Prescription Dysport® injectable is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for temporarily lessening or eliminating moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport injectable is placed directly into the muscle underneath a furrow, weakening the muscle to the point where it cannot contract.

Dysport, also known as Reloxin, is made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum; it is the same neurotoxin used in BOTOX Cosmetic.

Applications for Dysport Injectable

Medically, Dysport injectable is used to treat excessive underarm sweating; symptoms of cervical dystonia, which include neck pain and abnormal head position; and muscle spasms. Cosmetically, Dysport injections are used to treat the following:

  • Forehead furrows
  • Frown lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Skin bands on the neck

Dysport Injectable Procedure and Results

Using a very fine needle, Dysport injectable is placed directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. No anesthetic is required, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to 4 months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.

Candidates for Dysport Injectable

According to the manufacturer's website, candidates for Dysport injectable are "adults less than 65 years of age" who want "temporary improvement in the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)." It may not be suitable for those with the following:

  • Allergies to Dysport injectable or its ingredients
  • An allergy to cow's milk protein
  • Surgical facial changes
  • Very weak muscles in the treatment area
  • A face that looks very different on each side
  • Inflammation or infection in the area to be injected
  • Droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds
  • Deep facial scars
  • Thick, oily skin
  • Wrinkles that cannot be smoothed when spread apart

Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, or has a neuromuscular disease, should not receive Dysport injectable.

Differences Between Dysport Injectable and BOTOX Cosmetic

Although made from the same bacterium, there is anecdotal evidence that Dysport injectable may last longer, spread farther and take effect more quickly than BOTOX Cosmetic.

Side Effects of Dysport Injectable

Side effects of Dysport injectable are usually mild and temporary, and normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections. Injection-site side effects include the following:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising

Eyelids can droop when Dysport injections are made in the glabellar region; they usually return to normal within 3 weeks. Side effects of Dysport injectable are the same as those of BOTOX Cosmetic.


Is Dysport Safe?

Yes. When injected by a licensed medical professsional who has completed Dyport injection certification, Dysport is very safe. It is also important to note that while Dysport is safe, there is a slight risk of side effects, which include:

  • Swelling and redness at the injection site.
  • Temporary redness.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Possible allergic reaction.
  • Eye droop.

Keep in mind that more severe side effects are rare, however, they can occur in individuals who are considered high risk. Be sure to disclose your medical history to your injector prior to treatment. Together, you can determine if Dysport is right for you.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dysport?

The best candidates for Dysports are individuals who are in overall good health and have realistic expectations of what Dysport injections can achieve. It is important to note that individuals who have certain underlying medical conditions may not be suitable candidates for Dysport. Specifically, patients diagnosed with ALS, Lambert-Eaton Syndrome, or myasthenia gravis should not have Dysport injections. Additionally, patients who have an allergy to cow’s milk or other botulinum toxins should also avoid Dysport injections.

What Food and Drink Should I Avoid After Dysport Injections?

After getting Dysport injections, you are free to eat or drink everything you did before. However, you should avoid spicy food, refined sugars, and carbohydrates to keep swelling to a minimum. You should also avoid alcohol before and after your Dysport injections as well. If you take niacin supplements, you should also discontinue those for a few days as well.


"When I started to notice frown lines and forehead wrinkles that didn’t improve with at-home care, I decided to take the plunge and try out Dysport, I had heard great things about it, but thought I could hold off until I hit my forties. The friendly staff at Avetura Dermatology eased my worries about looking frozen, and made my Dyport experience wonderful. I love the way I look and know that I can count on them to be honest about what type of cosmetic procedures I really need. I would recommend Aventura Dermatology to anyone who is looking to improve the appearance of their skin!"

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