Isn’t it wonderful how many options we now have to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and frown lines? Getting a skin tune-up no longer requires surgical procedures or procedures that require a lot of downtime.
And we can now see lasting results just days after the procedure was performed. The only problem with having all these options is it can be overwhelming to choose to route to take to get back to glowing, youthful-looking skin.
Even if you narrow all the non-surgical and non-invasive possibilities down to neurotoxin injections like Dysport and Botox, the question remains, “Which one do I get?” If you can’t figure out if Dysport or Botox would best suit your needs.We’re here to help!
Dysport vs. Botox: The Similarities
One of the reasons it can be challenging to decide between Dysport and Botox is because they share several similarities in how they:
- Are produced
- Are administered
- Work with your body
Both are injectables derived from botulinum neurotoxins that have been deemed safe to use in small amounts. They work in much the same way as the neurotoxins block muscle contractions which smoothes out the skin.
We consider both treatments as incredibly convenient. The procedures take place at our location. We label these as “lunch break treatments” because they:
- Take so little time
- Have few side effects
- Have no downtime
- Relax the muscles beneath the skin, causing the skin above them to be smoother.
- Require follow-up visits and consistent injections every three to four months to maintain results.
- Are painless, although you may experience some slight pain at the injection site after receiving the injection.
Avoid Them If…
Although both treatments are considered safe, avoid them if you:
- Have a history of botulinum toxin sensitivity
- Are pregnant
- Are under the age of 18 or over 65.
- Have a milk allergy
- Take certain medications, like anticholinergics, that affect muscle control.
Botox vs. Dysport: The Differences
Although Dysport and Botox are both non-surgical treatments that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and have quick recovery rates, these two treatments have a few key differences.
Both treatments contain a similar main active ingredient, but the number of trace proteins varies. This means that one treatment may be more effective than the other treatment depending on the person being treated.
What Does Each Treatment Treat?
Dysport and Botox have been approved to treat different issues.
- Moderate or severe cases of frown lines are treated with Dysport.
- Glabellar lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet are treated with Botox.
When Will I See Results?
The amount of time it takes to see results differs between the two injectables.
- Dysport results appear in a couple of days.
- Botox results can take up to a week to appear.
How Long Do the Results Last?
How long the results last varies based on the injectable.
- Results from Dysport last 3-4 months.
- Results from Botox injections last 3-6 months.
What is the Price Difference?
Botox and Dysport also differ in price.
- You can expect to pay $450 per session for Dysport.
- And around $550 a session for Botox.
What About Multiple Injections?
When considering cost, it’s essential to understand that you may need multiple injections. Some providers will charge you per injection.
Conversely, other providers charge per course of treatment, so make sure that you know the costs upfront. Medical insurance does not cover these types of cosmetic procedures.
Dysport vs. Botox: Side Effects
Although both treatments are considered safe, they each have their own set of side effects.
Minor Side Effects
After a Dysport treatment, you can expect to experience a few minor side effects like:
These should subside within a few days, and there is no reason to contact a doctor unless they last for longer than a week.
More Severe Side Effects
More severe side effects from a Dysport treatment can include:
- Upper respiratory infection
You should call your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
After Treatment Side Effects
After a Botox treatment, you may develop these minor side effects:
- slight pain
These side effects usually subside within a week of treatment. In rare cases, Botox can also lead to paralysis. See a doctor immediately if you experience any type of paralysis.
Risk of Toxicity
Both Dysport and Botox also carry a minimal risk of botulinum toxicity. This occurs when the filler spreads to another part of the body.
Seek emergency medical treatment immediately if any of the following symptoms botulinum toxicity of arise:
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Drooping eyelids
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- A thick-feeling tongue
- Dry mouth
- Muscle weakness
Dysport vs. Botox: Either Way the Provider Is the Key to Success
Regardless of which type of injection you choose, choosing the right provider to administer it is essential. Do your research before you make an appointment.
Look for a board-certified dermatologic surgeon or a medical practitioner who has significant experience in administering these two specific neurotoxin injections.
The provider should be able to show you an online gallery or an in-office portfolio of other patients who have undergone the same types of treatment.
They should also be willing to take the time at your consultation to listen to your goals and discuss any concerns you may have before starting the procedure.
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Still not sure which treatment is right for you? No problem! Our estheticians at Neighborhood Wellness are here for you!
At your appointment, we will:
- Listen to what you want to achieve
- Analyze your skin
- Determine a customized course of treatment just for you
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You don’t have to worry about a thing. Our licensed and highly-skilled estheticians are committed to:
- Enhancing your natural beauty
- Renewing your confidence
- Restoring your zest for life