Pros and Cons of Dysport for Wrinkle Removal

If you’ve been considering Botox injections to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, you may soon have more options for getting your anti-aging fix. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved Dysport for wrinkle removal, a non-surgical treatment that relaxes the muscles and creates a smoother appearance.

Dysport has been developed and tested in the United Kingdom for the past two decades, and has only recently received approval for use in the United States. The active substance in Dysport is botulinum neurotoxin type A complex, and the treatment works as a blocking agent to block compounds that assist with nerve function. Here’s a close look at the key benefits and drawbacks of this innovative wrinkle removal treatment:

Key Benefits of Dysport

Dysport is backed by over ten years of clinical trials, and results have been very similar to Botox. Just like Botox, Dysport is effective for treating conditions such as excessive sweating, and may even be a good treatment for cervical dystonia. Dosing requirements for Dysport are similar to Botox, and the treatment is only available by prescription; it must be administered by a licensed professional, because it is made with botulinum toxin.
Key benefits of Dysport include:
  • Immediate results
  • Can smooth out even the most persistent, deep wrinkles on the forehead
  • Can help reduce sweating
  • Can be used on the forehead, between the eyes, and around the mouth as an anti-aging procedure
  • Can be combined with other fillers as part of a liquid facelift
  • Can be used on all skin types
Dysport is expected to be priced slightly lower than Botox, making it an even more affordable cosmetic treatment option for those who don’t want to undergo surgery to manage fine lines and wrinkles.

Drawbacks of Dysport Injections

While Dysport offers several benefits, there are still some risks involved with the treatment. Drawbacks of Dysport for wrinkle removal include:
  • Risk of infection at the treatment site
  • Risk of botulinum toxin spreading to areas outside of the treatment site
  • Drooping eyelids or folds after overdose in the forehead region
  • Botulinum poisoning
  • Side effects for those with neuromuscular disorder
  • Nose and throat irritation (when treating glabellar lines)
  • Headaches
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Difficulty in swallowing
Despite these side effects the potential benefits outweigh many of the drawbacks of this anti-aging treatment, and many people may even find it to be a better alternative to Botox. The symptoms and side effects experienced by the test subjects were very similar in scope to those who have had Botox injections; anyone who is allergic to Botox or other botulinum toxin preparations is advised to refrain from having Dysport injections. This treatment is not intended for children, or for women who are pregnant.
Learn more about facial rejuvenation in our information guides, or consult with an anti-aging specialist in your area to find out if you are a good fit for Dysport injections.