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At John Hilinski Facial Plastic Surgery in the heart of San Diego, California, we recognize the importance of looking and feeling your best. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer Dysport, a cutting-edge solution for those seeking to rejuvenate their appearance with a minimally invasive approach. Whether you’re bothered by frown lines, crow’s feet, or forehead wrinkles, Dysport can provide a remarkably effective solution. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Hilinski, and his team of registered nurses bring their expertise and precision to every Dysport treatment, helping you achieve a refreshed and revitalized look.

What Is Dysport?

Dysport is a neurotoxin that can effectively rejuvenate the facial appearance by diminishing facial wrinkles and fine lines, especially in areas such as the forehead. The treatment provides many of the same benefits as BOTOX® Cosmetic, and can typically be used as an alternative to the popular injectable. During the consultation, Dr. John Hilinski and/or his registered nurse will listen to each patient’s aesthetic concerns, evaluate their physical needs, and determine if Dysport is the most beneficial injectable to use for their needs. For the right candidates, Dysport can create a smoother, more youthful facial aesthetic while retaining natural facial expressions.

How Does Dysport Work?

Dysport works by relaxing the overactive facial muscles that lead to facial lines. It does this by temporarily preventing them from contracting, which smoothes the associated lines and wrinkles. Dysport is especially beneficial when used to treat lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows, though it can also be used in the lower face and around the eyes. With Dr. Hilinski and/or his registered nurse’s advanced expertise in administering cosmetic injectables, they can help patients rejuvenate their facial appearance with subtle yet beautiful results.

Preparing For Dysport Injections

Preparing for Dysport injections is a straightforward process. Before your appointment, it’s advisable to avoid any blood-thinning medications or supplements like aspirin and fish oil, as they can increase the risk of bruising. Be sure to inform your injector of any allergies, medications, or medical conditions during your consultation. On the day of the procedure, arrive with a clean face, free from makeup, and avoid alcohol consumption the night before. Following these guidelines will help ensure a smooth and safe Dysport treatment.

The Dysport Treatment

Before a Dysport injectable session, some patients may wish to receive a topical numbing agent to reduce pain and discomfort. These individuals will be given a prescription and should apply the numbing agent 45-60 minutes before arriving for their treatment.

A Dysport injectable session takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on the number of target areas. Dr. Hilinski and/or his registered nurse will use a very fine needle to inject Dysport into the areas of concern, paying close attention to how this will affect the overall facial aesthetic. Results can begin to be seen within 24 hours of treatment.

Dysport Recovery & Results

Most patients can return to their daily schedule immediately after leaving our office. No downtime is typically needed, although it is recommended to avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours. However, some patients may find the injectable site may develop mild bruising, swelling, or redness within the first few days, though this should quickly fade.

Dysport results have been shown to last up to six months, but most patients will enjoy three months of wrinkle reduction. Patients can maintain their positive results with routine follow-up treatments. For a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation, Dr. Hilinski and/or his registered nurse may recommend combining Dysport with a dermal filler to address age-related concerns in other areas of the face.

Dysport Case Examples

Dysport Forehead Injection

Below is a great example of how Dysport is used to reduce forehead wrinkle formation in a younger, female patient. Her Dysport diagram is included, which shows precisely where the Dysport was injected. It was placed mostly along the lower forehead region— just above the eyebrows—to control the main frowning muscles. The mid to upper forehead was only injected sparingly, as is shown in her diagram, to minimize the chances of causing her brow to drop down. The video comparison shows how incredibly effective Dysport can be in wrinkle reduction.

Dysport Forehead & Crow’s Feet Injection

Here is a great before and after video of Dysport used in a male patient to control unwanted forehead and crow’s feet wrinkle formation. Dysport is particularly great in the crow’s feet region—where it can diffuse around a bit better than Botox—to control wrinkles better while maintaining a nice, natural look.

Schedule A Consultation For Dysport Injections

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of this remarkable injectable and regain your confidence with minimal downtime, contact our San Diego medical spa today. Our team looks forward to helping you determine if Dysport is the right treatment to address concerns you have about common signs of aging and restore a more youthful look.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dysport

How does Dysport differ from Botox?

Dysport is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that uses botulinum toxin type A to temporarily relax facial muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s similar to Botox but may have a slightly quicker onset of action for some individuals.1

What areas can be treated with Dysport?

Dysport is commonly used to treat forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), and crow’s feet. It can also be used to address other areas like the chin, neck, and jawline.2

How long does Dysport last?

The effects of Dysport typically last around 3 to 4 months, but this can vary from person to person. Consistent maintenance treatments can help prolong the results.

Is Dysport safe?

Dysport is considered safe when administered by a qualified and experienced injector like Dr. Hilinski and/or his registered nurse. Like any medical procedure, it carries risks and potential side effects, which include but are not limited to inflammation, infection, redness, swelling, tenderness, itching, or warmth at the injection site.3

Does Dysport have downtime?

Dysport injections usually require minimal downtime, and many individuals can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment. However, it’s common to experience some redness or swelling at the injection sites, which typically resolves within a few hours to days.

Are Dysport injections painful?

Most patients describe the discomfort during Dysport injections as minimal. The procedure is relatively quick, and Dr. Hilinski and/or his registered nurse can use a topical numbing cream or ice to further reduce any potential discomfort.

Can I combine Dysport with other treatments?

Yes, Dysport can be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as peels, dermal fillers, laser treatments, or microneedling treatments for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Dr. Hilinski and/or his registered nurse can discuss personalized treatment plans based on your goals.

How soon will I see results after Dysport injections?

While individual results may vary, some individuals may start to notice improvements within a few days after the treatment. The full effects of Dysport typically become evident within 1 to 2 weeks.

How much does Dysport cost?

The cost of Dysport injections can vary widely depending on several factors, including the number of areas treated, the amount of Dysport used, and whether any other cosmetic treatments are included in the treatment plan. The best way to determine the exact cost tailored to your specific needs and goals is to schedule a consultation. During this appointment, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation, and Dr. Hilinski and/or his registered nurse will discuss your treatment options and provide you with a personalized quote. This ensures that you have a clear understanding of the pricing associated with your unique Dysport treatment plan, allowing you to make an informed decision based on your budget and desired outcomes.

1 Cleveland Clinic. Dysport vs. Botox: What’s Better for Wrinkles? Available: Accessed December 4, 2023.
2 Aesthetic Surgery Journal. A Review of AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport). Available: Accessed December 4, 2023.
3 Mayo Clinic. Abobotulinumtoxina (Intramuscular Route). Available: Accessed December 4, 2023.

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