Two injectables that are discussed in the same breath are Botox and Dysport. This makes sense because they are both neuromodulators that use botulinum A toxin to temporarily relax muscles in the face. After these muscles have been frozen, the lines that normally form due to muscle movements have an opportunity to diminish or fade completely from the skin.
Facial Aesthetic Concepts has offered both Botox and Dysport to our patients for many years, during which time we have noticed a few key distinctions between the treatments. In this blog, we discuss some of the nuances to help you have the best injectable experience possible.
The main difference between Botox and Dysport is that Dysport is somewhat diluted with saline. As a result, your doctor must inject more units of Dysport to achieve the same results that would be achieved with Botox. Often, an aesthetician will recommend Dysport to treat a larger area while recommending Botox for a smaller or more precise area because of these differences in concentration.
Although the durations of the results are not dramatically different, they may be significant enough to influence a patient’s choice in injectables. Dysport is fast-acting, with results starting to appear after just one or two days. With Botox, results may not be visible for at least a few days. For both neuromodulators, full results do not manifest for a couple weeks. On average, Botox results last a bit longer than Dysport.
Hence, patients who want the quickest results — perhaps a social event is right around the corner — may want to select Dysport. However, if time is not of the essence, Botox’s slightly extended longevity may give it the edge.
The average unit of Dysport is less expensive than Botox, which is understandable considering that it is a more diluted solution. During a consultation, our experts can provide a quote for the full cost of treatment (depending on the size of the treatment and type of injectable used) so that patients know what to expect.
Currently, Botox has FDA approval for use on forehead lines, crow’s feet and vertical frown lines between the brows. Dysport only has FDA approval for the vertical frown lines (also known as glabellar lines). Although most doctors consider it safe to use Dysport in other areas, you may prefer to avoid off-label uses.
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Our aesthetic team is known throughout Southern California for our precise injections and long-lasting, natural results. If you would like to learn more about Botox or Dysport, call (949) 612-2237 to schedule a consultation with one of our experts. Together, you can determine the best injectable for diminishing your unwanted lines and wrinkles.