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When it comes to reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles such as forehead wrinkles and fine lines there are a range of cosmetic treatments that are available. Overall, individuals are looking to improve their appearance quickly and effectively but without the need for plastic surgery. The good news is that there are a range of procedures available that can be deployed without the need for a plastic surgeon. Two of the most common treatments that are available are Botox and Dysport. Here we consider Dysport vs Botox and discuss the main differences between the treatments.

What is Botox?

Botox, also known as botulinum toxin type a,  is an injectable treatment that can be used for a wide range of cosmetic procedures. Botox is commonly used to remove fine lines and wrinkles in the face by temporarily paralyzing the surrounding muscle at the treatment area.  Once Botox is injected into the muscle by a skilled injector the muscle is unable to contract as forcefully as it did before. This in turn helps to relax and soften wrinkles.

Botox can also aid with certain medical muscular conditions. The masseter muscle is located on each side of ones jaw and is one of the main muscles involved with chewing. When one chews or grinds their teeth frequently, the masseter muscle can grow larger than usual and cause ones facial shape to become round or square looking. Botox can be injected into the masseter muscle to relax the muscle, shrink the jaw line, and decrease the slightly square appearance of the jaw.

Allergan is the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Botox. Botox is a brand name, whereas the generic name is OnabotulinumtoxinA. Botox is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox used in the medical and cosmetic field has been strongly regulated by the FDA and proven to be completely safe in clinical studies.

Botox injections are quick and fairly painless. There are rarely any side effects and there is no down time required for this procedure; however, there are a few minor and temporary restrictions post procedure. One will begin to notice the effects of Botox within one week; however, full effects are noticeable in two weeks. Botox injections typically last from three to six months. Since Botox effects will fade and muscle actions gradually reappear, follow up treatments are recommended to maintain desired results.

What is Dysport?

Dysport is a treatment that is has been specifically designed as a wrinkle treatment that targets the glabella lines that can form in the forehead area. Muscle contractions in this area can cause vertical lines to appear in the area between the eyebrows and forehead. Dysport is used to treat the glabella lines and muscle weakness in this area.

Dysport is manufactured from a company called Medicis. The generic name for Dysport is abobotulinumtoxinA‎. Dysport is made from the same bacterium Clostridium botulinum as Botox; however, it’s more diluted and contains less protein than Botox. Dysport has been used in Europe for several years now; however, it is still fairly new in the United States since its only been on the market as of April 2009.

25-34 year old Male Botox patient

Dysport vs Botox

Dysport and Botox are both types of Botulinum injections. Overall they are both similarly used to prevent and reduce wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. The difference between Dysport and Botox lies in the effectiveness of the proteins in each product. Botox has been approved for treating patients with crow’s feet, forehead lines, and glabella lines, whereas, Dysport has only been approved for glabella lines. Dysport is only meant for patients with moderate to severe glabella wrinkles. These injections are a bit deeper than Botox injections and cover a wider area. When addressing an area closer to the eyelids or mouth, Botox tends to be the better fit since Dysport’s wide diffusion may extend to further areas and cause temporary drooping in the eyelids or mouth.

Dysport and Botox can both last anywhere from three to six months depending on the patient. The molecules in Dysport are smaller than the molecules in Botox.  For this reason the results of Dysport can be seen within three to five days after treatment, as oppose to the four to seven days for Botox. Although the effects of Dysport can be revealed sooner than Botox, it is important to remember that Dysport does diffuse to cover a broader area.

Female aged 25-34 Dysport patient

Another difference between the two injectables deals with their unit measurements.  Dysport is more diluted than Botox, which affects the dosage level. This means that more units of Dysport will be required to achieve the same level of results that injecting Botox would present. Dysport and Botox are both great injectables made up of their own individual chemistries to serve the same purpose: smoothing out and reducing wrinkles for a more youthful and relaxed appearance.

For more info about Botox and Dysport and skin care in general, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Michele Green, a board certified dermatologist based in NYC to discuss treatment options via contacting us online, or calling us at 212-535-3088.

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