Botox vs. Dysport

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There are many treatment options when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Although many formulas have similar ingredients, there are subtle differences you should know before choosing the best treatment for you.

What Are Botox and Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are both injectable solutions that use botulinum toxin to treat and prevent wrinkles by blocking the underlying muscles from contracting, resulting in smoother, unlined skin. Both are safe for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead and for crow’s feet.

Botox is the best choice for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and vertical frown lines in the forehead called glabellar lines. Dysport is only approved for reducing the appearance of glabellar lines.

How Long Does it Take to Inject Botox and Dysport?

When you go in for your appointment, your technician will apply a numbing agent to the treatment area. When the area is sufficiently numbed, you’ll receive several injections in the treatment area that takes a few minutes at most. After your injections, you’re free to resume your regular activities for the day.

Are Botox and Dysport Injections Painful?

Your doctor or technician will apply a numbing agent to the treatment area to reduce the chance of feeling any pain from the injection. The most you might feel is pressure at the injection site.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox and Dysport?

Patients report the following side effects after an injection:

  • Mild pain
  • Numbness at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Redness
  • Bruising

How Many Botox or Dysport Treatments Will I Need?

Your doctor will assess the severity of your lines and wrinkles when deciding how much Botox or Dysport to administer. In most cases, you’ll receive the following amounts of Botox depending on your treatment area:

Glabellar wrinkles: Five injection sites with a total of 20 units of solution
Glabellar and forehead wrinkles: 10 injection sites with a total of 40 units of solution
Crow’s feet: Six injection sites with a total of 24 units of solution

The average Dysport treatment includes: Five injection sites to the eyebrow and forehead totaling 0.05 mL of solution per injection.

With Botox, expect positive results to appear from one week to one month after injection. Results can last up to six months before it begins to wear off. You must continue with follow-up treatments to maintain optimal results.

With Dysport, expect to see positive results after two days. However, Dysport usually lasts only two to three months before you need follow-up treatments.

Does Dysport Work Faster than Botox?

Although they are both made from the botulinum toxin, Botox and Dysport have different amounts of trace proteins that affect how they work. Because of these differences, Dysport spreads further through the muscles and gives more immediate positive results. However, the total time of noticeable wrinkle reduction is less than Botox.

If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate for Botox or Dysport, make an appointment today with the medical team at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our team can give you more information regarding any skin concerns you may have.

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