If you’re considering Dysport injections, you’re not alone. We also know you’re not alone in having questions about Dysport, including exactly what it is, what it costs, and what kind of results and recovery you can expect. Here’s everything you need to know about Dysport, from the basics to the nitty-gritty details.
What are Dysport Injections
Dysport is an injectable treatment that temporarily smooths moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows without changing the rest of your facial expression. It’s made from a purified protein called botulinum toxin A, an active ingredient in other popular treatments like Botox and Xeomin. It works by blocking nerve signals that tell your muscles to contract. This results in a temporary reduction of muscle activity. Then, the skin over these muscles can smooth and soften.
How Much Does Dysport cost?
The average Dysport treatment costs between $300 and $500, but this will vary depending on how many units are needed and where you live. Two and a half or three units of Dysport are usually about the same as one unit of Botox—but the cost is still similar in total.
Benefits of Dysport Injections
There are many benefits to opting for Dysport if you’re hoping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. They include:
- No downtime: Dysport requires no downtime, so you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment.
- Long-lasting results: Dysport results are typically visible within a couple of days, and they can last up to four months—sometimes even longer.
- Minimal side effects: Dysport is generally well-tolerated with minimal side effects. The most common side effects are temporary and include minor pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site.
- Results in as little as two days: Dysport begins working within two to three days for most people—so you won’t have to wait long to see a difference.
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What Can Dysport Injections Treat?
There are a number of Dysport uses, both aesthetic and medical. Dysport can be used temporarily:
- Reducing or eliminating wrinkles between the eyebrows: Dysport is most commonly used to treat the lines between the eyebrows, also called the “11s” or glabellar lines. Dysport can help soften these lines and give you a more rested and youthful appearance.
- Treating crow’s feet: Dysport can also be used to treat crow’s feet, the wrinkles that form at the corners of your eyes.
- Preventing migraine headaches: These injections have been shown to help prevent migraine headaches in some people. It’s thought to work by relaxing the muscles around the head and neck, which may help reduce migraine-related tension and pain.
- Improving drooping eyelids: Dysport injections into the muscles around the eyes can help improve drooping eyelids, a condition called ptosis, in some people.
- Treating neck bands: Strategically injecting Dysport into the neck muscles can help improve the appearance of neck bands, which are often caused by muscle tension.
How Long Do Dysport Injections Last?
The results of Dysport injections typically last three to four months—but this can vary from person to person.
Are There Any Side Effects?
As we previously mentioned, any side effects tend to be mild. The most common side effects include:
- Pain or tenderness at the injection site
- Muscle weakness
If you experience any of these side effects, they should resolve on their own in a day or two. However, if they don’t, or you’re concerned about them, contact your doctor.
Is Dysport Safe?
Dysport injections are considered safe and effective for most people. However, there are a few groups of people who should not receive Dysport injections, including:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women: Dysport has not been studied in pregnant or breastfeeding women, so it’s not known if it’s safe for them to receive these injections. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before receiving Dysport or any other injections.
- People with certain medical conditions: Dysport should not be used by people with certain medical conditions, such as neuromuscular disorders, infections, or skin problems.
What is the Dysport Injection Process Like?
The Dysport injection process is quick and relatively painless. Dysport is injected into the muscles using a very fine needle, and the entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes.
After the injections, you may feel some temporary discomfort, bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and should go away on their own within a few days.
What is the recovery like after Dysport injections?
Dysport injections are minimally invasive, so there is no downtime or recovery period after these injections. You may have some bruising or swelling at the Dysport injection site. But again, this should go away within a few days!
You should avoid rubbing or massaging the Dysport injection site, as this could cause the product to spread to other areas. Finally, you should also avoid lying down for four hours after Dysport injections, as this could cause the Dysport to migrate to other places.
Other than that, there are no special instructions or recovery period after Dysport injections unless your provider shares some with you! However, you can resume your normal activities immediately following these injections.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
You should start to see results from Dysport injections within two to five days—but it may take up to two weeks for the full effects to be seen. This can depend on many things, including the treatment area and how much product is used.
Dysport vs. Botox: What’s the Difference?
Now that you know about Dysport, you may wonder how it stacks up against other injectables like Botox.
Here’s a quick overview of the differences between Dysport and Botox:
- Dysport can work faster: Dysport typically begins working within two to three days—while it can take up to seven days for Botox to take effect.
- Botox may last longer: Dysport results typically last three to four months—while Botox results last four to six months.
- Treatment areas: Dysport is commonly used on larger areas, like the forehead, while Botox can be better suited for smaller areas, like crow’s feet.
- Both Dysport and Botox are safe and effective for most people.
- Dysport may be cheaper: Dysport could be cheaper than Botox, though the exact cost will depend on the number of units used, the provider, and the area being treated.
Botox vs. Dysport: Which Is Right for Me?
If you’re considering injectables to help turn the clock back, you may wonder whether Botox or Dysport is right for you. The best way to determine which injectable suits you best is to talk to a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon who can evaluate your individual needs and recommend the best treatment.
However, generally speaking, an excellent way to choose between Botox and Dysport is to consider the area you’re treating. To recap: Dysport is often used to treat larger areas, like the forehead and eyebrows, while Botox is typically used for crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles. This is because Dysport spreads more quickly and evenly than Botox, making it better suited for treating larger areas.
What Should I Know Before Getting Fillers or Injections?
Before you receive injectables or filler, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Injectables are not permanent: Injectable results tend to last between three and six months—not forever! So if you want to maintain your results, you’ll need to get touch-up injections every few months.
- There’s a risk of side effects: As with any medical procedure, there’s a risk of side effects from injections and filler. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and side effects before you receive them.
- Injectables are not for everyone: Dysport is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as it’s not known if it’s safe for them. Dysport is also not recommended for people with certain medical conditions, like neuromuscular disorders or infections.
- Do your research: Dysport is a safe and effective treatment for most people—but it’s not suitable for everyone. So, do your research before you receive Dysport injections (or any other injections or fillers) to make sure it’s the right treatment for you.
Should I get Dysport or fillers?
Injectables and fillers do different things. Dysport relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles, while fillers add volume to the face. So, if you’re looking to smooth out wrinkles, Dysport may be a good option for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking to add volume to your face, you may want to consider fillers.
For example, Dysport can be used to treat crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and brow furrows. In addition, fillers can help add volume to your cheeks, lips, and under-eye area.
This also means you don’t need to choose between them! Instead, many people decide to get injectables and filler to create a beautiful, balanced look. This can give you the best of both worlds!
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The Bottom Line
Dysport injections are a safe and proven way to reduce wrinkles and achieve a more youthful appearance. And they might be right for you!
At Anushka Medical Spa in West Palm Beach, we offer Dysport injections and other fillers and injectables to help soften lines and restore a more youthful appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about anti-aging injectables in Florida.