When it comes to treating facial wrinkles and therapeutic uses, such as limb spasticity, there are two main options: Botox and Dysport. Both of these treatments are made of botulinum toxin type A and have the same mechanism of action to stop muscle contractions that cause fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are some differences between the two that should be taken into account when deciding which one is best for you. One of the main differences between Botox and Dysport is the amount of units needed for treatment. Generally, Dysport requires more units than Botox.
This is because Dysport has a greater diffusion rate, meaning it spreads out more quickly than Botox. This diffusion makes Dysport less effective at treating smaller areas where more precision is needed or areas with thicker muscles. However, it makes Dysport ideal for treating larger areas, such as the forehead, as fewer injections are needed to treat a larger treatment area. Another difference between Botox and Dysport is the type of protein that binds to the botulinum toxin A molecule. Dysport contains serum albumin and lactose, so if someone has a severe lactose allergy, it's best to choose a different product to reduce the chances of a reaction.
However, this does not mean that one product is better than the other; it simply means that they are different. The recommended dose of Dysport is up to 50 units divided into five portions injected into the target area. This means that if a patient is used to a certain number of Botox units for a treatment, they will likely need to increase the number of units when switching to Dysport (or vice versa).Some people feel that they experience a less “frozen” aesthetic with Dysport. In the end, the choice between Botox and Dysport can come down to the simple preference of both the injector and the patient. It's about what makes you feel good about your appearance. Below are some before and after images that show some of the various areas that Botox and Dysport can treat.
As you can see, both treatments can be effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.