Dysport is a neurotoxin manufactured by Galderma that works by blocking nerve impulses to muscles, causing them to relax. Dysport can be used to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows by reducing specific muscle activity. Wrinkles are caused by repeated movements and muscle contractions, which means they can even develop in younger adults.
One injection into each of 5 points between and above the eyebrows temporarily prevents muscle contractions that cause frown lines, leaving the rest of your face to move naturally. In other words, no frozen look, just natural-looking results. The majority of Dysport users see improvement in just 2–3 days after treatment, and results can last for up to 4 months.
What is Dysport?
Dysport is an injectable that paralyzes certain muscles in the forehead so they can’t move, thus preventing wrinkles from forming. It can also soften existing lines over time. Dysport is FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe glabellar lines between the eyebrows, known as frown lines. Like Botox, Dysport uses a type of botulinum type A to stop muscle movement.
How long is the procedure?
What can Dysport treat?
Dysport helps smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. Dysport targets glabellar lines (vertical wrinkle lines located on your forehead) and is considered for adults who want a natural look and not a “frozen look.” Glabellar lines most often start to form in between your eyebrows during early adulthood. As you age, they can become more prominent due to decreased elasticity. They can also become more noticeable when you squint, giving you a frowning or angry appearance.
Dysport is intended for people who have moderate to severe glabellar lines only. If you have mild wrinkles of this nature, you may not qualify for this type of procedure.
How much is each unit?
How many units are used per treatment?
Treatment is tailored to each individual’s: desired goals (prevention vs. correction), how often they are treated (every 3-4 months vs. annually), how they are treated (full vs partial correction) and how deep the lines are.
What is the different between Botox and Dysport?
Both Dysport and Botox are forms of botulinum toxin type A that use the exact same mechanism of action to temporarily block and relax muscle contractions but have a few differences. Dysport generally has smaller molecules size and tends to diffuse more when injected, causing it to spread out over a broader area than Botox. This can be beneficial when treating a larger area, such as wide forehead wrinkles, and areas with thinner muscles, such as crows’ feet.
Greater diffusion means fewer injections to achieve desired results, but also means Dysport may not work as well for treating smaller areas or areas with thicker muscles, such as the space between your eyebrows or around your mouth. Consult with your aesthetic medical professional to determine which products (Botox or Dysport) can best achieve your desired results.
What are the results of the treatment?
While Dysport injections can be used to reduce wrinkling of the forehead, the results of Dysport are typically seen within 24 to 48 hours and each outcome will vary by patient.
See below for important product and safety information.
When will I see results?
Both Dysport and Botox are absorbed by nerve endings near the treated areas soon after injection. The majority of people begin to see the effects of Dysport 1-2 days after injection. This is a slightly faster onset of action than Botox which is typically about 3 days after injection.
For both Dysport and Botox, effects reach full result in 2-3 weeks.
You can go home immediately after Dysport injections. While you might experience slight side effects, there’s virtually no recovery time needed.
You may see results as soon as two days after treatment, and these can last for up to four months. One study of 104 patients who had Dysport injections reported an 88.5 percent success rate in wrinkle treatment 30 days after injection. Since these effects aren’t permanent, you’ll need more injections after a few months to maintain smoothness in your forehead.
Take care to avoid rubbing the site of the injections, as this can increase your risk for side effects and the spread of the toxin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you’ll want to wait at least two hours before exercise and other forms of physical activity.
How often should I get the procedure?
One treatment of Dysport can last for up to 4 months, so the effect of repeat treatment with Dysport may be comparable to the first use.
You should wait at least 90 days between Dysport treatments. The safety of Dysport has been studied in up to 12 repeated treatments, and clinical studies demonstrated continued efficacy with up to four repeated treatments.
What do I get with the procedure?
Our trained medical professional will provide a consultation, address any questions/concerns and formulate a treatment plan based on your desired outcomes. Once you and your medical professional agree on the treatment, the injectable will be reconstituted and injected into the target areas.
What are the health risks and side effects?
Dysport treatment is associated with some side effects and complications, including:
- Pain at the injection site
- Reaction at the injection site
- Eyelid swelling
- Eyelid drooping
- Nose and throat irritation
- Sinus inflammation
- Upper respiratory tract infection
Dysport may not be right for you if: you have surgical changes to your face, very weak muscles in the treatment area, your face looks very different from side to side, the injection site is inflamed, you have droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds, deep facial scars, thick oily skin, or if your wrinkles can’t be smoothed by spreading them apart.
Do not have Dysport treatment if you: are allergic to Dysport or any of its ingredients (see the end of the Medication Guide for a list of ingredients), are allergic to cow’s milk protein, had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product, such as Myobloc®, Botox®, or Xeomin®, have a skin infection at the planned injection site, under 18 years of age, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.