If you are venturing into the world of injectable wrinkle treatments, then you might be feeling overwhelmed by the options available to you. There is a wide variety of different formulas available, and the most obvious choice is not always the right one for every person struggling with signs of aging. Nearly everyone has heard of Botox, but it is not the only option for fighting wrinkles. Dysport, another FDA-approved formula, is also a good option for easing wrinkles. But what is the difference between the two formulas, and which treatment is best for you?
Dysport and Botox for Dynamic Wrinkles
Both Dysport and Botox tackle wrinkles in the same way. Using purified, diluted botulinum toxin, the injections are used in specific areas of the face to temporarily reduce the appearance of "dynamic" wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial motions and appear in high movement areas of the face, such as at the corners of the eyes and between the eyebrows. Dysport and Botox work by partially immobilizing the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles, thus easing the lines that are being targeted. Both Botox and Dysport are highly effective treatments that are safe for the vast majority of patients and last for about three to four months before re-injection is needed.
The Injection Process
One of the biggest advantages of injectable wrinkle treatmentsis the simple and non-invasive procedure required to benefit from them. Botulinum toxin injections can be administered in just a few minutes, and they require no downtime, allowing patients to return to normal activities immediately. As with any injection, slight bruising or redness may occur at the injection site for a day or two after the treatment, but more serious side effects are exceedingly rare. Both Botox and Dysport have excellent safety records, and should not produce more than mild side effects when the procedure is performed by a qualified physician. Only an experienced plastic surgeon has the knowledge of facial aesthetics to customize the treatments for best results and to help prevent complications.
What Are the Differences?
Differences between the formulas are fairly minimal, but they do exist. First, Dysport is thought to have a quicker onset than Botox. Both injections begin to work within a few days, but Dysport may work even more quickly than Botox. Dysport may also last longer, with patients reporting better results several months after treatment. Next, Dysport may provide more lift to the brow area than Botox, as it spreads out more following injection. Many patients also find that Dysport is more cost-effective than Botox. Finally, some people can develop an immunity to Botox, rendering it ineffective for treating wrinkles after a while.Dysport is often an excellent substitute for these patients seeking a replacement product. One drawback for Dysport, however, is that the formula contains lactose, making it non-accessible to people with a lactose allergy or sensitivity.
Is Dysport Right for You?
It is normal to be unsure about which treatment is right for you, as everyone is different. It is difficult to assess your own needs without expert knowledge of facial aging and rejuvenation. Because of this, it is wise to speak with a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon to get advice about which wrinkle treatments are best for your unique needs.
While Dysport and Botox are not surgical treatments, they do require skill to administer properly andto get good, long-lasting results while avoiding complications. Do not skimp on your choice of provider; choose an experienced plastic surgeon for your treatments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable provider in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA,and meet with acclaimed, board certified surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover offers a range of injectable and minimally-invasive procedures to help you look and feel great. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.