Botox vs Dysport - Which wrinkle treatment is right for you?

Botox vs Dysport – Which wrinkle treatment is right for you?

Treating fine lines and wrinkles

Botox (botulinum toxin) and Dysport are both neurotoxin medications that, when injected to the treatment area, block or reduce muscular activation in specific areas. Other similar neurotoxins include XEOMIN, Jeveau, and Daxxify.

Commonly, these medications are used aesthetically to treat wrinkles and fine lines in areas like between the eyes (glabellar lines), frown lines, forehead lines, and the corners of the eyes. By relaxing the muscle tension, they can reduce the lines or the wrinkles that are seen with muscular pole and  movement. This is very popular because it can decrease the lines that we see between the eyes in the forehead and around the eyes. Typically, they take up to a week to show effects, which typically last several months or more.=

In essence, these are neuromodulators. They modulate the neurological communication between nerves and muscles by blocking or interfering with protein signals from nerves to muscles at the fine lines and wrinkles injection site. Consequently, muscle activity is either reduced or halted until the medication’s effects wane.

Although these neurotoxins have parallel effects on nerve-to-muscle communication, resulting in diminished muscle movement, Botox is the most recognized and possibly the most used, having been the first to be approved in the U.S. However, others like Dysport may be equally effective aesthetically.

Notable differences between Botox and Dysport:

  • Dosage: Dysport injections typically contains 300 units, while a typical Botox injection has 100 units. A common conversion is that three Dysport units have similar effects to 1 unit of botox.
  • Protein Composition: Dysport’s core neurotoxin is surrounded by different proteins, which might influence some patients’ immune responses. This can affect the dosage required for desired results and their duration.
  • Onset: Some patients experience faster results with Dysport, noticing changes in 3-4 days, compared to Botox which typical takes 5-7 day onset.
  • Preparation and Diffusion: Both products are powders mixed with a liquid, usually bacteriostatic saline. Botox might not spread as much when applied, a trait called diffusion. Yet, using less saline with Dysport can limit its diffusion.
  • Pricing: The price is set by the provider. Often, Dysport’s wholesale cost is lower, which can translate to savings for patients.

Ultimately, the significant difference between Botox, Dysport, and other neurotoxins like XEOMIN, Jeveau, and Daxxify is in the provider’s hands. The dosage, application technique, and price per unit all vary. When comparing prices, it’s crucial to know the cost per unit for each product.

If you are interested in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dysport and botox are both great options to give you the refresh you’re looking for.

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