At California Skin Institute we believe that our patients should have options when it comes to treatment of various skin problems like wrinkles and crow’s feet. For example, in your search for skin care experts and skin tightening procedures, you’ve undoubtedly come across Botox®, a procedure that is known world-wide for its many uses and applications. However, at California Skin Institute we believe that although Botox® can be an amazing solution for many patients, it is not right for everyone. Therefore, in an effort to give you more options and a specialized treatment plan, we offer several skin tightening procedures, such as Dysport®, which are very effective at tightening facial skin, but work somewhat differently from Botox®.

What is Dysport® used for?

It is the very activities that make us human — laughing, frowning, and squinting — that also make us look older by stretching and loosening facial skin. This effect is unfortunately compounded over time, as our skin naturally loses elasticity and begins to sag. However, this is a problem we can easily treat at California Skin Institute with several dermal fillers and other treatment options, like Dysport®.

Dysport® is a recently-approved treatment in the United States (gaining FDA approval in April of 2009) but has been used in parts of Europe for several years prior. It is an injectable wrinkle treatment that operates in a manner similar to Botox®, but is believed to be more effective in specific situations, like crow’s feet, in some individuals. Often, within just one week of treatment, most patients see visible improvement in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.

At California Skin Institute, we commonly use Dysport® to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet. The treatment is available by prescription, and can be performed the same day as your visit at all of California Skin Institute Silicon Valley and San Francisco locations.

How Dysport® works to minimize wrinkles?

Dysport® is manufactured from the Clostridium botulinim toxin type A; which is very similar to the active ingredient in Botox®. The treatment is typically administered in a series of tiny skin injections to maximize natural appearance and to decrease any discomfort. After injection, Dysport® acts to immobilize the muscles around an area of skin affected by wrinkles; such as the crow’s feet around one’s eyes, and frown lines. When the muscles that initiate wrinkles are immobilized, the effect (with most patients) is a temporary reduction in wrinkles caused by facial movement.

Dysport® and Its Similarities to Botox®

Dysport® shares some chemical similarities to Botox®, but while it is based upon the same protein from which Botox® is made, the two treatments differ slightly. Dysport® is a competing product to Botox® that Some European studies indicate may have a slightly longer duration of effect, and possibly a quicker onset of action.

Dysport® treatment: what to expect

The treatment itself is speedy, and many California Skin Institute patients have even undertaken treatment during a lunch break; returning to work right after. Keep in mind that, as with any injection treatment, a small amount of bruising may appear in rare instances, but the bruising is minimal and can be typically covered with makeup. Avoiding aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. Motrin or ibuprofen) for at least ten days before treatment reduces the risk of bruising – something to keep in mind if you do choose to have this procedure performed in the middle of the workday or before a major event, like a wedding.

How long does Dysport® last?

The effects of Dysport® are semi-permanent; with injections effects slowly passing over a 3-4 month period. The frequency with which you will need to repeat injections varies from patient to patient and should be discussed with your doctor.