- Dysport® indications: Glabellar lines (The vertical frown lines between the eyebrows)
- Type of wrinkles: Moderate to severe
- Results are visible in: Three to four days
- Results last for: Four to six months
- Injectable type: Botulinum toxin
Dysport® is an injectable that is used to relax facial muscles and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. It is used to reduce the appearance of moderate to significant frown lines (glabellar lines) that develop between the eyebrows. Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® is a botulinum toxin product that temporarily relaxes the contracted facial muscles that cause wrinkles to form. At Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, we offer Dysport® injections to male and female patients that wish to smooth wrinkles on the forehead.
Dysport® is used on patients who have frown lines between the eyebrows. Good candidates for Dysport® should:
- Not have drooping eyelids or any other problems using facial muscles (such as difficulty raising the eyebrows)
- Be over the age of 18 or under the age of 65
- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not have an infection at the injection site
- Not be allergic to botulinum toxin products
- Not be diabetic, as Dysport® may affect blood sugar
The Dysport® Procedure
This is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in the office. The procedure will last anywhere from five to 15 minutes, depending on the area being treated. During treatment, a single injection is administered into five points, which are located between and above the eyebrows. Patients may begin to see results the same day of treatment, although they likely will not be readily apparent until three to four days after treatment.
Recovery after Dysport® treatment is short and associated with few side effects, similar to recovery following BOTOX® injection treatment. A small bruise or redness may appear at the injection site; these effects may last up to a week. However, this is easily covered with makeup. There may also be a bit of swelling, but this is minimal and should go away quickly.
Dysport® Side Effects
Some side effects from Dysport may include swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection site. Less common side effects include drooping eyelids, dizziness, sensitivity to light, vision changes, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, or nausea; these side effects are typically mild and fade within a couple days of treatment.
The biggest risk is that the product may migrate from the injection site to other parts of the face. In very severe cases, this may cause breathing problems or difficulty swallowing. In order to reduce this risk, patients should not rub the injection site for the first 24 hours following treatment. Please keep in mind that this risk is rare.
Dysport® results will last anywhere from four to six months. Patients that feel the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic have diminished may find that Dysport® works for them. Of course, each patient’s results are unique.
BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Dysport®
A 2011 study in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery (formerly Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery) found that Dysport® was more effective than BOTOX® Cosmetic for reducing the appearance of crows’ feet that appeared around the eyes when patients smiled. Researchers injected 90 patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®. Patients preferred Dysport® over BOTOX® Cosmetic 67 percent of the time. However, there was no noticeable difference between the two treatments when the facial muscles were at rest.
Philadelphia Dysport® Consultations
Contact Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia to schedule a Dysport® consultation.