Dysport® has emerged in recent years as a popular alternative to BOTOX® for women and men who want to reduce or even eliminate the appearance of frown lines, those vertical lines that appear between the brows, creating a “scowling” appearance that can also make you look tired and worn out.
Dysport® has been specifically formulated to treat moderate to severe frown lines while still producing a natural-looking result. If you have frown lines and you're thinking about having Dysport® injections, here's what you should know:
How does Dysport® work?
Normally, your face forms expressions when nerve signals that pass between the brain and your facial muscles cause the muscles to contract. These contractions tug on the skin, causing lines and creases to form.
Wrinkles and lines that form in this manner are called dynamic wrinkles, and they're different from wrinkles and lines that form as a result of sun and environmental damage (static wrinkles).
Are Dysport® and BOTOX® the same?
They're similar. Both products derive their effects from the botulinum toxin, a neuromuscular agent that works to block nerve signals. But Dysport® uses smaller proteins compared to BOTOX®, and those smaller proteins may help doctors and patients achieve subtler, more natural and more precise results. In fact, Dysport® was specifically formulated to help reduce the appearance of frown lines without causing a “frozen,” stiff or mask-like result.
The bottom line: both Dysport® and BOTOX® can be effective in treating dynamic wrinkles; experienced Dysport® doctors and treatment providers can help you determine which product is the best one for your needs.
Can I have Dysport® injections if I've had BOTOX® injections in the past?
Yes, research has shown women and men who have been treated previously with BOTOX® can switch to Dysport® treatments later if they like, without any ill effects. During your consultation appointment, we'll be able to discuss both options so you can decide which one is right for you.
Can Dysport® be used on anyone?
Dysport® can be used in most adults, but it's not recommended in people who have an allergy to cow's milk or who have active skin infections in the treatment area. It also may not be the best choice for those who have had some types of facial surgery or those with very droopy eyelids or deep eyelid folds.
Request a consultation online or to learn more you can also call Michelle Ford, Aesthetics Coordinator at (309) 243-3875. We look forward to meeting you.