Dysport (abobotulinumtoxin A) is a dermal filler used to soften the appearance of glabellar lines, the vertical wrinkles visible on the forehead between the eyebrows, by temporarily decreasing muscle movement in the target areas.
How Does Dysport Work?
Dysport is a type of dermal filler that uses a form of botulinum toxin to target different areas of the face by relaxing and limiting the movement of muscles around the injection site. During the procedure, the doctor will inject a small amount of the substance directly into the muscle.
The muscles will relax, leading the skin above them to become smoother, thereby reducing wrinkles. The results, however, are temporary.
Because wrinkles form as a result of repetitive movement over time, heredity, and aging, temporarily paralyzing muscles will prevent the formation or deepening of wrinkles.
Treatment Areas For Dysport
Dysport injections target glabellar lines, which are vertical wrinkles located on the forehead. These wrinkles typically start to form between the eyebrows during early adulthood. Over time, glabellar lines become more prominent due to decreased elasticity. These lines can also become more visible when squinting, creating a frowning or angry appearance.
Dysport is designed for people with moderate to severe glabellar lines.
How to Prepare For Dysport
Patients will need to schedule an initial consultation before undergoing Dysport injections. During a consultation, the physician will review the patient’s medical history, current medications they’re taking, and habits that may interfere with treatment.
Medication includes but is not limited to:
- Allergy medications
- Cold medications
- Blood thinners
- Muscle relaxers
- Sleep aids
What to Expect During The Procedure
Dysport injections may be done by dermatologists, licensed physicians, and aesthetic surgeons.
During the procedure, the doctor will inject Dysport in five different areas around the forehead and eyebrows. The doctor may apply a small amount of topical anesthetic before making the injections.
Patients might feel slight pressure from the injections, but shouldn’t experience significant pain or discomfort.
The entire procedure takes a few minutes and most patients can leave immediately after their Dysport injections are complete.
After The Procedure
Patients might experience slight side effects but won’t need any recovery time.
Results may be visible as soon as two days after treatment, potentially lasting up to four months. Since results aren’t permanent, patients will need more injections after a few months to maintain a smooth appearance in the forehead.
Patients should avoid rubbing the injection sites to reduce their risk of side effects and spread of the toxin to nearby areas. Patients should refrain from exercise and other forms of physical activity for two hours after treatment.
Potential Risks or Side Effects
After treatment, patients may experience the following side effects:
- Pain at the injection site
- Eyelid swelling
- Allergic reactions at injection site, such as rash and hives
- Sinus issues
- Sore throat
- Eyelid swelling
- Upper respiratory tract infection
Patients should call their doctor if any of these symptoms worsen or don’t subside within a day or two. People taking muscle relaxers or anticholinergic drugs may experience worsening symptoms due to drug interactions with Dysport.