When it comes to battling wrinkles, Botulinum Toxin Type A has been the leader in cosmetic injections for years. In fact, it was the most common cosmetic procedure performed in 2016. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over seven million Botulinum Toxin Type A procedures were completed in 2016, almost triple the amount of any other type of procedure. Both Botox and Dysport are derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and offer similar effects, but what is the difference and which product is right for you?
Similarities Between Dysport and Botox
Both Botox and Dysport are classified as neurotoxins and help smooth wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles that contract to form indentations in the skin. Botox and Dysport are primarily used in the forehead region to smooth the “frown” wrinkles that appear, as well as the crow’s feet around the eyes. Both are given as tiny injections in the site needing treatment, with effects that wear off after a few months.
For many, the effects are very similar. There are more similarities than differences, but there are preferences amongst those who offer these injections and patients that have used both products. The differences, while slight, can point to an advantage for one over the other for certain applications.
Botox has been used for decades and was the first injection of its type to be approved by the FDA for treatment of frown lines. Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles to limit contraction. Results are apparent in 4-7 days and the results can last from 3-4 months. Botox has a better reputation for smoothing the frown lines between the brows, the “11” that can appear in the center of the brow.
Dysport is derived from fermentation of bacterium Clostridium botulinum type A and relaxes the muscles near the injection sites by preventing the release of acetylcholine, a chemical needed for muscle contraction. Dysport effects tend to appear quicker than Botox, usually in 2-4 days, with similar lasting results at 3-4 months. Dysport is touted to work better on crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles than Botox.
So, which is better? It comes down to what area is being treated and preference. Botox is the older, tried-and-true option, while Dysport is the newer product on the market. Both can help minimize wrinkles and soften your appearance, helping you look years younger.
Dysport and Botox Injections in Phoenix
If you are interested in either Botox or Dysport injections, come see us at Arcadia Wellness Center in Phoenix. Sarah Quinn can help you determine which option is best to treat your lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. Call us today to schedule your consultation.