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Dysport® by Medicis Pharmaceuticals is a commercial injectable formulation of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A). This neurotoxin directly interferes with neuromuscular activity and has both aesthetic and functional uses.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

1 days








$100 - $1498


Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics

What is Dysport®?

Dysport® by Medicis Pharmaceuticals is a slightly less potent formulation of cosmetic botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) than Botox® by Allergan. Composed of abotulinumtoxinA, the protective proteins unique to the Dysport® formulation make its molecular weight slightly lower than that of Botox®. Due to this slightly less heavy and potent formulation, Dysport® is ideal for treating larger areas of concern such as the forehead.

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Dysport® is composed of human albumin (a protein), lactose, and cow’s milk. Some individuals with dairy allergies, therefore, may not be suitable for Dysport® injections. Dysport® is also shown to have slightly faster noticeable results when compared to Botox®, however, it also generally does not last as long.

Botulinum toxin type A (and all of its specially formulated offshoots like Botox®, Jueveau®, and Xeomin®) generally functions by inhibiting cell transmissions between nerve and muscle cells causing a flaccid paralysis. These are temporary results as the body will naturally degrade the toxin over time.

What cosmetic concerns does Dysport® treat?

  1. Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Dysport® injections in and around areas prone to noticeable age related skin changes can be smoother and rejuvenated. Dysport® has United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the treatment of frown lines (i.e. glabellar lines). Dysport® is commonly used for the treatment of horizontal forehead lines.
  2. Muscle Spasticity: Dysport® is also FDA-approved to therapeutically treat muscle spasticity.

Who is the ideal candidate for Dysport®?

The ideal candidate for Dysport® injections is looking for a well-practiced, safe, and efficacious temporary solution to common cosmetic concerns. Dysport® may be more effective at treating larger areas (think: forehead lines) when compared to Botox®.

Dysport® is not recommended for those under 18, women who are pregnant or nursing, anyone with an allergy to the components of Dysport® (especially a dairy allergy), or those with certain chronic medical conditions.

What is the average recovery associated with Dysport®?

Most patients experience minor side effects lasting no more than 24 hours. Mild swelling, pain, and redness typically resolve almost immediately after the injections. Many individuals resume normal activities directly following the injections.

To better understand the healing and downtime associated with the procedure, check out our complete guide to neurotoxin recovery.

What are the potential side effects of Dysport®?

Mild side effects of Dysport® injections include skin reactions like redness, dryness, and flaking. Warmth, itchiness, tightness, possible site infection, and/or bruising may occur. It is also possible to experience dizziness, weakness, headache, or vision problems. These symptoms usually resolve within 12 to 48 hours. More serious, and less common side effects of Dysport® include double vision, muscle spasms, severe muscle weakness, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. These types of reactions typically resolve within three to four months. Severe allergic reactions can occur.

What can someone expect from the results of Dysport®?

Dysport® results are temporary and become noticeable after three to five days. Full results are usually visible within two weeks. Maintenance treatments will most likely be needed every three to four months depending on the treatment area.

What is the average cost of Dysport®?

The average cost of Dysport® is $100 to $1,500. The actual cost of the injection will vary by procedure, location, board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, and individual candidate needs. Learn more in our complete guide to Dysport® cost.


  • Minimally Invasive
  • No Downtime
  • Lower Initial Costs


  • Temporary
  • Reoccurring Expense
  • Contains Lactose

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Dysport® injections are a simple, outpatient procedure with minimal recovery. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Dysport® injection:

The Takeaway

Dysport® by Medicis Pharmaceuticals is a specialized formulation of abotulinumtoxinA. Dysport® has FDA approval for frown lines and muscle spasticity, but is off label used in many other cosmetic and medical conditions. Some individuals may develop an allergy to Dysport® due to the lactose and cow’s milk proteins, in which case alternatives such as Botox®, Xeomin®, or Jeuveau® may be considered.
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  1. Huang W, Rogachefsky AS, Foster JA Brow Lift with Botulinum Toxin PubMed; 2000-01-01
  2. Sarit Cohen Forehead Lift Using Botulinum Toxin PubMed.gov; 2018-02-15


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