Frown lines 101: What causes them?
Over time, repeated movement of the facial skin by the muscles forms frown lines between the eyebrows.
Wrinkles are not only age related. Frown lines are “dynamic”—they happen because of the way a person’s face moves. Because frown lines are created by facial movements such as frowning or squinting, they may develop even in younger adults. Dysport® is used to treat moderate to severe frown lines in adult patients less than 65 years of age.
The muscles above and between the eyebrows contract and tighten, and can cause wrinkles. Dysport® blocks the nerve signal that causes these facial muscles to contract. This ultimately results in a localized reduction of muscle activity in the treated area and temporarily stops the contraction of these muscles.
What is Dysport®?
Prescription Dysport® is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years of age.
Dysport® is a purified formulation that has been shown to deliver temporary improvements in moderate to severe frown lines, even with repeat treatments. So, the effect of repeat treatment with Dysport® may be comparable to your first use.*
*In clinical trials, the efficacy of Dysport® was studied in a total of 376 patients and was demonstrated with up to 4 repeated treatments. The safety of Dysport® has been studied in up to 12 repeated treatments.
How does Dysport® work?
With just 1 injection into each of 5 points between and above the eyebrows, Dysport® blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles, ultimately resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines.
Injection sites for Dysport®
The untreated facial muscles still contract normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.
You should not be treated with Dysport® more frequently than every 90 days.
Treatment Time: With Dysport®, often it’s only a 10-20 minute treatment. Ask your doctor about any precautions you should take after your treatment. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
Repeatable results: In clinical trials, the efficacy of Dysport® was demonstrated with up to 4 repeated treatments. You should wait at least 90 days between treatments. The safety of Dysport® has been studied in up to 12 repeated treatments.
Worldwide experience: Dysport® is used for aesthetic purposes in 36 countries. In U.S. clinical trials, Dysport® was studied for safety in more than 2400 aesthetic patients. Of those, 769 participated in pivotal studies, with a subset of 376 evaluated for efficacy of Dysport®.
What should I tell my doctor before taking Dysport®?
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have:
- a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome). See “What is the most important information I should know about Dysport®?”
- allergies to any botulinum toxin product
- had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past
- a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
- swallowing problems
- bleeding problems
- a slow heart beat or other problem with your heart rate or rhythm
- plans to have surgery
- had surgery on your face
- weakness of your forehead muscles (such as trouble raising your eyebrows)
- drooping eyelids
- any other change in the way your face normally looks
Tell your doctor if you:
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Dysport® can harm your unborn baby
- are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. It is not known if Dysport® passes into breast milk
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and other natural products. Using Dysport® with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects.