Dysport® and Botox®
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® is an injection containing abobotulinumtoxinA (Botulinum toxin type A). AbobotulinumtoxinA is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.
Dysport® reduces the appearance of lines that primarily affect the glabella, the area in between your eyebrows. These lines extend upward, or vertically, toward the forehead. They are especially noticeable when a person frowns.
While naturally occurring, with age glabella lines can become more prominent during times of relaxation as well. This is because our skin loses collagen, the protein fibers responsible for elasticity.
While Dysport® can help treat glabella wrinkles, it’s only meant for people who have either moderate or severe cases. This procedure isn’t recommended for mild glabella lines.
What is Botox®?
Botox® (onabotulinumtoxin A) is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles.
Botox® is approved for treating forehead lines and crow’s feet in addition to glabellar lines. Dysport® is approved only for glabellar lines.
The procedure involving Botox is like that of Dysport®.
How does Dysport® compare to Botox®?
Dysport® and Botox® are used to treat and prevent wrinkles in adults. These noninvasive injections help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the underlying muscles beneath the skin. By relaxing and stilling the muscles, the skin above them turns smoother.
Neither treatment gets rid of existing wrinkles for good, but the effects are meant to make wrinkles less noticeable. You may be considering either treatment if you’re not getting the desired results with wrinkle serums and creams at home.
While both treatments contain a similar main active ingredient, trace protein amounts can vary. This can make one treatment more effective than another for some people. However, exact differences are still being studied.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
Dysport® can start taking effect between 3-5 days with full results seen in 14 days. Results last between three and four months. You will need to go back for more injections around this time to maintain treatment effects.
What are the side effects of Dysport® and Botox®?
Both procedures are relatively painless. You might feel a little pressure as your doctor injects the fluids into the target muscles in your face. In most cases, you can leave right after the procedure is over.
Still, some side effects may occur post injection. These tend to resolve on their own without further issue. Serious risks, although rare, are also a possibility. Discuss all possible side effects and risks with Dr. White beforehand so you’ll know what to be on the lookout for.
Side effects of Dysport®
Dysport® is considered an overall safe treatment, but there’s still a risk for minor side effects. Some of the most common include:
Such side effects should resolve after a few days. Contact Dr. White if they don’t.
More serious side effects may include nausea, sinusitis, and upper respiratory infection. Call your doctor if you develop any of these side effects.
A rare but serious complication of Dysport® is botulinum toxicity. This occurs when the injection spreads to another part of the body. Seek emergency medical treatment if you suspect botulinum toxicity from your treatments.
Signs of botulinum toxicity include:
facial muscle weakness
difficulty swallowing and eating
difficulty with speech
Side effects of Botox®
Like Dysport®, Botox® is considered safe with minimal side effects. Some of the most common side effects post-treatment include:
Minor side effects usually resolve within a week of the procedure.
Though rare, Botox® can lead to paralysis. As with Dysport®, Botox® carries a slight risk of botulinum toxicity.
How much does the treatment cost?
Dysport® costs $4/unit and Botox® costs $12/unit.