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Botox® and Dysport® are two available brands of botulinum toxin type A injectables used in the U.S. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin injections are the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure available.

Each year, Americans undergo more than six million Botox® and Dysport® treatments

While Botox® and Dysport® are very similar in most ways, there are a few key differences. The most important thing to know about these treatments, though, is that the injection technique affects the results far more important than the brand of botulinum toxin type A used.The face has 43 distinct muscles, and the effectiveness of the injections depends entirely on whether the injection administrator targets the correct area. Because of this, the injections should only be given by a knowledgeable aesthetic physician. When you visit our professional medical cosmetics staff at Aesthetic Art, rest assured that we have the background, training, and experience to give you the best injections for the best results.Both Botox® and Dysport® injections are typically administered every 4–6 months depending on the patient’s needs. The number of shots given during the procedure depends entirely on the area and severity of the wrinkles you’re treating. The injection process typically takes about 15 minutes and doesn’t require any recovery time or anesthesia.

The Purpose of Botox® and Dysport® Injections

Botulinum toxin injectables are used for many things. While they are closely associated with cosmetics and wrinkle reduction, they are also used for many physical health problems. For our patients in the Palm Springs area, Botox® and Dysport® are used to treat:
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Migraine headaches
  • Excessive sweating
  • An overactive bladder
  • Excessive blinking
  • Lazy or crossed eyes

Patient Results

before Botox injections
after Botox injections

*Images courtesy of Allergan.

The Differences Between Botox® and Dysport®

While Botox® and Dysport® both use the same medication to treat Palm Springs patients, the size of the molecules in the injections are significantly different. Dysport® injections use smaller molecules of botulinum toxin type A than Botox®. There are far more similarities between the products than there are unique traits, however, a few aspects worth mentioning include:
  • Dysport® has a smaller molecule size, allowing it to spread through your cells easier and therefore affect a larger area than Botox®. This can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the treatment area.
  • Botox® may last slightly longer than Dysport® in many patients. Both injections must typically be administered 2–4 times per year, but some patients’ results last up to 12 months.
  • Dysport® begins working slightly faster than Botox®. Dysport®’s onset takes 2–5 days, while Botox® takes 4–7 days to set in.
Maya Kato

B. Maya Kato, MD

Dr. Kato is a highly trained specialist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA, and received her M.D. from UCSF. She is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and has performed thousands of procedures.

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Dysport® and Botox® FAQ

To help you learn about the detailed differences between the two neuromodulators, we’ve answered some of the most commonly questions asked by our Palm Springs patients about Botox® and Dysport®.

What Are Expression Lines?

Botox® and Dysport® are more widely known for their ability to treat expression lines, which are the wrinkles and lines that develop due to constant muscle movement. Years of facial movement lead to the development of crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and other fine lines. Dysport® and Botox® are wonderful for targeting these troublesome signs of aging.

How Do Botox® and Dysport® Work?

Certain muscles in the face are responsible for certain expression lines, or wrinkles. Botox® and Dysport® are neuromodulators, meaning they prevent muscles from receiving signals from the brain. Once they are injected into the face, the neuromodulators keep the muscles relaxed and prohibit their contraction, which then softens the appearance of their corresponding expression lines.

Are Botox® and Dysport® Safe?

Botox® and Dysport®’s main ingredient, botulinum toxin type A, is a kind of toxin that’s found all over nature. Botox® and Dysport® contain such miniscule amounts of botulinum toxin type A that it poses little to no threat to users. Both injectables have been cleared by the FDA, and after having been used by millions of people around the globe and undergone countless clinical trials, both are widely considered to be some of the safest cosmetic treatments available.

Are Botox® and Dysport® Painful?

Both injectables are delivered using an incredibly fine needle, so most patients report the treatment as feeling relatively comfortable. Some patients are more sensitive to pain, and in those cases, numbing or a topical anesthetic can be used to completely eliminate any discomfort or pain.

What’s the Recovery Like Botox® and Dysport®?

There really isn’t one. Botox® and Dysport® are injectables, so the treatment won’t require any incisions or sutures. Patients will be able to return to their work or go home immediately after the procedure. Some patients do experience some swelling and soreness at the injection sites, but these are only temporary and should dissipate within a day or two.

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Who’s the Ideal Patient for Dysport® or Botox®?

Dysport® and Botox® can be used for patients of all skin tones and skin types. Patients who are pregnant or breast feeding or suffering from any neurological disorders should avoid using neuromodulators. Patients who want to reduce the appearance of expression lines or those who want to treat conditions like migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder, excessive sweating, and more, are ideal patients for Dysport® or Botox®.

Why Choose Aesthetic Art for Botox® and Dysport®?

Again, the injection technique will be the biggest factor in determining the quality of your results. Our highly skilled cosmetic physician and her experienced medical team are your best bet to a skillfully delivered treatment. Having performed thousands of cosmetic injectable treatments over the years, we can give you unbelievable rejuvenation with a gentle touch. With Aesthetic Art, you’ll be sure to work with someone with the precision and talent to create natural, effective facial renewal. Want to find out of Dysport® or Botox® is right for you? Schedule a consultation with Aesthetic Art, and have a chance to join the millions of people around the world who have achieved total rejuvenation through Dysport® and Botox®.