Given Dysport on forehead/near eyes then CO2 laser. Lips seem fine. I can't make my usual wide smile. Can't bring my mouth up.

Dysport and laser treatment given four week ago. Injections were above/below/between eyebrows. My forehead is very tight and smooth. My eyes appear lifted. I no longer have crow's feet around my eyes. It feels as though I can't lift my cheeks enough toward my eyes (the movement that use to cause crow's feet) to smile wide. My dr. doesn't think dysport or laser caused this and thinks the smile I can make must be normal for me. I can't convince him with recent photos. Opinions please. thnks

Doctor Answers 6

Pre and Postprocedure photos will help

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If you can show us photos of your full face before and after the treatments both smiling and not smiling that will help us evaluate your concerns. In any event, your concerns appear to be secondary to the Dysport and, therefore, they will resolve as its effect diminishes. 

Charlotte Plastic Surgeon

Dysport and Results -- Cannot Smile , Will Take 3 Months To Resolve

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Please post photos for further evaluation. Unfortunately it sounds like too many units were placed in the inappropriate locations making it change your smile. I suggest seeing a cosmetic dermatologist with experience. You should have improvement in 3 months as this will take time to resolve. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 204 reviews


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Lasers do not do this.  Please consider posting photos of your face at rest and smiling.  That would help us be a bit more definitive.  Unfortunately this facial weakness can last for months.  In my opinion, this puts your surgeon in the goofball category. If you need a second opinion, that is very reasonable.  Time will definitely make the difference here but seeing someone you are confident with is invaluable.  

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Botox effect on smile

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It sounds like your dysport hit the risorius muscle, perhaps the injection in the region of the lower crows feet. It will gradually wear off. 
Lisa Vuich, MD

Lisa Vuich, MD
Nashua Physician
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Dyport and smile

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Thank you for your question. Sounds like your results are very nice. The fact Dysport spreads more than Botox has been debunked. New studies showed that the only factor in deciding the spread of Botox or disport, is the dilution of the product, or how much water it was mixed with. Considering this, as long as your smile is symmetric, the results you are feeling my just be the effect of tightening caused by CO2 laser, combined with relaxation of the Obicaris muscle, the muscle responsible for creating crows feet when you smile. Referr to before and after pictures for more precision. Best of luck!

Neda Vanden Bosch, MD
West Palm Beach Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews


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Make sure your smile is equal.
Dysport spreads more than Botox and it is possible that the Dysport spread deeper down to your Zygomaticus muscles that help you smile.

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