How is Dysport different to Botox?

Have you seen the names Botox and Dysport and wondered what the difference is? On first glance it would seem that both products achieve exactly the same so why are they offered as different treatments and what exactly is the difference? How do you know which one is for you and how do you seek the best advice?

What is Dysport?

Dysport is a type of Botulinum A, just as Botox is. They are similar products that go by a different trade name. Dysport is a newer contender to the marketplace in the US having only been introduced in 2009. In Europe it was introduced earlier and has gone head to head as a competitor to Botox ever since. Just as with its rival, Dysport is used with the primary objective of reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause the furrows and wrinkles and smoothing out the skin.

The key differences with Dysport?

Whilst the dosing of Dysport is different to Botox the practise is essentially the same. Both products work by injecting into the muscles in places like the forehead and crow’s feet to relax the muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and furrows and smooth over the skin. For many it is a way of slowing down the ageing process and gaining a more youthful look.
It is reported that Dysport works a little faster than Botox and that the effects can be seen 1 or 2 days faster than that of Botox but both treatments last the same amount of time which is anywhere up to 6 months in total. It is thought it gets to work faster because the protein in the treatment is slightly smaller than that of its counterpart so it gets to work quicker. Dysport may be used if you have a big event and you want the appearance of wrinkles to reduce in a couple of days. Other than that there is very little difference.

Is there any difference in price of Dysport?

This depends on the course of treatment that you are having and the areas that you are having treated. Many report that Dysport costs less than Botox as Botox prices continue to rise but some say that the difference to the client is negligible. Again it is really a case of finding a good practitioner for your treatment and one that can advise you on the best course of treatment for your particular circumstances.

When might you choose Dysport over Botox?

As well as the fact that it is thought to work faster you may also want to choose Dysport if the effects of Botox don’t work as well anymore. If Botox is no longer producing the desired results after prolonged, use it may be a good idea to switch to see if the results are better.

Other uses of Dysport

Like Botox there are other uses for Dysport for medical conditions. One of these is the treatment of Cervical Dystonia (spasms in the neck muscles). The Dysport is injected into the muscles of the next to paralyse them and therefore reduce the spasms and stop this painful condition.

Is Dysport a better choice for you?

This is a question best answered by an expert. If you are considering Botox or Dysport you are best off talking to a qualified practitoner that has experience of both products. As the dosing is different it is important that you find someone who knows the difference in the two products and that uses both to treat clients. Like any treatments there are considerations to be made. Are you likely to be allergic to any of the ingredients or do you have any kind of conditions that may cause a reaction the treatment? You should be made aware of any side effects as well. On rare occasions if great care is not taken the does can spread to other neighbouring parts of the face such as the eye and it may cause a temporary droopiness of the eye. This is very rare though and you will be given an idea of the problems that can occur at your consultation.


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