Botox vs. Dysport: What You Need to Know

Years of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle ensure your skin looks younger longer, but the process of aging catches up with everyone eventually. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for growing old gracefully, thanks to the assortment of skin-smoothing procedures available from your cosmetic dermatologist.

You now have options for rejuvenating tired skin, from long-term favorite Botox to new arrival Dysport. Both are created from the same toxin that – in larger quantities – causes botulism. However, the medication you receive during a Botox or Dysport injection is a small amount of diluted toxin – nowhere near the amount that would cause you to fall ill.

These are the facts you need to know as you consider which injectable is right for you:

The Basics of Botox

Botox has been around for more than 20 years, making it a popular choice to address a variety of issues. Some of the most common uses for Botox include the following:

  • Reduction of wrinkles on the face
  • Treatment of cervical dystonia
  • Relieving chronic migraines
  • Calming an overactive bladder
  • Reducing excessive underarm sweating

The medication is produced by harnessing the power of a toxin that can block specific nerves. As a result, the nerves can’t communicate with muscles, and the targeted group of muscles is weakened or paralyzed. The paralyzed muscles are no longer able to contract as tightly, so wrinkles in your face relax and smooth out. The effects of Botox are temporary, typically lasting three to six months. Side effects are minimal, and most people experience nothing more than minor pain, swelling or bruising at the site of the injection.

Demystifying Dysport

While Dysport is a relative newcomer to the US, it has been used in Europe for many years. You can be confident that its safety and effectiveness have been extensively tested. This medication works in a similar way to Botox, and it is used to treat many of the same conditions. When compared to Botox, the side effects are equivalent, and in most situations, the two are very close in price.

Researchers are still examining the differences between Botox and Dysport, and preliminary findings indicate that for most people, the effects of Botox and Dysport injections are the same. Dysport may not last quite as long as Botox, and you can see the results of a Dysport injection slightly sooner than Botox results.

Your physician may recommend Dysport over Botox in some situations, because Dysport diffuses over a larger area. That means that the effects of an injection can be seen in a larger section of your muscles. Of course, greater diffusion isn’t always desirable, in which case Botox could be a better option.

Making the Choice Between Botox and Dysport

During your initial consultation, your physician will help you determine whether Botox or Dysport is the best choice for your unique situation. As with any medical procedure, your practitioner’s experience and expertise are the most important factors in choosing a treatment plan. Your face has 40 muscles, and it is critical that injectables are delivered by a practitioner with specialized knowledge of every muscle’s function to ensure good results.

Make sure your physician has the appropriate certifications, and inquire about the number of procedures he or she has performed. As practitioners gain experience, their ability to skillfully handle your treatment increases, so choose a provider with a long history of satisfied patients.