Although the aging of your skin and the lines and wrinkles it brings are a natural part of maturing, you have the choice to diminish them. Preserving a fresh appearance is one way to enhance your confidence and express your inner youthfulness. If you currently use or have considered using Botox, understanding the differences between Botox and Dysport will help you pick the right treatment. At Dermatology & Skin Care Associates in Mason, OH, we aim to guide you in the best cosmetic treatment plans for your aesthetic needs.
Although Botox has been a household name in America for many years, in European countries, the use of Dysport (originally called Reloxin) as an anti-aging therapy has been more prominent. Despite having gained the approval of the FDA in 2009, the treatment and its various benefits are still foreign to many people in America. That said, you may find it is the perfect solution to reverse your skin’s maturing façade.
What Are the Similarities Between the Two Therapies?
Medicis also produces Dysport. Similarly to Botox, the treatment can be used to address common aging concerns such as glabellar lines. However, the similarities do not stop there. Other things the two treatments have in common are:
They Both Use Botulinum Type A
Both treatments use botulinum type A. Botulinum type A is used to relax the overactive muscles on your face. The stress caused by those muscles contributes to signs of aging like frown lines. By lessening the stress that contributes to aging of the skin, the overall appearance is improved. That said, the molecules in Botox are significantly larger, and the two treatments are measured differently per unit.
They Are Both Safe and Effective Injectables
Both treatments have extremely high safety profiles and a history of safe, effective use in their cosmetic applications. They also can both be used on some of the same areas of the face and body to achieve similar results. That said, they both require follow-up treatments every three to six months to maintain your results.
They Have Similar Cost
Costs for both treatments are flexible depending on your needs. Cost is normally determined by units, so the final price varies depending on how much serum is needed to correct your particular facial concerns.
That said, we do not advise choosing one over the other based on cost alone. It takes a skilled professional hand to produce beautifully natural results. If you have questions regarding specific pricing, we encourage you to contact our office.
What Are the Differences Between Botox and Dysport?
Since Dysport and Botox treat many of the same aesthetic concerns, you may wonder what is truly different about them. It is debatable whether there are many major functional differences between the two treatments. However, there has been a lot of research that compares the results each achieves. Let us look at the differences that are most significant:
Time Until Results Are Seen After Treatment May Vary
One difference that may matter to some looking for rapid results is that there is a variance in how quickly you will see results from either treatment. Dysport has rapid results that manifest within two days of treatment, while with Botox, results can take as much as a week. Either way, arguably both activate results relatively quickly.
Different Rates of Diffusion of the Product
Dysport is able to diffuse more than Botox because the injections are made about two centimeters deeper than with Botox. That allows it to cover a larger treatment area: an advantage for some applications, but a drawback for others. On the other hand, it is possible less Botox will be needed when treating comparable areas.
Amount of Time Results Last
Another interesting difference is that the results of Botox may last slightly longer. It should be noted that a firm understanding of the varying durations of efficacy has not yet been established. Results vary by person, so choosing which option is best for which job is a choice best made by one of our professionals during your consultation.
Differences in the Areas That Can Be Treated
All things considered, perhaps the most notable difference between the two is that Botox has been FDA-approved to treat forehead lines, glabellar lines, and crow’s feet. In contrast, Dysport is only FDA-approved to treat glabellar lines. It is also used to address only moderate to severe cases of linage on the face rather than very fine lines.
The Bottom Line
Dysport may be lesser known in the United States, but it is an effective and safe treatment. It is capable of addressing even severe glabellar lines, and results are visible within 48 hours. The treatment can be paired with other services we offer to improve your overall aesthetic or as a stand-alone therapy. Our staff is able to guide you in the treatment options that are best for your needs.
If you have additional questions, would like more information, or are seeking treatment for any aesthetic concerns, we invite you to visit our office. We can help you decide which of these treatments is best for you or recommend other treatments that can get you the look you desire. Contact Dermatology & Skin Care Associates in Mason, OH, and set up your consultation with one of our skilled professionals today. We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.