Botox and Dysport
Neurotoxin is the blanket term for Botox and Dysport. Both of these neurotoxins are derived from the same protein, Botulinum Toxin Type A. Essentially they are the “same”. Both products are very effective, but are made by two different companies. Dysport generally starts working faster than Botox for most people. However, some people report one can work better than the other for them. Each person is different and the answer to which works better varies among people. This is why we carry both at d’lux aesthetics. If you don’t know which one to choose, don’t worry. We can will help you determine which is the best for you at your appointment.
How does it work? Botox and Dysport stop the communication between nerves and muscles. The nerve is no longer able to tell the muscle what to do. Both of these products relax muscles and are used to prevent or lessen wrinkles/lines on the face and neck. Botox and Dysport are also used for Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) to the under arms, hands and feet. When used to reduce sweating the neurotoxin stops the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands. There are various other treatments we can use Neurotoxins for and we are happy to tell you all about them during your visit.
Botox and Dysport leave the body rather quickly after being injected. The time you see results is the time it takes the body to reestablish communication between the nerve and muscle again ect. This is why you see result return gradually.
When should you start receiving Botox or Dysport? When wrinkles/lines are present on your Glabella (11’s), Frontalis (forehead lines) and Crowsfeet (around eyes) without expression. These are called static lines. When you notice these ... it’s time. It’s time to start using Botox, Dysport or whatever neurotoxin tickles your fancy! The sooner you start the use of Botox or Dysport when these lines form, the better. The use of these products can prevent such lines from ever forming and they work best when used as a preventative measure. Depending on the severity of the static lines the use of Botox and Dysport can result in healing of these lines or stop them from becoming worse. Think about wrinkling up a piece of paper. Once those lines are there they are always there no matter how much you try to smooth out the paper. They may diminish or lessen, but they are still present. The less about of time you damage your skin the easier it is to get complete correct vs improvement.
How long does it last? Results last 3 months, on average. There are unlucky, average and lucky people. Meaning, some people only see results for 2 months, while others see results for 4 months. Oftentimes, the skin will look better for longer than 3 months. However, we recommend treatment every 3 months so that old wrinkles don’t have time to reform and new ones don’t appear. With continued use people will see that results last longer and less appointments are needed to maintain results.
Botox and Dysport are dosed differently, because although they come from the same protein the molecules are different sizes. Dysport is a smaller molecule than Botox hence the higher number of units used. For example a full treatment to the upper face of Botox is typically 50 units where as a full treatment of Dysport is 150 units. The same number of injection sites are needed per treatment. The ratio between the two is 3:1, but you don’t need to worry about the math! We got your back or forehead. Cost between the two products is the same.