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How Many Units of Dysport® Do I Need?

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Knowing how many units of Dysport® you need is an important part of understanding your treatment goals and costs. Your prescribed dosage to achieve your desired result varies based on many factors. In addition to the treatment site and size, each brand of injection has its own dosing recommendations that your physician can explain to you.

Dysport® is a safe and effective product that can provide you with the results you want to enhance your appearance and self-confidence. Each dosage and treatment plan is customized on a patient-by-patient basis. Your doctor can evaluate your health and desired outcome before treatment, monitor you during and after treatment to ensure you don’t have a bad reaction, and decide if you need follow-up care. You may even see results within days of treatment.

What Is Dysport® and How Does It Work?

Cleveland Clinic describes Dysport® as a botulinum toxin. In small, strategically-placed doses, it can have a long-lasting effect on your appearance, making it a popular choice for personal enhancement. Dysport® can be used for cosmetic reasons, including:

  • Smoothing facial and neck wrinkles

  • Alleviating the appearance of fine lines

It also has other applications in health care that can enhance more than your appearance—they can help you feel better, happier, and more confident and active. Its medicinal uses can include:

  • Treating chronic migraines

  • Treating strabismus (i.e., crossed eyes)

  • Relieving overactive muscle contractions

  • Relieving hyperhidrosis (i.e., excessive sweating)

Doctors also use Dysport® therapy as part of a pain management regime. It aims to block the nerves at the injection site from sending chemical messages to the corresponding muscles. It is injected into the muscle and typically starts working within days of treatment.

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How Long Will the Change in My Appearance Last?

The time between initial and follow-up treatments can vary. According to Mayo Clinic, most patients see results within days (typically no more than three) and can expect it to last for several months.

For optimal and long-lasting results, you may want to schedule follow-up injections. Your health care team can help you determine the frequency of your treatment plan. In some cases, ongoing treatment could cause your muscles to naturally contract less on their own. This effect can change the length of time between follow-up treatments. Cleveland Clinic does not report any risks associated with repeat treatments.

Your doctor can monitor your outcome and the effects of Dysport® therapy to create a custom plan that meets your specific needs.

Are the Injections Painful?

Most patients do not report pain from Dysport® injections. Your doctor may use a topical anesthetic, ice, or another numbing agent to your comfort level. You might feel a small sting from the needle used to inject the medication at most. The procedure is fast and in the comfort of your doctor’s office.

Most patients do not experience any downtime and can return to their usual routines and activities immediately. Your physician may advise you not to rub, massage, or put pressure on the injection site. Doing so may not be painful, but it could prompt the ingredients in Dysport® to spread to other areas.

What Are the Known Side Effects of Dysport®?

Side effects from Dysport ® therapy can vary depending on your overall health and your body’s specific reaction. Some patients might experience mild side effects, including pain or discomfort at the injection site. Others might have bruising or redness. These typically resolve over a few days.

Additional side effects that you should be aware of include:

  • Head and neck pain

  • Indigestion

  • Eye and vision difficulty

  • Weakened facial muscles

Report any adverse side effects to your doctor. If you experience flu-like or asthma-like symptoms that lead to wheezing, do not wait to seek medical attention. Dysport® therapy is routine and is typically simple, with dangerous side effects rarely reported.

Does Insurance Cover The Cost of Dysport®?

Insurance companies may not cover the costs of this beneficial therapy. When this type of personal care is provided without insurance coverage, you can receive treatment on your own schedule without having needed treatments questioned by insurance mandates or regulations.

This beneficial therapy is typically priced per unit. Your doctor can review the cost per unit and the number of units you need before treatment. Your health care team may also explore the best initial and ongoing payment options based on your needs.

Contact Our Patient Care Team About Dysport® Today

If you are considering enhancing your physical appearance or ability with Dysport® therapy, our client-focused team at Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates can help. Contact one of our team members today to learn more about your treatment options.

Our team of physicians and nurse practitioners can explain the custom nature of Dysport® injections, the number of units you might need, and the ongoing treatments you might require for optimal results.

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