Botox and Dysport are popular go-to injectables. Both Botox and Dysport safely erase wrinkles, creases, and crow’s feet without creating a frozen, unnatural appearance.
What is Botox/Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are prescription medicines called neuromodulators injected into muscles for multiple purposes. Botox and Dysport are most commonly used to improve moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Treatable areas include:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Forehead lines, lip lines around the mouth
- “Bunny lines” on the side of the nose
- Neck bands
- Tension headaches
- Hyperhydrosis (Sweaty palms and underarms)
Botox and Dysport are also used to prevent chronic headaches and migraines in adults. Neuromodulators can also be used to help relieve increased muscle stiffness in the head and neck or muscle spasms in the neck or eyes.
How do Botox and Dysport injections work?
Dr. Leeman uses Botox or Dysport injections to block “nerve impulses.” By injecting Botox or Dysport into muscles, the muscle can no longer be stimulated, which leads to a decrease in muscle contraction and fewer wrinkles, muscle pain, or muscle spasms in the injected area.
How long do Botox and Dysport injections last?
Both Botox and Dysport injections last approximately 3 to 6 months, with the peak effect in two weeks from the time of inejction. Repeat injections are usually done 3 to 4 times per year.
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
Both Botox and Dysport are composed of Botulinum Toxin A, a protein used to relax muscles. Proteins used in Dysport injections are slightly smaller, which causes them to act more quickly. As a result, patients using Dysport may find faster results. Botox and Dysport have comparable duration of results.
Are there any side effects with Botox and Dysport?
Possible side effects include:
- Mild headache (rare)
- Bruising at injection site
- Possible drooping of upper eyelid (rare), treatable with eye drops.