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Dysport vs. Botox: What is the difference?

In the world of cosmetic treatments for wrinkles and fine lines, Botox and Dysport stand out as two prominent options. Botox and Dysport are both neuromodulators, or neurotoxins, that have been approved by the FDA for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.  The minimally invasive injectables are equally safe and are administered the same way.  Both work by temporarily paralyzing the muscles of the face, which ultimately smooths the  skin. These are both very popular treatments we offer here at fillir, but have a few  differences that can influence which might be right for you, let's take a look!  


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About Botox: 

Botox works the same way Dysport does. The naturally derived toxins block nerve signals  to muscles, which results in a more relaxed softer looking face. Botox is an exclusive brand  to the US market, while Dysport was used in Europe long before the FDA approved it here.  

Botox injections often require zero downtime and are typically used to treat smaller areas  or fine lines including crow's feet near eyes, forehead lines, and frown lines in between  eyebrows. The number of units needed depends on the area being treated and the severity  of the wrinkles.  

The results of Botox may take a little longer to appear (up to 10 days), but also tend to last  longer, up to 3-4 months. This is still a temporary solution as keeping up with treatments is  required to maintain desired results.  

Botox can also be used for benefits other than wrinkle reduction and fine lines. It can also  help with migraines, TMJ, as well as excessive sweating! We offer a variety of treatments  here at fillir to help with these additional concerns.  


Better than meds migraine reducer- A treatment that uses the injection of Botox into the  temples and masseter muscle which allows relief from migraines. By reducing muscle  contractions and stopping neurotransmitters from sending pain signals to your brain,  Botox can help reduce the pain caused by migraines. Botox injections for migraines is a  proven remedy to reduce migraine headache symptoms. 


TMJ Relief- Temporomandibular Joint disorder affects and limits the jaw movement, often  accompanied by soreness and sometimes a clicking sound. Botox injected into the  masseter muscle offers relief by blocking nerves allowing the jaw muscles to relax

ultimately alleviating the pain and tightness accompanied by TMJ. Botox for TMJ is a non surgical treatment that our board-certified clinicians can help you with today. 


Heatwave Prep- One of the best treatment options for hyperhidrosis. Botox injected into  the underarm area can minimize sweating by blocking a chemical in the body that  activates sweat glands. When injected into the underarm, Botox paralyzes the nerves  responsible for activating the sweat glands in the armpit, thus preventing sweating from  occurring. Dosage for this can range but typically should start around 50 units per side,  and as always, we suggest a consultation with one of our nurse injectors prior to  treatment.  


Lip flip- Botox typically isn't used directly on the lips, but just above them, injected into the  muscles above the mouth. Your lip will gain a sloped, ski jump-like aesthetic that defines  your existing upper lip. Lip flip can be effective for upper and bottom lip.  


Gummy smile minimizer- Botox can be used above the lip to minimize a gummy smile.  When injected above the lip, Botox relaxes the hyperactive lip muscles for a much less  gummy smile. This treatment will help you achieve the perfect smile! 


About Dysport:  

Although Dysport is a neuromodulator which like Botox is derived from the botulinum  toxin, it is typically only used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It does though, work the  same as Botox by temporarily paralyzing the muscle. When these muscles relax, wrinkles  that are formed by repeated muscular movement are minimized. 

Dysport is injected under the skin by our nurse injectors here in the office and require just  about no downtime as well. Dysport is typically used to treat more severe wrinkles and  deeper lines. A good example of this is ‘elevens’ or the deep wrinkles in between your  eyebrows.  

Additionally, Dysport is another temporary fix to these wrinkles and will need to be kept up  with every 3-4 months requiring more injections to keep skin smooth and wrinkle-free! 


You might be thinking to yourself Botox and Dysport seem like they do the exact same  thing, why does it matter which one I get to treat my wrinkles? Well, it comes down to the  varying formula characteristics we’ll look at now:  


Dosage: One distinct difference between these two neurotoxins is the way they are dosed.  For every 1 unit of Botox equals 3 units of Dysport in strength. This is very important to note  for every 50 units of Botox is not equal to 50 units of Dysport. Your licensed injector should  go over any information you have regarding dose and the difference between the two. 


Dilution: Dysport is diluted differently than Botox which makes sense with why the  dosages will be different. If a patient is used to getting a certain amount of Botox they will  likely need to switch for Dysport, and vice versa. Just because Dysport is diluted more does  not make it less effective, it just means a higher quantity is needed to achieve the same  results.  


Diffusion: Dysport tends to diffuse more than Botox causing it to spread to a broader area  after injected. This is good for covering larger areas such as the entire forehead. However,  this diffusion means Dysport is less beneficial for smaller areas where more precision is  needed, or with thicker muscles.  


Onset: Compared to Botox, Dysport has the quickest onset time. This is because the  molecule size of Dysport is smaller than Botox allowing for quicker results. Results can be  seen as soon as 24 hours, whereas Botox may take up to 72 hours to see any changes. Botox lasts for around 3-6 months, while Dysport usually lasts just about 4 months. Once  again, it is best to consult your injector here at fillir to see which product will fit your needs  best.  


Both Botox and Dysport address fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing muscle tissue to the  point where they prevent the muscle from contracting. When either product is injected into  the targeted muscle area the nerve impulses that control muscle contractions are  temporarily blocked. The resulting decrease in movement and relaxation of muscles  reduces the appearance of wrinkles in the treated area. 

In addition, both Dysport and Botox are temporary and need to be kept up with for the best results! Your body metabolizes them just like anything else and will need to be  administered again in a suggested 3-6 months. It is important to go over scheduling with  your injector here at fillir to see what the right timeline for you depending on product!


In conclusion, which is better?:  

In the Botox versus Dysport debate, it really just comes down to the injector and patient  preference. A consultation with our trained nurse injectors is always our first suggestion  here at fillir. This allows us to understand the patients' wants and needs so we can deliver  desired results. As explained above, unless you are receiving treatment with Botox for TMJ,  migraine relief, or hyperhidrosis, the products deliver extremely similar results but have  varying slight differences that all come down to preference and what our injectors think will  be best for you! So, whether it's wanting a wrinkle-free forehead or simply those frown lines  to disappear, we’ve got you! 


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