First things first..
If you are googling Botox vs Dysport you may already know this, but just in case you don’t, lets explain what these products do. Botox and Dysport are both injectables that are put into the muscles to reduce movement. In return this can eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. If the wrinkle is extremely deep it may not completely alleviate the line but will improve the depth of it for sure. Botox / Dysport is mainly used to treat the horizontal forehead lines, glabella lines (between the brows), Crows feet and occasionally the vertical lip lines. Neither Botox nor Dysport fill in lines, they simply relax the muscle creating the wrinkles via repetitive motion (ex. Smiling, talking, frowning, etc). If you are wanting fullness you are going to want a filler such as Restylane or Juvederm– If you would like to know more about that comment below or send me a message HERE and if I get responses I will create a post on that too! 🙂
Botox was the first paralytic injectable on the market to decrease the depth of wrinkles caused by repetitive movement. It is the most common and has become a household name. This product is made with onabotylinumtoxinA. This gives a temporary paralysis of the muscle it is injected into. Botox lasts about 3-4 months depending on your metabolism of the product. It takes first effect in 5-7 days, and full effect can take up to 14 days to kick in. Botox tends to yield a more frozen look than its competitors. Some people who have been getting injected with Botox for a very long time experience a slight immunity, meaning that they need more and more to achieve the same effect. This is not proven by any medical data, just what I hear from patients at my work. If this has happened to you, you may want to switch to Dysport every once in a while!
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Dysport is the leading competitor to Botox. It is used to decrease the depth of wrinkled caused by repetitive movement as well. Dysport has been gaining momentum in the past few years and is almost as well known as Botox. It’s paralytic agent is abobotulinumtoxinA, extremely similar to the agent used in Botox. It is derived from the same Botulinum Toxin. Dysport kicks in a lot quicker than Botox. This product has a first effect as early as 1 day and full effect in 7 days. Dysport is also a more natural looking toxin as you still have some movement with this injectible. This product is great for first timers or people who want a more natural look. You will still be able to make slight movements of the injected muscle with this product. On the other hand, if you are wanting to not be able to move this muscles then you will probably like Botox better. One area where I suggest Dysport only is the vertical lip lines. Since we need movement in our lips to talk, drink and eat you want to have a more moveable agent. You also want to make sure you are not over injecting this area. Make sure your injector is comfortable with this area and has been properly trained.
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Questions to ask your Potential Injector
- Have you been trained and by who?
Some injectors are trained in house, which is fine but there is a greater possibility that they were taught bad habits by being educated by another injector rather than a professional trainer provided by the manufacturer.
- What are your qualifications?
Are they a nurse, doctor or esthetician? Any of these are fine but you want to ask questions to make sure they are fully aware of the facial muscles that they are going to be injecting into. If they aren’t you could end up with a drooped brow rather than a brow lift like you were expecting. Also you will inevitably pay more for a doctor to inject you than you would an esthetician, you are paying for not only the product but also for their time/skill. Keep that in mind when price comparing!!
- How long have you been injecting and are you full or part time?
Just because they are a doctor does not always mean they are going to be better at injecting you than a nurse. You want to take into account how long they have been injecting and how often they do it. Just like anything, if we don’t do it often we start to lose that skill. It’s not the end of the world if your injector is part time but you will then want to ask how often they perform injections.
- Continuing education?
Has your injector stayed up to date on the ever changing techniques? This is going to be hard to determine because it is not required but if your injector is willing to explain the process and why she is doing ‘this’ rather than ‘this’ that is a good sign. Not only is she being diligent in the explanation process she is also being thorough with your consultation.
- Look at their own work.
Does your injector emulate the work that you want to be done on you? Now this is not always an indication of what they would do on you. But if you are going for a more natural look and your injector is obviously over done, you may want to rethink your choice or at the very least reiterate your want for a natural look.
The prices for Botox and Dysport are going to be different depending on where you live, your injector, and how many locations you have available in your area. Botox will look more expensive per unit because it takes 3 units of Dysport per 1 unit of Botox. Therefore, if Botox is $12 unit then their Dysport should be $4 per unit.
Botox and Dysport are composed of the same ingredient to paralyze the muscles that, due to repetitive movement, cause wrinkles. In doing so, they help reduce and possibly eliminate wrinkles on the forehead, crows feet, between the brows and vertical lip lines.Dysport kicks in up to 7 days faster than Botox. Both injectables last about 3-4 months depending on metabolism. They should be the same price in the end to get your result because you need about 3 units of Dysport for every 1 unit of Botox. Botox is a more frozen look with very minimal movement post injection where as Dysport has a more moveable, natural look.
Have you tried either of these products? Which did you use?
If you haven’t tried either of these, after this article which do you think you would try first?
I’d love to hear from you below!