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How Botox and Dysport Differ

Posted on August, 31, 2023 by Dr. Paquet in Med Spa Procedures, Neuromodulators,

Whether your skin is affected by aging, sun damage, weight changes, or undesirable textures, no one can avoid the bodily changes that come with getting older. However, modern science has allowed us to age with grace, retaining our youth while embracing our natural beauty. Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery offers aesthetic solutions for refining facial structures in a variety of surgical and non-surgical ways.

Dermal fillers are the most common non-surgical methods to reverse unwanted facial changes. The material makeup of dermal fillers varies from hyaluronic acid to poly-L-lactic acid, but all work to plump your facial skin. Filler injections can improve deep lines, acne scars, thin lips, and sagging skin, and with such a wide variety, each type works best in a specified area of the face. A consultation with a board-certified professional, like Dr. Paquet, will help you determine your problem areas and which injections will best suit you.

Defining Botox

Inarguably one of the most popular dermal fillers out there, Botox has become a household name to describe all fillers. In reality, Botox is only one of many dermal fillers. Made of purified proteins called botulinum toxins, Botox is designed to relax your muscles, smoothing out any facial lines.

Botox has been used to treat all sorts of facial lines from common wrinkles like crow’s feet to lesser-known lines such as nasolabial folds or smile lines. Botox works via a paralyzing agent that prevents muscle contractions. The results usually take about 3 days to appear and last between 3 and 4 months.

Defining Dysport

While its name is by far less common, Dysport works very similarly to Botox. Dysport is also an injectable made up of botulinum toxins, and just like Botox, it paralyzes facial muscles to smooth out wrinkles and imperfections.

Dysport, just like Botox, has been used to treat crow’s feet and smile lines. Additionally, both fillers have been used in the treatment of forehead and frown lines. Dysport results usually settle fully within 1 or 2 days and last the same length as Botox results (3 to 4 months).

Examining the Differences

Fillers all serve a similar purpose, so differentiating them can be complex. However, a closer look at certain details can help us identify the differences between Botox and Dysport. Most notably, while both injections are comprised of botulinum toxins, Botox is derived from botulinum toxin type A specifically, whereas Dysport is created from botulinum toxin type B.

Additionally, Dysport claims to be faster-acting, though the length of results remains the same at 3 to 4 months. The appearance of results varies, but Dysport results show up around a day sooner than Botox results on average. Another important difference lies in their FDA approval. Dysport is only approved for the treatment of glabellar lines currently, while Botox is approved for crow’s feet, forehead lines, and glabella lines.

Botox or Dysport: Which is Right for You?

If you have wrinkles or signs of aging you are trying to reverse, Botox or Dysport are viable options for you. Nevertheless, the decision about which type of filler to use can seem daunting to make on your own. That is why we recommend a consultation to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. At Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery, our welcoming staff is here to help you find answers to all your questions. When you schedule an appointment with our office, you’ll be scheduling a personal conversation with Dr. Paquet. He is an expert in the field and will help you determine whether Botox or Dysport is better suited to your case.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Paquet recommends patients start their treatment earlier rather than later for the smoothest results, so if you are on the fence, schedule a consultation at our office and we will give you a comprehensive plan for procedure and recovery. Book an appointment on our website today and take your first steps back to your youth.

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