What is Botox and Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are FDA approved injectables that temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As we use our muscles over time, overlying wrinkle lines begin to form perpendicular to the length of the muscles. The wrinkles and lines between the brows, around the eyes and at the forehead can make you look angry, sad, or tired. Botox and Dysport botulinum toxin type A block muscular nerve signals, weakening the targeted muscle so that is unable to contract. This smoothes the unwanted wrinkle lines allowing you to look rested, less angry and more approachable. The most common areas treated include the frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. The injections are relatively painless and there is little to no downtime. The actual treatment takes a few minutes. After your injection, avoid massaging the injected area or lying down immediately as this may cause the toxin to spread, resulting in unintended effects. The effects of the botulinum toxin typically last between 3-4 months. To reduce the risk of bruising, it is advised that you stop NSAIDS (Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve) or Aspirin for 1 week prior to treatment.
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
Although Botox and Dysport have the same mechanism of action, their concentration is different. About 2.5 – 3.0 units of Dysport is equivalent to 1.0 unit of Botox. Dysport is associated with a smaller protein, allowing it to spread out more than Botox after injection. This makes Dysport advantageous for larger areas like the forehead or crow’s feet, requiring fewer injections and less discomfort. However, this is not as good for areas like the frown lines between the brows or around the mouth, where you would not want extensive spread of toxin. The onset of action for Dysport is about 1-2 days versus 3-4 days for Botox. Effects last for about 3-4 months.
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