Dysport vs. Botox: What Are The Differences?

Among the earliest signs of facial aging are dynamic creases just at the outer corners of the eyes. These are quickly followed by frown lines and forehead lines. If you’re a smoker, you may even develop peri-oral wrinkles or tiny creases that radiate outwards from your mouth. The good news is that much like sun spots, enlarged pores, dark spots, and melasma, there are easy, effective, and entirely non-invasive solutions. Currently ranked among the most popular of these are Dysport and Botox:

Dynamic or movement-related wrinkling develops in facial areas that experience, repetitive movements. Crow’s feet are a strong indication of lots of laughter and smiling throughout the years. Both brow lines that travel horizontally across the forehead and frown lines that run vertically above the nose suggest frequent expressions of worry, frustration, anger, and pain.

Unlike static wrinkles or creases that are visible all of the time, dynamic wrinkles only appear when the muscles responsible for their development are engaged. Dysport and Botox are FDA-approved neurotoxins that can temporarily immobilize targeted muscles. Once they’re injected into treatment areas, dynamic wrinkles are released and the surface skin remains smooth even when the patient is laughing, smiling, or frowning.

Differences in Composition

Derived from a purified version of the botulinum toxin, Botox and Dysport differ in their composition due to the addition of different proteins. Dysport has a protein that allows it to diffuse further than Botox. In some instances, this allows for fewer injections and the treatment of more pronounced or stubborn creases.

Another key difference between Botox and Dysport lies in their flexibility. For cosmetic purposes, Dysport has only received FDA approval for the treatment of glabellar lines or frown lines. This wide-diffusing formula is a go-to for people with deep vertical lines that manifest every time they’re lost in thought, frustrated, or distressed.

Botox Is FDA-Approved to Treat Dynamic Wrinkles Across Multiple Facial Areas

Comparatively, Botox is FDA-approved to treat glabellar lines, crow’s feet, forehead creases, and smoker’s wrinkles (peri-oral wrinkles) around the lips. If you develop deep creases around your mouth whenever you use a straw or purse your lips, Botox can make your pout more supple and youthful-looking by erasing your dynamic wrinkles. When skillfully applied and used sparingly, Botox can create remarkable and entirely natural-looking improvements across the entire visage.

Flexibility, Duration, Treatment Times, and Recovery

Despite their differences in flexibility, these two popular injectables remain quite the same in regard to treatment times, duration, and recovery. Both procedures typically last between 20 and 30 minutes depending upon the size of the targeted area and other factors.

For most patients, downtime during recovery lasts between just two and 18 hours. Many people experience slight reddening, bruising, or swelling across the treatment area, and some patients may experience slight fatigue or faint headaches. All of these reactions are normal and will gradually abate on their own.

You might get differing opinions on how long each of these products lasts. Although wider-diffusing, Dysport is not longer-lasting. The effects of these injectables last between three and four months. However, the results of Dysport manifest faster than Botox results. You’ll see Dysport’s full range of aesthetic improvements within just one to three days. With Botox, you might have to wait as long as five to seven days.

Is Botox or Dysport the Right Choice for You?

Dysport is an excellent choice for releasing glabellar lines at the brow. If you have dynamic wrinkles in other facial areas, Botox is the only injectable of the two that’s FDA-approved to treat them. You can find out which injectable is right for you by contacting Lorraine Golosow, MD.

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We offer a diverse range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Whether you’re looking to turn back the hands of time with Botox, Dysport, or another high-quality filler like Restylane or Juvederm, we can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Golosow today to find out more about our available treatments or to schedule a visit!

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