What is Dysport?
Dysport is an injection that helps wrinkles of the face that are made, or made more severe, by facial muscle contraction (ie smiling causing crow’s feet, raising the eyebrows causing forehead wrinkles, or frowning causing wrinkles between the eyebrows). Dysport does not help wrinkles that are embedded in the skin (that is, wrinkles that are present when your facial muscles are completely relaxed and your face is in repose). The preferred treatment for embedded wrinkles is injectable fillers.
Where is Dysport used?
Dysport can be used for wrinkles of the forehead, wrinkles between the eyebrows, wrinkles in the crow’s feet region, bunny lines of the nose, wrinkles of the upper white lip, cobble stone appearance (peau d’orange) of the chin, and for the vertical bands of the neck below the chin.
Are there different types of Dysport?
Dysport is the only competitor to Botox available in the United States at this time.
How does Dysport work?
Dysport temporarily prevents the nerves from sending the signals to the muscles that make the muscles contract. Over time, the effects wear off, and the nerve starts to send signals to the muscles again.
Does Dysport work instantly?
No, Dysport usually starts to work in one to two days, and it usually reaches its full effect in about 7 days. It is my anecdotal experience that Dysport has an earlier onset of action than Botox in about half of the patients who have used both products. However, there are no scientific studies out as of yet that prove this.
How long does Dysport last?
The duration of Dysport varies from person to person, from injection site to injection site, and from visit to visit. Dysport lasts approximately 3 to 6 months. In some people it can be shorter than 3 months, and in some people it can last longer than 6 months. There are no guarantees of duration when it comes to Dysport.
Is there downtime after a Dysport injection?
Immediately after the injection there may be some very mild redness and some very mild swelling. This goes away after about 15 minutes. Most people have their Dysport injection in the middle of the day and go right back to work without anyone knowing.
Will I have a bruise after a Dysport injection?
Bruising after a Dysport injection is rare. The incidence of bruising depends on the location being injected. Bruising of the glabella, forehead, bunny lines, upper white lip, chin, and vertical bands of the neck are extremely rare. The incidence of bruising when injecting the crow’s feet area is about 20%. This is due to the thin skin in this area.
If a bruise occurs after a Dysport injection it is usually the size of a pencil eraser or smaller, and it usually lasts about 7 days. Everyone is different, so these are estimates. If a bruise does occur, it can be covered with makeup.
How much discomfort is associated with a Dysport injection?
There is very little discomfort during a Dysport injection. A topical numbing medication can be applied to the area before the injection if desired. However, most people do not require this.
A very small percentage of patients complain of a mild ache for a day or two at the site of the injection. This is easily controlled with Motrin or Tylenol.
What are my restrictions after a Dysport injection?
Do not rub the area for 24 hours.
No facials or microdermabrasions of the injected area for one week after the Dysport injection
You can wear makeup immediately after the injection.
Procedures / Treatments often performed in conjunction with Dysport.
An injectable filler is often used at the same time to address embedded wrinkles.
Dysport injections are often combined with topical Retin-A, topical Vitamin C, topical Vitamin E, Microdermabrasions, and Facial Peels.