Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Juvederm, Restylane. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out the wide variety of cosmetic injectables available – especially if you’re a first-time patient.
Botox and Dysport are both cosmetic injectables for temporarily smoothing facial wrinkles and creases – emphasis on the word “temporarily.” They’re both popular cosmetic treatments for erasing signs of aging from the face.
Both drugs are derived from botulinum toxins which are neurotoxins that block muscle movements and relax wrinkle and frown lines.
The devil is in the details when wondering is Dysport better than Botox?
The main difference between Botox and Dysport injections is their trace proteins. Dysport treatment is more diluted than Botox and diffuses to a larger area upon injection; Botox injections tend to remain closer to the injection site. For example, Dysport may be appropriate for the forehead because of its larger reach, while Botox is highly effective around smaller areas such as the eyes.
Both treatments smooth out wrinkles and fine lines caused by facial expressions. But please don’t confuse them with dermal fillers, which smooth out the face by filling in facial grooves and increasing skin volume.
Though the effects of Botox usually take two weeks to become fully effective, a small improvement often takes place within three days. Dysport takes place immediately in most patients.
Botox treatments typically last three to six months. But after a year of injections, Botox lasts longer because it takes less medicine to relax the muscles.
For relaxing facial muscles, Dysport works for four months but is sometimes effective for six months.
The goal of both cosmetic treatments is facial rejuvenation with a refreshed, natural look. However, the best injectable depends on the exact goal and the targeted muscles.
Both drugs are FDA-approved and considered safe. Because of how thin the fine needle used for injection is, most patients don’t experience much pain or discomfort.
However, common temporary side effects can include mild pain, rash, swelling around the eyelids, lack of feeling at the injection site, and headaches.
Though infrequent, some patients experience droopy eyelids, sore throat, and muscle spasms.
Exceedingly rare is botulism toxicity. Dangerous side effects can include difficulty breathing, speaking, and swallowing.
Comparing the cost of the two drugs shows it to be six of one, half a dozen of the other. The average cost per injection is around $500, but the number of doses may vary depending on where either product is applied.
It should be noted that some plastic surgeons offer monthly specials to make the process more affordable.
In my experience, just about everyone, no matter what their age or skin type, is a good candidate for either product.
Generally, my patients are in the age range of 35 to 65, with most patients being female. However, increasing numbers of men are undergoing wrinkle treatment with Botox and Dysport.
Even younger people, below the age of 30, have begun choosing this nonsurgical approach to a youthful look.
The short answer is they are both FDA-approved injectable treatments that have slightly different places of application for cosmetic purposes. Both require little, if any, downtime. You can depend on your cosmetic plastic surgeon to guide you through this process.
Another thing to consider is both are much less serious than a facelift.
Though this procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, there are still risks being considered. It is for that reason that Dr. Saber is known in Encino and Los Angeles as an expert applier of Botox Cosmetic and Dysport injections. She has specialized training and an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy. A graduate of Stanford University Medical School, the doctor took her residency at USC, followed by a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at NYU.
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