Botox Vs. Dysport: What’s the difference?

Both Dysport and Botox are injectable treatments that help to smooth out wrinkles and lines on the face. Dysport and Botox block the nerves from sending signals to the muscles to contract. When this happens, the wrinkle above it smooths out. Yet, there are still differences between Dysport and Botox.

Dysport vs. Botox

Though Dysport and Botox have the same origin, Dysport’s protein load is lower than that of Botox, and it has more of an ability to spread out in the treatment area.

Comparing Dysport and Botox

Though it has a lower protein load than Botox, Dysport may also have a protein that’s usually found in cow’s milk. So people who are allergic to that protein may want to avoid Dysport.

How Long Does Each ProcedureF Take?

Both the Botox and Dysport procedure usually takes less than an hour. Though the actual injections only take between 15 to 20 minutes to administer, the aesthetician or dermatologist needs to prepare the area first by washing and anesthetizing it. Some dermatologists also have a consultation with the patient on the same day of the injections.

Comparing Results

Some patients who have had both Botox and Dysport claim that Dysport injections are less painful than Botox injections. Since Dysport spreads better than Botox, it is also preferred to treat lines in the forehead. These lines are called “the elevens” because they present as two vertical lines between the eyebrows. They make a person look irritated even when they are not.

Who is a Good Candidate?

A good candidate for Dysport is an adult who is in good overall health and is not allergic to the botulinum toxin or the bovine protein that can be found in Dysport. Before the injections, they should tell the dermatologist or aesthetician if they have any pre-existing conditions and shouldn’t have the injections if they have unhealed lesions in the treatment area. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid Botox and Dysport injections. 

Comparing the Side Effects

The side effects of Botox and Dysport are comparable. Severe side effects are rare, but more common ones are swelling and redness around the treatment area. This can be soothed with simple ice packs. With both Botox and Dysport, the patient should not rub the treatment area and shouldn’t lie down for at least four hours after the treatment. Some people claim that the lower protein load of Dysport makes any side effects milder.

Request a Consultation

Men and women who are interested in either Dysport or Botox shouldn’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Catherine Singer, RN Injector at Kovanda Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Institute. The number here is (612) 324-1789.

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