Dysport vs Botox: What's the Difference?
While Botox is the cosmetic injectable with the most name recognition, its competitor, Dysport, offers similar results by reducing facial lines around the face and neck. For a product that generally costs less, requires fewer injections, creates a more natural look, and takes effect more quickly, Dysport might just be the anti-aging solution you've been looking for.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Botox, one of the most sought after, non-invasive, anti-aging treatments available on the cosmetic market. In fact, you or someone you know has most likely taken advantage of this popular, wrinkle-busting procedure. But, did you know that there is another comparable product available? It’s called Dysport, a similar neurotoxin injectable that works to relax wrinkles around facial areas like the forehead, crow's feet, and in between the brows.
Dysport has been used for many years in Europe, and as of 2009, has been available in the United States. Both Dysport and Botox are forms of botulinum toxin type A, a substance that blocks muscular contractions in order to smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Among the two products, there are several similarities and differences that can be utilized to create a custom treatment for your specific needs. Due to the subtle differences between the results that both products produce, there has been growing popularity to alternate treatments between Botox and Dysport.
Alternating Between Dysport and Botox
Some clients find that Botox lasts slightly longer than Dysport, but this varies from person to person. Many clients end up alternating treatments between Dysport and Botox in order to prevent resistance to either product. You also may find that Dysport works best in some areas of your face, while Botox works better in others. To sweeten the deal, the makers of Dysport offer a rewards program called ASPIRE, similar to Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions program, so you can rack up discounts every time you receive a treatment.
Why Choose Dysport?
So, why give Dysport a shot (pun intended!)? Dysport is a smaller sized molecule, so although you may need more units of Dysport than you do Botox, Dysport is cheaper by the unit, so the total price ends up to be about the same, and sometimes even cheaper. Dysport also diffuses a greater distance in the muscle, creating a softer, natural look. Because of the larger surface area it covers, you may end up needing less injections, thereby saving you more money. Dysport also starts to take effect quicker than Botox (1-3 days for Dysport compared to 3-7 days for Botox), making it a go-to treatment when you have a last-minute event to attend.
Whether you choose Dysport, Botox, or alternating between both, it ultimately comes down to personal preference based on your experience with these products. The most important thing is that you are receiving treatments by an experienced injector who knows how much and where to inject the medication.