Botox and Dysport: The Small Differences
If you’re following the beauty industry and its many new developments, chances are you already know a little about Botox. That name has gotten so popular in modern culture, that even people who don’t know a thing about the industry or cosmetic treatments will have heard about it. Whether it’s news of a public figure leaving a cosmetic clinic or some celebrity scandal, Botox has been in many headlines throughout the years.
What many people don’t know about Botox is that it’s just one of the biggest brand names of the botulinum toxin, which is the compound that is utilized in the treatments. But there are other big names in the botulinum toxin market, like Dysport. Many clinics in big cities treat patients with this brand of the compound, like Manhattan’s MiracleFace MedSpa and their famous Dysport NYC treatment plan.
It’s important to know the similarities and the differences between these two, as it’ll help you make a more informed decision on your next appointment.
Procedure and Results
Without a doubt, one of the best parts about both treatments, is that they involve minimally invasive procedures. Since Dysport and Botox are compounds that only need to be injected, very little harm is done to your body during the procedure. Only a couple of injections and you’re finished.
Most treatments take less than an hour, if not around 30 minutes and are virtually painless. It may seem a bit jarring to think about getting injected in the face, but you shouldn’t worry about any pain or discomfort. Practitioners want to make sure their patients are as comfortable and relaxed as possible, so a local anesthetic will be used to numb the injection sites. You won’t feel a thing, other than the tiniest sting when injected, which you can hardly call “painful”.
And this is the case with both Dysport and Botox. Since they both utilize the botulinum toxin as an injectable, you can expect pretty much the same procedure, with the same minimal-invasiveness, short recovery and light side effects.
While the results themselves are similar in nature, the compounds differ in what area of the face they’re used for. Generally, both compounds don’t exactly get rid of wrinkles indefinitely; they make them less noticeable for a short period of time.
Some wrinkles can be really deep and pronounced. This typically comes with age and can be bothersome for a lot of people to see in the mirror. But with Dysport and Botox, these wrinkles and age marks become less of a nuisance. Making them less visible improves the overall energy and vibrancy that your face exudes.
The difference is very slight in the compounds themselves, but generally, the results are quite similar. Dysport is more known for its treatment of forehead wrinkles. While Botox can also just as easily deal with forehead or frown lines, Dysport is able to spread further thanks to the looser compound. This means you’ll be able to treat the forehead with fewer injections of Dysport. Botox, on the other hand, can treat very specific areas and more delicate parts of the face.
Both compounds have their advantages, so it really depends on what you’re looking for from the results.
Safety and Recovery
Both brands adhere strictly to federal safety regulations and standards. That’s just a fancy way of saying that both are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in cosmetic treatments. However, Dysport was approved 7 years after Botox, in 2009. Before then, it was very popular and widely used in Europe, until also finding its way into the American market.
You’ve probably heard plenty of false rumors and misinformation about the dangers of the botulinum toxin and all those nasty side-effects. But in reality, they’re nowhere near as bad as the media will have you believe. Yes, the botulinum toxin can be dangerous, but in much larger doses than the amount that is injected during cosmetic treatments.
Also, you should consider the fact that practitioners who are qualified in Botox and Dysport go through years of training before they can be allowed to perform the treatment. Everything is done to ensure the health and well-being of the patients. As a result, mistakes are very rare during both Dysport and Botox treatments. You’ll find only a handful of cases where there was a small error made during the procedure, and even then it’s hardly ever dangerous and easy to correct.
As for the recovery, both brands have shown very similar side-effects with most patients. Both take virtually no time to recover from and are generally very light in terms of side-effects. The most you can expect are a little redness and swelling, as well as very faint aching that happens quite rarely. And these side-effects go away within the first couple of days following the treatment. You won’t have to worry about them once they’re gone, as they’ll be gone for good.
Practitioners and Clinics
Both treatments are easy to come by if you live in a big city. In New York City, for example, there’s MiracleFace MedSpa, which has a wide range of treatments, including their Botox and Dysport NYC treatments plans. They come with professional botulinum treatments, performed by Ivy-League trained practitioners, whose experience and knowledge brings out the best results.
But even if you live in a different city, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a practitioner that suits your needs and prices. Nowadays, with how popular cosmetic treatments are, don’t be afraid of the prices. They’re actually very reasonable and considering how the results can last for up to half a year, you’ll be expected to pay for Botox or Dysport a couple times annually. These aren’t going to be regular visits to the clinic.
So, contact your medical professional and see if you’re a candidate for either Botox or Dysport.