What is Dysport?
Dysport (abobotulinumtoxin A) 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 was originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. You may be a candidate 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
Neuromodulators like Dysport reduce the appearance of lines by relaxing hence 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 is a result of repetitive movement over time, along with heredity and aging.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Despite the efficacy, there are risks and side effects to consider. Some of these side effects are mild and tend to resolve on their own. They include
pain at the injection site
allergic reactions at the injection site, such as rash and hives
upper respiratory tract infection
Call your doctor if any of these symptoms worsen or don’t subside within a day or two. People who take muscle relaxers or anticholinergic drugs may experience worsening symptoms because of drug interactions with Dysport.
While rare, Dysport carries the risk of being transported to other parts of your body from the initial injection site. This is known as the “distant spread of toxin effect.” It can cause botulinum toxicity, which may cause:
breathing and swallowing difficulties
blurry or double vision
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, call your doctor immediately. You may need emergency medical treatment to prevent the further spread of Dysport.
How long does Dysport last
One treatment may last for up to 5 months.