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How Long Does It Take for Dysport to Work?

Kristina Cadwell  
January 6, 2022  

Dysport is a neurotoxin injection, very similar to Botox. It is an FDA-approved, anti-wrinkle cosmetic treatment for glabellar (frown) lines.

When injected between the eyebrows, Dysport relaxes the underlying muscle and effectively smooths the frown. It is also a common medical solution for issues caused by hyperactive muscles.

Duration of Dysport effects

How Fast Does Dysport Work?

Dysport has an advantage over Botox in terms of how fast it works. Most patients see the effects of Dysport within three days of the injection, and the injected muscle is fully relaxed within one week.

How Many Treatments Does It Take?

The number of Dysport treatments depends on the patient’s needs.

Most patients are happy with the results after one treatment and require maintenance sessions every 3 to 6 months.

Patients with very deep glabellar lines often aren’t entirely happy with the results after their first Dysport session. They typically experience the desired effects after additional treatment(s) and several weeks after the initial injection.

How Long Do the Results Last?

The effects of Dysport typically last three to six months, after which the neurotoxin wears off and the injected muscle becomes active again. The longevity of the results after a Dysport injection largely depends on the patient’s lifestyle habits. Smoking, exposure to UV rays, and expressive facial features will speed up Dysport’s deterioration.

How to Speed Up the Effects of Dysport?

Patients who need to look their best for an important event that is in less than three days from their treatment can employ a few tricks to speed the effects of Dysport.

Exercise the Treated Muscles

To help Dysport settle in the injected area and provide a wrinkle-free, relaxed look, move the eyebrows up and down in three sessions of 40 movements each, spaced ten minutes apart. The movement will speed up the effects of Dysport and provide results in a day or two.

However, note that increased use of the treated muscle in the weeks and months following the treatment will also speed up the degradation of the neurotoxin.

Massage the Treated Muscle Area

Dysport providers usually warn their patients not to apply pressure to the treated area for 24 hours to avoid spreading the neurotoxin to nearby areas. However, a very light massage may help distribute the product evenly into the target muscle and speed up the effects of Dysport.

Gently massage the area between your eyebrows for five minutes and repeat the process several times the first day or two until you notice the skin-tightening effect of your treatment.


Dysport is not as widely known as Botox, but it is currently the best cosmetic solution for glabellar lines. It takes less time to notice the effects of Dysport, and they typically last longer than Botox. Read our article Dysport vs. Botox if you want to find out more about their differences and similarities.

Make sure to schedule a session with an experienced, reputable medical provider for your safety and the best cosmetic results.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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