Botox was the most popular cosmetic anti-aging treatment in 2012, and nearly everyone has heard of the classic, non-invasive wrinkle injection. Botox has been on the market for decades now, and during that time more cosmetic competitors have sprung up. One of these, Dysport, is a similar product to Botox, and is almost as widespread. However, many people are confused about the difference between the products, and how to select the wrinkle solution that is right for them. So how does Dysport compare to Botox?
Dysport and Botox are both derived from botulinum toxin, which is used for many purposes besides wrinkle treatment, such as to help treat chronic migraines, cerebral palsy, and more. Though the two products are made from similar compounds, there are slight differences between them. Dysport is still far less popular than Botox, but this fact does not mean that Dysport produces inferior results to its competitor. Some surgeons feel that Dysport placed between the brows give more brow elevation than Botox.
Not a Filler
While fillers function as their name implies, by filling in deep facial lines and wrinkles, botulinum toxins work to smooth out movement-based wrinkles by making the muscles in that area less active. While these toxins often need to be re-injected more frequently, they work better for some patients’ needs than fillers do. Sometimes, in some locations, fillers and botulinum toxins are used together.
Areas of Treatment
Dysport can treat a variety of wrinkles and areas of the face, including:
• Brow and between the brows
• Forehead wrinkles
• Eyes (Crows’ Feet)
• Chin Creases
• Worry Lines/Scowl Lines
Dysport can also be used for a “Dysport browlift” to help with wrinkling and sagging in the brow area which are often among the first signs of aging.
Less Likely to Become Immune
Sometimes, patients begin develop an immunity to Botox. Patients who experience less dramatic results with Botox than they once did or those who simply do not see good results from their first Botox treatment often have good luck with Dysport. Patients seem less likely to develop an immunity to Dysport than Botox. One way to help prevent immunity is to space treatments appropriately. Injections too close together can reduce the efficacy of the product, while treatments too far apart will not maintain consistent results. Re-injection should ideally take place every 3-4 months.
Possible Allergies & Side Effects
As with Botox, Dysport can cause problems such as minor headache, occasionally flu-like symptoms, redness and itching at the injection site, or poor aesthetic outcome. Dysport contains lactose, so it is not an appropriate treatment for those who are lactose intolerant.
Which Product Works Better Overall?
It is difficult to say if one product is superior overall to the other, as studies on Botox vs. Dysport have often been skewed or have proven inconclusive. Dosage and technique are important factors in product efficacy, so it is very important to pick a qualified provider. Reaction to the two drugs is also highly individual, so the product that works best for one person may not work for another. If you have tried and been disappointed by the effectiveness of Botox, you might consider trying Dysport or Xeomin (the newest botulinum toxin on the market) instead.
You may think wrinkle injections are a simple treatment that nearly anyone can perform. While some dentists, nurses and non cosmetic physicians, can perform the injections in theory, there are a number of factors that go into a successful botulinum toxin treatment. A facial plastic surgeon is the best provider for wrinkle injections, because he or she will have in-depth knowledge of the aging process and facial aesthetics. A plastic surgeon can also customize the treatment (number of units, areas of the face, etc) and come up with a look that is natural and suits the patient. Unskilled applications of Dysport can result in drooping eyelids and brows, and an overall poor aesthetic outcome.
Do not be tempted to skimp on your Dysport treatment just because it is not a surgical procedure. Seek the best care you can to help ensure a result you will be thrilled with. By choosing a skilled provider, you can adjust doses or products if need be, get great aesthetic results, and have a custom treatment plan.
Price shopping is good for some products but not usually when it comes to facial injections or surgery. Generally a skilled facial surgeon will not have the lowest price for a botulinum toxin for a filler. You generally get what you pay for. Board certification does and experience do mean something.
For non-invasive treatments such as Dysport, Xeomin and Botox in the Boston and Worcester areas, you can trust Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery to deliver safe, custom, and beautiful results. Dr. Bentkover is an experienced, compassionate, and skilled surgeon, who offers many types of fillers and injectable treatments. For current specials on non-invasive treatments, keep up with Dr. Bentkover’s social media pages and website. Give either of our locations a call to set up a consultation in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA.