Dysport® is a minimally invasive way to reduce facial fine lines. Dysport received the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a wrinkle treatment in the spring of 2009, but had been smoothing out facial folds and lines in Europe for several years prior. This injectable treatment for wrinkles is made from the same neurotoxin (botulinum toxin type A) as Botox.
Dysport has a similar action to Botox, although some research suggests that Dysport may be faster-acting and longer-lasting. It also spreads farther from the injection site, thus allowing a broader area of small wrinkles (such as the “crow’s feet” lines that splay out from the corners of the eyes). Our patients use Dysport to smooth existing wrinkles, but it’s also a great way to prevent wrinkles from occurring. Remember, the more use the muscle receives the greater the chances the wrinkles will develop over time.
The effects of Dysport injection are visible within two to three days, and may return completely within 3 months after an injection. You should not receive Dysport if you are allergic to botulinum toxin or cow’s milk, or if you have an infection, swelling, or muscle weakness in the area where the medicine will be injected.
NOTE: Dysport, Xeomin and Botox CANNOT be used interchangeably.