When injected into the sweat glands, Dysport blocks the nerves that activate them and reduces excessive sweating. This neuromodulator works by preventing the release of acetylcholine from presynaptic motor neurons, causing the injected muscle to relax and restricting contractions and facial expressions that often cause lines and wrinkles to form. The number of units needed depends on the severity of the wrinkles you want to treat, the size of the area, the strength of the target muscle and your individual response to Dysport. Before your Dysport treatment, you may have some fine lines and wrinkles that bother you around your forehead and eyes, or other problems related to hyperactivity of the facial and neck muscles. On average, most patients receive 60 units of Dysport per treatment area, although this also depends on the desired outcome.
After injection, Dysport tends to work a little faster than BOTOX, and the final results are achieved in about 5 days. Dysport aftercare is minimal and includes avoiding rubbing the treated area, doing strenuous activities or exercising, facial treatments and other treatments for at least 24 hours. Regular retouching sessions are needed to maintain the results, while continuous use of Dysport and other neuromodulators prevents the formation of new wrinkles due to general inactivity of the facial muscles. Dysport is often used in place of or in combination with Botox, as the two are very similar, but some patients respond better to one or the other. Other neurotoxins, such as Xeomin and Jeaveau, can be used together with Dysport and other injectables and cosmetic fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane, they can be used to fill in hollow areas of the face or improve facial features and achieve a more youthful overall appearance. For all BoNT-a procedures, numerous units will be needed at each injection site, and ultimately this will vary from person to person. Botulism or “Dysport poisoning” would require an absurd amount of units injected directly into the bloodstream, so this isn't a side effect included.