Botox® and Dysport®
Botox® and Dysport® are botulinum toxin treatments that minimize or reverse wrinkle formation. These treatments temporarily weaken or paralyze various muscles of the face. They act to relax the muscles that produce dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those wrinkles caused by the activity of the facial muscles (e.g., frowning, squinting, smiling, and raising eyebrows).
How Botox® and Dysport® Work
Facial wrinkles occur either due to the action of facial muscles on the skin or from a combination of other factors (sun exposure, genetics, smoking, etc.). With treatment, as various facial muscles are weakened or paralyzed, the overlying skin relaxes. This subsequently decreases the depth of existing wrinkles or prevents future wrinkles from forming.
Botox® and Dysport® are well-tolerated in the office, with few to no side effects experienced by most patients.
Difference Between Botox® and Dysport®
Botox® and Dysport® are both muscle relaxants approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. Botox® is the registered trademark of the toxin produced by Allergan, and Dysport® is the registered trademark name of the toxin produced by Galderma.
Both have the same active ingredient, Botulinum Type A, but the major difference is in the level of concentration in each product. Dysport® is more diluted than Botox®, and it spreads faster, especially over larger surface areas like the forehead and frown lines with just a few injections.
Botox® works well for frown lines, lip lines, crow’s feet, and other fine wrinkles. Its concentration is higher, and it is slow-moving. Your dermatology provider will decide which product is best suited for your needs.
Indications for Use
Botox® and Dysport® are used primarily to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and/or forehead lines. They may also be used to treat vertical lip lines, gummy smiles, horizontal neck bands (for some patients), the fullness of the masseter muscles to slim the jawline, and the droopy outer corners of the mouth.
Botox® and Dysport® are administered with very small needles, which allow for a relatively fast and painless injection.
Botox® or Dysport® Consultations
During your consultation, your clinician will ask you several questions about
- Your medical history
- Any medications you may be taking, including any over-the-counter medications
- Any medical conditions, including muscle or nerve conditions
- Your plans for future surgeries
- Your aesthetic goals
For women, you should let your clinician know if you are currently pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
You should also let your clinician know if you have had any other botulinum toxin treatment in the last 4 months.
After a thorough review of your medical history, your clinician will determine if Botox® or Dysport® is right for you and, if so, discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis.
Botox® and Dysport® Treatments in NY, NJ, PA and CT
If you are interested in receiving Botox® or Dysport® treatment, please call Schweiger Dermatology Group at (844) DERM-DOC to schedule an appointment.
Some dermatology providers now offer LIP FLIP with Botox® or Top Model LIP FLIP with Vollure and Botox®.
Botox® and Dysport® Treatment FAQs
How many Botox® or Dysport® treatments will you need?
The number of treatments you will need depends on your goals and needs. During your consultation, you can discuss this and any other questions you may have with your clinician, so you have a clear understanding of your proposed treatment plan.
Are Botox® and Dysport® treatments safe?
Botulinum toxin treatment with Botox® and Dysport® are safe for qualified candidates. Please alert your clinician if you have any medical conditions, especially any affecting the nervous systems or muscles.
Are there side effects of Botox® or Dysport® treatments?
Temporary side effects can include slight pain, numbness, and headaches. More moderate side effects include droopy eyelids, sore throat, and muscle spasms. On rare occasions, botulinum toxicity may be seen. Signs of this serious side effect include breathing, speaking, and swallowing difficulties.
How long should you wait between treatments?
It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 90 days before having another Botox® or Dysport® treatment.
How soon will you see the effects of Botox® or Dysport® treatment?
You will start to notice the effects of Botox® or Dysport® treatment within 3 to 5 days after treatment. The full effect may take 2 weeks to be seen.
How long do results last of Botox® or Dysport® treatment?
Results of Botox® or Dysport® treatment usually last up to 3 to 4 months.
When most people see the results of Botox® or Dysport®, they are extremely pleased. Their ability to iron out wrinkles is pretty impressive. The fine lines and wrinkles that you could once see appear much less severe, and the overall appearance is refreshed and more relaxed and rejuvenated.
Who can inject Botox® or Dysport®?
Botox® and Dysport® injections should be administered by trained, licensed, and experienced dermatology providers who have years of experience. Strategically injecting Botox® or Dysport® is an art form. When injections are done properly, the results can be amazing, and you will not appear frozen or as though you have had work done.
Is there any swelling after Botox® or Dysport® treatment?
Generally, there is minimal swelling after treatment, and it usually resides within 2 hours of treatment. You may apply an ice pack to the area treated to reduce any local swelling.
Is there any downtime after Botox® or Dysport® treatment?
Most patients tolerate Botox® or Dysport® treatment very well and return to normal activities or work immediately after treatment. You should, though, refrain from any strenuous activity or exercise for the rest of the day.
Are Botox® or Dysport® treatments painful?
Most patients say the injection feels like a pinch to the skin. If you are concerned about discomfort, a topical numbing cream can be applied before administering your treatment.
How long does Botox® or Dysport® treatment take?
Treatment usually takes 10 minutes to be administered.
Can Botox® or Dysport® treatment be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Yes, Botox® and Dysport® can be combined with other cosmetic procedures for an improved appearance.
Are there alternatives to Botox® or Dysport® if you have had an allergic reaction to one of these?
If you have had a reaction to Botox® or Dysport® or are sensitive to other types of fillers, Xeomin® may be a better option for you. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatology providers to discuss this option further.