What’s the deal with Dysport?

Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002.

Dysport is the same strain of Neurotoxin as Botox, except it is manufactured by a different company, and is now a competitor to Botox. It acts in the same way as Botox, and it lasts a month longer, for the same price.

We have been using Dysport since its approval by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2009.

How does it work?

  • Dysport is a muscle treatment, not a skin treatment.
  • It works by hindering the transmission of nerve pulses from one muscle fiber to another, thus weakening the muscle. When a muscle is weakened it begins to shrink and atrophy, much like the muscles in your arm will shrink if you put a cast on it.
  • This thinning of the underlying muscles results in a softening of the lines on the skin above the muscle and a decrease in the depth of the lines we call wrinkles. Repeated injections keep on atrophying the muscles until eventually they are so thin that you can no longer see deep lines.
  • Dysport does not prevent fine lines; it does keep fine lines from becoming deep lines.

Where do you put it, how long does it last and how much does it cost?

Chemically, Dysport lasts about twelve weeks, so most people have it injected three to four times a year.
The injections are done either by Dr. Ricke, or one of our well-trained R.N.’s.
The cosmetic use of Dysport is in three primary areas:
  • the lines between the brow
  • the lines on the side of the eyes (crow’s feet) and
  • the forehead.

The office currently charges $250 for 40 units of Dysport.
Exactly how much you need, and how often you will need it, will be determined in consultation at the office. We charge by the unit, so you can custom design how much you want.

Does it hurt?

After we cleanse the skin with alcohol, we use a small ice pack to chill the skin, and the tiny needle we use to inject Dysport is hardly felt, or described as a small pinprick.

What to avoid prior to having Dysport

For seven days prior to your Dysport injection please refrain from taking medications that thin your blood such as: aspirin, ibuprofin, Naproxen, Anaprox, Alleve, Motrin, high doses (above 1000mg.) of vitamins C & E.

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