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Botox Vs. Dysport: What’s The Difference?

amanda medina
ON FEBRUARY 28, 2021

A Little Background on Botox and Dysport

Many experts say the differences between the two are minor and that it comes down to personal preference. In the end, both products are injectable neurotoxins designs to minimize the look of wrinkles.

There are many other uses for Botox; according to the Mayo Clinic, they can also be used for:

  • Cervical dystonia
  • Lazy eye
  • Muscle contractures
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Chronic migraine
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Eye twitching

And according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, seven million people used these products for wrinkle injections in 2016, and the market is continuing to grow!

The Difference: Dysport vs Botox

Botox and Dysport, over time, will prevent muscles from moving. As a result, you won’t be able to move your forehead or other little muscles when making facial expressions. Over time it will keep wrinkles from forming and shaping the skin.

Both Dysport and Botox work in the same way, but they have varying timelines. Each product differs in the time needed to see results and the amount of product required to induce effects.

Botox usually kicks in around seven days, and some individuals might notice slight changes before. Dysport tends to have a more immediate effect, and some people say they see a difference as soon as 24 hours, but more commonly around the 72-hour mark.

Botox lasts between three to three and a half months, whereas Dysport more commonly yields four. That being said, everyone’s body responds differently to neurotoxins, and people have different timelines. After a year or more of treatments, people can usually schedule their treatment times out further.

What About Fillers?

A popular question is, “what’s the best treatment for wrinkles?” There are many treatments out there, and you also might be hearing of “fillers.” And fillers behave differently than neurotoxins.

Fillers are used to fill in wrinkles that are already formed. Botox or Dysport can be used to soften lines and prevent new ones from forming. They will leave you looking refreshed, not angry or tired.

Dysport vs Botox Units: How Many You’ll Need

The number of units of Dysport vs Botox needed can be quite confusing for new clients. You’ll hear professionals speaking in terms of “units,” and this is the amount of product you’ll need. Botox and Dysport are measured in units.

Botox is a more concentrated product, and therefore you’ll need fewer units to create the same effect. Dysport is more diluted and will cover more surface area once injected. So Botox is better if you want to treat a very small, particular area. Depending on your face, age, and preference – either product could be a winner.

You might also consider Dysport vs Botox cost. Botox is expensive because it is more concentrated, and you’ll need fewer units to create the same effect. Overall, Botox tends to be slightly more expensive for a full treatment. Botox averages about $11 to $14 per unit and Dysport about $4 to $6 per unit.

Are You a Good Candidate?

The most common age group using these muscle relaxants is women between 35-65. And as of late, the number of men in the same age range using them has increased dramatically. The use of both Botox and Dysport is expected to skyrocket into the next decade.

The next top demographic is people under 30. Many people seeking this cosmetic treatment to preserve youth, as opposed to reversing it. This group is also expected to grow. Beauty enthusiasts love these injections because there is virtually no downtime, and the procedure is not as invasive or expensive as plastic surgery alternatives.

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Over time, the repetitive motion will cause wrinkles. Smiling, squinting, frowning, and performing daily activities will eventually appear as wrinkles. These little lines can start to form as early as 18 years old. Botox and Dysport are great alternatives to reduce wrinkles without having surgery.

If you are interested in getting Botox or Dysport here in Albuquerque, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our aestheticians and high trained nurse injectors will help you create a natural look that softens your lines and lightens your expressions.

We are also happy to meet with you for a consult. With a quick consultation, our experts will be able to tell you which of the two products will work best for your beauty goals. Call us today at (505) 433-4043.