Botox vs. Dysport: Which is Best?

Botox vs. Dysport

Botox and Dysport are two of the most popular alternatives to treating wrinkles in the face. It’s easy to see why people would want to know what they can do about their wrinkles, but which has more benefits? Which is best for your specific needs? In this blog post, we will compare Botox and Dysport so you can decide which one is right for you!

How Botox and Dysport are Similar

Botox and Dysport have a few key similarities, which is why many people think they are the same. For starters, Botox and Dysport both belong to a class of drugs known as neuromodulators, which means they block the signals from nerve cells that cause muscles to contract. They do this by preventing acetylcholine (a chemical neurotransmitter) from binding with its receptor on nearby muscle tissue. This prevents those muscles from contracting, thus reducing and preventing wrinkles.

Treatment with Botox and Dysport is also similar. Both Botox and Dysport treatments involve injecting botulinum toxin A into the muscles through a series of tiny injections. In most cases, about two or three injections around the face are needed, however most people can tolerate up to six injection sites. The actual number used depends on where you want treatment as well as how much area needs treating.

What is Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum toxins are neurotoxins produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. There are eight different types of botulinum toxins: A, B, C1, C2, D, E, F, and G, however type A is generally used for its potency and longevity. Regardless, all eight botulinum toxins work by interfering with neurotransmitters to cause muscle paralysis. Like their name suggests, botulinum toxins are highly toxic. However, when purified and used in small doses, they can be safely used to stop specific muscles from contracting.

What is Botox?

infographic describing differences between botox and dysport

Botox is manufactured by Allergan Pharmaceuticals and was originally approved by the FDA in 1989 for the treatment of eye muscle problems. It was then approved by the FDA in 2002 for cosmetic wrinkle treatments between the eyebrows and again in 2013 for the treatment of crow’s feet. Botox uses a specific type A botulinum toxin known as OnabotulinumtoxinA (ONA).

At a glance, Botox can be used to treat:

  • forehead lines
  • crow’s feet
  • glabellar lines

While Botox is mainly used to treat wrinkles around the face (like crow’s feet or forehead lines), it has also been FDA-approved for treating excessive underarm sweating, overactive bladder, lower limb spasticity, and chronic migraines. This is because Botox can also cause muscle paralysis in other areas of the body, which means it can be used on certain muscles to treat certain conditions. In comparison to Dysport, this makes Botox a more versatile treatment that can be used for multiple purposes even if they are not approved by the FDA.

What is Dysport?

Dysport is a neuromodulator made by Ipsen Biopharm Ltd and was approved by the FDA in 2009 for treating wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions. Like Botox, Dysport uses a type A botulinum toxin known as AbobotulinumtoxinA (ABO). However, Dysport is slightly diluted compared to Botox. This ultimately means that Dysport tends to be more effective in treating larger areas. It also means that more units of Dysport are generally needed.

Dysport is primarily used to treat moderate to severe glabellar lines, which are vertical wrinkles that form on the forehead in between the eyebrows. Moderate to severe glabellar lines can make it appear like you are frowning or angry, especially when you squint. In addition to treating glabellar lines, Dysport has also been approved by the FDA to treat lower limb spasticity in children, spasticity in adults, and cervical dystonia.

The Procedure

Regardless of whether you are getting Dysport or Botox, the actual procedure is exactly the same. Generally speaking, patients can expect to spend about 15-30 minutes at their doctor’s office for each treatment session. After reviewing your medical history and discussing what you want treated with your provider, they will then inject a series of small injections around the area you want treated. The injections are so small, usually about 0.05 mL each, that patients can barely feel them. A mild anesthetic is also used to minimize any discomfort. The number of units (amount of injections) will vary depending on the treatment area and the desired results.

The Results

While both Dysport and Botox work to temporarily stop muscles from contracting, there are some differences in how long the effects last. For example, it has been shown that the average patient who gets Dysport will first see results after a couple of days that last for up to four months after treatment. Those receiving Botox, on the other hand, often see results within a week that can last up to six months. In some cases, it can take up to a month to see noticeable results with Botox and results can also last longer than six months.

In Conclusion

Botox and Dysport are both neuromodulators that work to temporarily stop muscles from contracting. Botox is manufactured by Allergan Pharmaceuticals, while Dysport is made by Ipsen Biopharm Ltd. The two products use a type A botulinum toxin known as OnabotulinumtoxinA (ONA) or AbobotulinumtoxinA (ABO). Although the effects of each can vary depending on treatment area, it has been shown that those receiving Dysport will first see results after a couple days which last for up to four months. Those who receive Botox often see results within one week with lasting effects for up to six months.

For more information, schedule a consultation with your Therapeutic Aesthetics Botox/Dysport provider in Burlington, Pickering, or Toronto.

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