Approved by the Food and Drug (FDA) in 2009, Dysport is an injection used in the treatment of glabellar wrinkles in patients under 65 years old, as well as in the treatment of certain medical conditions. Depending on its use, the Dysport cost may or may not be covered by medical insurance so always be sure to ask about the details.
How Does It Work?
Dysport (abobotulinumtoxin A) is a neuromodulator that use a form of the botulinum toxin in temporarily decreasing the appearance of facial lines. It works by relaxing the muscles around the injection site and by limiting their movements. It then softens the appearance of the vertical lines on your forehead in between your eyebrows (i.e., glabellar wrinkles).
When it’s injected in small amounts directly into your muscle, the muscles around the injection site relaxes and your skin becomes smoother resulting in the reduced appearance of your facial wrinkles. Your facial muscles also become limited in their movements so your wrinkles don’t appear as severe as before.
The decreased muscle movement can delay the formation and/or deepening of the lines, creases and wrinkles. These are usually caused by a combination of heredity, aging, and repetitive movements, such as frowning or squinting, over time.
What Areas Does It Target?
Emphasis must be made that Dysport is suitable for people with moderate to severe glabellar wrinkles. People who have mild glabellar wrinkles aren’t typically considered a good candidates for the procedure.
In some cases, Dysport can be used on children and adults for the treatment of:
* Severe muscle spasticity of the limbs
* Cervical dystonia, a condition that affects the movement of the neck and head
While the cosmetic use of Dysport isn’t covered by medical insurance, it may be covered if it’s used for the abovementioned medical conditions.
How Is It Done?
Dysport injections are an outpatient procedure that should be administered by dermatologists and aesthetic surgeons for safety reasons. The entire procedure particularly the injections only take 15 minutes or so, perhaps even less; most of the time spent involves the preparatory steps. You can also immediately leave after the injections have been administered.
Your doctor may inject as many as five Dysport doses in different areas around your eyebrow and forehead area. Your doctor may also apply a topical anesthetic to prevent feelings of pain with the injections. You may feel slight pressure from the needle but you shouldn’t feel any significant pain or discomfort.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s follow-up instructions including the recommended timeline for reinjections, usually after a few months. The results can be seen in as little as 2 days after the treatment and these can last for up to 4 months.