Both Botox(r) and are popular solutions to fine lines and wrinkles. However, most people do not realize just how similar these two products are. It is useful to note that Botox(r) has been in use longer than Dysport(r). Both of these products are type A botulinum toxins, and they’re both injectable solutions for wrinkles and fine lines. It is true that these solutions share many similarities, but they also share several differences.
The greatest similarity that these products share is that they are both type A toxins. There are seven different toxins within the botulinum family.
Botox(r) and Dysport(r) are the two toxins that have a nearly identical chemical structure. They both have heavy molecule chains that perform nearly the same function.
When trying to compare Dysport(r) and Botox(r), some people would say it is like trying to compare Coke and Pepsi. In many situations, choosing one solution over the other is a matter of preference. Both solutions can relax the muscles. Chemically and biologically, they are nearly identical.
Dysport(r) does offer a greater variability in terms of molecular weight and size. The most important similarity is that they both relax the muscles the cause wrinkles.
The cause of fine lines and wrinkles is repeated muscle contractions, and by preventing the muscles from responding to nerve impulses, Botox(r) and Dysport(r) can reduce the appearance of these conditions.
What makes these products different is the formulation. When compared with Botox(r), Dysport(r) consists of a diluted formulation. In other words, Dysport(r) is usually administered in larger doses than Botox(r).
However, a greater level of dilution does not make Dysport(r) less effective than Botox(r). It just means you will need a larger dose of Dysport(r) to achieve the same effects of a smaller dose of Botox(r). The protein molecules in Dysport(r) are also smaller, which can reduce its effectiveness.
When compared with Botox(r), the behavior of Dysport(r) is slightly different. After injection, Dysport(r) will diffuse more than Botox(r), so it might be the preferred choice when treating a larger area of the face. For example, the greater diffusion of Dysport(r) makes it ideal for treating wide forehead wrinkles.
It is also great for treating thinner muscles. An additional benefit of the greater diffusion that Dysport(r) offers is fewer injections. Since Dysport(r) tends to spread out over a greater area, it does not require as many injections as Botox(r).
If fewer injections are needed, patients experience less discomfort. Unfortunately, these same benefits make it difficult for Dysport(r) to treat thicker areas or small muscles. The reality is that Dysport(r) and Botox(r) both have their pros and cons. Dysport(r) can work better for thinner muscles and treat wider areas while Botox(r) can work better for the opposite of these treatment abilities.
According to studies, most patients are more satisfied with Botox(r) than Dysport(r) for the treatment of eyebrow wrinkles. Dysport(r) is also believed to be more effective than Botox(r) for treating crow’s feet.
At Breeze Laser Center, we offer both Botox(r) and Dysport(r). With the help of our physician assistant Ellie Mirali, you will be able to figure out which one is best for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation.