Could One Treatment of Dysport Be Used on Several Different Areas of the Face?

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Dysport may be used in multiple areas during one treatment

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Dysport is used similar to Botox and is used in multiple locations. Most physicians charge per unit vs. per area. The most common areas requested are the frown lines or glabella area, the lines on the forehead and the crows feet or area around the eyes.

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Dysport (and Botox) can be used to treat multiple areas the same day: Watch for pricing issues.

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It is perfectly appropriate for a physician to treat multiple facial areas with Dysport or Botox on the same treatment day, but be careful how you are charged. Some physicians charge by "area" no matter how little you need, and some charge by unit. Per unit charges are more easily tracked and more easily proven fair. If you are being charged by area, ask if there is a discount for multiple areas being treated on the same day. There may not be, but it doesn't hurt to ask!

Dysport treatment

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You can have multiple areas treated during one session or office visit.  Most patients do a few areas at once. (for example: Crows feet, Glabella (between the brows), and Forehead) Some offices charge by the unit, so you pay for the amount injected regardless of where the Dysport is placed.  Other offices charge by the area or for a standard amount.  If they charge for a standard amount, it is up to you where you want the Dysport but if you put inadequate amounts in a number of areas you won't be happy with the results or the longevity

Good luck~

Dr. Grant Stevens

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Dysport - Could One Treatment of Dysport Be Used on Several Different Areas of the Face?

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Botox and Dysport

By now, everyone has heard of Botox but there is a lot to discuss and, despite its popularity, there are still some misconceptions about what it does - and what it doesn’t do.  Both Botox (Allergan) and Dysport (Medicis) are formulations of Botulinum toxin A, a preparation which was found serendipitously to be highly effective in diminishing the appearance of lines on the face and neck.  In fact, Botox and Dysport are among the most remarkable treatments available.  They work by temporarily weakening specific muscles of the face and neck and, as a result, they diminish the appearance of the lines and creases that form when those muscles contract.

The most common areas of the face on which Botox and Dysport are used are (a) the deep creases between the eyes (the glabella), (b) the horizontal forehead creases, and (c) the smile lines at the sides of the eyes.  Depending on where and how much is injected, they can also provide a moderate but effective elevation of the eyebrows.  They are also used, in smaller amounts, on many other parts for the face and neck, including the vertical lines on the upper and lower lips, the chin, and the banding on the neck.  Treatments diminish the lines that form when the muscles are contracted, and they soften the lines that are present at rest.

Botox and Dysport are administered by a wide variety of practitioners, including doctors (such as plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists, among others), nurses in doctors’ offices (in some states), and non-medical personnel in some spas and similar settings.  It is important to know who will be administering the Botox or Dysport.  While it is not exceedingly difficult to give these injections there is, as always, a range of capabilities among the people giving them.

The injections take about 20-30 minutes (longer if topical anesthetics are used, in which case an additional 20-30 minutes is required for maximum effectiveness).  Via a series of injections with a fine needle, the Botox or Dysport is delivered directly into the target muscles.  The effects typically become apparent within 2-5 days, with the smaller muscles (like the smile lines) being affected first and the larger muscles (the glabella) taking a little longer.  The effects usually last for about 4-9 months, at which time additional Botox or Dysport can be given.

Both Botox and Dysport are marketed as freeze-dried precipitates (powders) that are reconstituted (made into a liquid form) by adding variable amounts of a salt-water solution that approximates normal body fluids.  Dosages of both are referred to as “Units.”  Botox is available in vials of 50 and 100 Units; Dysport is available in vials of 300 Units.  While there’s no absolute formula, about 2–2.5 Units of Dysport is equivalent to 1 Unit of Botox.

The keys to the effectiveness of these treatments are (1) How many Units are injected into each area and in total, and (2) How old is the reconstituted solution?

Number of Units:  The amount of Botox and Dysport to be administered depends on which area(s) the patient wants treated and how deep the lines are (which is related to how thick the muscles are – men typically have thicker muscles than women do), combined with practical considerations, including the costs.  Most people need at least 50 Units of Botox (100-125 Units of Dysport) to have the three major areas treated.

Typical distribution of Botox, then, is about 20 Units to the glabella, 20 Units to the forehead, and 10 Units to smile lines next to the eyes.  For larger muscles (and in men) increased dosages are required to achieve similar results.  Depending on the patient’s preferences, the distribution can be modified.  Since different amounts of solution can be used to reconstitute the product, the only thing that matters is the number of Units being injected:  not the number of cc’s (the volume of injected material), the number of syringes, or the number of injections.

Hold Old is the Solution?:  While most people may assume that the Botox or Dysport is being made up fresh for each patient, that is not necessarily be the case.  Though studies have shown that reconstituted Botox and Dysport can retain their effectiveness for up to several weeks, the package inserts suggest a much shorter duration (in the range of hours, not weeks).  My policy is to use product only within the recommended time periods.  Furthermore, unless other arrangements have been made, I make it up fresh for each patient or treatment.

The cost of these treatments varies widely, but typically range from about $500.00 to $1500.00.  Among the factors that determine the cost are the areas being treated, the dosages – and the doctor. 

When considering Botox or Dysport, it is important to know which product is being used, how many Units are going to be administered, and how old the solution is.  Without knowing all of these, accurate comparisons regarding the effectiveness and the cost of the treatments cannot truly be made.

Different treatment areas for Dysport

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Yes. Several different areas can be treated at the same time using Dysport. Like Botox, Dysport works by weakening the muscles that cause certain wrinkles. The mos popular area are the frown lines, forehead and crow's feet areas. Bunny lines on the nose and near the corners of the mouth are other areas that are sometime treated. Dysport and Botox are so popular because they work so well, are affordable and have very little risk. Beware of offers too good to be true. These medicines can be diluted and you might not really receive the full amount needed to get you the best result. Go to a reputable doc and you shouldn't have a problem. Have fun.

When using Botox the question is not whether one "treatment" is enough but how many units are needed for the desired effect

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When using Botox the question is not whether one treatment is enough but how many units are needed for the desired effect. I am aware of practices that charge a set price for Botox treatment. However, every patient has different anatomy and different goals for their treatment. Therefore, the important measure is how many units your injector suggests will give you the desired result. This is the reason why many practices charge for Botox by the unit. In many cases it will save you money if you need only a few units (say less than 25). It also gives your injector the freedom to treat you with the number of Botox units that will give you a pleasing result.


Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Dysport and Botox are typically used on the upper third of the face

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Most patients choose to relax the lines between the eyebrows, also known as the "glabella".  Others treat the crow's feet around the eyes or the lines on the forehead.  You want to be sure to see a board certified Dermatologist to discuss your unique facial lines to determine which areas would look best treated.  More than one area can be treated at the same time.  Best of luck to you.

Carolyn Jacob, MD
Chicago Dermatologic Surgeon

Dysport can be used for several areas of the face

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Since Dysport works the same way as Botox, it can be used in the same areas, which are typically where there are wrinkles caused by hyperactive muscles of expression. This is usually the upper face, sucha s the furrows between the eyebrows, and "crow's feet" around the eyes.

Treating multiple areas with Dysport

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Multiple areas of the face can be treated at the same time with either Dysport or Botox (or both). Hopefully the injecting physician will be charging based on the number of units injected so you will know exactly how much you are getting.



Yes, can use dysport in several areas

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Dysport can be used in several areas of the face in "one treatment". However, not to be confused with a doctor that says that they have a price for treating"one area".  When this is stated it is usually a pricing issue. If you see someone that charges per unit this will not be an issue and they will inject you wherever needed at same visit. 

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