In April 2009, Dysport(Reloxin) was FDA approved for wrinkle removal in the U.S. BOTOX® Cosmetic, previously the only botulinum toxin injectable available, has finally found some competition in Dysport.
Dysport was originally manufactured and distributed in Europe and several other countries abroad. Dysport came to the U.S. after its manufacturer joined forces with Medicis, the pharmaceutical company that brought us Restylane and Perlane. While originally marketed for U.S. distribution under the brand name "Reloxin," the drug's original name, Dysport, was nailed down during the FDA ruling.
How Does Dysport Work?
Dysport injections, like Botox, use a refined form of the botulinum toxin type A in its formula. This toxin acts as a neuromuscular blocker that relaxes treated facial muscles and dissipates muscle tension, which can create an outward appearance of wrinkles and facial creases. Dysport is injected into facial muscles underneath the skin at various points, focusing on a targeted treatment area.
Am I a Candidate for Dysport Injections?
Dysport injections are safe for the majority of adults with wrinkled facial skin. Dysport is not FDA-approved in the U.S. for the treatment of muscular disorders, migraines, hyperhidrosis, or other conditions that have occasionally used Botox as an alternative treatment.
Female patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not candidates for Dysport injections.
How Much Does Dysport Cost?
Since both use the botulinum toxin type A, Botox and Dysport cost estimates are very similar to each other. The 2009 national average cost of Dysport injections was $397, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dysport injection costs may fluctuate based on local costs and the extent of treatment. In general, Dysport costs may range from $300-$500 in total.
Is Dysport an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
How Long is a Dysport Treatment Session?
Dysport treatment sessions typically last between 10-20 minutes, depending on the amount of Dysport being injected and the size of the treatment area.
Is Dysport Painful?
Dysport injections shouldn't cause patients a great deal of pain or discomfort. However, some patients do report some tenderness and/or soreness at the treatment site post injection. Minor headaches may also occur following treatment, but over-the-counter pain killers should adequately alleviate pain in that circumstance.
What is the Recovery Time for Dysport Injections?
Dysport patients should be able to resume daily activities immediately following treatment.
Are There any Side Effects With Dysport Injections?
Most patients don't experience severe side effects with Dysport injections. Common minor side effects include temporary redness, bruising, skin tenderness and a slight headache immediately following treatment.
More severe side effects can include a rash at the injection site, usually due to an allergic reaction, and in rare cases, slight spreading of the Dysport formula—this can cause drooping of facial muscles near the lips and eyes (ptosis).
How Long do Dysport Results Last?
The length of Dysport treatment typically lasts about as long as Botox treatments do—3-6 months. Some patients and doctors say that the slightly lower concentration of Dysport's formula affects the length of results in comparison to Botox. More conclusive differences in the treatment results of these two injectables will become clearer once Dysport has been in distribution for a couple years.
Does Insurance Cover Dysport Injections?
Because Dysport injections are, presently, just used as a cosmetic anti-wrinkle treatment, insurance generally won't cover these injections.
What Other Treatments can Dysport be Combined With?
Dysport is most popularly combined with other skin rejuvenation treatments like IPL Photofacial, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels. For the most enhanced results possible, some anti-aging patients like to combine Dysport injections with dermal fillers like Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm or Radiesse™.
What are Some Other Terms for Dysport Injections?
Reloxin injections, Clostridium botulinum toxin type A, dermal injectable, wrinkle-removing injectable, etc.