Dysport® is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles. Dysport®, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, is a protein extracted from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The Dysport protein was initially used for the treatment of motor disorders and various kinds of involuntary muscular spasms, including cerebral palsy.
Dysport® was originally to be licensed in the United States under the brand name Reloxin.
Most articles pertaining to this drug in the United States referred to it as Reloxin. The FDA mandated that the drug be branded under its original name, Dysport (rather than Reloxin) prior to its April 2009 FDA approval.The FDA has approved Dysport® to treat forehead wrinkles and frown lines, making it only the second drug to be approved by the agency as a wrinkle treatment.
Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® is administered via an injection at the site of forehead wrinkles. According to Ipsen Biopharm Ltd., which makes Dysport®, the FDA based its approval on clinical trials involving about 2,900 people at 80 study sites.
One clinical trial showed 93%-95% of participants noticed an improvement in the appearance of forehead wrinkles within seven days after treatment, and multiple treatments produced effects that lasted for more than 13 months.
Dysport® treats deep lines and wrinkles by immobilizing muscles, similar to BOTOX®. Developed in the United Kingdom in the early ’90s, Dysport® has been used overseas for many years. Dysport® was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in April 2009 for the treatment of head-and-neck muscle spasms and deep lines between the eyebrows.
Dysport® vs. BOTOX®
Dysport® is made from the same botulinum toxin Type A as BOTOX® Cosmetic and is injected in the same way. Both work by temporarily immobilizing muscles, which reduces lines and furrows.
Dysport® is injected around expression lines — the creases caused by frowning, scowling, smiling or looking surprised — to diminish their appearance or keep them from forming. The three most common areas for Dysport® injections are:
- Between the eyebrows
- The forehead
- Next to the eyes, where “crow’s feet” form
Dysport® can improve your appearance and prevent the formation of deep expression lines that make you look older. It will not help fine lines or wrinkles that are not due to facial expressions.
Dr. Gartside will discuss all of your facial rejuvenation options during the inital consult. Please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates online or call 703-742-8004 today.