What Is the Difference Between Dysport and Botox?

Do you feel self-conscious about your appearance due to dynamic wrinkles and folds? If so, you may be a good candidate for Botox or Dysport at BevelUp in Tampa, FL. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the differences between these two neuromodulators to help you determine which one may be best for you.

What Is the Difference Between Dysport and Botox?

Both Dysport and Botox are injectable neuromodulators designed to erase expression lines from the upper half of the face. However, they both can be used to treat other cosmetic concerns caused by overactive muscles, such as lines around the chin, mouth, nose, and eyes. The primary difference between these two neuromodulators is each formula uses a unique neurotoxic protein.

Also, these two treatments differ in that Botox is more concentrated. Therefore, a smaller dose is required to provide dramatic results. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Botox is better than Dysport. The latter is great for smaller areas that require a great deal of finesse because the formula is diluted.

A Word About the Concentration

To reiterate, the primary difference between these two neuromodulators is the neurotoxic protein in the formula. However, the concentration differs between these two injectable muscle relaxants. Specifically, you may need 15 to 40 units of Botox to treat cosmetic concerns. On the other hand, you may need up to 100 units of Dysport to treat the same cosmetic concerns. In other words, Botox is 2.5 times more concentrated.

What Is Botox?

Botox is one of the oldest anti-aging injectables on the market. It has been FDA-approved for the treatment of cosmetic concerns since April 15, 2002. For instance, it is safe and effective for the treatment of crow’s feet, forehead folds, frown lines, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.

What Is Dysport?

This anti-aging injectable is an FDA-approved neuromodulator designed to erase frown lines. Regardless of the severity of your frown lines, if they’re not treated, they can make you look far older than you really are. They can also make you look angry, and people may feel like you’re unapproachable. This can affect both your personal and professional relationships.

FAQs Answered

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

You can feel confident that regardless of the neuromodulator you choose, you will enjoy natural-looking results. They both work by blocking some of the communication from your brain to your muscles. You can rest assured that your wrinkles will be erased because this reduced communication stops your muscles from being hyperactive.

With your muscles relaxed, the skin above the muscles will no longer be wrinkled. Rather, it will smooth as the underlying muscles relax and smooth.

How Quickly Will I See the Results of My Treatment?

You can expect to see the results of your treatment within two to four days of your injection session if you are treating frown lines between your eyes with Dysport. However, if you are treating dynamic wrinkles and folds with Botox, it may take up to seven days to see your final results.

How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?

As a general rule of thumb, you can expect the results of your neuromodulator injections to last for three to six months. However, you should keep in mind that individual results vary based on a number of factors, including lifestyle choices, dosage received, and wrinkle severity. If you want to enjoy wrinkle-free skin for the rest of your life, you may need to come in for maintenance sessions every three to four months.

That said, you should keep in mind that the longer your wrinkles remain relaxed for, the longer your results will last. In other words, you may need to come in for a touch-up treatment after three or four months following your first treatment. However, after years of consistent treatments, you may not need to come in except for twice per year.

What Is the Treatment Process Like?

Regardless of the formula you choose, you can expect the treatment process to be virtually identical. When you come in for your injection session, we will clean your face thoroughly and check your skin to ensure it is not irritated. If your skin isn’t irritated, we will apply a topical anesthetic to the areas targeted for treatment if you’d like.

However, if you are pressed for time, you don’t need to have a numbing cream applied and wait several minutes for it to take effect. We use a tiny needle to administer the medication in five strategic points per targeted area. Without the anesthetic, you won’t feel any pain. You’ll just feel a small amount of pressure.

How Should I Prepare for My Session?

There is not an extremely long list of preparation instructions you will have to follow prior to your neuromodulator session. However, it is important that you refrain from consuming alcohol, NSAIDs, MAOIs, blood-thinning supplements, and tobacco products. It is also important that you come in with a bare, clean face on your appointment day.

Is There Any Downtime Required Following My Injection Session?

No, there is no downtime required following your neuromodulator injections. However, there are certain aftercare steps that you will need to follow. For example, you must avoid vigorous physical activity for 24 hours following your injections. It is also very important that you don’t apply too much pressure to the treatment areas for 48 hours.

Therefore, you should not apply makeup or lotion to your treatment areas, and you should sleep on your back for the first two nights following your injections. Also, you should keep in mind while scheduling your appointment that you will need to remain upright for four hours following your injections.

Can These Neuromodulators Be Combined With Other Treatments?

Yes, it is possible to combine either of these neuromodulators with other treatments. For instance, you can combine either of these neuromodulators with injectable dermal fillers to erase the signs of aging caused by moderate-to-severe volume loss. In fact, neuromodulators and dermal fillers are often performed at the same time.

Am I a Good Candidate for Neuromodulator Injections?

We will advise you on whether you are a good candidate for neuromodulator injections when you come in for your initial consultation. As a general rule of thumb, you will qualify for this treatment if you are a fairly healthy adult and worried about the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. However, we need to review your cosmetic concerns to verify that your cosmetic concerns are caused by overactive muscles.

Note, it is also very important that we review your health to verify that you are a good candidate for neuromodulator injections. For instance, it is important that you are free from medical conditions that will preclude you from qualifying for anti-aging injections, like uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease. Also, you must be healthy enough to follow all preparation instructions, like not taking oral muscle relaxants for several days.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dermal Filler Injections? 

It is also important that you come in for an initial consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for dermal filler injections. We will need to review your cosmetic concerns to verify that they are caused by volume loss to determine whether this treatment may be appropriate for you. Then, we will need to discuss your health to ensure there are no medical conditions that will prevent you from qualifying for anti-aging injections.

What Can I Expect During My Dermal Filler Treatment Process?

The dermal filler treatment process is similar to the injectable muscle relaxant process. First, you need to attend an initial consultation to verify your candidacy for the anti-aging treatment. Then, you need to prepare for your injection session. We will advise you on all of the preparation steps you must take during your initial consultation.

On the day of your injection session, there will be no need for a topical numbing cream because the injections aren’t painful. Since there is no need for a topical anesthetic, your treatment session will only take 15 to 20 minutes per area.

Restore Your Youthful Appearance Today

Both Dysport and Botox can be used to erase a lifetime of expression lines. The difference between the two treatments is the neurotoxic protein in the formula. If you’re ready to kiss your expression lines goodbye for several months at a time, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment with us today at BevelUp in Tampa, FL to discover which of these neuromodulators is right for you.