Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA injection) was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in April of 2009 to be used as a wrinkle preventative and paralytic that is injected to areas of the face for into muscular injection. Dysport is owned by the company, Galderma, and is primarily used for patients that have mild to moderate wrinkles and creasing in the forehead, brow line, crows feet and eleven lines between the eyes.  It is the first to be FDA cleared for Upper Limo Spasticity in adult patients to decrease the severity of increased muscle tone in elbow flexors, wrist flexors and finger flexors.

The most commonly treated areas are between to the eyebrows, the “11” lines, the horizontal brow lines, and crows feet fine lines around the eyes. Dysport is not used to treat deep lines, such as nasolabial folds or ‘laugh lines’. These are known as static wrinkles caused by sagging from loss of collagen, which filler, laser, or surgery would treat.

This drug works the same way as Botox which was approved in 2009 by the Food and Drug Administration. It blocks nerve signals to the muscles which relaxes them preventing more, and smoothing them out. Injections take about 10-20 minutes to administer in the office in which you are being treated which is popularly done at Medical Spas, Dermatologists, and Plastic Surgeon offices. Only Registered Nurses, Physician assistants, Nurse Practitioners, or Medical Doctors are allowed to inject. Unlike Botox, Dysport results kick in faster, within 2-3 days. Botox may take up to 10 days to see full results. It is suppled in a single-use vial, and each contains 300 units or 500 units of lyophilized abobotulinumtoxin A, (125mcg) and (2.5) lactose (2.5 mg).

The primary difference between Botox and Dysport is that Dysport is a smaller-sized molecule so its unit measurement is different than Botox. Since it is a smaller sized dose, the dilation process means the patient will need more units than botox. So if you get 30 units of Botox, you would roughly need 60 units of Dysport, but the cost for client will average the same. The average cost of these injections runs at an average of $200-$400 per session. The number of units the patients needs will dictate the act cost. The effects usually last 3-5 months.

According to the manufacturer, you should avoid Dysport if you are:

  • Pregnant/Breastfeeding
  • Allergic to any ingredients
  • On specific antibiotics/medicines
  • Infection at injection site

With a minimal recovery, you may experience some redness and slight inflammation in the direct are being treated, usually disappears within a few hours. You will want to avoid exercise, or any activity in high heat for the day. Avoid rubbing the area while washing face or applying make-up, to endure the product settles in the area injected and doesn’t accidentally move around.

Treatment for Dysport is associated with rare side effects and complications of:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Reaction at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Nausea
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Upper respiratory tract infection

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