Cosmetic Muscle Relaxer

Comparable to BOTOX®, injectable Dysport relaxes the underlying facial muscles to stop them from contracting, an activity that naturally forms wrinkles on the face. Dysport is utilized in cosmetic treatments to smoothen out the wrinkles on the upper third section of the face, as well as reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, thin lips, or neck wrinkles. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® injects Dysport in small doses with fine precision to not affect unintended muscles. This treatment is known to diffuse faster and is a preferred muscle relaxer with Dr. Mata’s patients. Each injectable medication has its own set of benefits that may be discussed in detail during the initial consultation in Scottsdale, AZ.

Administering DYSPORT

As Dysport affects nerve and muscular function, injection sites must be marked for the purpose of accuracy. This is to avoid any unintended muscle to receive a dose. A tiny needle is used and the product is injected into specific spots on the face. Normally, a topical anesthetic is applied to help with any discomfort during treatment. The medicine can target fine lines or the deeper creases by means of adjusting the amount of medication. A typical session may last 10 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on how severe the skin condition is, multiple treatments may be recommended.

What to expect

One advantage to Dysport is that the results are visible within 2 – 3 days. Similar to any injection, mild swelling and redness may occur at the injection sites, but cold ice packs are applied immediately after the injection to help with this. After treatment, the patient will be able to go back to a normal routine without any downtime but should refrain from any strenuous exercise for about 24 hours. Patients who have this treatment find results satisfying as the skin will appear softer and smoother.

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Recover Time1-3days
Average Procedure Time10min-1hr
Procedure Recovery LocationOut-patient


Dysport or Fillers?

Dysport, like BOTOX, is a safe alternative to correct facial wrinkles. Both of these drugs are known as muscle (or wrinkle) relaxers. Injectable fillers create a similar result, but the function behind the medicine is different. A filler works to add volume under the skin to improve facial fullness in areas where volume has been lost. This results in a smoother, softer surface. Many times, muscle relaxers are combined with an injectable filler to create maximum results.

Dysport or Botox?

Dysport and BOTOX are very similar to each other, both relax the underlying muscles to give the skin an appearance that is smoother. A couple of key differences are that Dysport diffuses faster than BOTOX and so the results become more evident sooner. Dysport has also been shown to work better in some areas of the face than BOTOX (for example, the crow’s feet). This varies by patient.

Additional Treatments?

The results following a Dysport injection will last about 4 – 6 months. It is common for patients to return every quarter for follow-up treatment.

Are fillers better?

BOTOX and fillers are both popular cosmetic treatments with the ability to decrease wrinkles and smoothen facial areas. The difference with each is the way the substances function to create the rejuvenating effect. Injectable fillers add volume under the skin to fill hollow areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. BOTOX, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles underneath the skin so that the muscles cannot contract, allowing a softer effect on the surface. It is very common for patients to undergo treatment using both a muscle relaxer and an injectable filler to attain optimal results.