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Dysport or Botox — What's the Difference?

Dysport or Botox — What's the Difference?

Look out, wrinkles and lines — there's a new treatment in town. Dysport, a wrinkle relaxer that is very similar to the well-known Botox, is now approved to treat forehead wrinkles and frown lines in the U.S. Botox has been one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for years, and now visitors to Tate Medispa have more choices with the release of Dysport.

All About the Medications

Like Botox, Dysport is derived from the botulinum toxin, which paralyzes muscles. Injected into the muscles that create wrinkles, Dysport smooths things out. Although the two medications have the same effects, there are some distinct differences. Dysport seems to work more quickly, with results within one to two days. Some people find that wrinkles begin to fade within 24 hours after a Dysport treatment. If you're looking for a quick fix for an unexpected major social event or business meeting, Dysport may be the best choice. Some of the studies on Dysport also indicate it lasts longer, keeping your skin smooth for six months to a year. Others indicate Botox and Dysport last about the same length of time. Although new to the U.S., Dysport has been used in Europe under the name Reloxin for well over a decade and has a good safety profile.

Long Lasting

Dysport Details

No medication is perfect, and Dysport does have a few downsides. Manufacturer Medicis says that Dysport may be more likely to cause antibody formation. Similar to an allergic response, the body sees Dysport as a foreign invader and creates antibodies to attack the proteins in the medication, which may make it ineffective. Typical side effects are minor and similar to those of Botox. You may experience local numbness, swelling or bruising, and may feel a burning sensation during the injection. A little ice applied to the skin before and after the procedure will usually decrease these sensations. Botox is stronger than Dysport, which means you need more Dysport to get the same effect. However, Dysport costs less, so the overall cost of a procedure is usually about the same.

Dysport Can Travel

Dysport does spread a little more widely in the tissue than Botox, which may be an advantage in some situations, such as treating crow's feet. The technical skill of the physician performing a cosmetic procedure is always important, and that's particularly true of Dysport because of its smaller molecules, which spread easily. If too much is injected or the injection points are too far apart, Dysport may travel to muscles you don't want to become paralyzed.

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Choosing between Botox and Dysport depends on many factors. Your age, medical history, skin condition and the location and severity of the wrinkles all play a role in the decision-making process. At Tate Medispa, you'll find the necessary knowledge, skill and experience in Dr. John Tate. We serve the Nashville and middle Tennessee area. Call us for any questions or to schedule an appointment.