Botox and Dysport are types of facial injections that can non-surgically treat wrinkles. They are both neurotoxins (derived from botulinum toxin type A) that have been approved by the FDA. Neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport work to relax the facial muscles that create the wrinkles or deep lines on the face. For example, years of squinting can create crow’s feet and “11’s” between the eyes and persistent raising of your eyebrows can produce forehead lines.
By preventing these repeated muscle contractions on the face, the wrinkles can relax or smooth out to create a more youthful appearance. Neither of these facial injection products are permanent however. Eventually the muscle contractions and resulting wrinkles return as the nerve impulses begin to reach the targeted muscle area again. Both Dysport and Botox can last up to 3 to 6 months depending on the patient.
The Differences Between Dysport and Botox
While both Dysport and Botox are chemically-similar products that are used for the same indications, there are some key distinctions between the two. The difference between Dysport and Botox is found within the following formula characteristics:
Dilution: The two products are diluted very differently. Ordering and using 50 units of Botox is not the same or equal to 50 units of Dysport. Dysport has greater dilution, which doesn’t mean it is less effective, it just means that more Dysport units will be needed to achieve results compared to Botox. This should be noted when comparing the priced difference. The greater price per unit of Botox shouldn’t deter you, as you’ll need less Botox than you would Dysport to get the same outcome.
Molecule Size and Diffusion: The Dysport formula contains smaller molecules compared to Botox, which could make a difference. Smaller molecules may work faster than the larger molecules of Botox. In some instances, this is beneficial and in others it is not. For instance, smaller molecules may spread out more or diffuse to a broader area, which could be ideal in some cases or when treating larger areas of the face. But at other times, smaller more precise treatments are needed and Botox could be the superior choice.
The Bottom Line
When deciding between Dysport and Botox, it largely comes down to your personal preference as well as the decision of the injector. Remember that it is common to use a combination of injectables to create ideal results. Your physician may recommend both Dysport and Botox, along with certain facial fillers depending on your specific areas of concern. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we proudly offer a full menu of facial injection products, including both Dysport and Botox. It is a personalized, patient-based decision on whether one is “better” than the other.
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