Dysport™ is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It can also be used to treat lines around the eyes and on the forehead. Dysport is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. It is the newest competitor to Botox in the United States. Though approved in the U.S. in April 2009, Dysport has a history of use in other countries since 1991 so it’s not a new product. First approved outside the U.S. for aesthetic use in 2001, Dysport has steadily gained in popularity around the world.
What is Dysport?
Dysport is a treatment for wrinkles caused by repeated movements. The most commonly treated areas include:
- The lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet, caused by squinting or smiling
- The horizontal lines across the forehead caused by raising the eyebrows
- The lines & folding of skin between the eyebrows caused by frowning
Is it safe?
YES! Dysport has been used for 18 years in 23 countries and is safe and effective. Dysport is a prescription drug and is approved by the FDA.
Will it give me food poisoning/is it botulism?
No. It is not poisonous to you and it is NOT botulism. To clarify, botulism is the name of an illness, not the name of the active drug. The product is a purified protein which is extracted from naturally-occurring bacteria and then rigorously processed under strict pharmaceutical manufacturing guidelines. It is very similar to how penicillin comes from mold! It is an approved drug that is used in VERY tiny doses.
How does it work?
Dysport works by simply relaxing the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth, refreshed appearance.
How long does the procedure take?
Generally, after the consultation, the procedure only takes up to 15 minutes. Since there is no down time, you can do it on your lunchtime and no one would know you have had it done!
How quickly does it work?
It can take UP TO 2 WEEKS for it to take full effect, but many patients begin to see results in 1-2 days. Usually, we ask patients to wait for 14 days to pass in order to fully see the results.
How is it done?
It is injected with a very tiny needle, much smaller than those used to take your blood. A delicate insulin-type needle is used to inject the product.
Does it hurt?
Most patients say the injections feel similar to a little pinch, although everyone is different. We usually hear patients say, “Is that all?”
How long does Dysport last? Is it permanent?
No, Dysport is not permanent. It is FDA-approved to last 4 months. Clinically, it lasts 3-4 months on average, but everyone is different. If you follow our providers’ directions to have your first 3 treatments promptly every 3 months (without waiting in between), you will find that your next few treatments will start to last longer than 3 months.
Is it going to be worse when it wears off?
No! Your face will never get worse if you stop using Dysport or when it wears off. Dysport slows the aging process. When you stop getting treatments, the “aging clock” resumes like normal. At the very minimum, you will simply return to where you started. If you use Dysport for a number of years and then stop, your muscles learn to relax and therefore, you will end up looking a little better than when you originally started.
How does Dysport compare to Botox®?
Dysport and Botox are both purified proteins from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium and work the same way to relax the muscles. They are injected with the same technique and the side effect profile and precautions are exactly the same. Clinically, the results are similar. The number of required units does differ between the two products and cannot be compared. Your provider will review both products with you during your visit to determine which you would like to use.