05 Mar 2020 Dysport vs. Botox: What’s the Difference?
We’re all more than well acquainted with Botox, but have you heard of Dysport? Both Botox and Dysport are forms of botulinum toxins which are injected with the goal of relaxing wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, botulinum toxins can also be incredibly effective when treating muscle spasms in certain health conditions as well as excessive sweating. So, you may have asked yourself, what’s the difference between Botox vs. Dysport?
When it comes to the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines, both Dysport and Botox offer non-invasive, non-surgical treatments that can relax the skin’s underlying muscles and therefore reduce the appearance of the wrinkles and fine lines.
While neither Dysport nor Botox will be able to truly rid you of all your wrinkles for good, they can both certainly make them less noticeable than they otherwise were. Here’s how these two injectable muscle relaxers compare.
What Does Dysport Treat?
Much as is the case with Botox too, Dysport is used for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles around the face, however, Dysport has only been approved for the FDA for the treatment of glabellar lines, the lines between the eyebrows that reach upward towards the forehead, otherwise known as frown lines.
Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear when you make expressions, including frown lines and crow’s feet, but they can become static wrinkles over time due to reduced collagen in the skin.
As the skin both loses collagen and its ability to produce collagen as we age, naturally-occurring fine lines and wrinkles begin to set in and remain, even as we relax our faces. In essence, collagen is a protein that’s responsible for our skin being able to maintain its elasticity.
While Botox is approved for a variety of wrinkles and health conditions, Dysport is only used for the treatment of frown lines, and specifically moderate to severe wrinkles. Mild glabellar lines won’t respond to the Dysport treatment.
What Does BOTOX Treat?
Whereas Dysport is only FDA approved for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines, BOTOX can treat mild glabellar lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet too. It may also be used to treat hyperhidrosis or excess sweating as well as muscle spasms.
What Are the Dysport and Botox Procedures Like?
The procedure for both Dysport and Botox injections is essentially the same. They’re both performed in a specialist’s office, and they should take only a few minutes to complete, depending on the overall number of injections required. Each treatment breaks down as such:
- Glabellar lines: 5 injection sites required, and approximately 20 units of Botox/50 units of Dysport
- Glabellar and forehead lines: 10 injection sites required, and about 40 units of Botox
- Crow’s feet: 10 injection sites required and around 24 units of Botox
- If combining glabellar lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet, 64 total units of Botox are usually required.
How Do the Results Compare?
Whereas invasive, surgical alternatives require a fair amount of downtime and recovery, this isn’t the case with Botox or Dysport, and the results should start to be visible after only a few days.
The results of Dysport treatment appear in only a couple of days and can last for as long as 3 to 4 months before any additional maintenance injections are required. Botox, however, can take as long as a week or more for the results to show, sometimes even as much as a month. Some Botox injections can last for as long as 6 months, although typically will only last around 3 to 4.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that the average cost of Dysport treatment comes in around $100 cheaper per session than Botox while offering the same results.
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