Botox and Dysport injections are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the United States. It is made from botulinum toxin, a substance that’s dangerous if used in high quantities. In small doses, it paralyzes muscles, temporarily preventing them from moving. In addition to adjusting facial appearances, Botox and Dysport are also used to treat different conditions such as excessive sweating and neck spasms.
Afterward, it is important to not rub or apply any pressure on the treated area for around 24 hours. Lying down is okay, but, if possible, wait until at least eight hours have passed. You should also avoid taking part in physical activities that cause you to sweat if you’ve had Botox or Dysport in your face or neck because wiping it off can move the injection out of place.
A Botox procedure is quick, typically taking only 10-25 minutes. Duration varies depending on the extent of the area that needs treating and the amount of Botox required to deliver the correct level of muscle paralysis. Botox is injected using tiny needles. Many people report the injections as feeling slightly uncomfortable, but, on the whole, relatively painless.
Both injectables are considered noninvasive and work by temporarily relaxing facial muscles. This stops the muscles from contracting and ultimately smooths the appearance of wrinkles. The differences between the two are rooted in their trace proteins and how they’re manufactured. One of the main differences between Dysport and Botox is the areas in which they are approved for use. Dysport is primarily used for correcting glabellar lines, the frown lines between your eyebrows. Dysport is a great option for those who have moderate to severe frown lines. Botox, on the other hand, can be used to treat many different types of wrinkles, including crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and laugh lines. If you have mild to moderate wrinkles, Botox may be a better option for you. Some people have experienced quicker results with Dysport, noticing a reduction in wrinkles in only 2-3 days. The results of Botox generally take around a week to appear, but both injectables reveal their peak results at around 2 weeks. When looking at how long the results last, both Dysport and Botox last around 3-4 months.
A single unit of Botox has about 3 times the potency of a unit of Dysport. This doesn’t mean that Botox works better, but rather that more Dysport is needed to achieve the same effect. As a trade-off, the price of a Dysport unit is less than that of a Botox unit, so you’ll spend about the same amount of money to achieve similar results.