Dysport® is the newest injectable treatment used to lessen the appearance of wrinkles on the face. Made from the same neurotoxin (botulinum toxin type A) as Botox®, Dysport® was originally approved in the 1990s to treat neuromuscular disorders. Used for years to smooth wrinkles on patients in Europe and South America, it was recently approved by the FDA as a treatment to reduce wrinkles between the eyebrows.
Dysport® works in much the same way as Botox® to relax the muscles that cause facial wrinkles and frowns. Cosmetic physicians and trained clinicians administer Dysport® injections to make sure that the drug does not spread to nearby muscles, which can cause side effects such as drooping eyelids or eyebrows.
Popular for the treatment of crow’s feet, laugh lines, wrinkles, age lines, frown lines, and droopiness around the eyes, as well as excessive sweating and muscle spasms, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and effective injectable that can be administered in minutes. The injectable – a Botilinum toxin – inhibits the nerve impulses below the skin responsible for lines and skin creases. Because the treatment is administered non-invasively directly below the skin, normal muscle movement and control is unaffected, and there is no recovery time associated with the procedure.
Unlike BOTOX® treatment, which is an injectable neuro-toxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscles directly beneath the skin, Restylane® is dermal filler, and is designed to provide volume and fullness. Rather than contracting the muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, Restylane® fills in laugh lines, wrinkles, age lines, and hollow areas with filler material. Because of this, Restylane® if often a better option for individuals seeking a more plump or enhanced appearance.
Made from a non-animal hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring element in the body), Restylane® is harmlessly absorbed into the body over a period of 3 to 6 months. Once the absorption process is complete, the patient may wish to once again undergo treatment to maintain his or her desired look. The areas of the face that Restylane® is most effective at treating include the skin immediately above the upper lip, the corners of the mouth, the lower part of the jaw, and the lower cheeks.