Are you noticing wrinkles and lines on your face when you look in the mirror? If so, you may be considering getting Botox injections to get rid of them. But have you heard of Dysport?
This article will tell you everything you need to know about Dysport, including how it works, its associated side effects, if it really does work and how it compares to Botox.
If you’re ready to erase the signs of aging, but you’re not sure which injectable is best to regain your youthful appearance, read on.
What Happens to Your Skin as You Age?
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag. This causes our faces to lose their shape and begin to show fine lines and wrinkles. These changes can make us appear older than we actually are.
When this happens, our facial muscles tighten up and pull at our skin, causing more wrinkles and folds.
Over time, these lines become deeper and more noticeable, especially forehead lines. Sometimes, you can end up with severe wrinkles. The result is a tired and older- looking appearance.
While there’s no way to completely prevent wrinkles from forming, there are ways to minimize the damage they do. There are several different types of treatment available, such as botulinum toxin type A.
What Is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin injection (BTX) is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for facial rejuvenation. Botulinum toxin injections are placed in your facial muscles to relax them, causing them to lose their ability to contract. This makes the skin appear smoother and more relaxed.
Botox is the most recognizable BTX injectable, but there are many other brands available. Some people prefer to use only Botox because it lasts longer and doesn’t require any downtime. Others prefer Dysport because it produces fewer side effects and generally produces better results.
How Is Dysport Different From Botox?
Overall, there aren’t many differences between Botox and Dysport.
Both Botox and Dysport are injections that temporarily paralyze muscles by blocking nerve signals. Botox works by preventing nerves from releasing chemicals that cause muscle contraction. Dysport works differently. It attaches to receptors in the skin, causing them to release certain chemicals that relax muscles. Botox lasts longer, but Dysport tends to be more effective.
The formulas for Botox and Dysport are slightly different based on the protein used in each injectable. Dysport’s formula is known to spread a little bit more once injected into the skin compared to Botox, which means it can cover a larger area, such as the forehead.
Dysport is only approved by the FDA to treat glabellar lines, the vertical lines between your eyebrows. Dysport is a great option for those who have moderate to severe glabellar lines and facial wrinkles.
Botox is less diluted than Dysport and is approved by the FDA to treat smaller areas, including glabellar lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet, which form around the eyes.
Some people report seeing faster results with Dysport, noticing a reduction in wrinkles in just two to three days. The results of Botox generally take about a week to appear. Peak results for both Botox and Dysport take around two weeks.
Both types of injectables last between three and four months.
How Long Is a Dysport Appointment?
A typical Dysport treatment takes 30 minutes or less.
What Is Dysport After Care Like?
After you get your Dysport injection, you will need to keep your face clean and moisturized. Avoid touching your face after your procedure. If you’re going out in public, wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
We also recommend that you avoid saunas, hot tubs and swimming for 48 hours after your procedure.
Your doctor may recommend using an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort. You should also avoid strenuous exercise until your body heals.
If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor right away. He or she will give you instructions on how to manage these symptoms.
Side Effects of Dysport vs. Botox
While both Dysport and Botox are safe and effective, both have similar side effect profiles. Some common side effects include:
- Pain or tenderness where the injection was given
- Allergic reaction
These reactions usually go away within 24 hours after the treatment. If any of these symptoms persist, call your doctor immediately.
Can Dysport Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Yes! In fact, you may want to consider combining Dysport with other treatments. For example, if you have facial lines or deep creases under your eyes, you can use Botox along with Dysport.
These are all good options for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and improving overall facial contours.