Don’t let the lines between your eyebrows define you. For men and women who want youthful skin texture, Dysport® is a fast-acting, long-lasting, injectable proven to help soften moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows—without changing the appearance of muscle movement on your other facial features.

This wrinkle reduction treatment is designed to smooth over facial skin at designated treatment sites. Dysport® is an FDA-approved injectable that offers improvement of moderate to severe “glabellar” lines that appear between the eyebrows due to frowning or even simply focusing while reading or working. Dysport® is similar to Botox® in that it contains botulinum toxin Type A, an ingredient that relaxes specific facial muscles to erase these unwanted expression lines.

If you need help resolving expression lines like horizontal lines on the forehead or vertical lines between the brows, contact Montante Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for a Dysport injection consultation in Richmond today.

Target Areas for Dysport®

Dysport® is an aesthetic treatment for glabellar lines. These vertical flaws are wrinkles residing on the forehead. They begin to emerge between the eyebrows during early adulthood. As you get older, they become a prominent feature because your skin becomes less pliable. These facial imperfections accentuate when you squint your eyes, giving you an angry expression even when you’re calm.

Preparations for Dysport® in Richmond

We ask you to schedule a consultation so that we can determine together whether this is the treatment best suited for your cosmetic concerns. We may recommend that you stop taking certain supplements and medications before receiving injections. These may include:

  • Sleep aids
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Cold medication
  • Anti-inflammatory meds
  • Blood thinners
  • Allergy medication

Please bring a list of all your medications for your first visit. After examining your face and hearing about your concerns and goals, we can determine a customized treatment plan that will help you get the look you want.

Dysport® Procedure

We offer Dysport® injections at our office in Richmond, VA. Board-certified nurse practitioner, Shelly Montante, is a certified injector with a great deal of experience and technical expertise. She will plan the injections sites according to your facial anatomy, choosing precise locations that will give you natural and effective results. To aid in your comfort, she may apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment sites. There may be some slight pressure during the injections, but most patients describe the Dysport® treatment as completely tolerable.

Most of the time spent during your treatment session is used for preparation, and the injections themselves will take only a few minutes. You can leave as soon as your injections are complete unless there are side effects, though this is rare. You will receive aftercare instructions that include when you should return for follow up treatments.

After Dysport® Treatment in Richmond

This injectable wrinkle reducer is a suitable treatment for people who are always on the go. Patients can return to their normal activities like work or school immediately after the procedure. Best of all, there is typically no recovery or downtime. Clinical studies indicate an 88.5% success rate.

Results become visible as soon as 48 hours after injection. Although outcomes aren’t permanent, follow up injections are possible when the results begin to diminish.

Don’t rub the injection site after treatment, as this can increase the risk of side effects. Also, don’t do any strenuous activity for at least two hours after injections.

Dysport® or Botox® in Richmond

Although Dysport® and Botox® are both derived from botulinum toxin, there are differences. Consider the following comparisons between the two injectables:
Target areas

  • Dysport®—Glabellar lines (between eyebrows)
  • Botox®—Crow’s feet, frown lines, and laugh lines

Injection Sites

  • Dysport®—between eyebrows in up to five different areas
  • Botox®—around your eyes, forehead, and mouth

Safety and Side Effects

  • Dysport®—FDA-approved in 2009. Minor discomfort and swelling are common. Rarely causes muscle reactions
  • Botox®—FDA-approved in 2002. Slight pain and bruising. Temporary muscle weakness is rare.


  • Dysport®—Little to no recovery
  • Botox®—Little to no recovery


  • Dysport®—Little to no recovery
  • Botox®—Little to no recovery

As you can see, our doctors in Richmond use Dysport® and Botox® for similar cosmetic concerns in different areas. Many patients have combination treatments that address multiple concerns in one session. To take the first step towards your younger-looking self and get a customized treatment plan, schedule a consultation with Shelly Montante.

Other Considerations

  • Dysport® isn’t suggested for pregnant women.
  • Dysport® injections for cosmetic improvement are only for adults.

We also recommend if you have a milk allergy or had allergic reactions to another botulinum toxin to refrain from either of these products.

Dysport® Benefits

Many individuals choose Dysport® because it is a safe, non-surgical treatment that is convenient and effective. The results may improve the quality of life with a pleasing aesthetic improvement.

Non-surgical – Facial improvement without surgery is trending in aesthetic medicine, and Dysport® is among the most popular and effective options. There will be no need for incisions or post-surgical recovery, as you enjoy the benefits for the weeks and months that follow.

Safe – Dysport® is a neurotoxin that is safe when administered in small amounts. Because this injection requires only .05 ml of product, this slight amount ensures a safe treatment in the treatment of facial wrinkles and lines.

Convenient – Dysport® is an in-office treatment that takes less than a half-hour to administer, allowing you to get on with your day.

Effective – Though Dysport® treatments are quick and convenient, many patients see improvement in as little as two or three days. These benefits will last for up to four to six months before an additional treatment is necessary.

Improved Quality of Life – Having lines or wrinkles may cause you to become self-conscious about your aging face. Receiving Dysport® injections at our Richmond office can improve your facial appearance and increase your confidence and self-esteem.

Aesthetics – Because we inject such a small amount of solution, you can achieve a natural outcome. The more muscle movement after the injections, the more Dysport® will have its effect, smoothing the lines and softening the skin. This movement will prevent the infamous frozen face that keeps muscles from moving when adjacent tissue is engaging. You can keep smiling, laughing, and frowning without the formation of lines or wrinkles.