Dysport (abobotulinumtoxin A) is an injection for wrinkle treatment very similar to Botox. This noninvasive procedure temporarily decreases muscle movement in the target areas to soften the appearance of lines. It’s also sometimes used for certain medical conditions. Dysport was originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009.
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.
You can go home immediately after Dysport injections. While you might experience slight side effects, there’s virtually no recovery time needed. You may see results as soon as two days after treatment, and these can last for up to four months. Since these effects aren’t permanent, you’ll need more injections after 3-4 months to maintain smoothness. Take care to avoid rubbing the site of the injections, as this can increase your risk for side effects and the spread of the toxin. You’ll want to wait at least two hours before exercise and other forms of physical activity.