Almost everyone’s heard about Botox, but fewer people have heard of Botox alternatives like Dysport. Although they’re very similar, some patients can benefit from one over the other. It’s important to know your options if you’re considering injectable treatments, so here’s a quick guide to these two popular treatments.
What is Botox?
Botox (scientifically known as botulinum toxin) is a compound that is used to prevent muscles from contracting. A diluted form of Botulinum toxin-A is used in both cosmetic and medical treatments and is considered safe for use by the FDA– in fact, Botox has seen decades of use before it became a popular cosmetic option. Botox is most often used on the face to smooth wrinkles like forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. It works by preventing movements which can cause wrinkles to form over time. The effects of Botox can last up to four months.
What is Dysport?
Dysport (scientifically known as Abobotulinum toxin A) has not been in use as long, but is very similar to Botox. Dysport may be preferred in some cases because molecularly, it is smaller. The reduced size allows it to take effect faster than Botox. Dysport effects can be seen within 1-2 days while Botox can take 5-7 days. Dysport and Botox both have their benefits. In some area of the facial muscle Dysport’s fast diffusion works better, whereas Botox works better in different areas.
Which one is best for me?
The best way to determine your best injectable options is through a consultation with a board certified dermatologist. However, Botox is generally a good option for patients looking for a tried-and-true treatment that produces longer results than Dysport. Dysport can produce faster results, which might make it a good option if you have a big event coming up. There are other factors like certain allergies or pricing considerations that might make one a better option than other. It can be helpful to focus on which factors are most important to you so that your dermatologist can guide you to the right option.
Schedule a Consultation
Your best first step is a consultation with Dr. Kormeili and Dr. Zandifar where you can look at your best options for injectable treatments to hit your cosmetic goals. To begin discussing your options for Dysport or Botox in Santa Monica, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.