Looking to freshen up your face this summer? Both Botox and Dysport are popular, nonsurgical products used to relax your facial muscles and eliminate wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines with quick recovery rates. Derived from botulinum toxins, which are safe in small amounts, Botox and Dysport are types of neurotoxins that block muscle contractions. Still, these two treatments have their diferences and you should always talk with your doctor about the best wrinkle treatment for you.
About Botox and Dysport
Botox and Dysport are used to treat and prevent wrinkles in adults. These non-invasive injections work in much the same way, as they have the same active ingredient: Botulinum Toxin A. This weakened virus works to block nerve signals to target muscles, resulting in softer, more relaxed muscles. By relaxing the muscles, the skin above them appears smoother and eliminates wrinkles and forehead lines for a certain period of time. Neither treatment completely rids existing wrinkles, but the effects are meant to make wrinkles less noticeable. Results usually last for 3-6 months, after which you can return for additional dosages. Both procedures take only a few minutes and you’re usually free to immediately return to your normal routine.
Differences Between Botox and Dysport
Though both medications are derived from the same virus, there are some differences! Dysport, for example, is more diluted than Botox and uses smaller protein molecules to induce muscle relaxation. These smaller proteins are less likely to be broken down by antibodies, making Dysport injections useful when treating large areas of the body. Botox also has a lower molecular weight than Dysport, resulting in the need for more injections to achieve your desired results.
Side Effects of Botox and Dysport
Both procedures are relatively painless and in most cases you can leave immediately afterward. Though they are both considered safe treatments, there are still risks of minor side effects, including bruising, headache, numbness, redness, and swelling. Most side effects, if any, usually resolve within a week. Though rare, Botox and Dysport can carry the slight risk of botulinum toxicity, resulting in paralysis. If you experience such side effects, contact us immediately.
As with most medical procedures, getting the best results depends on how the injections are administered. When delivered correctly by our qualified doctors, there may not be a significant difference between Botox and Dysport. If you are looking for more information on which is right for you, the staff at Calvine Medical Aesthetics can help. Contact us for assistance on finding the best fillers and injections based on your needs.