and most non-surgical injectables.