Our facial expressions are considered a type of non-verbal communication that nearly everyone can understand. When we’re feeling an emotion, our facial muscles contract intentionally or unconsciously beneath our skin to create these expressions.

As we convey our emotional state in this way, our skin creases to form what are known as dynamic wrinkles or expression lines. Over time, as the skin is repeatedly wrinkled with each facial muscle movement, the dynamic fine lines and wrinkles remain even when our face is relaxed. 

If you see bothersome dynamic wrinkles in your upper face when you look in the mirror, you’re not alone. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging and affect almost all people, but that doesn’t make them any less distressing. One of the most common and frustrating sets of dynamic wrinkles is frown lines between the eyebrows. Fortunately, Dysport provides a natural-looking and long-lasting way to treat these lines and help restore your confidence.

WHAT IS DYSPORT®? 

Dysport is a prescribed injectable formula designed to smooth moderate to severe vertical lines (frown lines/glabellar lines) between your eyebrows. This formula is made from botulinum toxin type A and is known as a neuromodulator. 

Dysport weakens the targeted muscles to prevent them from contracting when you frown or are upset, and this reduces or erases the respective wrinkles. 

IS DYSPORT® A FILLER? 

Unlike dermal fillers, Dysport does not work by plumping the skin. To smooth wrinkles, it reduces the movement of muscles that cause wrinkles, which allows them to smooth out naturally. 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING DYSPORT® TREATMENT

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE? 

Your Dysport injections can be completed in about 10 to 20 minutes. Overall, you can expect to be in and out of our St. Louis office in under an hour. 

HOW MANY INJECTIONS WILL I NEED? 

Dysport treats the vertical furrows between the eyebrows using five injections in and above that area. The injections create a sort of V pattern on the forehead. One injection is placed directly between the eyebrows, another is made just above the start of each eyebrow, and the final two are placed slightly up and out further above the middle of the brows. 

RECOVERY AND RESULTS: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DYSPORT® TREATMENT

WILL I NEED DOWNTIME AFTER DYSPORT®? 

After treatment, you can immediately go home or back to work and continue on with your day as usual without needing any downtime. Some patients experience minor and temporary side effects like injection site pain, headache, and nose and throat irritation that should resolve within a day. 

WHAT SHOULD I AVOID AFTER DYSPORT®? 

Do not lie down or work out for three hours after Dysport. You should also not get a facial or a massage or rub your forehead for four hours. In addition, we recommend avoiding hot tubs and saunas for at least four hours in order to reduce the risk of elevating your blood pressure, which could result in temporary bruising. 

WHEN WILL I SEE MY DYSPORT® RESULTS? 

Your resulting smoothed frown lines after Dysport will be visible in as little as two to three days. 

HOW LONG DOES DYSPORT® LAST? 

The results of Dysport are temporary and have been shown to last up to five months. 

HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MY DYSPORT® RESULTS? 

You can undergo repeat injections every five or six months to maintain furrow-free brows. Most patients are happy with their ongoing results from getting two Dysport treatments per year. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DYSPORT®

HOW MUCH IS DYSPORT®?

The cost of Dysport depends on the severity of your wrinkles and how many injections you need. In the U.S., patients pay an average of $300 to $450 per treatment. 

At the end of your personalized consultation, we will be able to provide you with the specific cost of your Dysport treatment at our St. Louis practice. 

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DYSPORT®?

If you’re over 18 and under 65 years of age and interested in treating dynamic wrinkles between your eyebrows, you might benefit from Dysport. Candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of what Dysport can do for them. 

WHO SHOULD NOT GET DYSPORT®?

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Dysport or cow’s milk protein, you should not get Dysport injections. Those with a skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area should also not undergo Dysport injections. If you have sagging eyelids or weak forehead muscles, Dysport may not be right for you. Let your provider know if you are taking any medication, vitamins or herbal supplements, as some may interact with Dysport and cause unwanted side effects. 

At your consultation, we will review all Dysport contraindications to ensure you’re a good candidate before proceeding with treatment. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOTOX® AND DYSPORT®?

Dysport and Botox are both neuromodulators made from botulinum toxin type A, but they differ in terms of treatment areas, longevity and cost. Dysport is a more diluted formula that spreads more easily than Botox. It is indicated for the treatment of just one aesthetic concern (frown lines), while Botox Cosmetic can treat crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines. 

Dysport initially can last up to five months, whereas new Botox patients see results for about four months. However, the duration of Botox results gets longer with each subsequent treatment. 

The price per unit of Dysport is less than the unit cost of Botox, but more units of Dysport are typically needed to attain the desired results. For reference, about 25 units of Dysport are equivalent to 10 units of Botox in terms of the results it can achieve. 

Many factors will affect which injectable treatment is right for your aesthetic needs and personal goals. During your consultation, we can explain the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you choose the best option for you.

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SEE HOW DYSPORT® IN ST. LOUIS CAN SMOOTH YOUR FROWN LINES TODAY

If you’re bothered by presenting a constantly angry or upset appearance due to etched-in frown lines between your brows, Dysport may be just the treatment you need. You deserve to feel attractive and confident without frown lines getting in your way. 

To schedule your Dysport consultation and find out if it’s right for you, contact us at 314-501-7946 today. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brock D. Ridenour and his experienced team in St. Louis, Missouri, are devoted to helping you achieve natural-looking, beautiful results. 

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