What is Dysport®?
Prescription Dysport® is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.
What is Dysport® Best Used For?
- Eliminating wrinkles and lines caused by movement
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Creating wider-looking eyes *
- Fixing scars *
- Reducing pore size *
- Lifting the top of the nose *
- Lessening a gummy smile *
- Treating migraines and TMJ *
- Eliminating neck bands and cleavage wrinkles
* indicates off-label use.
Who is the ideal candidate for Dysport®?
Whether Dysport® is right for you depends on the type of wrinkles you’re looking to erase. Dysport® only works on dynamic wrinkles that form due to endlessly repeated muscle contractions on the upper third of the face. If you’re looking to address forehead lines, the 11s, and crow’s feet, then your West End surgeon can inject Dysport® to relax the muscles and erase the wrinkles.
However, if you’re looking to address lines and wrinkles on the middle to lower face, Dysport® is not the right option. These wrinkles need dermal fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane instead.
How is a Dysport® injection session done?
Like BOTOX, Dysport® is the ultimate “lunchtime treatment.” Our board-certified West End surgeons handle these injections because they demand a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy to target the correct muscles with the neuromodulator. Dysport® is injected with a very tiny needle, and it is not injected to great depth. Patients equate the injections to the feeling of a pinprick, so topical numbing cream is not necessary.
Your entire Dysport® session takes just 15 minutes or so. Then you can get right back to work or your other normal activities.
We’re as thrilled with our patients’ results as they are. Check out our before-and-after photo gallery and see for yourself the kind of work our talented surgeons and nurses do.
How long will it take for Dysport® to relax my frown lines and crow’s feet?
Because Dysport® is made with smaller molecules than BOTOX it can start working a little faster. Generally, Dysport® fully takes effect in about three days.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Dysport® keeps injected muscles from contracting for about four months. At that point, the muscle will again begin to contract, and the dynamic wrinkle or wrinkles that form on the surface skin will return. Another Dysport® session will maintain your results.
Recovery Process Following Dysport® Injection
- Remain upright for 4 hours after injection, keeping your head above your heart.
- Exaggerate facial expressions in treated areas for 1 hour after injection.
- Tiny bumps and marks at the injection sites usually disappear within a few hours.
- With any injection procedure bruising is possible; if it occurs apply ice to area for 20 minutes. You may also use an OTC topical Arnica product.
- Headaches can occur after Dysport® treatments. If you have a headache we recommend you avoid aspirin or aspirin containing products. You may use Motrin, Tylenol, and/or cool compresses. If headache is unrelenting or continues to get worse, please contact the office.
- DO NOT participate in yoga or other rigorous exercise activities for the 1st 24 hours after treatment.
- DO NOT massage or manipulate injection sites for 48 hours after injection.
- Schedule your follow up appointment (if applicable) prior to leaving office.
- Results are expected within 3-5 days after injection, with maximum effect by 2 weeks.
How is Botox different than Dysport®?
BOTOX and Dysport® are very similar, but they have some subtle differences. Both work the same way on dynamic wrinkles. Some people think Dysport® lasts one month longer than BOTOX, but that hasn’t been clinically proven. The two products are diluted differently, so it takes more Dysport® to achieve the same results as BOTOX, but the price is lower, so it equals out in the end.
Dysport® is made of smaller molecules compared to BOTOX. This allows Dysport® to start working a day or so faster than BOTOX. It also allows Dysport® to be spread to a larger area. But the smaller molecules also make Dysport® more difficult to work with when treating smaller areas.
What is the difference between Dysport® and dermal fillers?
While all of these are injectables, Dysport® is a neuromodulator. It works by relaxing muscles that create wrinkles on the surface of skin when they contract. This happens when we make certain expressions. When injected, Dysport® stops the contractions, so the wrinkles don’t form. Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm or Radiesse, have no effect on dynamic wrinkles.
Dermal fillers — the two most popular are Juvéderm and Restylane — work in an entirely different manner. When injected, they simply “fill” in lost volume. This type of wrinkle is known as a “static wrinkle.” These wrinkles and areas of volume loss show themselves at all times and are due to sun damage, loss of collagen production, and personal habits. The most popular fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. When a filler like Juvéderm is injected, the hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules, instantly adding volume and pushing the wrinkled skin upward, erasing the wrinkle. Dysport® doesn’t work on static wrinkles.
What are the risks involved with Dysport®?
Like BOTOX, since its FDA approval in 2009 Dysport® has proven to be highly effective and safe. The main risks or side effects of Dysport® are slight redness and swelling at the injection sites. This usually resolves within the first day. Some patients can develop a headache for a day or so after their injections.
The main risk with Dysport® is having it injected by an inexperienced injector. That’s because if Dysport® is injected into the incorrect muscle it can create problems such as a drooping eyelid. This is why you need to trust these injections to our board-certified plastic surgeons at West End Plastic Surgery. Our team has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and experience with injectables ensuring you’ll love the results of your Dysport® injections.