Dynamic muscle contraction is responsible for a number of undesirable lines and wrinkles on the face. For over a decade Botox has been the only product used to reduce dynamically caused wrinkling and lines. Now with Dysport both patients and doctors have a choice. (We love competition because it helps us get better pricing for our patients!)
How Dysport is different
Dysport is very similar to Botox with the primary neuroprotein, botulinum type A, being the same. The differences lie in the dosing unit calculation due to dilution type, the time it takes to see effectiveness, dispersion of the product and possibly longevity.
Dysport for many patients seems to take effect a little quicker than Botox, and for some reports lasts a little longer. For some treatments, such as forehead lines, Dysport has a larger “spread” so Dr. Pilest will frequently use Dysport and Botox in the same session to provide the best benefits of both.
Dosage is individually tailored to your facial muscle mass to be most effective. Because dosing units are not similar, comparing dosage units of Botox to those of Dysport is not applicable. The size and use of the muscles that produce frown lines varies among individuals, so Dr. Pilest will customize treatment to each patient’s needs. However, the typical unit “conversion formula” is approximately 3 units of Dysport to 1 unit of Botox.
Dr. Pilest is pleased to offer this “wrinkle relaxer” for the reason above and also because it is a alternative for those who may have developed antibodies to Botox which makes it less effective .
Is Dysport better?
Dysport and Botox are not seen as rivals in our practice and we’re not assuming one is better than the other. In many instances Dr. Pilest may use both products for one patient’s needs across various areas. Botox has a proven track record and it’s a mainstay in our practice. The choice between the two may be as simple as patient preference or physician decision about which product would provide the most effectiveness for a specific location.
Where is Dysport used?
Dysport is used in all the same locations as Botox
- Frown lines
- Worry lines
- Crow’s feet
- Brow asymmetry
- As a “Chemical Brow Lift”
- Bunny lines
- Downturned mouth corner
- Neck “cords” or “bands”
- Chin crunch or dimpling
- Excessive underarm sweating
Dr. Pilest – a Training Physician for Dysport
Dr. Pilest routinely provide his services as a Training Physician for Dysport. In this capacity he serves as a one-on-one trainer for physicians who wish to add Dysport to their practices. Dr. Pilest holds expert training positions for a number of companies and technologies. Among these are Medicis’ Restylane-L and Perlane, Bioform’s Radiesse, Allergan’s Juvederm and Botox and laser technologies by Candela and the new Fraxel CO2 Fractional Laser.
Who makes Dysport?
Dysport is distributed by Galderma (previously Medicis), the same company which now supplies Restylane and Perlane / Restylane Lyft. It was developed by Ipsen, a global pharmaceutical developer headquartered in France and has been used medically since 1991.