Dysport® is a natural, purified protein produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacterium. Dysport® is administered via a few tiny injections directly into the overactive muscles that cause lines to form. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles. Although the Clostridium Botulinum bacterium is technically a toxin, it has been safely used in the medical arena for the treatment of nervous facial ticks and eye squints for over 20 years.
It is highly effective for use as a localized cosmetic treatment. It takes several days for the muscles to be affected, during which time you will notice the gradual loss of ability to frown and the lines in the treated muscle area will begin to diminish. The optimum effect is usually noticeable after one week, but improvements are generally visible after 2-3 days. The effects of Dysport® usually last between 2 to 6 months.
What happens during a Dysport® treatment?
Prior to treatment, all traces of make-up and perspiration are removed from the treatment area using a surgical cleanser. A consultant will then identify the muscle areas requiring treatment by observing the patient making different facial expressions. The patient is photographed whilst making these expressions for the purpose of client records. Using a fine gauge needle, a tiny volume of Dysport® is then injected directly into the muscle that creates the wrinkle.
Does a Dysport® injection hurt?
Since only a minute quantity of Dysport® is injected, an extremely fine gauge needle is used; hence patients may feel an initial minor sting for a few seconds, if at all. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort and any slight redness disappears a few hours after treatment.
How fast will it work?
It takes several days for the muscles to be affected, during which time you will notice the gradual loss of ability to frown and the lines in the treated muscle area will begin to diminish. The optimum effect is usually noticeable after one week, but improvements are visible after 2-3 days.
How long does it last?
The effects of Dysport® usually last between 3 to 4 months, after which time another injection is required to maintain a line and wrinkle free appearance. After several treatments, the effects of Dysport® may last longer, sometimes up to 6 to 9 months. We recommend a treatment every 3 months for the first year, followed by repeated maintenance treatments as visibly required.
How safe is Dysport®?
Dysport® is Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved for the treatment of wrinkles and has been used safely and successfully in the medical field of ophthalmology for over 25 years and for wrinkle therapy for over 18 years. In cosmetic therapy, the only possible side effects are temporary and are localised to the area of injection. This is most commonly a droopy eyelid or eyebrow and is inevitably the result of an inappropriate dosage where the injected material finds its way into the surrounding muscles. Hence, it is essential that clients considering Dysport® only undergo treatment administered by a qualified medical professional. Dysport® is only performed by highly trained and experienced doctors.
Will other facial expressions be affected?
Since the effects of Dysport® are limited to the immediate area of the injection, the surrounding muscles related to other expressions remain completely unaffected. Similarly, sensory nerves remain unaffected, so you will not experience any numbness in the treated area.