Dysport (Reloxin) is a new wrinkle relaxer that was
recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of
wrinkles. Similar to Botox,
Dysport is purified abobotulinum toxin type-A. It works
like Botox by preventing the contraction of muscles that
create wrinkles in the overlying skin. Like Botox,
Dysport can be used to treat frown lines, forehead
lines, and crow's feet.
However, Dysport is not exactly the same as Botox.
The subtle differences between the two (such as how long
each treatment lasts for, or differences in side effects
are different, as seen in the clinical trials. The units
between Dysport and Botox are also not comparable since
they are different concentrations.
Dysport's possible advantages include:
- Faster onset of action.
- Less expensive.
- Possibly longer duration of effect.
While new to the United States, Dysport has been used
in Europe for several years for cosmetic and
non-cosmetic purposes. Physicians and patients alike are
excited by Dysport's approval.
Dysport is a purified formulation that has been shown
to deliver temporary improvements in moderate to severe
frown lines, even with repeat treatments. So, the effect
of repeat treatment with Dysport may be comparable to
your first use. With just 1 injection into each of the 5
points between and over the eyebrows, Dysport stops the
signal from the nerve to the muscles, ultimately
resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and
temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that
cause frown lines. The untreated facial muscles still
contract normally, allowing you to freely show facial
expressions, such as laughing, in untreated areas.
Note that Dysport is not the same or interchangeable
with the dosage of any other botulinum toxin product (ie.
Botox Cosmetic). The dose of Dypsport cannot be compared
to the dose of any other botulinum toxin product you may
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