Just how brand names like “Band-Aid” have become the colloquial term for any adhesive bandage, “Botox” is the term mostly used for anti-wrinkle treatments on facial muscles and skin care.
So What’s the Difference between Botox and Dysport? and what one should I choose?
Anti-wrinkle treatments are one of the most effective ways to instantly look younger, reducing glabellar lines, although more interestingly, these products can also be used to treat other medical issues such as jaw clenching or even cerebral palsy.
Each of these involves neurotoxin, Botulinum, it will cause temporary muscle relaxation by intercepting the nerve signaling pathway
So, if you’re thinking of receiving any form of anti-wrinkle treatment for moderate to severe wrinkles, one thing you will need to consider is which product your nurse will be using. Here at Mode Plastic Surgery, we choose to utilise Dysport / board certified. Essentially, the main differences are…
Firstly, both Botox and Dysport are approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. Both also use the same mechanism to relax muscles and will last approximately 3-5 months depending on dosing and patient metabolism. That is really where the similarities cease and the two begin to differ.
Botox is made by Allergan, an American company, whilst Dysport is manufactured by Galderma, a Swedish company. Dysport is faster, in the sense it will start forming results in 2-3 days at the injection site, while Botox is 3-5 days. Additionally, they are measured in different units, Botox in international units and Dysport in Speywood.
This just means the two can not be interchanged. For example, in aesthetics, we use tiny doses in frown lines – 50 units of Dysport or 20 units of botox. Compared to medical uses such as cerebral palsy, 100 to 400 units of Dysport can be injected into hamstrings to relax spasticity.
Both are equally good products, with the same active ingredient to prevent the brain from sending a movement message to the muscle and both have the same risks.
Botox is one of the best ways to deal with wrinkles and fine lines. It is most commonly used for crow’s feet and lip lines. It is safe and effective, and if used correctly, you should notice the results very soon. However, it is best used for smaller areas like the lip and wrinkles around the eyes. If used correctly, you should see results within a week or so. However, it is best to use it sparingly. Too much Botox can cause hypotension, which is low blood pressure. Hypotension can be easily remedied by eating salty foods, drinking more water, and getting more rest.
Some patients who are a good candidates, after years of treatment may build up a resistance to one product and will need to swap to the other to get a therapeutic result.
The main difference we see is PRICE.
Botox is a household name and therefore clinics will charge accordingly. Some patients are brand loyal, some don’t know there is even an option with anti-wrinkle treatments or lines crow s feet and some patients don’t mind either brand. Do you have a preference?
Make a consultation today and we can discuss what is suited to you.