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Dysport, like Botox, is a botulinum toxin used to temporarily weaken muscles to reduce deep facial wrinkles.

Before You Go

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • Is Dysport better than Botox for treating my wrinkles?
  • I've been using Botox for years; can I switch to Dysport?

Pre-procedure prep for Dysport: If you choose to have a topical anesthetic applied prior to your Dysport injections, then a skin numbing lotion will need to be applied ahead of time. It's also important to speak with your physician about any antibiotics you may be on. You may have to stop taking them before or after the injections.

On the day of treatment: It's always a good idea to wash your skin prior to any cosmetic medical procedure, even though your doctor will wipe down the area with an antiseptic.

What To Expect

Dysport injections are delivered into the muscles beneath your wrinkles. About three to five injections are needed to fill in each crease.

Who should do it: Dysport is prescription-only. Make sure your Dysport provider is qualified and experienced with injecting Dysport. Please go to a board-certified physician, not a dentist or general ophthalmologist.

Duration: Dysport injections can be completed in about 10-20 minutes. To be safe, block out 30 minutes to an hour for the entire process.

How Painful Is It?

When's the last time you looked forward to your yearly vaccinations? There aren't many who love a needle, but Dysport injections shouldn't be any more painful than a quick pinch. You might feel pressure as the solution is squeezed into your muscles. If you are very squeamish, this moderate discomfort can be almost entirely eliminated with topical anesthetics.

Pain level for Dysport is about a 3 out of 10.

Options for anesthesia: Anesthesia isn't necessary, but if you're particularly sensitive, then speak up and ask for a local anesthetic or numbing cream beforehand.

With topical anesthesia, the pain level is 1 out of 10.

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