Dysport is a newly approved cosmetic procedure that can be used to treat and relax wrinkles in the forehead and around the mouth. Dysport is a new alternative to Botox, which is an incredibly popular procedure used by many.
Both procedures involve the use of a form of the toxin which causes botulism to temporarily paralyze the muscles, thus minimizing or eliminating unwanted lines and wrinkles. Dysport is not as thick as Botox, allowing it to spread more easily over an area. This is often preferred in light muscled areas such as those near the eyes, specifically when treating Crow’s Feet. Similarly, many specialists prefer to use Botox when treating areas with thick muscles, such as the lines between the eyebrows.
While both Dysport and Botox are temporary procedures, studies suggest that Dysport results can last up to 6 months, while Botox treatments must be repeated after about 3 months. Also, Dysport injections can show results in about 1 to 3 days, while Botox injections normally take 5 to 15 days before any improvement can be seen.
Side effects of Dysport are very similar to Botox. Numbness, bruising, swelling, or a feeling of burning may be felt in and around the injection site. Simply placing ice before and after the procedure in the treated area can alleviate any of these issues. Some studies suggest that Dysport may be more likely to form antibodies. The body forms antibodies in response to a foreign substance inside of the body. If this happens with Dysport, the botulism will be neutralized and may not work as well. While this may happen in some cases, antibodies have been known to form for Botox as well. Many current Botox patients switch to Dysport once Botox stops working for them.
In terms of cost, Dysport and Botox are quite similar. Initially, Dysport appears to cost about a third of what Botox costs. However, the potency of the injections is approximately a third of the potency of a Botox injection, meaning you will need 3 times the injections to achieve the desired result. Hence, the prices are very similar. In either case, many specialists are willing to set up a payment plan for most procedures.
While both Dysport and Botox are similar chemically and cost-wise, Dysport is a better choice due to the longevity and quickness of its results. Even though Botox has been around much longer, hundreds of clinical trials have proven Dysport’s success and dozens more have proven its safety.