While BOTOX® Cosmetic may have the most name recognition, it’s not the only injectable on the block. Dysport® is another type of injectable neuromodulator that temporarily freezes muscles to diminish wrinkles—and it’s also a popular option at our practice. But will BOTOX vs. Dysport make you look more wrinkle-free and refreshed? To help you make the right choice, we’re answering common questions about the difference between BOTOX and Dysport. Learn more below…
What Is Dysport Used For?
Dysport has a thinner consistency than BOTOX, which makes it ideal for treating larger areas of the face. It’s primarily used to treat glabellar lines, the “11s” or frown lines that form between your eyebrows as you age. Repeated facial expressions over time, such as frowning or squinting, make these lines more pronounced. Like BOTOX, Dysport injections help smooth existing wrinkles and can also help prevent the occurrence of future forehead lines.
How Long Does Dysport Take To Work?
One of the subtle differences between BOTOX and Dysport is that Dysport is much more diluted and spreads more quickly than BOTOX. Patients who want faster results often choose Dysport. Dysport results may be visible as early as 48 hours following treatment, while BOTOX results may take up to a week to appear. This is an essential consideration if you’re trying to time your injections before a special event.
What Dysport Side Effects Should I Be Aware Of?
Any injectable procedure carries some level of risk, but serious side effects are rare with Dysport. Some common side effects include temporary bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection sites. Sometimes, patients experience headaches after their first Dysport treatment. Selecting a reputable, experienced injector is critical to ensure you receive artfully placed injections that yield safe and natural-looking results.
How Is Dysport Measured?
Due to the differences in formulation, patients often try to calculate how much of each product they may need. For example, they may wonder, 100 units of Dysport equals how much BOTOX? However, Dysport has a unique dilution, and its dosage differs from BOTOX and other botulinum toxin products. Some studies suggest that a Dysport: BOTOX conversion ratio of 3:1 is appropriate.
Typically, if a patient is used to a specific dosage for BOTOX, they will likely need to increase the number of units of Dysport. In other words, a higher quantity of Dysport may be necessary to achieve your desired results. We’ll determine your specific dosage and provide you with detailed pricing during your personalized consultation.
How Long Does Dysport Last?
Similar to BOTOX, Dysport results typically last 3 to 4 months. The duration of your results can vary based on unique factors such as your muscle activity, metabolism, and skin condition. Visiting us for regular treatments can help you preserve your youthful results.
Can I Combine Dysport with Other Treatments?
Absolutely! We often administer Dysport in conjunction with other treatments for optimal rejuvenation. Combining treatments such as dermal fillers or laser therapies can help you address varying concerns while producing dramatically younger results. This integrative approach is sometimes referred to as a “liquid facelift.” For more details about combining injectable treatments, refer to this related blog post.
When it comes down to it, selecting the injectable that best aligns with your needs is a matter of preference, but your choice can be impacted by factors such as the area you wish to address and your timeline for showing off your youthful glow.
Let us help you tailor a treatment plan customized to your unique needs and goals. Request a consultation online with one of our experienced injectors or call us at (817) 442-1236 to get started today!