In 2009, the FDA approved Dysport for two separate indications: spasmodic torticollis, also called cervical dystonia, and glabellar lines. Spasmodic torticollis, a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causes your head to twist or turn to one side. Cervical dystonia can also cause your head to uncontrollably tilt forward or backward causing neck and head pain. With Dysport, these pains and muscle spasms could be entirely relieved.
This drug has also been approved to address glabellar lines in adults under age 65. Glabellar lines are the short, vertical lines found between the eyebrows extending up the middle of your forehead for a centimeter or so. These lines are often the first wrinkles to appear on the forehead even as early as the mid 20’s often making the person look older and slightly angry. With Dysport, the frown lines between the eyebrows that are minimized, not your unique, beautiful, facial expressions.
These treatable issues are similar to the areas in which Botox treats; however, the proteins in Dysport are small and tend to act more quickly. Similar risk factors exist for either injection method, but Dysport does require some more effort on the physician’s part.
As a patient, however, your results with either method may vary. Dysport is slightly less expensive as an overall injection cost, but it is also much newer and does not have the long history of effective use as BOTOX injections. At the end of the day, choosing one or the other will not increase the risk of side effects or failure to achieve your desired results. Ask during your consultation with one of our medical injectors if there is a specific issue that may make one treatment more beneficial than the other in your case.
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