Having trouble deciding on Botox or Dysport? You’re probably wondering what the differences are between the two and why it matters. In reality, both Botox and Dysport are created from the same chemical compounds and share many similar properties.
The biggest difference in the battle between Botox vs. Dysport is simply branding. Botox has become a household name associated with injections to reduce wrinkles in the face. However, it is actually a brand name for an otherwise generic treatment system. Dysport is simply a competitor’s name for the same thing, although lesser known because Botox had exclusive rights to the formula for many years.
When it comes to the chemical makeup of Botox and Dysport, both brands use a 150-kilodalton active core of botulinum toxin type A. However, there are differences in the mixing and dilution of the two. Botox uses equal size and weight proteins, while Dysport uses a more varied range of proteins. Dysport is slightly thinner and more viscous than Botox, allowing it to spread over a greater area. As a result, it may take more Botox units to treat the same large area.
For the most part, the choice between Botox and Dysport is left to personal preference, or your doctor’s preference. However, the difference in the way the two brands are applied is worth mentioning.
Since Dysport covers a wider area, it may be effective for treating forehead wrinkles and areas with thin muscle tissue. On the other hand, if you are treating very small areas, such as between the eye brows or around the mouth, the higher concentration of Botox will likely be beneficial. Your doctor may even recommend a combination of the two if you are treating your whole face, as each area has different needs.
Current research between Botox and Dysport shows the two brands perform equally well across a wide range of patients. Minimal differences in chemical structure do exist but mostly affect the injection process, not the overall results.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox and Dysport, contact Viva Wellness today. We are happy to sit down with you for a free consultation and discuss the options available to you.