• Darlene Walchuk

Answering Questions about BOTOX/DYSPORT


When you are considering a BOTOX or DYSPORT treatment, it is a good idea to be well informed.


Is it safe?

Yes! BOTOX/DYSPORT has been available for over 25 years and has been used to treat many diseases. In fact, it is used in children as young as two years old to treat cerebral palsy. It has been proven to be very safe through extensive testing and research. BOTOX is an approved drug used to treat patients with cosmetic wrinkles.


Will it give me food poisoning? Is it botulism? Isn’t BOTOX/DYSPORT poison?

No, BOTOX/DYSPORT will not cause food poisoning, as it is NOT botulism. Botulism is the name of an illness. The product is a natural, purified protein. It is an approved drug that is used in VERY tiny doses. It comes from a naturally occurring bacterium – similar to how Penicillin comes naturally!


How do I know it won’t be toxic to me?

Typically, for a cosmetic treatment, you may receive fewer than 100 units. To make someone remotely sick, you would have to receive OVER 35 times this dose at one time intravenously.


How does it work?

BOTOX/DYSPORT works by simply relaxing the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth and refreshed appearance.


How quickly does it work?

It can take up to 2 weeks for it to take full effect. Usually, we ask patients to wait for 14 days to fully see the results. DYSPORT has been shown in studies to start working within three days and last 2 to 5 weeks longer- this may vary from individual.


Does it hurt?

Most patients say the injections feel similar to a little pinch, although everyone is different. We usually hear that patients say, “Is that all?”


Will it look worse when it wears off? What if I stop doing BOTOX/DYSPORT?

No! Your face will never get worse if you stop using BOTOX/DYSPORT or when it wears off.

BOTOX/DYSPORT gives your facial muscles a “rest”. If you stop getting treatments, the muscles start to work again like normal. At the very minimum, you will simply return to where you started, but most will have a long-term benefit even from one treatment.


If you use BOTOX/DYSPORT for a number of years and then stop, your muscles learn to relax, and therefore, you will end up looking a little better than when you originally started. You have just stopped time.


Visit our FAQ page for a more detailed list of questions.

If you are planning treatment and would like more information on After Care, you will find a document on this page you can download.

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