Houston facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm are experts in facial rejuvenation treatments, including non-invasive Dysport treatments. At FPSA, our physicians design and perform Dysport treatments tailored to the individual’s aesthetic goals. In the hands of these skilled specialists, Dysport can eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows and along the forehead, as well as crow’s feet, laugh lines and re-shape eyebrows to give patients a more vibrant and youthful look.
Dysport is also an FDA-approved wrinkle relaxer just like BOTOX®. The chemical formula is just slightly different. Also known as a neurotoxin (or neuromodulator), Dysport decreases the visual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in areas on the face that show expression, such as the forehead, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm also use Dysport to shape eyebrows. It can also help relieve medical issues such as, excessive sweating and migraine headaches. Once injected, the medication causes the underlying muscles to relax with a localized reduction of the muscle activity in the injected area. The result creates a smoother surface and more youthful appearance.
What Sets Us Apart
At FPSA, your Dysport treatments are performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Angela Sturm or Dr. Russell Kridel, or a registered nurse under the direct supervision of one of the surgeons. This provides patients with the peace of mind that they are in the hands of a physician who focuses solely on the face and neck and the procedure is done in the safety and comfort of a medical office environment. In addition, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm make sure patients are comfortable and experience very little discomfort during their treatment session, so patients can be given numbing cream or a dental block if they desire. At FPSA, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm take facial injections quite seriously and believe it is important for patients to have highly skilled and trained hands that can tailor injections to your specific needs with greater finesse, rather than a one size fits all approach at many medical spas.
"Dr.Kridel and his staff are the most amazing team out there. He performed my rhinoplasty and took care of each one of my concerns. As a senior in high school, I had no confidence when it came to my nose but after the surgery I look amazing and I’m actually more outgoing. I truly recommend him and his work. He is a very genuine person and cares for every patient. Honestly the best surgeon in Houston."- S.A. / Google / May 04, 2019
"I am about 6 weeks out from a grade 4 rhinoplasty revision and septaplasty surgery with Dr. Kridel. I did EXTENSIVE research before I chose my doctor. I was even willing to travel out of state if necessary. I wanted to choose the best, most capable, and skilled doctor, and I did. Dr. Kridel is still the BEST!I had my first septaplasty and rhinoplasty surgery almost 30 years ago and it was a horrific ordeal that left me feeling like I had PTSD for many years. My nose was never the same and eventually the tip started curving to the right and I could not breathe through my nose. I was too scared to go through the experience again, and I was afraid that I'd spend all the money and end up with similar results. Medicine has come a long way, in the past 30 years, and sometimes you get what you pay for in life. Dr. Kridel was not the cheapest, but I am confident that he is indeed the BEST possible option for me. I needed nine grafts to rebuild my nose, and my surgery was over 6 hours long. I woke up after surgery with minimal swelling; whereas, in my previous surgery I woke up with my eyes swollen shut and all bruised up. I never took a pain pill, as it was not needed. I did take Tylenol a few times. Bruising and swelling lasted a couple of days and then subsided. I've been waiting to review Dr. Kridel until I could fully determine the success of my surgery, and I'm super grateful to report to you that I can see that my nose will hold it's shape. I'm able to breathe and my nostrils are now symmetrical. There is no question that Dr. Kridel gave me his best work, and I'm so grateful!I've read reviews that claim that Dr. Kridel needs to move on, as he's getting older, but this is EXTREMELY false. Dr. Kridel is still very passionate about his craft and about teaching and helping others. He is still on the cutting edge of medicine in his field. He helps write text-books on these procedures, so he's clearly still extremely knowledgeable. On the day of surgery, you could tell that he was eager to help me and excited to do the surgery. There was nothing bored, checked-out, or overworked about him. I recommend that you do your research and interview a few doctors. You will see that Dr. Kridel and the two doctors that work with him are top-notch. I have met all three of them, and you cannot go wrong with their bedside manner, knowledge and expertise. This is the place you want to go for sure! I have seen Dr Caceres many times post-surgery, and he was always patient with me, kind, and caring. I was terrified to have my stitches and packing out, but he helped me get through it without any tears! Dr. Caceres truly cares about his patients and that goes a long way!Let me also point out that very few doctors do both procedures: plastic surgery (rhinoplasty) and ENT work (septaplasty). When it comes to the look and function of your nose, you want someone highly skilled at both."- J.P. / Google / Sep 06, 2019
