Botox and Dysport: Differences and Similarities

If you are considering Botox and Dysport, read on to find which injectable would suit your needs best in this guide brought to you by Pure Rejuvenation in Toronto.

What Is Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that is commonly used as a cosmetic injectable solution. A cosmetic injectable is a substance injected below the skin by a certified professional to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some can also be used to increase volume in targeted areas, such as the lips or cheeks.

Cosmetic injectables are popular because they yield excellent results and are more inexpensive and require significantly less recovery time than plastic surgery. Injectables that contain a cosmetic neurotoxin contain botulinum toxin type A, which works by blocking the nerve impulses to facial muscles and relaxing them. This can effectively smooth wrinkles that result from years of frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions. Botulinum toxin type A has been safely used for over 30 years and is better known by brand names such as Botox and Dysport.

What Is Botox?

Botox is an injectable treatment that targets dynamic wrinkles from repeated muscle contractions. It is made with a safe, sterile, purified form of botulinum toxin type A, and is one of the most recognized brand names when it comes to injectable anti-aging solutions. The injection procedure takes about 10-15 minutes, and you can expect to see visible results as early as 24 hours after the injections. For some patients, lines can continue to fade for up to a week afterward. The effects can last up to 4 months.

What Is Dysport?

Dysport is a cosmetic injectable used to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It contains a safe, refined protein form of botulinum toxin type A, and blocks the signal of the nerve to the treated muscle to reduce wrinkles. Though not as well known as Botox, it has been on the market and in clinical use for over 15 years. Treatment with Dysport typically takes 10-20 minutes, and results can last up to 4 months.

Is Botox Or Dysport Better Suited To My Needs?

  • Forehead wrinkles: Compared to Botox, Dysport is more diluted and spreads more quickly. This makes it a good choice for targeting larger areas, such as the forehead.

  • Crow’s feet around the outer eyes and laugh lines: Botox is more potent, which means it can be more effective in treating smaller areas.

  • Frown lines between the eyebrows: Dysport is primarily used to target these wrinkles specifically, but Botox is effective in treating this area as well.

While both Botox and Dysport are similar, their chief difference is in their trace protein and how they are manufactured. Neither of these cosmetic injectable treatments requires recovery time. Unless you experience side effects, you are welcome to rest at home or enjoy your day immediately after your visit. Your healthcare practitioner may advise you to avoid exercise or strenuous activity for 4 hours, keep out of direct sun exposure for 24 hours, and abstain from drinking alcohol for 48 hours. You may also be advised to avoid massaging the injection site or the rest of your face to prevent the spread of the injectable to other areas.

A single unit of Botox has triple the potency of one unit of Dysport. While this does not mean one injectable is more effective than the other, it does mean that more units of Dysport may be needed to achieve the same effect. If you wonder which cosmetic injectable is best suited for your needs, consult your healthcare practitioner to discuss your aesthetic goals and learn about the cost of Botox and Dysport.

If you are in the Toronto area and curious about Botox, Dysport, or other anti-aging and skin rejuvenating procedures, call Pure Rejuvenation at 416-871-9254 to learn about our practice, or for a free consultation today.


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