Do you have wrinkles that are making you look old?   Nowadays there are a variety of wrinkle-blasting treatments available including botox and dysport.  When it comes to non-surgical anti-aging treatments botox is considered the gold standard, but dysport has been steadily growing in popularity since entering the US market.  But how do botox and dysport compare, and which is better for looking younger.

Botox and dysport for wrinkles

Wrinkles may be an inevitable part of aging, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be treated, and you don’t have to undergo surgery to soften them.  Botox and dysport are two very effective non-surgical anti-aging treatments for minimizing wrinkles in the upper third of the face.    

Botox and dysport are brand names for the purified protein known as botulinum toxin type A.  Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. 

Botox vs. Dysport: Which is better for Looking Younger?

Both botox and dysport are capable of giving patients a more youthful look, by reducing the appearance of dynamic facial wrinkles.  These are wrinkles that develop due to the natural contraction of the muscles during motions such as squinting, laughing, or frowning.  Botox and dysport are typically used in the upper third of the face, as they are very effective for treating forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

How they work

When Botox and dysport are injected they stop the muscles from contracting, therefore the muscles don’t respond when you smile, laugh, or frown.  That’s why there is a reduction in the number of wrinkles, and the face appears smoother and more youthful. 

Both treatments take about 15 minutes to complete, so patients can conveniently have the treatment done during their lunch hour.  Since there is no downtime, patients can return to work right away.

Look younger with botox and dysport

Since botox and dysport are derived from the same ingredient and work in a similar manner, they can both make you look better and younger.   They are able to effectively reduce deep facial wrinkles, and dramatically improve your appearance. 

Botox and dysport are especially beneficial for younger individuals that are just beginning to show signs of aging, and are not yet ready for surgery. 

When botox and dysport are injected properly, patients should still be able to smile, laugh, or frown as before, but there should be fewer lines in the areas treated.

After getting treatment with botox or dysport some patients look a lot younger than they really are, because the injectables create a marked improvement in appearance.  However, in order to get the best results, patients should have their treatment done by a skilled, experienced provider.

Botox and dysport are temporary solutions for wrinkles, so if patients want to maintain their facial rejuvenation results, they will need to have repeat treatments every 3-6 months. 

Differences between botox and dysport

Although botox and dysport can both make you look younger, there are some differences between them:

  • The effects of botox set in after about 5-7 days. Dysport has faster results, as it takes 2-3 days for the effects to show.
  • Botox results typically last for about 3-6 months, but some studies indicate that dysport does not last quite as long.  However, the longevity of the results may also be influenced by the volume of product used.
  • Botox only affects the area in which it is injected, but dysport spreads to a wider area.  This can be an advantage when treating larger parts of the face like the forehead.  

Which one is right for you?

Botox is a well-known anti-aging treatment that has a good safety profile, and since it was approved for use in the US earlier than its competitors, it’s often given a higher rating.   Botox and dysport are competing products made by different companies, and doctors often develop a preference for using one injectable over the other.  

If you are considering non-surgical facial rejuvenation but you’re not sure whether to opt for botox or dysport, take the time to discuss both options with your provider, and then determine which would be the best fit.

If you are in the Maitland, FL area, Derrow Dermatology is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.derrowdermatology.com, or by calling (407) 389-2020.