While there are a lot of wrinkle-reducing options available today, Botox and Dysport are unarguably two of the most popular choices to stop wrinkles in their tracks. Both have been shown to effectively reduce fine lines, forehead lines, and “crow’s feet” around the corner of the eyes. Knowing which one is better for you boils down to how each one works and the kind of results you are looking for. Keep reading to know which is better for you.
Botox or Onabotulinumtoxin A injections are FDA-approved treatments for frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. The active ingredient in Botox injections is botulinum toxin A which is derived from C. botulinum bacteria. Yes, the bacteria that produces botulinum toxin and causes botulism.
Botulinum toxin is extremely lethal. However, when prepared for therapeutic use, it is very safe and effective, particularly for reducing wrinkles. Basically, Botox is a neurotoxin. It relaxes the muscles and prevents them from contracting. With this, wrinkles are eliminated for a good period of time.
Usually, people ask for Botox injections to reduce or eliminate the following signs of aging.
- wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows
- forehead lines
- fine lines
During the procedure, your doctor will use a thin needle to inject small amounts of Botox into the neuromuscular tissue. The amount of time to finish the treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated.
The result will not appear right away but you should see noticeable improvements on your skin within one to two days. Depending on the treatment, the results may last three to twelve months.
Dysport or Abobotulinumtoxin A injection is a neurotoxin used to treat wrinkles. It is commonly used to reduce frown lines between the eyebrows. Just like Botox, Dysport relaxes the muscles and prevents those muscles from contracting. This helps smooth out wrinkles and frown lines. For a certain period of time, this injectable keeps wrinkles from forming.
Dysport specifically targets frown lines between the eyebrows or also known as glabellar lines. As you grow older, the muscles between your eyebrows lose their elasticity so it becomes more prominent, giving you a frowning or grumpy appearance.
Your doctor may inject Dysport around your forehead and eyebrows. The procedure only takes minutes and there is no recovery time required so you may return to normal activity immediately.
You may see noticeable results two days after treatment and will last about three to four months. To keep your forehead smooth, you will need to receive the injection about three times per year.
The Difference Between Botox and Dysport
Botox and Dysport are both effective treatments for reducing wrinkles. They both have similar mechanisms in relaxing muscles and keeping them from contracting. Dysport though is more diluted than Botox which means that you’ll receive more units if you use Dysport.
Dysport also tends to easily spread across a wider area while Botox is more ideal for more targeted areas like the elevens between your eyebrows. Usually, Botox and Dysport can be used to treat the same conditions. But generally, Botox may be more effective for wrinkly eyes while Dysport may be more effective for crow’s feet and forehead lines because of how easily they spread.
The Right Decision
Getting the best results is always about your facial profile, how the injections are done, and the knowledge of your doctor. Your plastic surgeon or dermatologist knows from experience which one is the right one for you so you should choose. If you’re looking for the right injectable to reduce wrinkles, contact Rejuvenate Aesthetics in Newport Beach, California. We also treat patients from nearby areas including Tustin, Orange County, Newport Coast, Irvine, and Corona Del Mar.