Dysport®, Botox® & Xeomin® Treatments

Dysport® treatment for frown lines –

Whenever you laugh, frown, concentrate or squint into the sun, your facial muscles contract and your skin creases. As you get older your skin loses its elasticity and those creases deepen into lines that become permanently etched on your face. Frown lines between your eyes can become particularly noticeable at a relatively young age, making you look angry or worried even when you’re not.

By temporarily immobilising the muscles you use to frown, Dysport® can smooth out those lines, restoring a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. Because you will be physically unable to frown after treatment, you may even lose the urge to frown. The lasting effect of treatment with Dysport® can differ between individuals after which further courses of treatment may be necessary.

Many people find after several treatments that they can extend the time between treatments, because they have “unlearned” the habit of frowning or squinting that originally led to the development of these lines.

Dysport® can also be used to treat:

What is Dysport®?

Dysport® is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles. Dysport®, like Botox® is a protein extracted from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The Dysport® protein was initially used for the treatment of motor disorders and various kinds of involuntary muscular spasms, including cerebral palsy.

How is Dysport® used?

Tiny amounts of Dysport® are injected directly into the facial muscles with small, almost painless injections for an effective treatment. No local anesthetic is usually required, but if you are concerned, a numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment. Treatment is normally over in less than 15 minutes. Over the next few days, the muscles gradually relax allowing wrinkles to loosen and skin in the treated area to appear more youthful.

How does Dysport® work?

Dysport® blocks impulses from the nerves to the facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Dysport® relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin becomes smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.

Is Dysport® safe?

Dysport® injections have been used safely and effectively for over fifteen years to treat many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders. Numerous safety studies performed around the world have shown it to have an equal or more favourable safety profile than Botox®, however, while rare, some side effects can and do occur.

The most common side effects are temporary soreness and mild bruising around the injection site. Some people may experience a slight headache that lasts for several hours after treatment; it is safe to take a mild pain killer to relieve this. In a very small percentage of cases there can be a complication call “ptosis” (a drooping eyelid) which may last a few days or up to 4 weeks. Ptosis is not considered to be a normal side effect and is normally due to injector error or lack of injector experience.

History of Dysport® and latest trends –

Though approved in the United States in April 2009, Dysport® has a history of use in other countries since 1991. Dysport® has been available in Europe, Asia, and South America for over 10 years. First approved for aesthetic use outside the US in 2001, Dysport® has steadily gained in popularity around the world.

Dysport® was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s to successfully treat a number of neurological and ophthalmic conditions. It was further developed to treat a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders, for which it is licensed in over 60 countries.

Since that time, with an increased understanding of the uses of Dysport®, thousands of treatments have been safely and effectively performed for a variety of conditions ranging from facial wrinkles to axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits).

Today Dysport® is marketed and sold for aesthetic use in 36 countries (as of October 2009). With its approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, you, too, may join others worldwide who have been treated with Dysport®.

Side effects of Dysport® –

In US clinical studies the most common side effects were nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea . In some cases, Dysport® may cause serious side effects, such as swallowing or breathing problems, that may be life threatening.

For more information on possible side effects of Dysport®, talk to your healthcare professional.

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox®

What is Botox® treatment?

Botox® is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a rejuvenated appearance. The active ingredient in Botox® treatment is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions.

Botox® is a prescription-only medicine and treatment is only available from a qualified medical professional. It is registered for the treatment of crow’s feet (the lines that radiate from the corner of your eye when you smile or squint), forehead lines (the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows) and glabellar frown lines (the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown).

How does Botox® treatment work?

Botox® can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (these are the wrinkles that are formed during facial expression). Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make the undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.

Botox® is used to treat:

What does Botox® treatment involve?

Botox® treatment is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of Botox® is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally, Botox® treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after.

After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for the Botox® treatment to begin taking effect and about 7 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your Doctor or Nurse will know what the best dose is for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.

How long does Botox® treatment last?

The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat Botox® treatments, the effect tends to last longer.

Does Botox® treatment cause more wrinkles to form?

Botox® will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to have further Botox® treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.

Will facial expression be affected by Botox® treatment?

Botox® works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscle left untreated, including untreated facial muscles, should not be affected by the Botox® treatment. Your Doctor or Nurse will determine the best dose for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.

Are there any side effects of Botox®?

In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, Botox® treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications, including cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder, face), and axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).

