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Dysport Side Effects - What Are Common Complications?

Thinking about getting Dysport for wrinkles in my forehead area. Can the doctors share what are the side effects they are seeing with Dysport so i can be better informed?

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Dysport vs. Botox

Dysport is not new. It has been used in Europe for a long time. There are differences with Botox in how the units work- one unit of Dysport is not equal to one unit of Botox- and how much fluid is added to dilute it.

The initial negative reports from dysport had likely to do with the dilution. Dysport initially was diluted more. With that, many advocated it spread past where you injected it and caused issues with eyelid drooping more often.

I have used it on a few patients and seen no difference with botox. I personally continue to use botox as I have used it for a decade and know it very well. But I think it will end up being a little like coke and pepsi- you like one better because you do, and both are good products. Regardless, the competition will help lower prices. And that is good for everyone.

Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
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Dysport side effects similar to Botox

Dysport has been used for many years in Europe and has a long track record for safety. From personal experience using it here and talking to colleagues who have used it for awhile, the side effects appear very similar to Botox. There is the risk of bruising like with any needle stick, minor headache, incomplete effect and small risk of temporary ptosis (drooping of eyelid or eyebrow) which is more injector dependent than really product related. I hope this information helps.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dysport side effects

Dysport is not new – it has been around for many years and studied as extensively as any of the other toxins on the market. Adverse events exist with all the toxins. What we found in the clinical studies is that as the newer toxins were studied, less side effects were being reported in those investigations — why?  Because we all were better injectors now than we were when the first toxin appeared.  Injecting toxins is a skill — and we get better with time.  There are those that say that Dysport works one day sooner than Botox in many instances; and there are those that say Dysport has more spread – which means in areas like the forehead there is more coverage with potentially less injections.  The side effects of both are similar.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dysport vs. Botox side effects

Dysport is safe and has been used in Europe for 20 years. Its side effects are similar to Botox which include minor bruising, headache, and potential eyelid/brow droop if injected improperly. The KEY with dysport is the dilution and injection technique. Remember, its not usually the product being injected but who's doing the injections, so make sure your doctor is experienced in both Botox and Dysport. Soon even more neurotoxins will be on the market, such as Purtox and zeomyn.

Ramtin Kassir, MD
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dysport is similar to Botox

Dysport has been in use in Britain since 1990 and has a very good safety profile. The side effect profile is similar to Botox. In theory, Dysport spreads out a little farther than Botox so it is important to stay at least a centimeter from certain structures when injecting it.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dysport Side Effects

The side effects with Dysport treatment is similar for that of Botox. With any injections, you may have pain, bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness at the injection site. Those symptoms are temporary. Some patients may experience a temporary headache as well. Rarely, patients may have ptosis (drooping) of their eyelids or eyebrows. While this is also a temporary side effect, it normally resolves in 4-6 weeks and does not last the full 3-4 months (which is the amount of time that Dysport normally lasts). It is always best to have a consultation with a provider to see if you are a candidate for treatment.

Common complications of Dysport are the same as Botox

Dysport and Botox are like Coke and Pepsi. Both are made from the same purified toxin molecule (Botulinum Toxin A) but have different carrier proteins wrapped around them. When used properly, with different unit amounts and different dilutions, they should have similiar effects and similar side effects. Misplacement may weaken an unintended facial expresssion muscle, causing brow droop or eyelid droop. More serious misplacement may penetrate into the muscles that affect visual function and lead to blurry or double vision. It's important to take these treatments seriously, even if your doctor makes them seem simple. See only a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, who are the physicians with the most facial surgical anatomy training.

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dysport/ Botox Side Effects

Side effects of Dysport are rare and are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects are headaches and temporary redness or bruising of the skin at the site of injection. In rare cases, slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression may occur. Ask your plastic surgeon to  go over any potential risks with you to make sure you understand all possible outcomes.

Michael A. Fiorillo, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Dysport- Information & Side Effects

Dysport has been studied in Europe since 1988, and has been available for use outside the US since 1991, and was approved for cosmetic use in the US in 2009.  Dysport is another form of Botulinum toxin that is dosed differently than Botox, but is essentially the same. Both toxins inhibit the communication between nerves and muscles, resulting in the relaxation of the muscle and the disappearance of unwanted lines in the skin.
When administered by an experienced physician, side effects are rare and patients, in most cases, undergo treatment without incident. A patient is certainly in safer hands when in the Dermatologist’s office. Many people try to save money by going to a spa for treatments of this sort or even to a doctor’s office where the doctor is not the injector. Often, a patient will come in to correct problems they developed from receiving these treatments elsewhere, attempting to save money. Not all side effects can be fixed immediately, but a trained doctor can usually bring back a more normal look to the face. Possible side effects for both Botox and Dysport include headache, pain at the injection site, swelling, bruising, and droopy eyebrow.

Syed Amiry, DO
Virginia Dermatologic Surgeon

Side effects from dysport?

The safety profile for Dysport is similar to Botox. It has been used in Europe for many years before being FDA approved in the United States. Complications with the neurotoxins are uncommon. Most common side effects include headache and bruising. A very small percentage experience ptosis, or a drooping eyelid, although this is likely technique dependent. All of the neurotoxins have a black box warning for respiratory and more serious side effects, although these have not been reported with cosmetic use. 

Donna Bilu Martin, MD
Aventura Dermatologist
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