"I could not have imagined better results than I was given by Dr. Sturm. I now look like I have the face I should have always had. Dr. Sturm is truly an artist with an incredible gift. In addition to this, she is also very kind and compassionate."- A. / Healthgrades / Aug 21, 2019
"Amazing Experience - I could not have imagined better results than I was given by Dr. Sturm. I now look like I have the face I should have always had. Dr. Sturm is truly an artist with an incredible gift. In addition to this, she is also very kind and compassionate."- A. / Yellowpages / Aug 21, 2019
"Exceptional in Everyway - My experience with Doctor Sturm was beyond my best expectations. Her professionalism, empathy and care, bedside manner, and of course, her technical expertise, are without question in rarefied air.Bottomline: on a professional level Doctor Sturm is elite. But more importantly, and perhaps what I appreciate the most, is that on a basic human level, she cares for her patients."- A.A. / Yellowpages / Aug 12, 2019
Dysport is administered by Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm during an in-office appointment that typically takes about 30-45 minutes. The depth, length, quantity and location of wrinkles varies for each patient. Therefore, the injection treatment, including the dosage and injection location, is tailored specifically to your facial structure and aesthetic goals. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm will mark the specific areas on the face that are going to be treated with a washable marker. There is no downtime and patients can return home or to work after their appointment.
What To Expect
Immediately following a series of Dysport injections, there may be some mild swelling and redness at the injection site. This will subside a few hours after the procedure. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few hours. It typically takes 4-7 days for Dysport to take effect after treatment. Dysport typically acts faster than Botox because it generally spreads farther from the injection site. The result is wrinkles will cease to appear and skin appears smooth and soft.
Treatment costs vary for each patient depending on how much Dysport is used. For men, it may take a larger dose to achieve the desired effect. A treatment session typically takes 1-3 syringes, with costs ranging between $360-$800 per session.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $360 - $810
- Recovery Time
- 1 Day
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 30 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Dysport or BOTOX?
Dysport and Botox can be used interchangeably. Both Dysport and Botox are FDA-approved, safe and effective for facial wrinkles, and are widely available. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm can discuss both options at your consultation.
Dysport or Filler?
Wrinkle relaxers, like Botox and Dysport, temporarily freeze the underlying muscle. They do not fill in any lines and are more effective at removing wrinkles in the upper third of the face. Conversely, injectable fillers such as, Restylane®, Juvederm® and Perlane®, are not wrinkle relaxers. Fillers help decrease wrinkles by adding volume to certain facial structures, which creates the appearance of smooth skin. Fillers are more effective in the bottom 2/3rds of the face. During your consultation, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm will do a thorough examination and discuss your aesthetic goals. They will design a treatment plan specific to your needs which may include wrinkle relaxers, wrinkle fillers or a combination of both.
Dysport is not a permanent fix. Results will last for three to six months – sometimes longer – but they will not last forever. To maintain the youthful effects, patients have repeat injections as soon as they see signs that frown lines or wrinkles are returning, normally about 2 to 3 times a year.
Is it Safe?
Dysport is approved by the FDA and has a long, safe history. Along with Botox, it is a very popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure. However, even with its popularity, Dysport is a drug and should only be administered by a qualified medical practitioner. Botox is not recommended for patients with some medical conditions. You should review these with the physician at the time of your consultation.
Botox is similar to Dysport and is also considered a wrinkle relaxer. Since the chemical balance is just slightly different between Dysport and Botox, patients can react differently. One may be more effective than another depending on the patient. Plus, patients can develop a tolerance to one specific brand over time and can switch to another neurotoxin brand option.
Men and women who wish to soften and decrease facial lines and wrinkles may be candidates for Dysport. The most common age to receive Dysport injections is between 34-55. However, many patients in their late twenties and early thirties, have Dysport injections at the early signs of aging to help timeshift the aging process. There are also a wide range of patients over the age of 55 who effectively use Dysport to reduce the signs of aging and better match their youthful spirit.