One of the most frustrating effects of age and lifestyle is the presence of wrinkles and fine lines in the face. These imperfections in the skin can appear anywhere on the face, from the cheeks to around the mouth and nose, to the forehead and the area around the eyes. Some of these wrinkles are so prominent that they have even been given names, like crow’s feet, frown lines, smile lines, eleven lines, and smoker lines. Many men and women feel embarrassed and self-conscious about these wrinkles and fine lines on their face. Some people try to cover these facial imperfections with clothing, glasses, and makeup, while others refrain from attending different social gatherings where someone may see their blemishes. However, this is no way to live your life. Instead of trying to hide your wrinkles away, why not combat them?
Neuromodulators are cosmetic treatments that are both safe and effective for reducing the presence of wrinkles and fine lines on the face, and the two most popular and effective neuromodulators on the market are Dysport® and BOTOX® Cosmetic. However, despite what some people think, these two treatments are not interchangeable. While they both have the same active ingredient and work on facial issues in the same manner, they are each unique injectable treatments that help correct different issues on the face. Below, you will find some information about each of these treatments so that you can better decide which might be best for you.
What Are Dysport® and BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Dysport® and BOTOX® Cosmetic are both FDA-approved injectable treatments that use neurotoxins to alleviate wrinkling in the skin. The active ingredient in both treatments is botulinum toxin type A. For either of these treatments, your injectable provider will inject the Dysport® or BOTOX® Cosmetic solution into the troublesome facial muscles. It is important to understand that Dysport® and BOTOX® Cometic work to correct dynamic wrinkles (these are wrinkles that are caused by repetitive muscle contractions and not by age). Once injected, the botulinum toxin A solution blocks signals from the nerves to the brain. When this happens, the muscle becomes less responsive, allowing for the muscles to relax. This, in turn, decreases any chance of wrinkling in the skin.
Dysport® is injected into areas of the face to correct the signs of wrinkling. Some of the most common areas of the face for these injections are wrinkles between and above the eyebrows, formally known as glabellar lines.
Like Dysport®, BOTOX® Cosmetic is also an injectable treatment that is injected into the muscles to essentially paralyze the muscle to rid the face of dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic helps to correct wrinkles and fine lines that appear around the eyes (crow’s feet), between the brows, and on the forehead. BOTOX® Cosmetic can also treat nasolabial folds with a little bit of filler to add volume to the area.
So What Really Is the Difference Between Dysport® & BOTOX® Cosmetic?
As you’ve seen, both Dysport® and BOTOX® Cosmetic are extremely similar in nature and purpose. However, that doesn’t mean that they are the same. Instead, each injectable treatment is used for different levels of correction. While BOTOX® Cosmetic is best if you have mild to moderate wrinkles, Dysport® is the better option to treat moderate to severe wrinkles.
Additionally, these injectable treatments are different from each other in both the areas of correction (with Dysport® geared more for the areas around the eyes and BOTOX® Cosmetic treating areas around the mouth and nose and on the forehead) and the timeframe in which they each work. Your Dysport® results will become evident after only two to three days, whereas the results gained from BOTOX® Cosmetic can take up to one week to become visible.
Another difference between the two is that BOTOX® (not BOTOX® Cosmetic) can be used for other non-cosmetic uses, such as to reduce migraines, neck spasms, lazy eye, the amount of excessive sweating, and bladder incontinence.
How Long Does Dysport® last vs BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Both Dysport® and BOTOX® Cosmetic generally last three to four months before requiring maintenance injections. However, as with many cosmetic treatments, your neurotoxin injectable results can be prolonged with a healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a good skincare routine. Proper sun protection, like hats and sunglasses, will also prolong your injectable treatment results, as they keep you from squinting and creating additional wrinkles. Longevity is very dependent on your specific metabolism as well as your lifestyle.
What Side Effects Should I Expect From Either Dysport® or BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Both of these injectable treatments carry the same side effects, including swelling, bruising at the injection site, slight discomfort, headaches, and skin numbness. Though extremely rare, both Dysport® and BOTOX® Cosmetic carry the risk of serious health complications, like botulinum toxicity and respiratory issues. If you experience any of these complications, contact Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center immediately.
Can I Combine These Treatments Together or With Other Treatments?
One of the best parts of Dysport® and BOTOX® Cosmetic is that they can easily be combined together and with other treatments. In fact, you can have Dysport® injections at the same time as you have BOTOX® Cosmetic injectable or you can choose to safely alternate these injectables at different times.
If you are looking for more complete and dramatic rejuvenation to your facial aesthetic, you can combine either your Dysport® or BOTOX® Cosmetic (or both!) injections with other non-injectable cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers (which help correct areas of lost volume in the cheeks and under the eyes). The combination of dermal fillers and Dysport® and/or BOTOX® Cosmetic can create the affect of a liquid facelift, which is an alternative option for men and women looking for facial enhancements without having surgery.