When I did The Amazing Race, we are always asked...what will we do with our winnings. I always joked that one thing I would do is get Botox. I never had and I really wanted it. I had one line between my eyebrows and it drove me crazy. No matter what I did, it stayed. I tried to tape it at night, face yoga, retrain myself not to frow...but that one line remained. So after coming in second place doing the Amazing Race, I did use some of my winnings to pay for botox. I was 46 and getting it the first time. I LOVED it! I could not believe that after a few days, that line was gone and my forehead looked so smooth.
Next time I went in, I did my crows feet. They never really bothered me, but I thought, why not try it there. I loved it! I did not realize how much smoother everything became. Sadly, my body eats botox like crazy. No matter how much they inject, it only lasted 10 weeks. I could not afford to keep this up. Then my esthicitican mentioned Dysport. So of course I had to google it.
I found this:
"After reviewing the available literature on Dysport this much can be said so far:1. Dysport and Botox have similar mechanisms of action (neuromuscular blocking toxin)
2. Dysport has less of a protein load than Botox. Clinically this means that Dysport will result in the formation of fewer antibodies against it. Antibodies are what our bodies use to detect and destroy foreign proteins aka antigens (the injected medications). Hence the assumption is that with fewer antibodies being formed the clinical effects of Dysport should last longer than those of Botox. That being said, some clinical trials indicate that Botox has longer lasting results.
3.In clinical studies, author's noted that Dysport "spreads more" during injection. This is both a good and a bad thing. It is good in that large areas that need injection (forehead, armpits) would require fewer injections due to the spreading. This would mean less likelihood of potential discomfort, swelling or bruising for the patient. It is bad in that unless the Physician is an experienced injector with a good understanding of more complex musculature (around the eyes, between the eyebrows), the Dysport could spread into unwanted areas causing untoward side effects (blurry vision, droopy eyebrows).
4. Dysport is diluted more than Botox which may cause some confusion for Clinicians not adept at determining how many units to inject in each anatomical area with the new product. However in the United Kingdom, this dilution has resulted in more cost effectiveness where 100 units of Botox goes for $525.00 and 500 units of Dysport is $300.00.
5. At this stage no significant "red flags" have been raised about the safety of Dysport. Of specific concern, allergies and infections have not been seen to a clinically significant degree."
I decided to try it out. I saw Dr. Bell at Plus Med Spa and made an appointment for Dysport. After receiving Dysport a few times now, let me go through point by point on the above.
1. Yes Dysport is also neuromuscular blocking toxin. The way this works is, the messages that your face is sending to your brain to make your forehead move up..is blocked. That is the reason it takes a few days for Botox and Dysport to work. As the toxin wears off, you regain the movement again because the messages are arriving to your brain.
2. Maybe clinical trials say botox lasts longer, but from my experience, that has not been the case, I have also read stores of women that their botox didn't last long, and yet had Dysport last much longer. If your botox isn't lasting the full three months, maybe give dysport a try.
3. This is another thing that I love about dyposrt...it spreads! I like that. I hated having parts of my face frozen. Dysport spreads so I get a softer look in my opinion. Saying that, you do need an experienced provider that fully understands where to inject since dysport does spread.
4. I have found dysport to be much cheaper and lasts much longer. It is worth the money in my opinion.
5. I have not had any allergies to dysport.
If you are local, I highly recommend Dr. Bell at Plush Med Spa. If you are considering botox or dysport, I am a huge fan of dysport. Do your research and make sure you see a provider that knows what he/she is doing! This procedure isn't for everyone, but I like it because I feel like I am saving my face from creating deeper lines down the road. Taking care of your skin is very important. Eat right, drink water, sun block...do these things please. Botox and Dysport is just one tool of many that you can use!