Dysport® by Melissa Johnson MD, FACS
Dysport® Treats Frown Lines
Injection treatments for moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).
Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription injection approved by the FDA in 2009 to improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. Dysport is injected into five areas around the eyebrows, including the corrugator muscle and the procerus muscle. Localized treatments work by blocking nerve signals to the muscle, reducing the appearance of frown lines. See Dysport before and after photos & FAQs.
Dysport vs Botox
Dysport and Botox are generally very similar in effect, speed of action, and duration. Both are forms of botulinumtoxinA with similar core molecule sizes. Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) envelopes the core molecule with a slightly smaller protein shell, which leads to some claims that Dysport could potentially act more quickly than Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) due to faster diffusion. In most cases, however, since Dysport and Botox are diluted in preparation for injection, both of their respective protein shells dissociate within one minute in solution. The bottom line? Pending further research, both brands appear very similar. The Dysport alternative may cost a bit less, but this is solely due to marketing factors. The competition between brands may help reduce costs overall—good news for consumers.
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What is Dysport?
Dysport is a prescription-only injection used to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years of age. Dysport contains abobotulinumtoxinA (Botulinum toxin type A), is made from a bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxins block nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. Your untreated facial muscles will still function normally, and facial expressions such as smiling, in untreated areas will not be affected.
How long does Dysport last?
Dysport® works to block the signal from the nerve to the muscles for up to four months.
How many Dysport treatments are needed?
A single treatment will show results. Typically Dysport is injected into 5 spots between and above your eyebrows to block the signal from the nerve to the muscles, resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines. You should wait at least 90 days between Dysport treatments.
What are the safety considerations concerning Dysport?
Possible side effects of Dysport injections include nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site pain, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea. These problems can happen within hours, or days to weeks after an injection of Dysport. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems after treatment with Dysport. Do not take Dysport if you are allergic to cow's milk protein, or if you have had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc®(rimabotulinumtoxinB), Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) or Xeomin®(incobotulinumtoxinA). See: additional safety information from Dysport, and review the FDA Medication Guide.
Can Dysport be used on men?
Yes. Dysport can be used to treat moderate to severe frown lines in adult men.
What is needed to schedule a Dysport consultation?
A $100 consultation fee can be paid by telephone when you schedule your consultation. This will secure your consultation.
During your consultation, we will discuss a treatment plan for you to attain desired results. We will discuss procedures in detail with you, along with the possible risks and any possible complications
How should I prepare for my Dysport consultation?
Research on reputable internet sites can be very informative to help provide an overview. You may want to visit the Dysport website for a product overview and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, the most personally tailored information for your needs will be obtained by making an appointment and speaking with us. It's a good idea to write down any questions or concerns you have so they can be fully addressed at your consultation.
Who will give me my Dysport injections?
Injections are given by a qualified Physician or Physician Assistant.
Can I finance my Dysport treatments?
If you choose not to finance, you can make payments to our office.
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, money orders, and certified bank checks, or you can finance through CareCredit.
Can I make payments online?
Yes. You can make credit card payments securely online.
How long does a Dysport treatment take?
Treatment with Dysport typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with Dysport injections.
What can I expect after treatment?
You should notice results within a few days, but it can take up to 7 days to see the full effects.
What should I do after treatment?
Don’t rub or massage the treated areas after the Dysport treatment because it can cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to another area of your face. If this happens, you could have temporary facial weakness or drooping.
Where will my Dysport injections take place?
Dysport injections are given right in our office treatment facilities.