Dysport® is a toxin (toxic substance) which is naturally produced by the bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Interestingly, it is currently believed to be the most toxic poison known to man, although the use of such tiny amounts has been used safely in man for over twenty-five years. This bacteria produces several types of toxin, of which only "type A" is used for medicinal purposes today.
How does Dysport® work?
The Dysport® toxin works where the nerve meets the muscle where the nerve sends its signal telling the muscle to contract. This results in paralysis of the treated muscle.
How long does a Dysport® treatment result last?
Unfortunately, Dysport® results are not permanent. Initial treatments for wrinkles typically last 3 to 6 months. Subsequent treatments may prove to have more lasting results, up to one year in duration. Treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) may last up to one year (average 5.2 months)
What wrinkles can be treated using Dysport® ?
Although Dysport® is only FDA approved for treatment of the frown lines (glabella), Dysport® has been used with good to excellent results for the treatment of the forehead wrinkles and crow's feet. Infraorbital wrinkles (wrinkles below the eyes) can be treated with moderate results. Newer therapeutic uses have been for the treatment of nasolabial folds (smile lines), perioral wrinkles (wrinkles around the mouth), corners of the mouth, and anterior neck which carry a higher risk of complications and have mixed results.
Can Dysport®treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)?
Yes. Dysport® has been recently FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis of the hands and axilla (underarms) since at least 1995 with good results which may last up to 12 months (average 5.2 months). Treatment of the hands has resulted in mild weakness of the hands in a few patients as a result of toxin diffusion to the intrinsic muscles of the hand (muscles within the hand). Since this finding, more superficial injections have been used with good success and a lower incidence of weakness.