Different medications work in different ways for different people. Some people swear by Advil, while others claim that Tylenol is the only pain reliever that works for them. We see this same phenomenon with Dysport and BOTOX. Both medications work in similar ways in that they both smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are, however, some differences that lead some to prefer one over the other.
First and foremost, they have a different chemical makeup. Without getting overly scientific, the botulinum toxin in Dysport is lighter in weight. This causes it to spread more quickly and to have a softer effect. Some patients say Dysport feels more flexible or less tight than BOTOX, but this is highly personal.
One is not necessarily better than the other. Instead, you should know that while BOTOX is the household name and the more popular product, many people prefer Dysport. Some prefer the way it looks and feels, while others have found it to work better for them than BOTOX does. While most of our patients prefer BOTOX, we will always have an ardent swath of Dysport devotees. If you've had BOTOX and didn't see the results you were hoping for as far as longevity and efficacy, let's chat about Dysport and how it might be the perfect fit for you.
Dysport is most commonly used in the upper face to treat moderate to severe forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. It also smoothes wrinkles around the mouth, jaw, and neck.
Any appointment you have at Esthetics Center will begin with a thorough discussion of your goals and concerns. We always strive to deliver the most comfortable experience for our patients, and we want to achieve the optimum results. Dysport is an injectable product, which means it doesn’t require anesthesia, but we do like to start with a clean injection site and a bit of ice if you would like it. Most treatments take just 30-45 minutes. Patients return to their normal activities with only a few easy instructions for aftercare and a recommendation for scheduling their next appointment.
Dysport is an excellent product for treating moderate to severe wrinkles of the upper face, lower face, and neck. Everyone’s response to medications is different, and Dysport is a fantastic alternative to “BOTOX nonresponders” or those who feel that their BOTOX results were too “heavy.” Since individual molecules of Dysport are lighter than BOTOX, Dysport spreads out more quickly in the treatment area, making it an ideal treatment for large areas such as the forehead.
Yes, Dysport is safe and FDA-cleared for the treatment of moderate to severe lines in the face. Dysport is a botulinum toxin product. Therefore it is not suitable for patients who have had an allergic reaction to other similar products such as BOTOX, Myobloc, or Xeomin, or if you have a skin infection at the desired injection site. At every appointment, we will discuss your medical history and any concerns you may have to ensure that you are getting the safest and most effective treatment each time.
The Dysport treatment is fast and non-invasive, but it is an injectable product. Most patients are not bothered by the procedure, and we can assure you that our nurses are skilled in delivering the product quickly and efficiently. The needle we use is tiny, and we can also ice the injection area first to make it more comfortable if necessary. The best part is that it will over before you know it!
The most important thing to remember when undergoing any cosmetic or medical procedure is to choose a skilled, licensed provider. This will ensure that you receive the highest quality product, delivered in the safest possible way. Side effects from Dysport are rare and usually temporary, typically only involving slight bruising at the injection site. We will also discuss other, more severe complications to watch out for at your consultation when we take your medical history.
The recovery period for Dysport varies from patient to patient. Generally, most patients return to their daily activities with no real recovery period at all.
Some patients notice a difference in as little as four to fourteen days, with results lasting as long as four or five months in some cases. We will discuss your Dysport treatment plan, including a recommended follow-up schedule when you meet with one of our skilled nurses at your first appointment. Typically, your doctor or nurse will determine the regularity with which you should receive treatment based upon your results, as results do vary from patient to patient.
All four of these products work similarly by relaxing the muscle that is treated. However, they do have some differences, which are nominal for most patients. We are happy to offer both Dysport and BOTOX in our practice and will be glad to discuss which one is best for you at a consultation.
You asked for it, so here's the science: The proteins in BOTOX weigh 900 kilodaltons. The proteins in Dysport weigh 150 kilodaltons. With this in mind, it's clear that they are different products. Dysport is not a "knock-off" of BOTOX -- it's a similar but different medication. It has 1/6 of the molecular weight and will offer different results than BOTOX does. For example, Dysport's lower molecular weight allows it to spread faster throughout a treatment area, making it great for the forehead, while BOTOX can be more suitable for smaller wrinkles.
While Dysport's unit price is lower than BOTOX, it is also more diluted, so more product is needed to achieve the same results. Therefore the cost of these two treatments is comparable.
We recommend you start with BOTOX. It's a household name for a reason -- it is an incredible product! We like Dysport for BOTOX non-responders or people who felt that their BOTOX was too heavy, even at a moderate dose. The good news is we offer both and will be happy to discuss the best treatment for you!