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Smooth your wrinkles with Dysport

November 9, 2016

With so many options as a treatment for wrinkles, it is safe to say that sometimes making a choice is difficult. While BOTOX, being the first prescription injection approved by the FDA, is the most worldwide recognized and used. There are other ones that may be even more effective than the good old Botox.

Dysport may be the solution to your everyday battle against your wrinkles, initially just implemented to treat muscle spasms in the lower limbs and upper limbs; in 2009 it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of wrinkles between the eyes (forehead wrinkles).

Dysport and its ingredients

Just like Botox, Dysport’s active ingredient is a botulinum toxin compound Type A, this a protein is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum.

This Botulinum toxin affects nerve impulses since it is a neuromodulator. It has proved to be useful in cosmetic procedures managing to prevent future formation of wrinkles. The Botulinum toxin works by paralyzing facial muscles. Some of the inactive ingredients found in a Dysport injection are cow’s milk protein and human plasma.

Dysport is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and its uses vary between treatment for muscle stiffness in various areas (wrists, elbows, upper limb, and others), Cervical dystonia (adults) and for cosmetic purposes (to diminish the appearance of frown lines).

How to know if you are a candidate for Dysport prescription?

If you are interested in getting a Dysport treatment, the first step you need to take is to contact a plastic surgeon. Once you have your medical appointment, you will have, to be honest with the doctor of your choice, about your medical history, the past and present health issues or conditions and the current medicines you are taking. Not everybody can undergo a Dysport treatment.

Please make sure you tell your doctor if you have gotten injections of botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin or Myobloc) before. Conditions like: breathing disorders, heart diseases, seizure disorders, diabetes and others may discard you as a candidate.

Dysport: The treatment

Once your doctor and you, have decided you are getting a Dysport injection for cosmetic purposes (say goodbye to those frown lines!), what can you expect?

The process is fairly simple, your doctor, nurse, or another healthcare provider will give you this Dysport injection into the muscle. It is important to keep in mind that Botulinum toxin injections should only be given by trained medical professionals. Under NO circumstances let a non-certified professional perform this process. Keep a record of your botulinum injections, and if you decide to switch your medical provider let them know the last time you underwent this procedure.

Dysport is an ongoing treatment, you may need another dose several months after an injection, do not inject Dysport until 3 months have passed after your treatment. Overdoing Dysport treatments will not give you better results, on the contrary, it can be health threatening.

What happens after you get injected with Dysport? Side Effects.

After receiving a Dysport injection, your muscles are weakened for several weeks (12-16 approximately). The results obtained from the treatment last from 4-6 months and in some cases even a year!

The most common side effects can be:

Within a few hours, you can have issues with swallowing, breathing or speaking. The reason this can happen is because these muscles are weakened by the injection. Sometimes these effects occur days or weeks after undergoing the Dysport treatment.

Sometimes the toxin's effects from the injection can spread across other areas of your body besides the treated one. In worst cases, you can get symptoms of a condition called botulism.

If any of these side effects last for an abnormal lapse of time, call your doctor.

What to avoid after receiving a Dysport Injection?

Dysport may weaken your vision or depth perception. Make sure someone drives you home after you get a Dysport injection. Doctors suggest that one should have adequate rest and to avoid going back to normal physical activities immediately after your injection.

Other drugs can increase some of the side effects of Dysport like allergy medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, urinary medicines and more. Please discuss with your doctor any medicines you normally ingest, in order to avoid potential side effects.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially: injected antibiotics (neomycin, amikacin, streptomycin, tobramycin).

The Future of Dysport

In past studies, like one (published on June 20, 2011, in the journal Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery) funded solely by Medicis Aesthetics in which Botox and Dysport injections were tested to see which one worked better smoothing crow’s feet.

One side of the participants’ faces was injected with Dysport and the other one was injected with Botox. The results measured through scores given to each treatment’s effectiveness showed that Dysport had a small advantage over Botox in its performance, the signs of wrinkle reduction where slightly less visible when participants had their muscles contracted in the side that had been injected with Dysport. When patients' muscles were at rest, there was not a significant difference between the scores between Botox and Dysport.

For now, Dysport is only approved to be injected in the frown lines between the eyebrows, but with more extensive research it may expand to other areas. By now you are probably considering making an appointment with a plastic surgeon yourself, and you should! Dysport injection’s great results won’t let you down.

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