Difference Between Botox and Dysport

Millions of people consider wrinkles and fine lines a great inconvenience and a burden to cover up, which is why there is a huge demand for something that frees them from these undesirable signs of maturity and aging.

What is Botox®?

For a long time, the treatment of wrinkles, fine lines and other skin problems were based around a special protein called ‘Botulinum Toxin’, which is popularly known as “Botox®. This special protein is produced by the Bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox® has been widely used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to treat glabellar lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines.

What is Dysport®?

Then came another treatment by the name of ‘Dysport®’, which was only meant to treat glabellar lines or frown lines located between the eyebrows. Dysport® uses the same protein that is used in Botox®; however, the protein is injected to soften frown lines and dynamic wrinkles. The movement of muscles reduces in the treated area, thus decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, which appear at the time of muscle contraction.

How Do They Work?

Botox® and Dysport® work in a similar fashion, as they both make use of the same protein for treating signs of aging on the face. Both treatments block electrical impulses from the nervous system, which cause movement or facial muscle contraction, hence, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Where Botox® is used for treating forehead lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles, Dysport®, on the other hand, is only meant to treat moderate to severe Glabella wrinkles.

Four Differences Between the Two

Botox® and Dysport® despite using the same protein are two different treatments. To know as to what differentiates the two, go through below-mentioned steps:

  1. Dilution: Both treatments are diluted differently, so if a patient is given 50 units of Botox®, then it won’t be equal to 50 units of Dysport®. Botox® is not as diluted as Dysport®, but that doesn’t mean the latter is less effective. The same level of results can be achieved with a higher quantity of Dysport®. However, the price of Dysport® is usually lower than that of Botox®, so the cost of getting the same treatment will approximately be the same.
  2. Molecule Size: The molecule’s size is smaller in Dysport® than Botox®, which is actually good because small molecules spread faster and cover more area. However, smaller molecules are not always beneficial, therefore, it is important to get the treatment from an experienced professional who knows proper dosing and placement of this neurotoxin.
  3. Diffusion: Dysport® diffuses more than Botox®, thus spreading to a larger area once injected. Therefore, Dysport® can treat a larger area in fewer injections. However, more diffusion leads to the ineffectiveness of Dysport® in treating areas with thicker muscles or smaller areas where more precision is required.
  4. Onset: Out of the two treatments, Dysport® has the quickest ‘Onset’ of action. Where Botox® takes around 72 hours for the results to come into full effect, Dysport® requires just 24 hours.

Botox® and Dysport® are two different treatments with varied applications, so it is important for you to first analyze your problem by consulting a skincare center such as Aesthetics Medical Spa and Skincare in Missoula MT before opting for either of the treatments.

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