Both Botox® and Dysport are neurotoxins primarily used to target signs of aging. Over time, use of muscles repeatedly causes contraction, tightening, and therefore wrinkles. With these injections, we are able to temporarily block the signal from the nerve to the muscle,.
Botox®, also known as botulinum toxin type A, is a neurotoxin injectable treatment that can be used for a wide range of cosmetic procedures. Botox® can be used to treat the glabella area, forehead, crow’s feet, and lines around the neck. When Botox® is injected, it stays in place making it a great option for more specific areas of the face. For example, Botox® is a great treatment option for a gummy smile to relax the muscles which pull on the upper lip.
You will start to notice the effects of your Botox® treatment 3-5 days after, with full effects around the two week mark. Results typically last 3-6mo depending on the treatment area and how fast your body naturally metabolizes the compound.
Like Botox®, Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of aging with emphasis on a natural look. The main difference is that Dysport is more diluted and has less proteins, so although it is typically cheaper per unit than Botox®, you will need more units in order to achieve the same effect. Dysport also tends to "spread out" more than Botox®, making it great for the glabellar lines on the forehead to give a soft rather than frozen look.
The effects can last up to 4 months, and patients should wait at least 90 days in between treatments. Some people feel that the full effects of Dysport are seen more quickly, in just 3-5 days.