What’s the Difference Between Botox and Dysport?
Because Dysport and Botox are both injectable neurotoxins, choosing between the two can be confusing for some patients. The two products work in similar ways to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are some differences between Botox and Dysport, and understanding them can help you choose which treatment is right for you.
Overall, Botox and Dysport are similar products. They work by blocking the nerve signals that allow muscles to contract. For cosmetic purposes, this means that the muscles responsible for creating wrinkles are temporarily paralyzed, making the lines less noticeable. What’s more, the wrinkles do not worsen, because the movement that causes them is stilled.
While the main, active ingredient in both Botox and Dysport is botulinum toxin, the formulas contain differing trace proteins. This means that some people find better results with one formula over the other. The exact differences between these two formulas and their potency is still being studied, but for now, the varying results are more or less up to personal preference.
In addition to the varying formulas, the intended use for Botox and Dysport varies slightly. Dysport was designed to treat only moderate to severe glabellar lines (the wrinkles that form between the eyebrows when you frown or scowl.) Some doctors may choose to use the product off-label, meaning they may administer it to other areas. However, its main purpose is in treating these “eleven” lines.
Botox, on the other hand, has been on the market for many years, which has allowed it to gain approval for treatment to many areas. Its cosmetic uses include glabellar lines as well as forehead lines and crow’s feet.
If you’ve never tried either product, it can be difficult to know which one you might prefer. First, it can be helpful to refer to before-and-after pictures. Dr. Angelchik has a photo gallery with pictures of both Botox and Dysport treatments. If you can, find a “before” picture that most resembles the area you are looking to treat and see which product led to your goal results.
Ultimately, Dr. Angelchik can help you decide which injectable treatment is right for your unique situation. If you’re unsure of which product to choose, his expert opinion will help guide you in the right direction.
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Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Angelchik is well-trained and experienced in all forms of plastic surgery, namely breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. He has been serving patients for over 20 years. Dr. Angelchik brings his surgical experience, expertise, and quality care to patients in and around Phoenix, Arizona.