Friday, May 1, 2009
Medical Reports: Hot Shots
Move over Botox, there's finally some competition on the market. The FDA just approved Dysport, a new injectable that paralyzes wrinkles. Seven's Diana Diaz gives us the lowdown on this newest Hot Shot.
WSVN -- In this little vial is the latest hot shot in the battle against wrinkles. It's called Dysport, and it's the first toxin to rival Botox.
Dr. Leslie Baumann: "They're both from Botulism type A, but it works a little differently."
Dr. Leslie Baumann, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami, has been involved in the clinical trials of Dysport for the last three years.
The toxin has been padlocked inside this refrigerator and has only been used on study participants, but now the FDA has approved it, and it's ready to start paralyzing wrinkles.
Just like Botox, it's injected into lines on the face. It breaks down a protein in the muscle that allows the muscle to contract, so when the muscle can't contract it's relaxed.
Dr. Leslie Baumann: "In the studies I did, I didn't have any safety problems."
While Dr. Baumann can't release any of the study results, her patients report that Dysport seems to kick in faster and last longer.
Millie Gutierrez: "Sometimes two to three days, right away I would see the difference."
Even better news, right now Botox costs about $300 an area, but the FDA approval of Dysport could drive down the prices.
Dr. Leslie Baumann: "It seems to last a longer than Botox, so that will bring the price down just by the fact that you don't have to do it as frequently. We're all hoping this will bring the price down. Kind of like Pepsi vs. Coke, once there is a competitor, then usually prices will come down."
Millie Gutierrez joined the trial three years ago because she was concerned about the frown lines on her forehead.
Millie Gutierrez: "I believe I looked tired everyday, and I really wasn't."
Millie says she loves the results.
Millie Gutierrez: "I look totally relaxed, no lines. I can't wait for it to be out in the market."
Diana Diaz: "Dysport should start arriving in doctors' offices in about 30 days."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Leslie Baumann
Miami Heart Institute
4701 N. Meridian Avenue, Ste. 7450
Miami Beach, FL 33140