What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox is a simple, nonsurgical, medically-administered treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, horizontal forehead lines and around the eyes. One 10-minute treatment and within days there's a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe lines, which can last up to 4 months.
How Does it Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.
BOTOX® Cosmetic works beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet.
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What is Dysport?
Dysport is a recent introduction to the cosmetic industry’s line of injectable treatments. It was developed and introduced as a competitor to Botox, an injectable used to treat certain wrinkles that occur as a result of muscle movements. Like Botox, Dysport is derived from botulinum toxin and is used to treat so-called “dynamic” wrinkles, which occur as a result of facial movements, such as frowning or squinting. These wrinkles can be much more difficult to treat than “static” wrinkles, which occur when skin begins to sag with age. Common examples of dynamic wrinkles are crow’s feet and frown lines, also called “glabellar” lines.
Treatment with Dysport takes only about 10 to 20 minutes, and involves injections of tiny amounts of the special solution beneath your skin, directly into the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles to form. For most individuals, 3 to 5 injections of the product are required in each area to achieve satisfactory results. As with any injection, there may be some slight discomfort with Dysport treatment, and your specialist may decide to use a topical anesthetic lotion or cream to numb the area prior to treatment.
The initial results of Dysport are visible very soon after treatment, with optimal results visible several days after the injections, once the product has fully affected the underlying muscles. In physicians who have used both Dysport and Botox regularly, Dysport has been noted in many instances to have better "spread" – that is, to disperse more evenly in the treated area – and to give faster results.
Some studies also report Dysport lasts 1 to 2 months longer than Botox, usually lasting from 5 to 8 months in most patients. Like any cosmetic product, your results will vary. Repeated courses of treatment prolong the results of Dysport treatment. You can ensure the best results possible by discussing your goals and expectations with your specialist prior to treatment with Dysport.
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
BOTOX and Dysport are both similar types of botulinum Type A. They are both used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles and lines. BOTOX and Dysport use different unit systems. 1 unit of BOTOX is approximately equal to about 3 units of Dysport.