Dysport (abobotulinumtoxin) is a popular injectable cosmetic that treats moderate to severe lines and wrinkles due to aging. It can also be used therapeutically for medical conditions such as cervical dystonia and upper limb spasticity. However, it can cause life-threatening problems when swallowing or breathing by weakening the muscles that participate in these functions, and occur hours or weeks after receiving the medication. The most common side effects of Dysport are mild swelling at the injection site, redness and tenderness.
These symptoms are tolerable and go away spontaneously within 1-2 days. Susceptible people may see bruising, which is also temporary, but may take 1 to 2 weeks to go away. Mild pain at the injection site is also a common side effect that usually goes away within a few days. As with all medical treatments or procedures, understanding the possible side effects and risks is essential to make an informed decision.
If administered immediately after the Dysport injection, improving facial blood flow may reduce the absorption of the drug and the duration of action on nerve endings. As with all cosmetic injectables, the frequency of Dysport injections will depend on your individual goals and needs. There is currently not enough scientific evidence to support the beneficial impact of zinc in Botox or Dysport injections. However, as with any medical treatment, Dysport has some possible side effects that you should be aware of.
Bruises are another common side effect after Dysport injections and are usually mild but can last for several days. Dysport can also cause problems or difficulties swallowing food or liquids, which can cause choking, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Unauthorized Dysport cosmetic treatment should only be performed by highly experienced, board-certified dermatologists, as only they can guarantee the best results. As with any serious or worsening side effect, it's important to contact your doctor right away to discuss your symptoms and make sure this isn't a medical emergency.
An unqualified provider may inject Dysport incorrectly or use an inadequate dose, jeopardizing both the appearance and function of the part of the body being treated. Studies show that Dysport maintains its effectiveness longer than Botox, and a duration of 5 to 6 months has been described more frequently for the lighter neurotoxin.