Dysport® is a minimally invasive way to reduce facial fine lines. By prompting the muscles to relax, the injections result in smoother skin that can't furrow and create folds. Although there are some risks associated with this type of injectable, complications are rare. Unlike facial surgery, Dysport requires no incisions, and lets you return to work and social activities right away.
What can Dysport do?
Dysport is FDA approved to treat lines between the eyebrows, but it's also used for crow's feet and forehead lines, as well as lines around the nose and corners of your mouth. These "off-label" uses are common for Dysport and BOTOX®.
Although Dysport has been used for a couple decades in the UK, it didn't receive FDA approval until April 2009, making it a younger brand in America than BOTOX®. Generally, these two medications are used for mostly the same purpose: to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Dysport is a minimally invasive procedure, requiring just minutes to be administered by injection. The injection shouldn't be excessively painful, but it's not uncommon to feel some discomfort. After it is injected, Dysport works by blocking the communication between nerves and specific muscles. The targeted muscles are not able to contract, so they relax instead of furrowing. The result is a smoother facial appearance.
Dysport results last about four months, at which point you need a retreatment to maintain the results. Research has shown repeated injections at least 90 days apart are reasonably safe.
Similar to BOTOX® safety, side effects of Dysport are rare, but include:
- Pain and redness at the injection site
- Drooping eyelid
- Nose and throat irritation
We prevent these risks by making sure you are a good candidate for Dysport. Allergies to any of the product's ingredients or a skin infection are examples of factors that increase the risk of side effects.
Serious complications tend to be even rarer than the side effects listed above. Like BOTOX®, one of the ingredients in Dysport is botulinum toxin type A, a material that is connected to the illness botulism. Dysport has the potential to cause botulism-like symptoms, including breathing problems; however, these complications rarely occur at the relatively low doses used for cosmetic purposes. Serious complications are more often connected to using Dysport for medical purposes, such as for neck spasms.
For Dysport in Phoenix, please contact Paul Angelchik, M.D., to schedule a complimentary initial consultation.