When looking for ways to improve fine lines and wrinkles, two FDA-approved treatment options have become highly popular due to their effectiveness, convenience, and lasting results. Botox and Dysport, both injectables derived from the botulinum toxin Type A proteins, are non-surgical treatments that work by relaxing facial muscles on the forehead, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown lines and wrinkles.
Though they share many similarities, there are a few unique differences that could influence which one is right for you.
Botox vs Dysport – What’s the difference?
One of the biggest differences between Dysport and Botox is Dysport has low protein concentration and therefore offers a better spreading effect as compared to Botox allowing for typically faster results. For most patients, Botox takes three to five days to take effect, whereas Dysport patients typically respond in one to two days. This advantage could be beneficial for patients who have a big professional or social gathering to attend in which they need to look their best. Both treatments have been approved by the FDA, though Botox has been around since 2002 while Dysport came 7 years later and was approved as a cosmetic treatment to effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles in 2009.
Does Dysport last longer than Botox?
Some recent studies show that the wrinkle-reducing effects of Dysport may last longer than Botox Cosmetics. Those who find Botox to be no longer effective may benefit from Dysport treatment.
Are there different side effects to Botox vs Dysport?
Tests conducted by doctors and researchers show that the Dysport procedure offers reduced side effects as compared to Botox. Some of the common side effects of Dysport injection treatment include mild abrasion or bruising around the site where the injection is administered and minor soreness. Some patients report a mild headache for a few hours after the procedure. Several patients have also reported allergic reactions such as flu-like symptoms and skin rashes and irritations. These side effects of Dysport are temporary and usually disappear in a brief period of time.
Botox may result in slight swelling or redness around the injection sites, which fades quickly. After Botox treatment, comes a few restrictions: Do not massage the area treated, no strenuous exercise for 24 hours, no hot sun, saunas, or excessive heat for 72 hours, and avoid alcohol and salty foods to limit swelling. Botox carries some risk of bruising around the injection site as well.
Do you need a license to administer Botox and Dysport?
A medical license is required to perform Botox injections. At Lavish Laser Med Spa, our team of Master Injectors is led by the guidance of Dr. Marc Epstein, an aesthetic MD who specializes in administering anti-aging wrinkle solutions including Botox and Dysport.
Allow Dr. Epstein to evaluate your face and determine whether Botox or Dysport injections are right for you. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (305) 676-8318. We offer the best Botox and Dysport treatments in Miami. As experts in injectables and fillers, we encourage you to visit our location in Coconut Grove, FL, and enjoy the full Lavish Laser experience.