With over two million users and counting, Dysport is one of the most popular beauty medical treatments in Europe. Few wrinkle treatments are as versatile or as widely-accepted.
Wrinkles develop as muscles under the skin contract when we laugh, smile, frown or express emotions in any way. Over time, as the muscles contract and relax again and again, the skin starts to show 'patterns.' Wrinkles, in essence, are the visible signs of these patterns. Dysport works by countering the effects of the muscles under skin, and by weakening its ability to contract. It stops the skin from creasing, and leaves you with even, smooth skin you'll love to show off.
As a treatment, Dysport is similar to BOTOX® and belongs to the same drug family. Dysport is cheaper per unit, although you need more units to get the same results as BOTOX®. That means, for some treatment types, Dysport may be a more cost-effective alternative. For instance, for very small lines and wrinkles that require just a few injections, Dysport may be the clear favorite. But it also shines when it comes to more deep-seated wrinkles, lifting the skin from underneath and giving a smooth, even texture. It can even be used to treat hyperhidrosis!
Dysport delivers superfast results. Our clients say they typically see results within the first 24 to 48 hours. You could be sitting in one of our plush chairs now, and feel years younger by the same time tomorrow. Now that's more bang for your buck!
Before and After
Frequently Asked Questions
What can Dysport do for you?
Whenever you laugh, frown, concentrate or squint into the sun, your facial muscles contract and your skin creases. As you get older your skin loses its elasticity and those creases deepen into lines that become permanently etched on your face. Frown lines between your eyes can become particularly noticeable at a relatively young age, making you look angry or worried even when you're not.
By temporarily immobilising the muscles you use to frown, Dysport can smooth out those lines, restoring a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. Because you will be physically unable to frown after treatment, you may even lose the urge to frown. The lasting effect of treatment with Dysport can differ between individuals after which further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak with your specialist about the results you can expect with Dysport.
Many people find after several treatements that they don't need another one for longer, because they have "unlearned" the habit of frowning or squinting that originally led to the development of these lines.
What exactly is Dysport?
Dysport is a protein extracted from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The protein was initially used for the treatment of motor disorders and various kinds of involuntary muscular spasms, including cerebral palsy. It was further developed to treat a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders, for which it is licensed in over 60 countries.
In New Zealand, Dysport now has registration approval under the Medicines Act for the treatment of frown lines and for excessive sweating under the armpits.
How is Dysport used?
Tiny amounts of Dysport are injected directly into the facial muscles underlying the frown lines. It usually takes three to five small, almost painless injections between the eyebrows for an effective treatment. No local anaesthetic is usually required but if you are concered your doctor can numb the skin over the area before injecting. You can expect treatment to take around 10-20 minutes.
Over the next few days, the muscles gradually relax. You probably won't notice it happening – you'll just become aware that you can't contract your frown muscles. But because you can still blink normally and raise your eyebrows, you will not look unnatural. Rather, you can enjoy a more youthful appearance while maintaining a natural expression
Who can benefit from Dysport?
Deeply etched frown lines affect not just your appearance, but also your self-esteem and even your choice of career. Dysport can help you look younger, more relaxed and in control – for around the same price per month as a cut and colour by your hairdresser.
Many people with frown lines can benefit from Dysport – and it can work as well for men as it does for women. In fact many men are already experiencing the benefits of a younger, more relaxed looking appearance that Dysport can provide. Discuss with your specialist about the benefits of Dysport for you.
Are there any side effects and risks with Dysport?
Along with its desired effects, treatments can cause unwanted effects. This does not happen very often. The most common side effects are temporary soreness or mild bruising around the injection site. Some people may experience a slight headache that lasts for several hours after treatment; it is safe to take a mild pain killer to relieve this.
In a very small percentage of cases there can be a complication called "ptosis" (a drooping eyelid) which may last a few days or up to 4 weeks. Rarely, an allergic reaction can cause a skin rash or "flu like" symptoms. Tell your doctor if you experience any troublesome side effects.
You should not have Dysport treatment while you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or at all if you have a neuromuscular disease.
Who can provide treatment with Dysport?
Dysport is a prescription medicine containing 500 units of Clostridium botulinum type A toxin-haemagglutinin complex. It should be administered only by medical professionals, who have an excellent understanding of the muscles and expressions of the face and the skill to retain your natural expression while removing the signs of aging.
Tell your doctor what you expect to achieve in advance, be guided by their advice and ensure you are being treated by a specialist who has been properly trained in the use of Dysport.
Pre and Post Care
Before Dysport Injection
Ingestion of alcoholic beverages prior to treatment can increase the chances of bruising and/or swelling.
No anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Vioxx, etc.), aspirin, Vitamin E, or Ginko Biloba one week prior to treatment. This will reduce the possible side effects of bruising and/or swelling in area(s) of treatment.
You cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding to receive treatment.
You cannot be allergic to eggs or egg products to receive treatment.
After Dysport Injection
Do not lie down for 2 to 4 hours following treatment.
Facial exercises (squint/frown/smile) are strongly recommended in the treated area for one hour after injection.
Avoid manipulation of treated area for a minimum of four hours.
By following the above measures you will minimize the occurrence of ptosis (droopy eyelids), bruising, and less than optimal outcomes.
Common side effects include a slight headache lasting a few hours up to 48 hours, and temporary bruising and/or swelling.
Dysport Treatment Follow Up
Treatment effect will take 1 to 5 days.
Benefits of treatment may last 3 to 6 months; the average is 4 months.
Please inform the office if the resolution of the lines has not taken effect in 10 days. Additional unit of Dysport may be necessary to achieve desired result.
Follow up treatments should be scheduled prior to return of full movement of muscle, usually at three months.
Consistent repeated treatments will produce the best resolution of wrinkles.