difference between botox and dysport

Differences between Botox and Dysport


This Post discusses the Differences between Botox and Dysport for treatment of upper face lines and wrinkles At Albany Cosmetic Centre in Edmonton

These days no one has to have wrinkles unless they want to. This is because of the popular muscle relaxant known as Botox. For so long, Botox has dominated the wrinkles and crow feet treatment market in the United States. In 2009, a new muscle relaxant product named Dysport got its approval from the Food and Drug Agency.

Although Dysport is new to the US, it has been in use for many years in Europe. Now everyone wants to know if there is any difference between Botox and Dysport.

Muscle relaxants such as Botox and Dysport have become one of the skin care products people use to fight wrinkles. There are other methods of dealing with forehead lines, crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. But, these injections are more long-lasting and effective.

Anti-aging creams can only go so far in preventing frown lines. And at some point, you would need to look into getting a more effective wrinkle treatment.

What Are Botox and Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are protein-based muscle relaxants used to treat crows feet, wrinkles and fine lines.

They're both made from a Botulinum Toxin type A, which is gotten from the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. The two products prevent muscle contractions. This is why they are both used to treat other medical issues that affect the nerves and muscles.

Botox and Dysport are similar products that give similar results. They both numb the effects of the nerves and relax the muscles. They are also used as fillers to treat facial lines and wrinkles.

How Does It Work?

We all know how Botox works, and to an extent, Dysport works the same way. Dysport is a neurotoxin that treats fine line and wrinkles. It numbs the nerves in the treatment area to prevent muscle movement. This is an effective wrinkle treatment since wrinkles form as a result of constant facial expressions.


Before and after Botox injection in Edmonton
Before and after Botox injection in Edmonton

Differences between Botox and Dysport

While Botox and Dysport come from the same botulinum type Toxin, there are some recorded differences. Let's find out the differences.

  1. Dilution

When compared to Botox, Dysport is more diluted. This does not reduce it's efficacy at all. What this means is, to achieve the same result; you might have to use more units of Dysport. For the same treatment, the number of units of Botox used would be less than the number of units of Dysport used.

Some hospitals charge per unit. Hence, this slight difference in the number of units might reduce the cost. The difference in cost would not be much after finishing the treatment. This alludes to the fact that more units of Dysport would achieve the desired results.

  1. Effect Onset and duration

Some people claim Dysport has a quicker onset time than Botox. While effects show up 4 to 7 days after a Botox injection, patients treated with Dysport begin to notice changes after 2 or 3 days. others claim that Botox lasts longer. We at Albany did not notice a significant difference!

  1. FDA Approval

Botox was first approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat neurological conditions. Also, the FDA approved it as a wrinkle treatment. As a result of this approval, injectors (physicians, Pharmacists and nurses_ use Botox to treat multiple sclerosis, chronic migraine, upper and lower limb spasticity. It is also used for other conditions like hyperhidrosis, strabismus and cervical dystonia.

Dysport was FDA approved in 2009. The FDA authorized it as a treatment for cervical dystonia, lower limb spasticity and upper limb spasticity for children.

  1. Effect Longevity

Scientist conducted many types of research to discover the differences between Botox and Dysport. None of the investigations recorded a significant difference between Dysport and Botox. In a study conducted on Botox and Dysport, 30 subjects were injected with both injections on alternate cheeks. After a few weeks, the sides injected with Botox recorded more wrinkles when subjects smiled compared to the side injected with Dysport.

  1. Diffusion

Dysport records a faster diffusion rate than Botox. This analysis could prove helpful when applied to a larger treatment area. What this means is a smaller dosage would diffuse to affect a larger area.

But this puts Dysport at a disadvantage when it comes to treating smaller areas with thick muscles. These places need more precision, and Dysport's tendency to diffuse would not produce the desired results.

  1. Molecule Size

Botox has a bigger molecule size compared to Dysport. Having a smaller molecular size does have its advantages and disadvantages. For example, a smaller molecule size is the reason why Dysport injections diffuse more than Botox injections.

It is also responsible for the early onset of effects in Dysport. However, these advantages could become disadvantages when used in some regions of the face. You should consult a good dermatologist before getting Dysport shots.

  1. Side Effects

The side effects of using both Botox and Dysport are relatively the same. However, the side effects of Dysport are reportedly milder than that of Botox.

Side effects include:

  • Redness of the treatment area
  • Headache
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness
  • Droopy eyelids and sore throat.

Although rare, both Botox and Dysport can cause Botulinum toxicity.

Botox and Dysport are very similar products that prevent muscle contraction. But, they have slight differences caused by the concentration of the Botulinum Toxin type A used to produce them.

If you are considering one of the alternatives to Botox as a treatment for your wrinkles, fine lines and crow feet, Dysport is a great choice. From the differences above, Dysport seems to have more advantages than Botox. It has a quicker onset time and seems to be more effective than Botox. The effects of Dysport also last longer than Botox.

However, before you go forward with any treatment, consult a certified skin specialist. Remember that the person who injects you is as important as what you inject.

An experienced dermatologist would know how to inject the muscle relaxants to give you your desired results.

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