Dysport® by Medicis Pharmaceuticals is a commercial injectable formulation of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A). This neurotoxin directly interferes with neuromuscular activity and has both aesthetic and functional uses.
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
Dysport® by Medicis Pharmaceuticals is a slightly less potent formulation of cosmetic botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) than Botox® by Allergan. Composed of abotulinumtoxinA, the protective proteins unique to the Dysport® formulation make its molecular weight slightly lower than that of Botox®. Due to this slightly less heavy and potent formulation, Dysport® is ideal for treating larger areas of concern such as the forehead. Dysport® is composed of human albumin (a protein), lactose, and cow’s milk. Some individuals with dairy allergies, therefore, may not be suitable for Dysport® injections. Dysport® is also shown to have slightly faster noticeable results when compared to Botox®, however, it also generally does not last as long. Botulinum toxin type A (and all of its specially formulated offshoots like Botox®, Jueveau®, and Xeomin®) generally functions by inhibiting cell transmissions between nerve and muscle cells causing a flaccid paralysis. These are temporary results as the body will naturally degrade the toxin over time.
The goal of Dysport® injections are varied, but they are most often used to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
What to Expect
Dysport® injections are a simple, outpatient procedure with minimal recovery. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Dysport® injection:
- Typically, only a few considerations need to be taken prior to treatment
- There are no medication contraindications to receiving neurotoxin injections, but aspirin and supplements like fish oil, ginseng, garlic, and ginkgo biloba (to name a few) can increase a patient’s chance of bleeding and, therefore, bruising
- Exercise prior to treatment, as you'll need to stay upright (read: not lay down or bend over) for about three hours after being injected
- Topical local anesthetic applied to site of injection
- Injections are made in predetermined areas
Most patients experience minor side effects lasting no more than 24 hours. Mild swelling, pain, and redness typically resolve almost immediately after the injections. Many individuals resume normal activities directly following the injections.
The ideal candidate for Dysport® injections is looking for a well-practiced, safe, and efficacious temporary solution to common cosmetic concerns. Dysport® may be more effective at treating larger areas (think: forehead lines) when compared to Botox®.
Not Recommended For
Dysport® is not recommended for those under 18, women who are pregnant or nursing, anyone with an allergy to the components of Dysport® (especially a dairy allergy), or those with certain chronic medical conditions.
Mild side effects of Dysport® injections include skin reactions like redness, dryness, and flaking. Warmth, itchiness, tightness, possible site infection, and/or bruising may occur. It is also possible to experience dizziness, weakness, headache, or vision problems. These symptoms usually resolve within 12 to 48 hours. More serious, and less common side effects of Dysport® include double vision, muscle spasms, severe muscle weakness, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. These types of reactions typically resolve within three to four months. Severe allergic reactions can occur.