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What is Dysport?

Dysport is the brand name for an injectable neurotoxin medication similar to Botox. Like Botox, when used for cosmetic purposes, Dysport is injected into specific muscles to temporarily relax the muscle, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Like Botox, Dysport is most commonly used to smooth out wrinkles and lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows (Glabellar lines), and around the eyes (also known as “crow’s feet”). The effects typically last for several months, and the treatment can be repeated as needed. Dysport is FDA-approved for cosmetic use. Both products have a similar safety profile and side effects, but there are some differences in how they are formulated and how they are used.

  • Dysport may be more effective for some patients.
  • Dysport may have a more rapid onset of action than Botox. This means that for some patients Dysport may produce visible effects more quickly after the injection.
  • Dysport also has a larger spread than Botox, meaning it diffuses over a larger area after injection. This can be beneficial for treating larger areas, such as the forehead, but it can also make it more difficult to achieve precise results.

The choice between the two products is based on the treatment plan, areas to be treated, and the specific needs and preferences of each patient. Both are FDA-approved for cosmetic use and your dermatologist will advise which one is more suitable for you.

The Dysport procedure is relatively simple and straightforward. It typically involves the following steps:

  • Shagalov will conduct an initial consultation to determine if Dysport is appropriate for your needs, goals and expectations. She will evaluate your skin and formulate a treatment plan for you. Together you will discuss your treatment plan, the risks, and potential side effects.
  • Before the procedure, Dr. Shagalov will clean the area to be treated and may apply a topical numbing cream to keep you comfortable, if you are concerned about sensitivity. She may also mark the injection sites to ensure precise placement.
  • Dysport is administered through a series of small injections directly into the targeted muscle or muscles using a very fine needle. The procedure is usually done in the office and usually takes around 15-20 minutes.
  • After the procedure, you may experience some mild pain, swelling, or redness at the injection sites, which should subside within a few hours. Dr. Shagalov will advise you to avoid lying down and to avoid strenuous exercise for 5 hours after the procedure and to protect your skin from the sun for a few days.
  • If this is your first time, Dr. Shagalov may suggest a follow up appointment to evaluate the results of the procedure and to make any necessary adjustments. The effects of Dysport typically begin to become visible within a few days and last for several months. Repeat treatments are usually recommended to maintain results.

Good candidates for Dysport treatments are those who are looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines, such as crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows and forehead furrows. Individuals should be over 18 years old and in general good health in order to qualify for treatment. Dysport is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as individuals with certain medical conditions such as neuromuscular disorders.

The key to good results is a cosmetic dermatologist that has an artistic eye and knows facial anatomy. Dr. Devorah Shagalov is an expert injector who is a board-certified dermatologist and a dual fellowship trained Mohs surgeon and Cosmetic Dermatologist. Contact her at her Miami office to schedule a consultation to discover how she can restore and enhance your beauty and well-being.

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Dr. Devorah Shagalov

  • Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Fellowship-Trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon
  • Recipient of numerous dermatology awards
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