Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) injections are used in the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles between the eyebrows (frown lines), crow’s feet, and forehead expression lines. When this material is injected into the muscle, it causes temporary paralysis of the muscle. Dysport® can also be used to lessen the appearance of fine lines around the mouth (smoker’s lines) and to elevate the eyebrows.
How Does Dysport® Work?
Dysport® is the brand name for abobotulinumtoxinA, a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.
Injection of this material into a muscle causes weakness or paralysis of that muscle. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. The results generally appear several days after injection and usually lasts 3-4 months, but, can last shorter or longer.
How Much Does Dysport® Cost?
Patients, Dr. Myers charges by the area for administration of Dysport®.
How Much Would It Cost To Treat My Brow, Forehead, and Crows Feet?
These are the most common areas where Dysport® is used to treat facial wrinkles. Dr. Myers typically uses 210 units of Dysport® to treat all of these areas and charges $700.00
How Much Would It Cost To Treat My Brow and Forehead?
Dr. Myers typically uses 165 units of Dysport® to treat these areas and charges $550.00
How Much Would It Cost To Treat My Brow?
Dr. Myers typically uses 75 units of Dysport® to treat these areas and charges $250.00
Dr. Myers does all of his own injections.
Why Are Medical Spa Prices Different Than Physician Office Prices?
Many medical spas may charge by the area injected and not by the unit. When purchasing Dysport® at a medical spa you are actually paying for the Dysport® itself, a nurse injector (or aesthetician) to perform the procedure, and a medical director to sign off on the injection. The medical spa not only has to cover their overhead and pay their employees, but they also have to make a profit. It is important to ask the person injecting your Dysport® how many units are being used. You may in fact be paying more for your Dysport® injections than you realize. With experience, knowledge of the facial anatomy, and proper placement of the Dysport® a qualified plastic surgeon can achieve better results at a lower cost per unit.
Why Should I Choose A Plastic Surgeon For My Dysport® Treatment?
Even though Dysport® is not a surgical procedure, it is very important to choose an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon when deciding to undergo any injectible cosmetic treatment. Doctors who are less familiar with the technique and facial anatomy can cause unsatisfactory results and damage surrounding structures. Dr. Myers will take the time to address any concerns that you may have regarding Dysport® injections.
How Long Does Dysport® Last?
The paralysis generally appears in several days and usually lasts 3-4 months, but, can last shorter or longer.
Are There Any Special Instructions To Follow Following Dysport® Injections?
It is important that you not participate in any aerobic or physical activities after you receive Dysport® injections as any increase of blood flow to the face may alter the affects of the Dysport®.
DO NOT apply ice to the face after Dysport® injections.
Some patients experience a small amount of swelling at the injection sites following Dysport® treatment that resolves over a few days.
The amount of bruising varies from none to a small amount and it depends mainly on the individual patient. The length of time it takes for any bruising to disappear is basically the same as the time it takes for bruises to resolve elsewhere on your body. Be sure to tell Dr. Myers if you have a history of bruising easily or bleeding excessively.
It is important to remain upright for at least four hours after Dysport® injections. This prevents migration of the Dysport®. The areas treated should NOT be massaged, but you SHOULD use the muscles treated for three to four hours after injection to encourage the nerve-endings of the muscles to take up the Dysport®.
DO NOT take a nap or go to sleep immediately after Dysport® injections.
Cosmetics may be applied after Dysport® injections.
You may take a warm shower or bath after Dysport® injections. DO NOT take a hot shower or bath as an increase in blood flow to the face may alter the affects of the Dysport®. It is also recommended that you avoid sitting in a hot tub or steam shower during the evening after your Dysport® injections.
What Are The Complications Associated With Dysport®?
Complications are rare. They include paralysis of the nearby muscle resulting in temporary loss of function i.e., drooping eyelid, in approximately 2% of injections. Occasional numbness of the forehead lasting 2-3 weeks, bruising and transient headaches have occurred.
In rare cases, the effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas of the body away from the injection site and cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. The symptoms of botulism include: loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing
In a certain number of individuals the injection does not work as satisfactorily or for as long as usual.
Is there any reason why I should not have Dysport® injections.
Dr. Myers servicing area recommends that you do not undergo Dysport® injections if you are allergic to Dysport®, allergic to cow’s milk, had a previous allergic reaction to another botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc®(rimabotulinumtoxinB), Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) or Xeomin®(incobotulinumtoxinA), or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
If you’re ready to get Dysport®, call at (936) 539-8115 for an appointment!