Dysport is now available at North Vancouver’s Physician Skincare Centre, by Dr. Bieg, our experienced injector. Dysport is comparable to Botox in that the chemical structure is very similar. Dysport like Botox has been available in Europe for many years and in the Untied States for a couple of years. Health & Welfare Canada recently approved Dysport for essentially the same indications as Botox Cosmetic. The most dramatic difference in the two products is that the onset of action is very rapid with Dysport. Most patients report complete effect within 48 hours, whereas Botox generally requires about one week. Dysport units are not equivalent to Botox units. Although the price per unit of Dysport is less than Botox it requires approximately 3 times as many units of Dysport to achieve the same benefits as a unit of Botox.

Neither Botox nor Dysport ever result in Allergic reactions or Infections. Very rarely they may cause a small bruise which resolves in about one week. This is all the more rare because Dr. Bieg is unique in using a new needle for every injection, and having an assistant apply pressure immediately after the injection. He also administers very superficial injections to avoid larger blood vessels deeper in the skin. The primary concern is relaxation of an inappropriate muscle. This is the result of injector error. Dr. Bieg has been using Botox since 2003 and training other Doctors since 2005 and thus is very accomplished in only injecting the appropriate muscles. Dr. Bieg prefers minimal amounts of Botox or Dysport to ensure a natural, yet improved cosmetic appearance.

The most common site for Botox or Dysport is the ‘Frown” which gives individuals an angry appearance. Botox and Dysport can also be used for Forehead “horizontal lines”, “laugh lines” (Crows feet), Jaw-line definition, Marionette lines (droop down from the corner of the Mouth), as well as dimpled Chins, Neck bands or horizontal Neck lines.

Botox and Dysport generally last 3 to 4 months. There is some controversy as to whether or not Dysport lasts as long as Botox. When the relaxed appearance slowly wears off, the muscles return to their previous state. With consistent use of these products, the muscles require less Botox or Dysport, and the effect lasts longer. Many of Dr.Bieg’s patients only require a “touch-up” every 6 months. Occasionally patients may only need minimal amounts of Botox or Dysport after years of consistent treatments.

Although Botox and Dysport are indicated for Cosmetic purposes; they are also used medically. They are extremely helpful for Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating), Migraine Headaches, Blepharospasm (Eye twitching), Cervical Dystonia (Neck muscle spasms), Trigeminal Neuralgia(Nerve pain in the Face), as well as other muscle spasm conditions related to Cerebral Palsy or Multiple Sclerosis.

The primary indication of Botox and Dysport is for relaxing muscles. Although it is never discussed, Dr. Bieg has often noted that these medications improve the texture of the Skin. This is particularly evident when Botox or Dysport is used in the décolleté region on Women’s Chests.

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