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Dysport Frequently Asked Questions

How does Dysport work?
Like Botox, Dysport temporarily immobilizes the muscles that cause facial wrinkles. Dysport diffuses a bit farther than Botox from the injection point: one to three centimeters compared to Botox's one centimeter. This means that fewer injections are needed

How long does the treatment last?
Dysport's results begin to appear within one to seven days of treatment, with day three being the median. (In other words, half the people treated with Dysport see wrinkle-smoothing results before day three, and half see results afterward.) Dysport contains less protein than Botox, which means the body should break it down more slowly. The studies are mixed, however, about whether Dysport lasts longer than Botox.

Are there any side effects?
Possible side effects are similar to those of Botox: headache and, if the drug diffuses too widely, drooping eyelids or eyebrows. After the treatment, there will be some reddening and swelling in the treated area. As with any injections, there is always the possibility of bruising.

Is Dysport safe?
At this stage no significant "red flags" have been raised about the safety of Dysport. Of specific concern, allergies and infections have not been seen to a clinically significant degree. The long term risks of using Botulinum Toxin are unknown.

What are Dysport advantages over Botox?
Dysport could act faster. Botox typically takes 3-7 days, Dysport 1-2 days to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines.

Dysport could last longer. In most studies, Dysport is lasting about 3-4 months, about the same as Botox. But, as some medical experts point out, some studies in Europe show Dysport might last even longer than Botox. It hasn't been out long enough here in the USA to know yet

Dysport could cost less. Many doctors are eager to use new injectables which can realistically challenge the virtual Allergan (Botox manufacturer) monopoly over the market. Also, Dysport is slightly less expensive. The cost per bottle to the physician is about 10% less.

Dysport diffuses over a wider area when injected and, as such, might be able to treat upper forehead lines more effectively than Botox. However, clinical studies haven't been totally conclusive on this point -- yet.

Dysport unit vs. Botox unit.
The dosing for Botox and Dysport is different. A Botox unit is not equivalent to a Dysport unit, so you can't expect to use the same number of Dysport units that you are used to using in Botox units. The ratio of Dysport to Botox units is generally 2.5-3: 1 (2.5-3 times more Dysport units per Botox unit). There is some variation between the upper and lower face.

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