In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness, including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, swollen eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations, itching/aching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms.

How long has Botox® been used?

Botox® treatment has been used in Australia and New Zealand in therapeutic treatments for over 20 years. It was first approved for use in New Zealand in 1991.

Can Botox® treatment be combined with other products and procedures?

Many people use a combination of cosmetic products and/or procedures with Botox®. Your Doctor or Nurse will advise you as to whether or not you will receive better results if your Botox® treatment is combined with other products and/or procedures.

Xeomin® – the new Botulinum on the block!

Xeomin® is the purest form of Botulinum Toxin on the market today. It does not have the complexing proteins that its predecessors have, which can be one of the factors involved in treatment failure with the other forms of Botulinum Toxin.

In other words, if you are treated with this toxin only, you will have less likelihood of a strong immune reaction. The less pure the toxin, the stronger the immune reaction that can be triggered. Botox® has more complexing proteins, Dysport® has less, and Xeomin® has none.

Like Dysport® and Botox®, Xeomin® works by paralyzing wrinkles. It blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles. As a result, the targeted muscle cannot contract.

Xeomin® versus Botox® and Dysport®

Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® have a lot in common, but they also have some important differences. Unlike its predecessors, Xeomin® does not need to be refrigerated. This may be an advantage when it comes to distribution. What’s more, Xeomin® is “naked”. There are no additives – just botulinum toxin type A. This may lessen a patient’s likelihood for developing antibodies to Xeomin®. When your body senses a foreign invader, it responds by creating antibodies and launching an attack. If this were to occur with a neurotoxin such as botulinum toxin type A, it may not have its desired effects.

Xeomin® is said to be more like Botox® than Dysport®. It takes about one week for the full effects of Xeomin ®injections to be realised, and once this occurs the results last from three to six months. Dysport®, Xeomin® and Botox® should not be used interchangeably.

What is Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum toxin is a naturally-occurring protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin type A – the active ingredient in Xeomin® – is produced commercially from C. botulinum serotype A.

How does Xeomin® work?

Xeomin® is injected into muscles to decrease their activity. Xeomin® blocks the release of a chemical messenger – acetylcholine – that conveys the signal from nerve terminals and causes muscle fibers to contract. Not all terminals are affected by botulinum toxin, so the muscles can still contract, just less forcefully.

Xeomin® is used to treat:

Are all Botulinum Toxin products the same?

Not all botulinum toxin products are the same. This is reflected in the unique names for each product. The dose of Xeomin® may be different from other botulinum toxin products.

How is Xeomin® made?

In nature, C. botulinum produces the toxin in association with accessory proteins (toxin complex). Merz takes the toxin complex and employs a proprietary manufacturing process that isolates the therapeutic component and removes the accessory proteins to produce Xeomin®.

If you are interested in Xeomin® injections, please feel free to make a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Medicine Nurses.


If you are interested in learning more about Dysport®/Botox®/Xeomin® use for any of these treatments, please contact Beautiphi on 022 3837 968 to schedule a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Medicine Nurses.Make an appointment


Please take the time to read our Botulinum Toxin Type A page as this informs you of the contraindications and side-effects of these treatments. Botulinum Toxin is a medicine and must be treated as such, only to be injected by a Registered Medical Professional.

All before and after photos on the Beautiphi website are genuine untouched photographs of our patients. Because results may vary from patient to patient the photos provide guidance only to the possible results. Your individual results may vary from those seen in the photographs for a variety of reasons. All before and after photographs are © Beautiphi.

Dysport® is a prescription medicine containing Clostridium Botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines and excessive sweating. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling or nausea or compensatory sweating in other skin areas. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure. A charge applies. Dysport® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation.

BOTOX is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of Clostridium Botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialists about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning sensation or redness at injection site, temporary local muscle weakness including eyelid droop, decreased sensation and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, talk to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceutical, Auckland.

Xeomin® is a Prescription Medicine containing 50, 100 LD50 Units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines on the forehead in adults. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Xeomin treatment lasts about four months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Cautions: Generalised disorders of muscle activity; Infection or inflammation at the proposed injection sites, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects: headache, pain, swelling or infection at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. You will need to pay for this medicine. Discuss with your specialist if Xeomin is right for you. For more information or for a copy of CMI please contact the NZ distributor: NZMS Ltd: 2a Fisher Crescent, Mt Wellington, Auckland, Ph 09 259 4062.TAPS NA7621.

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