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What Is Dysport?

Dysport is an injection for wrinkle treatment. This non-invasive procedure temporarily decreases muscle movement in the target areas to soften the appearance of glabellar lines, the vertical wrinkles most prominent on your forehead in between your eyebrows. It’s also sometimes used for certain medical conditions.

Dysport was originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. You may be a candidate for Dysport if you want to treat glabellar wrinkles and you’re under the age of 65.

How does Dysport work?

Dysport belongs to a class of injections called neuromodulators. Other injections in this class include Botox and Xeomin. All use a form of botulinum toxin, but they’re used to target different areas of your face.

Neuromodulators like Dysport reduce the appearance of lines by relaxing and limiting the movement of muscles around the injection site. Your doctor injects a small amount of the substance directly into your muscle.

As your muscles relax, the skin above them becomes smoother, thereby reducing wrinkles. It’s important to note that these effects are only temporary.

Decreasing movement is meant to prevent the formation or deepening of wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive movement over time, along with heredity and aging.

Targeted areas for Dysport

Dysport targets glabellar lines. These vertical wrinkles are located on your forehead. They most often start to form in between your eyebrows during early adulthood. As you age, they can become more prominent due to decreased elasticity. They can also become more noticeable when you squint, giving you a frowning or angry appearance.

Dysport is intended for people who have moderate to severe glabellar lines only. If you have mild wrinkles of this nature, you may not qualify for this type of procedure.

Sometimes Dysport is used in adults and children with severe muscle spasticity of the limbs. Dysport is FDA-approved for use in treatment for lower limb spasticity in children, spasticity in adults, and cervical dystonia, which affects neck and head movement.

Procedure for Dysport

Dysport injections are given in your doctor’s office. Specialized doctors, such as dermatologists and aesthetic surgeons, are usually the most qualified to do this procedure.

During the procedure, your doctor may inject Dysport in five different areas around your forehead and eyebrows.

To prevent pain, your doctor may apply a small amount of topical anesthetic. You might feel slight pressure from the injections, but the overall procedure shouldn’t cause any significant pain or discomfort.

The procedure itself takes minutes. Most of the time spent at your doctor’s office involves preparation. Unless any side effects occur, you can leave immediately after your Dysport injections are complete.

Your doctor will provide follow-up instructions. This includes a recommended timeline for redoing the procedure in a few months’ time.

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