I’m a 43-year-old woman interested in facial injections to reduce the wrinkling on my face. I’ve been considering either Botox or Dysport. I was leaning toward Dysport, but then I found out that it’s made from cow-derived substances. Unfortunately, I’m lactose intolerant. Will I have a reaction to Dysport because of this?
Your research is correct, Dysport does have proteins derived from cow milk that is contraindicated in those individuals with cow milk allergies. Lactose intolerance is a very different type of sensitivity and not really an allergy. I do not believe that individuals who are lactose intolerant are at risk for problems following Dysport injections. If you are concerned then Botox does not contain these proteins and I am certain you will be safe with this product.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld