If you’ve been talking to friends about the best treatments for banishing wrinkles, it’s likely you’ve heard a range of different responses. These days, options for wrinkle treatment are abundant. But when it comes to the dynamic wrinkles caused by frowning, smiling, and squinting, cosmetic injectables containing the neurotoxin botulinum toxin type A tend to be the most effective. Of those, Botox is the most popular, but Dysport holds its own in the beauty industry as well. Curious about how they compare? Read on.
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
Before we discuss the differences between Dysport and Botox, let’s look at their similarities. First, both Dysport and Botox are injectable formulas created from botulinum type A and are used in the treatment and prevention of dynamic lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow's feet. Both Dysport and Botox work by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscles that cause those wrinkles. And both have high safety profiles in the hands of an experienced injector.
In many regards, Botox and Dysport are quite similar, but they are not interchangeable. There are some subtle differences between the two, mostly stemming from the different particle size and amount of trace proteins in each formula. These differences affect the dosage and diffusion rate, but whether they ultimately affect the cost or duration of results depends on the individual.
Dysport vs Botox: Units
The Dysport formula contains smaller particles and fewer protein buffers, resulting in a smaller unit size than Botox. As such, Dysport requires at least twice the number of Botox units to get the same effect.
Dypsort vs Botox: Diffusion rate
The smaller particles in Dysport make its formula more diffuse. This means it has the potential to spread beyond the specific point of injection. In some cases, such as the treatment of a broad area like the forehead, this may be a welcome effect. In the treatment of a single wrinkle, however, the less diffuse Botox formula may be a better choice.
Dysport vs Botox: Onset time
If you’re looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles a day or two before a special event, you may want to opt for Dysport’s quick, 24-hour onset. If you choose Botox, it may take up to 72 hours to see results.
Dysport vs Botox: Which lasts longer?
Both Botox and Dysport typically last between 3 and 4 months, and the results depend on the patient. Some find that Dysport lasts longer. Others swear by Botox. And there are also those who notice no difference between the two.
Dysport vs Botox: Cost
At Siti Med Spa, a single unit of Dysport costs $4, and a single unit of Botox costs $10. While this may make Dysport seem like the obvious choice for someone on a budget, it’s important to remember that it could take as many as 2.5 to 3 units of Dysport to have the same effect as 1 unit of Botox. Additionally, if you find that the results of one or the other lasts longer for you, spending more money per treatment may still mean lower long-term costs.
So… Which is better: Dysport or Botox?
If you’ve read this far, then you may be even less certain about whether to choose Dysport or Botox than you were a few minutes ago. The truth is that when it comes to minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, there is no one-size-fits all. That’s why it’s important to visit a reputable medical spa and seek treatment from experienced injectors. At Siti Med Spa, we’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, examine your skin, and create a treatment plan designed to help you achieve your specific beauty goals—so you look and feel your best.
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