Dysport (aka abobotulinumtoxinA) is an injectable neuromodulator that smooths lines and wrinkles for up to four months. It’s FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe frown lines, also called glabellar lines or “11s,” between the eyebrows. It’s also often used off-label to correct other expression lines, like crow’s-feet and forehead creases; it can also be used to treat armpits and palms, to reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), smooth the neck, treat bruxism (teeth grinding) or narrow the width of the face among other uses.
Dysport is a form of botulinum toxin type A, so it’s similar to Botox, Xeomin, and Jeuveau. Like its competitors, Dysport works by temporarily blocking the communication between nerves and muscles, to stop injected muscles from contracting and wrinkling the overlying skin. Beyond smoothing existing wrinkles, the treatment can also be used preventively, to minimize muscle movement and stave off future wrinkles and forehead lines.
Treatment with Dysport is recommended for temporarily smoothing lines and wrinkles. For some people Dysport kicks in faster than other neuromodulators and may create a more natural look. Many people report that Dysport lasts longer than other options as well. As with any aesthetic treatment results will vary.
Dysport may trigger an allergic reaction for some people, since it contains a protein found in cow’s milk. Avoiding blood thinners (that aren’t medically necessary) for a week before your procedure will minimize bruising. This includes alcohol, fish oil and vitamin E supplements, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin and Advil.
After determining you are a candidate for treatment with Dysport, the treatment area will be cleansed and then your provider will use a tiny needle to inject small amounts of Dysport into the muscles just beneath your skin. You may feel a pinching sensation but little to no pain during the injections. Your injector will have you make various expressions to identify the areas that need to be treated.
Following treatment you can expect mild redness or swelling at the injection site, possibly some light bruising for up to a week. Do not lay flat for four hours post-treatment to limit the risk of the drug spreading and creating unwanted effects. Do not rub the injection sites or apply ice or cold compresses for the same reason.
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