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

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 2, 2012

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: Approved by the FDA in May 2009, and is also approved in 21 other countries.

Other names: abobotulinumtoxinA

Manufacturer: Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation

Dysport is the Pepsi to Botox's Coke. Though it's been in use outside the United States for quite a while, Dysport has recently just hopped the pond to see if it can take a chunk out of Botox's market dominance. The manufacturer used the name Reloxin during the U.S. FDA trials but the FDA mandated that the name Reloxin be removed, so the product goes by Dysport in both the U.S. and Europe.

Dysport, like Botox, is a botulinum toxin that temporarily weakens facial muscles to reduce deep facial wrinkles. (Botulinum is the toxin that causes botulism.) Basically, it blocks the nerves that instruct your brain to wrinkle. The type of botulinum toxin in Dysport differs slightly from Botox, however, Dysport uses abobotulinumtoxinA, while Botox uses onabotulinumtoxinA.

What It's Good For

Dysport treats glabellar lines (vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows) with great success. It may also be more effective than Botox for treating crow's feet, according to a report released in 2010.

Recommended Uses
Name Description Cost
Crow's feet Often used for the treatment of crow's feet, Dysport is an injectable wrinkle reducing toxin similar to Botox. It works by weakening the muscles that cause crow’s feet. If properly...more Dysport costs about $300 to $700 when priced by "zone" or area.
Glabellar lines (frown lines) Dysport, is a muscle-relaxing injectable toxin. That’s why it’s one of the better treatments for glabellar lines, which are caused by the motion of muscles in the forehead. Proper...more About 60 units of Dysport (which will cost about $400-$600 dollars) should be used to relax...more
Horizontal forehead wrinkles Dysport, an injectable wrinkle reducer, is used on horizontal wrinkles caused by muscle movement. About 100 to 150 units of Dysport need to be injected to relax the powerful frontalis...more Dysport will cost about $600 to $800 for forehead wrinkles - about the same as Botox, before...more
Lip wrinkles ("smoker's mouth" or "lipstick lines") Because lipstick lines are created because of the puckering of the mouth, muscle-relaxing injectables like and Dysport are very helpful. Not only does the careful, conservative injection of...more Dysport costs about $300-$500 per treatment.
Neck bands Dysport is a muscle relaxing toxin that can be used to treat neck bands. Dysport is injected along the platysma, reducing neck bands by disabling the affected muscle. Neck bands take two to...more Price ranges for Dysport treatment of neck bands are slightly less than for Botox - expect...more
Wrinkles Dysport is an injectable form of botulinum toxin much like Botox. About three units of Dysport equal one Botox unit. Dysport treats dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet, glabellar lines,...more Dysport costs approximately $5 per unit and lasts up to six months.

Who it works for: Dysport, like its colleague Botox, treats "dynamic" wrinkles - those that appear when you move your face. Frowning, squinting, and laughing cause these wrinkles in motion.

If you're concerned about static wrinkles - wrinkles you have all the time - then Dysport may not be the best treatment for you. Investigate dermal fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane, instead.

Recommended age range: Dysport can treat patients over 18 and under the age of 65.

When will I see results?: Treatment results become visible two to three days after injection. Results can continue to improve over two weeks. The injected muscles can become swollen or bruised afterward, though this side effect is invariable short-lived.

How long it lasts: Dysport injections last an average of two to three months. The lucky ones get to enjoy the results for five to eight months. Wait 90 days between injections.

Key benefits of Dysport: Dysport can reduce glabellar lines by 90%. Dysport has a slightly lower protein count than Botox (4.35 ng of proteins versus Botox's 5 ng). This seemingly small number can make a difference.

Proteins are the primary reason behind allergic reactions to injectables. Dysport's lower protein content theoretically means the body may be less likely to be allergic to Dysport than Botox.

Doctors who have used both Dysport and its main competitor, Botox, say that Dysport tends to spread more than Botox, making it more useful for wrinkles over a wider area, such as forehead wrinkles. This is anecdotal and unproven to date.

Licensed uses: Dysport was approved by the FDA in May 2009 for forehead wrinkles. The injectable is also approved in 36 other countries. Dysport can also treat adults with cervical dystonia - an uncomfortable condition where the neck spasms involuntarily.

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