Dysport and Botox are very similar treatments. They both treat and prevent wrinkles and signs of aging in adults. They relax the muscles under the skin, causing the skin to stay smooth and wrinkle-free. Neither one offers a permanent solution, but if wrinkle creams are not giving you the results you desire, injectable treatments could be the answer. Let’s look at some of the major differences between Dysport and Botox treatments to see which one is right for you.
Both Dysport and Botox have the same goal: treating and preventing wrinkles. In some cases, they can also help treat specific medical conditions. There are some differences in use and the approval of specific treatments is different for each.
Dysport is only approved for the treatment of glabellar lines, in between your eyebrows (frown lines). While naturally occurring, age can make frown lines more obvious due to the breakdown of collagen. Once the skin loses its elasticity, more severe cases of glabellar lines can occur. Dysport treats severe lines only and should not treat mild cases. Dr. Siegel can help determine the severity of your lines during a consultation appointment.
Botox is an approved treatment for crow’s feet and forehead lines as well as glabellar lines. Each type of line and wrinkle requires a different number of injections, as follows:
- Glabellar lines require five injection sites and 20 total units of Botox.
- Crow’s feet require six injection sites and 24 total units of Botox.
- Glabellar lines and forehead lines require 10 injection sites with 40 total units of Botox.
To treat all three areas requires 64 total units of Botox.
Both treatments are botulinum toxin injections, which relax the underlying muscles and help create smoother skin. The one difference in the ingredients is that patients with an allergy to the protein found in cow’s milk cannot use Dysport. It can cause an allergic reaction and dangerous side effects. If you have any allergies, it is important to discuss them with your doctor prior to treatment.
Both Dysport and Botox are safe for patients. Patients of Botox and Dysport should be on the lookout for side effects such as trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing, droopy eyelids, sore throat, and muscle spasms. Report any side effects immediately to your doctor. However, they are rare.
Dr. Siegel can perform both Dysport and Botox treatments right in the office. There is no need for extra appointments or trips to the hospital. Our experienced plastic surgeons will listen to your concerns and design a treatment plan just for you. Save yourself from scheduling multiple sets of appointments and visit our office for your full treatment plan.
No Recovery Time Needed
There is no recovery time needed with either Dysport or Botox treatments. Because they require injections, occasionally you may see minor bruising or swelling in the treatment area. Reduce symptoms or even eliminate them by immediately applying ice to the area after treatment. You should even be able to return to work immediately following your treatment with no problems.
On average, Dysport is less expensive than Botox treatments. The actual cost will vary from treatment to treatment, depending on the number of injections needed and the area of treatment. Because Dysport is approved only to treat glabellar lines, there are usually fewer injections during the treatment.
Botox treatments may last longer than Dysport treatments, but the effects of Dysport will show up quicker than Botox. Both are temporary treatments and require follow-up injections over time to see continued results. Talk with Dr. Siegel about a plan for continued results.
Dr. Siegel is a Facial Plastic Surgeon, this gives him an expert knowledge on facial structures, allowing him to minimize complications and create natural enhancements by knowing how much and where exactly to inject the right filler.
Not all injectors have the same credentials, experience or artistry, and while this is not a surgical procedure, it is still a medical procedure, and the results depend on these qualities of your injector, not the filler being injected.
The majority of injectors, not only be not be highly skilled facial specialist, but may have very limited experience performing this procedures or may be doing them on a part time basis. It requires not only an eye for balance, but also years to achieve the mastery of injection skills-this will make the difference between a natural and more youthful appearance, as opposed to the overly filled and in-natural look associated with poorly executed injections.