What is Dysport®?
Dysport is an FDA-approved injection treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles on the forehead. This differs from cosmetic dermal fillers, which are used to help add volume to volume-deficient areas of the face, such as the lips, cheeks, or under the eyes. Similar to Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport is injected directly into the site of wrinkles to prevent the underlying muscles from contracting.
Dysport was developed in Europe during the early 1990s, and has been used successfully for several years. It has also been used in the US under the name Reloxin, but was mandated to be FDA approved under its original name, Dysport. In April 2009, Dysport was approved by the FDA for use in the US and is expected to rival Botox, the most popular cosmetic procedure, with its convenience and long-lasting results.
In addition to treating fine lines and wrinkles, Dysport can also be used to relieve excessive underarm sweating, neck bands, and relieve symptoms from TMJ.
How does Dysport work?
Dysport is a wrinkle treatment made from a protein that is extracted from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, the same protein used in Botox® injections. This substance was originally used to control motor disorders and involuntary muscle spasms by immobilizing the targeted muscles.
The results of Dysport injections are visible within one to seven days after treatment, with most patients seeing results on day three. Results last around 3 – 5 months.
Am I an appropriate candidate for Dysport?
As we age, skin loses it elasticity and the creases in our face turn into permanent lines and wrinkles. This is most common on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth, which are where muscles that help us smile and frown are located. Dysport immobilizes these muscles to restore a more youthful expression to the face, and actually trains the muscles to contract less often after several treatments.
Dysport injections are ideal for nearly any patient who wishes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and restore a younger and more refreshed appearance. Both men and women can benefit from this procedure and experience the physical and emotional effects of an improved appearance. While Dysport can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, other treatment options are available. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best wrinkle treatment for your needs.
What does the Dysport treatment procedure involve?
The Dysport injections are administered directly into the facial muscles that cause frown lines and other wrinkles. For most patients, the injection is placed between the eyebrows to immobilize facial muscles in the forehead that cause the unattractive frown lines.
These injections are generally painless and do not require anesthesia, although a numbing agent may be used to help minimize any discomfort from the injection for patients who are anxious about the procedure. Treatment sessions usually take less than 15 minutes and can be administered at six-week intervals. Most patients achieve their desired results within three to five injections.
What can I expect after Dysport treatment?
After Dysport injections, patients will notice their facial muscles gradually relaxing over the next few days as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles diminish. With repeated treatment, results may last longer, as the facial muscles become trained to avoid contracting.
What are the risks associated with Dysport?
Although Dysport is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks associated with any kind of procedure. Some of these risks may include an allergic reaction or a condition known as ptosis, which involves droopiness of the eyelid. Some patients may experience mild side effects such as soreness and bruising at the injection site, along with a headache for several hours after treatment. These side effects will go away on their own and can also be relieved with mild painkillers.
Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a neuromuscular disease, should not undergo this treatment.
If you are interested in Dysport treatment in NYC, our staff at Sobel Skin offers honest, human, forward-looking skin care to help you be your best, most refreshed self. Call 212.288.0060 fill out a form in the right-hand column of this page to book an initial treatment consultation with Dr. Sobel.