Botox is the original one and has become a generic term, but these two brands work by very similar mechanisms. Simply put, when you inject them, they block the signal going between the nerves going to the muscle, so the muscle can’t cause wrinkles. So who wins the Botox Vs Dysport battle?
Dr. Tahsini of Skin Works Medical Spa in Los Angeles shares with you the differences between these two wrinkle treatments.
Botox Vs Dysport: Which Treatment?
There’s definitely no denying, the B-word, the miraculous treatment for wrinkles and fine lines, has been a talking point of late.
Botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world and there are a plethora of celebs who are rumored to swearing by youth-keeping injections. And this is not just in the media, it is also a talking point within the close circle of friends too. Would you? Wouldn’t you? Have you?
So, what is Botox?
Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. However, while it has been described as “the most poisonous substance known”, it all comes down to purity and dose when used safely for cosmetic purposes.
Most Botox injections are easy with minimal discomfort if administered by a skillful medical professional. Botox smoothes or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles in the following areas:
- Botox between the eyebrows
- Chin Botox
- Jaw Botox
- Botox forehead
- Botox under eyes
- Botox for frown lines
- Botox brow lift
As well as additional areas. It can also be used to treat overactive sweat glands (axillary hyperhidrosis).
It Does Not Erase Lines
Prior to having the procedure done, the patient should realize that Botox does not actually erase lines, but relaxes them. What this means is that deeper lines will become somewhat less deep and superficial lines will nearly disappear.
Botox Results & Fillers
It may be necessary for you to have additional procedures, such as the use of dermal filler substances (for example, Restylane, Juvederm, or Radiesse) in order to plump up the wrinkles that are now relaxed.
Additionally, it may be necessary to have two or three sessions of treatment for deeper wrinkles before results become optimal. Results will appear within 24 to 48 hours after treatment for moderate to severe frown lines. The results from treatment last up to 4 months.
Dysport is a new competitor to Botox in the US but has been used in Europe for several years. There is also another competitor, Xeomin. All of these products are relatively similar.
Dysport® is powerful when injected into the muscles in the Glabella area (between the eyebrows) which improves the look of moderate to severe lines in between the brows. Untreated muscles still work normally, so you can continue to express feelings naturally.
Dysport is popular among both women and men who want to reverse the look of aging. Because Dysport delivers the natural-looking results people want, 97% of users say they’d do it again. Similar to Botox, results will appear within 24 to 48 hours after treatment for moderate to severe frown lines.
Botox Vs Dysport
Overall Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both are a type of botulinum type A used to relax the muscles that cause frown lines and other overactive muscles of the face, like forehead lines. So ‘Botox vs Dysport’ is like comparing apples to apples. However, every two apples are different!
The Four Main Differences
1- Dysport Works Faster Than Botox
This is because Dysport has fewer proteins that surround the molecule, which allows for quicker absorption by the body. Clinical studies found that Dysport diffuses more (i.e., spreads to a wider area) during the injection.
This can be beneficial when treating a larger area, such as wide forehead wrinkles, and areas with thinner muscles, such as crows’ feet since they would require fewer injections due to the spreading.
Fewer injections mean that there is a smaller likelihood of potential discomfort, swelling, or bruising for you. However, there is also an onset of this.
Unless the Physician is an experienced injector with a good understanding of more complex musculature (around the eyes, between the eyebrows), Dysport could spread into unwanted areas causing untoward side effects like blurry vision.
2- Dysport is slightly cheaper than Botox
Even though their units are not the same, Dysport can be slightly cheaper when looking for the same results. However, we do not recommend making your decisions based on price.
You should always get what works better for your skin, and that we can decide within a complimentary skin analysis that we provide for all patients and guests.
3- Dysport Vs Botox units
So you can’t expect us to use the same number of Dysport units that we normally use in Botox units. The ratio of Dysport to Botox units is generally 2.5-3:1 (2.5-3 times more Dysport units per Botox unit).
4- It’s about skills
Ultimately, it is far more important who is injecting your Botox or Dysport, than which of these two products you are using.
Botox Guide For South Bay Local
We put together a guide for South bay Los Angeles locals to find what works best for them when it comes to injectables. You can access the article by clicking HERE
At Skin Works Medical Spa, we have a variety of Anti-Aging injectables that you can find in our Botox® Cosmetics section.
If you are not sure which one to go for, we suggest you take advantage of a Complimentary Skin Analysis before your first treatment.
If you want to learn more before making an appointment, we have the complete guide to botox injections ready for you!