Latest update: July 14, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD


Dysport, also known as abobotulinumtoxin A, is an injectable anti-aging treatment.  It is a neuromodulator that blocks nerve impulses to prevent muscles from moving, which reduces wrinkles and smooths out lines.

It works similarly to Botox. Dysport is FDA approved to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, also known as glabellar lines. It can also treat crow's feet at the corner of the eyes and the creases on the forehead.Professionals also use Dysport for medical reasons. It can help treat excessive sweating and relax clenched jaws when injected into the masseter muscles.It is also used in younger patients to prevent future lines and creases.

Dysport is a lunchtime procedure that takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Patients experience minimal discomfort, and most do not require a topical numbing cream. Before the injections, the doctor will observe the patient's muscle movements. This helps the practitioners to identify the targeted areas.

After the treatment, mild swelling, redness, and bruising may occur. As a rare side effect, first-timers might experience some headaches or flu-like symptoms. Over-the-counter painkillers can alleviate these symptoms. Doctors recommend avoiding strenuous activities, laying down, or touching the injected areas for 4-6 hours.

Dysport delivers quicker results compared to other neuromodulators. Patients will notice a difference in their appearance within 2 days. Like all neuromodulators, Dysport's effect is temporary. Maintenance sessions are needed every 3 months. Since Dysport contains a protein found in cow's milk, it is advisable to speak to your doctor before opting for Dysport because it may cause an allergic reaction.
Operation Time
Every 3 months
Inpatient Period
Number of Appointments
Every 3 months
Recovery Period

Explanation of Dysport treatment for upper face lines + wrinkles and enlarged masseters by Dr. Patel

Dr. Shaun Patel, a physician at Miami Skin and Vein, in Florida demonstrate the Dysport treatment. He shows how he uses the substance to treat the lines on the upper face and cheeks of a patient. The video shows him administering the injections to the areas marked for treatment. He explains what to expect and describes when peak results will be visible.

What is Dysport? - explained by Dr. Mary Lupo

Dr. Mary Lupo, of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology, defines Dysport. She talks about her patients' experience of the substance. She compares it to Botox and explains the differences. She talks about the use of Dysport and other neuromodulators. She talks about the importance of tailoring the treatment to the individual.