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All you need to know about Dysport

What is Dysport?

Dysport is an FDA-approved form of botulinum toxin type A that reduces the appearance of lines that primarily affect the glabella, the area in between your eyebrows, by temporarily blocking the communication between nerves and muscles, preventing the muscles from contracting and wrinkling the overlying skin.


It’s also used off-label to correct crow’s-feet, forehead creases, the armpits and palms, the platysmal bands, and to correct a gummy smile.


While Dysport can help treat glabella wrinkles, it’s only meant for people who have either moderate or severe cases.

Who is an ideal candidate for Dysport?

You may be a candidate for Dysport if you are an adult with moderate to severe frow lines and under the age of 65.


You may not be a candidate for either procedure if you:


  • Are pregnant

  • Have a history of botulinum toxin sensitivity

  • Have a milk allergy

  • Are over the age of 65

How does Dysport work?

Dysport belongs to a class of injections called neuromodulators. Other injections in this class include Botox and Xeomin. All use a form of botulinum toxin, but they’re used to target different areas of your face.


Neuromodulators like Dysport reduce the appearance of lines by relaxing and limiting the movement of muscles around the injection site. Your doctor injects a small amount of the substance directly into your muscle.


As your muscles relax, the skin above them becomes smoother, thereby reducing wrinkles. It’s important to note that these effects are only temporary.

Is Dysport the same as Botox?

The two treatments are very similar: both Dysport and Botox are both types of botulinum toxin injections and both reduce wrinkles by contracting the muscle.


However, there are a few key differences:


One is that Dysport and Botox are measured differently, so a forehead that needs 50 units of Dysport might only need 25 units of Botox.


Dysport also has a tendency to spread, making it easier to tackle larger surface areas like the forehead.


Unlike Botox, Dysport is not FDA-approved to treat crow's-feet or forehead wrinkles. Nonetheless, some doctors go "off-label" and use Dysport in these areas.


Both Dysport and Botox are considered nonsurgical forms of wrinkle treatment that have quick recovery rates.

What are the possible side effects of Dysport?

The most common side effects associated with Dysport include:


  • Headache

  • Nose and throat irritation

  • Slight pain

  • Numbness

  • Skin reaction at the injection site

  • Upper respiratory tract infection

  • Eyelid swelling or drooping

  • Sinus inflammation

  • Nausea


Such side effects should resolve after a few days.


More serious side effects associated with Dysport include the spread of toxin effect and reactions as muscle weakness, double or blurred vision, and loss of bladder control.


The most serious complications can be life-threatening, including problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing.


In general, Dysport is considered safe for qualifying candidates.


More serious side effects may include nausea, sinusitis, and upper respiratory infection. Call your doctor if you develop any of these side effects.

How is Dysport procedure like?

Dysport is an in-office procedure in which your doctor injects five different areas around your forehead and eyebrows.


A topical anesthetic is applied to prevent pain and you might feel a slight pressure from the injections.


Your doctor will provide follow-up instructions and a recommended timeline for touch-ups.

How long does Dysport last?

Results can last up to four months.

What should I expect after Dysport treatment?

Dysport treatment takes about 10–20 minutes and doesn’t require downtime. You should expect some swelling and redness at the injection sites immediately after the injections.


You may see results as soon as two days after treatment, and these can last for up to four months.


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you’ll want to wait at least two hours before exercise and other forms of physical activity.

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