You probably agree that you started to notice your first signs of aging in your mid to late twenties. While some individuals get their first gray hairs, others see that their forehead expression lines begin to stay stagnant. From here, crow’s feet lines and frown lines form, creating a more mature and tired appearance. If you’re not so fond of this particular look, the good news is that relaxing injections of botulinum toxin can significantly reduce the appearance of these lines and prevent them from progressing. The most popular brands used on the market are known as Botox and Dysport. Both of these brands are effective at treating expression lines but there are a few differences between the two.
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium and was first discovered in the 18th century in poorly prepared meat. Once injected, the toxin helps muscles relax by blocking the signaling mechanism from nerves to muscle. The end result is a relaxed muscle that cannot contract and form wrinkles. It’s hard to imagine that this bacterial toxin would eventually be used as a safe treatment to prolong youth and beauty. However, more than 15 million treatments are performed each year in the United States alone, and this number is continuously on the rise!
Botox vs. Dysport
Botox and Dysport are both neurotoxins and are effective at eliminating expression lines in the upper third of the face but differ slightly in a few aspects. From the time of treatment, Botox has a longer time of onset ranging from 7-14 days while Dysport’s full effects are typically seen from 3-7 days. Those who have an event in the near future may opt for having Dysport due to the shorter onset time. Duration of treatment for both Botox and Dysport range from 3-6 months, however, individuals who receive more than 20-25 treatments may develop a “tolerance” to the Botox neurotoxin, eventually resulting in a shorter duration and less effective results.
Anecdotally, Botox and Dysport differ in terms of how they “feel” as well. At full onset, Botox is often associated with heaviness whereas Dysport has a softer, smoother feel. Both Botox and Dysport are injected into the same areas of the face to eliminate the wrinkles and lines associated with facial expressions. Crow’s feet, Glabella (Frown lines) and forehead lines are the areas most treated with these neurotoxins. In the end, choosing Botox or Dysport comes down to personal preference.
You are a good candidate for aesthetic Botox and Dysport treatments if:
- You are in generally good overall health
- You have fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions
- You are unhappy with your aging appearance
- You want to prevent the formation of new wrinkles
- You want a rejuvenated look
- You are at least 18 years old
- You are not pregnant
To learn your options and to see if you’re an ideal candidate for this quick and easy treatment, consult with a qualified and experienced injector.