What is Dysport?

Dysport (abobotulinumtoxin A) was approved by the FDA for use in cosmetic procedures in 2009. It is made by Galderma, which is the same company that makes Restylane,Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft/Perlane, and Sculptra. Dysport comes in 300-unit vials and like Botox needs to be refrigerated before and after use. Currently, Dysport has FDA approval for the treatment of frown lines (glabellar lines). Like Botox, Dysport can also be utilized in an “off-label” context for both cosmetic and medical treatments beyond relaxing facial wrinkles. Reference more Safety Information about Dysport injections to see details of the procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dysport?

Dysport is designed to be used in adults who have moderate to severe facial lines and are in good health. At Cosmetic Injectables Center, we do a thorough examination to ensure that Dysport is a good fit for you. If it is not, then we will suggest other cosmetic enhancements that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Dysport Candidates Should Not:

  • Be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a botulinum toxin sensitivity
  • Have muscular diseases or dystrophy

Which Areas Can Be Treated With Dysport?

Dysport currently has FDA approval for the treatment of frown lines. However, Dysport can also be used “off-label” in a variety of ways for both medical and aesthetic purposes. We recommend consulting with one of our experts at Cosmetic Injectables Center for more information about off-label uses of Dysport. 

Off-label cosmetic use includes:

  • Lift brows up and outwards
  • Relieve an eye twitch
  • Open up the eyes
  • Reduce undereye jelly roll
  • Decrease lines on the nose ​
  • Decrease flaring of the nostrils
  • ​Lift an elongated nose tip
  • Upturn corners of the lips/reduce creases on lips
  • Lower the lips to reduce a gummy smile
  • Relax and smooth out neck bands
  • Lift jowls for a smoother jawline
  • Create a slimmer heart-shaped jawline
  • Improve the appearance of scars
  • Decrease the development of scars after wounds
  • Decrease dimpling of the chin
  • Reduce size of calves

Off-label medical use includes:

  • Decrease acne, sebum production, pore size
  • Create symmetry after Bell’s palsy
  • Decrease pain from migraine headaches
  • Decrease teeth grinding
  • Relieve pain intensity of Tennis elbow
  • Relaxing muscle cramps and knots at trigger points
  • Targeting pressure points to release pain
  • Temporomandibular joint disfunction (TMJ) pain treatment
  • Reduce excessive sweating of hands and underarms

When Will I See Results From Dysport?

Results from your Dysport injections can be seen in as early as 2-3 days. Effects will reach full result in 2-3 weeks. The results shown below display the effects of 50 units of Dysport, at 10 and 14 days respectively after the procedure.

How Long Do Dysport Injections Last?

Some patients are more sensitive to the injections, which could help prolong the length of effects. On the other hand, some patients may show resistance to Dysport, which would require injection of more units to help improve longevity. Although results are not permanent, clinical trials have shown that results typically last 3-4 months in most areas. When used for treatment of masseter muscles (jaw muscles) and for underarm or hand sweating (hyperhydrosis), results typically last 6 months.

What Are the Side Effects of Dysport?

Dysport injections are a minimally invasive procedure that has little to no side effects. Seeking injections from a master injector, such as those at Cosmetic Injectables Center, will drastically lessen the risk of having unwanted results.

There will be a small amount of pressure when you are receiving your injections, which will subside once your procedure is complete. Common side effects after injection tend to subside on their own within a few days. Side effects may include:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Numbness
  • Redness, swelling, bruising, and irritation
  • Temporary headaches from needle insertion

In rare cases, you may experience asymmetric smile, lid droop, or heavy brows. You should call your provider immediately if any of these side effects develop.

What Is The Difference Between Dysport and Botox?

The most notable difference between Dysport and Botox is that you see the results of Dysport much sooner (3 days compared to Botox at 7 days), and it diffuses further into the skin surrounding the injection site.

Each unit of Botox is equivalent to 2.5 to 3 units of Dysport in efficacy. This does not mean that one is stronger than the other, only that the units of measurement differ.

Dysport and Botox are both neuromodulators, which means that they both work in the same way by relaxing the muscles around the injection site. But, because of their slight differences, patients may respond differently to each product.

We have many patients ask which neuromodulator is best, but there is no right or wrong choice – what works for one person may not work for another. The only way to find out which product is best for you is to receive the comparable dose of each product in the same area by the same injector and note the differences in results and longevity.

What Is The Difference Between Dysport and Fillers?

Dysport and other neuromodulators relax muscles. As such, the weakened muscles no longer contract and don’t crease the skin into wrinkles. Fillers on the other hand “fill” the area under the skin with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that adds volume to areas with depleted fat. By volumizing a deflated or underdeveloped area with fillers, we contour the face to rejuvenate a droopy or flat structure and lift the skin back up to its original position.

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Whether for cosmetic or medical use, Dysport can provide life-changing results. It can boost a patient’s confidence and self-image by rejuvenating and relaxing wrinkle areas, and it can also provide relief for those with medical ailments like chronic muscle cramps and excessive sweating.

At Cosmetic Injectables Center, we value the patient’s experience from first consultation to completion of a procedure. Whether you’re confident about undergoing Dysport treatments or if you’re on the fence about committing to a procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us over the phone or via email to consult with one of our professionals.