Dysport is an injection that prevents and corrects minor wrinkles. It is a very simple process that can be done on an outpatient basis. Dysport injections are very similar to Botox Cosmetic, the most common non-surgical treatment performed in the U.S. The injection, which uses a very tiny needle in order to pinpoint very specific areas, essentially "freezes" the muscle so that the area can no longer wrinkle.
Dysport is made with botulinum toxin type a, a protein related to botulism. The toxin can be dangerous in large amounts, but the very small amounts used for treating patients are ideal for relaxing muscles that contract and form wrinkles. Dysport has been used for many years in other countries, and was FDA approved for use in 2009.
Who Can Benefit from Dysport?
Dysport is great for those who want to temporarily eliminate fine lines on the face, such as:
The chemical in Dysport has also been proven to help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and reduce muscle spasms of the face. Another benefit is that Dysport injections can be repeated as often as you wish, and the results last as long as eight months in some patients.
What is the Procedure Like?
No anesthetic is required for Dysport injections. Because the needle has such a fine point, the majority of people experience only slight discomfort, and Dr. Rubinstein cools the skin immediately prior to injection to lessen the discomfort.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Dysport requires no real recovery period. You are able to go home the same day, begin wearing make-up immediately, and return to work right away. Some people experience minor discomfort after the procedure, such as slight tenderness or bruising where an injection was made. The results of Dysport may not be immediately visible, however. You will begin to see the effects of Dysport after a few days and for a period of about two weeks after your injections, and you will continue to see gradual improvement in your wrinkles and facial lines over the next few months.
What are the Risks of Dysport?
Dysport is one of the safest and most common cosmetic procedures performed today. Therefore, complications are extremely rare. However, the most common side effects are bruising, headache, nausea, and numbness. Rarely, an allergic reaction to the injections may occur. Generally speaking, if you have had neurological difficulties, you should avoid Dysport injections, and if you're pregnant or nursing your new baby, you should postpone your Dysport appointment. Be sure to tell the doctor about all medications that you are taking, as some of these could put you at greater risk of complications from Dysport injections.