Dysport Caused Eyelid to Droop
I tried Dysport for the first time three weeks ago...
- 21 Apr 2010
I tried Dysport for the first time three weeks ago. I have had Botox previously (3x) and am familiar with the effects. I began to see benefits in three days, but exactly one week post-treatment of Dysport I was horrified to see that my right eyelid was drooping. It took me the day to figure out it was from the Dysport. Initially, I believed (from postings on realself and elsewhere) that it was from doctor "technique" (or lack thereof). However, knowing that my doctor is an experienced plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, having had Botox previously and doing still more research on the issue, I have come to believe it is probably due to the Dysport itself and the way it is different from Botox. Because Dysport is diluted with more solution than Botox, there is more solution that is dispersed in the treatment area. If in the lower forehead, that means there is more solution that can "seep" down through the lower forehead muscle and cause ptosis, or the drooping of the levator muscle, which is what lifts the eyelid. I (and my doctor) are convinced this is what happened to me. It ain't pretty.
A possible remedy is Iopodine drops, a prescription that your doc can give you. It's for lasik surgery, but it helps to lift the eyelid. It comes in .5% and 1% solution. I have tried both. There is not much difference in effectiveness, but there is significant difference in price. Unfortunately, the drops help a little, but they do not mask the problem completely. If freaked out by the droop, I would get the drops, but do not have high expectations.
On timing: I am now two and a half weeks into The Droop. Although my doctor was thinking 1-2 weeks, it still has not begun to recede. Very disappointed with this, hoping that it will improve this week or next.
Although I was very excited that Botox had a competitor (particularly one offering such a crazy rebate with the Dysport Challenge), from my personal experience I would strongly discourage anyone from opting for Dysport (or, at least, for near the eyebrow area).
My doctor is an experienced plastic surgeon in Los Angeles.