What is Dysport?
Dysport is a new alternative to Botox. It’s chemical name is abobotulinumtoxin type A. Dysport is an injection to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles will still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions in untreated areas.
How long has Dysport been available?
Dysport was FDA approved in the U.S. in July 2009. It has been available in other countries for over a decade and has an excellent safety profile which is similar to that of Botox.
What areas can be treated with Dysport?
Dysport can be used to relax the muscles between the eyebrows (the glabella), the upper forehead (the frontalis), and the Crow’s feet – the area at the edges of the eyes. It can also be used to reduce excessive sweating – a condition known as hyperhydrosis.
How long does it take for the Dysport to work?
Dysport begins to work as soon as 2-4 days after injection, and has it’s full effect in about 1 week. In comparison, Botox typically takes up to 2 weeks for full effect.
Is a Dysport treatment painful?
The injections are done using a very small needle. You may feel a slight prick, but often there is little to no discomfort at some injection sites. The discomfort is over very quickly.
Are there any patients who shouldn’t use Dysport?
Patients who have serious neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome could be at increased risk for complications. It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.