Dysport Vs. Botox: What’s the Difference?

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Quicker Results That Last Longer 

When it comes to anti-aging treatments, Botox has become a household name. But there’s another similar treatment that people are excited about. It’s called Dysport. Dysport has the same active ingredient – botulinum toxin A which is a weakened virus that works by blocking nerve signals to muscles, making the muscles relax and reducing the look of wrinkles. But let’s investigate the similarities and differences.

Dysport & Botox Similarities

Dysport, which was FDA-approved in 2009, is a prescription injection similar to Botox. Botox and Dysport injections temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines look better by relaxing facial muscles. Both have the same active ingredient – botulinum toxin A, a weakened virus that works by blocking nerve signals to muscles, making the muscles relax and reducing the look of wrinkles. 

How Do These Treatments Work?

Dysport and Botox are both administered the same way. They are injected directly into the facial muscles that cause deep wrinkles and fine lines using a fine gauge needle. Once injected, they begin to relax the facial muscles by blocking the neurotransmitters responsible for muscle contractions. This causes the facial muscles to relax, allowing wrinkles and fine lines to diminish. 

What to Expect During Treatment

Both procedures are performed in the office and take 10 to 20 minutes. There is some minor discomfort, but if you are worried, just let us know and we can talk about pre-procedure options to minimize discomfort like applying a topical anesthetic cream to reduce the sensation. There is no downtime required after treatment and you can go about your day as planned. Both treatments can also be combined with other procedures, including dermal fillers and skin resurfacing, so you can schedule them together for your convenience. 

How Is Dysport Different?

The main difference between the two treatments is that Dysport is more diluted than Botox. This difference in concentration occurs because Dysport uses smaller protein molecules to induce muscle relaxation. These smaller molecules are less likely to be broken down by antibodies in the body. Dysport is gaining in popularity because results often appear sooner and last longer. Final results should be visible in 2-5 days and typically last three to six months. Remember though, results vary from person to person. 

What to Expect after Your Kansas City Dysport or Botox Procedure

If you’re a good candidate for Dysport or Botox, we’ll go over the list of possible side effects of the procedures beforehand to ensure you are comfortable. The potential side effects of the two are relatively similar and they won’t hold you back from living your life.

The most common side effects are temporary minor bruising and redness at the injection site. This typically disappears in less than a week. There may be slight swelling which should subside in the first few days. With both types of injections, repeat treatments will be needed to maintain long-term results. You should plan your next appointment based on your specific results and aesthetic goals.

If you’d like to reduce facial wrinkles and fine lines and restore a more youthful appearance through Dysport or Botox treatments in Kansas City, contact the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City for more information. We will be happy to answer your questions and ease your fears about these popular cosmetic procedures.